While I was in New York last week, I had an opportunity to visit and tour the Manhattan showroom of Elizabeth Eakins Rugs. It was by far, the best take away of the trip. Are you familiar with these gorgeous rugs? I wasn't - or so I thought. I was just cleaning out my magazine stash yesterday and the first magazine I opened - a 2008 House Beautiful - had an Elizabeth Eakins rug in one of the featured homes!
The rugs come in five different material options to choose from. All of them are handmade, some of which are woven in their Connecticut studio. Budget, amount of use, and personal preference are the deciding factors.
Below are from the "Weft Woven" line made of all wool. The collection offers 80 color choices and approximately 10 pattern options. They can be combined in any way you wish, or just in a single pattern and color. These have a slight roughness in texture, but less than a Seagrass or Sisal rug. They work well pulled tight in a wall-to-wall carpet. The samples that are laid out flat on the ledge show some of the 10 patterns offered.
Above and below are samples from the "Wool Wovens" collection. These rugs are fully customizable.
The runner below is from the "Teff Collection" and is one of my favorites. It would be fantastic as a runner and would add just the right amount of softness to a modern home. This collection is made of wool and linen and is incredibly soft.
More samples from the Wool and Linen Collection. Aren't they gorgeous?
The top-of-the-line collection is the "Hand Hooked". The skies the limit with size, color and pattern!
Rugs are a great starting point when designing a room. They also buffer sound and noise. My own personal preference is for muted colors and subtle patterns. To further inspire, here are some photos from homes that have Elizabeth Eakins rugs...
photo via Stylelinx
above two photos via House Beautiful - Designer David Mitchell
photo via House Beautiful - Designer Joe Nye
dining room of actress Candace Bergen
Elizabeth Eakins runner in a Hampton's beach house. Photo via Architectural Digest
Photo via Architectural Digest - Designer Victoria Hagan
photo via Country Living
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