Karastan adds onto its area rug roster with two wool collections that account for a total of 33 new pieces. The idea behind both, and most Karastan designs for that matter, is to create a balance between the classic and the contemporary. This design house always manages to take a classic idea and turn it into something new, introducing the next generation to a modern interpretation of traditional design and decoration.
Each of the new collections -- Bellingham and Elan -- are woven in the U.S. of renewable New Zealand wool.
Bellingham targets a traditional or transitional decor with florals, panels and patchwork finding their way into its designs. The color scheme here leans to he vintage as well with hues like jade, gold and robin’s egg blue lending the distinction of years to these patterns. Among them are Bancroft, a patchwork print of panels and trellises overlaid with foliage; Ferndale, a tribal-style ikat-inspired pattern updated with contemporary colors; and, for the more modern home that still enjoys a nod to the past, there is Humboldt, the more contemporary of the crew, which ties Mid-century design influences together with themes from our modern-day modern scene.
This group in particular expands on a theme with which Karastan has proven talent. The designs in Bellingham take motifs from throughout history and blow them up, clean up their fields, patch them together and create something new, no easy task when you’re dealing with a product that has been being made for centuries.
The second collection, Elan, goes after a feeling of casual elegance, an environment where sophistication is not questioned but also not flaunted. There is Worcester Beige, which is a modern take on a classic ogee pattern; Shelley, which pairs an ornate damask with a Chinese fret border; Shropshire, a pattern that accents a Persian-inspired field with botanicals; and Savoy, another example of a modern ikat look, this one paired with ornamental fretwork.
Karastan is one of those brand names that’s passed down through generations. The floor coverings have earned the respect of homeowners and designers time and again and the company’s patterns have become synonymous with timeless design, it’s products expected to last and last because they always have.
Emphasizing the reciprocal admiration among Karastan and the design trade is the company’s recent addition of a Designer On Call program in which five designers from major markets including New York, Palm Springs and Chicago have signed on to work with Karastan in offering design consultations for consumers who may be looking for some advice but don’t have the budget or the desire to hire an interior designer. Four different packages are being offered ranging from a one-hour phone consultation to a package that builds on that phone consultation with design boards featuring varying looks for three adjoining rooms, computer-rendered floor plans, a follow-up consultation, and a $100 coupon toward the purchase of a Karastan rug.
Another aspect of Karastan’s heritage its fans hold dear is the company’s long history as a U.S.-based manufacturer. Karastan product comes to you from Dalton, Ga., where quite a lot of the stateside carpet and rug production has been taking place for decades.
More on Karastan
Karastan is a part of Mohawk Industries, a supplier of residential and commercial flooring. The product roster at Mohawk includes broadloom carpet, ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, vinyl, rugs and other home products. The company’s brands include Mohawk, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Dal-Tile and American Olean.