Three Rugs, Three Rooms: A Custom Approach

How do you begin sourcing a rug for an interior design project?

Rugs play a foundational role in the interior, whether they settle as a surface or pop as an object. They may be the initial decision in a design project, or the finale.

On a recent Lapchi three-rug installation in a stunning Portland West Hills Home, local designer Amy Troute explored these multiple roles of the rug. 

Custom Sutra. Art by Lisa Macchiaroli. Photo by Chris Dibble.

Custom Sutra. Art by Lisa Macchiaroli. Photo by Chris Dibble.

At the project start, the Living Room had a defined focal point: a commissioned painting by Lisa Macchiaroli, nestled perfectly into the elongated alcove about the modern fireplace.

The question at hand: How to design a rug that compliments, but does not compete, with this highlighted artwork?

Troute arrived at a synergistic solution. By concentrating on a small, defined area of the painting, the concept of the brush stroke emerged. Lapchi’s Sutra, developed from an ancient calligraphy stroke, proved to be the ideal reference point for the artwork. In a custom tonal colorway, Sutra anchors the living room furniture in its quiet expanse.

Custom round Pelage. Photo by Chris Dibble.

Custom round Pelage. Photo by Chris Dibble.

In the adjacent Office, square-paneled hide on the accent wall dictated the remaining design elements. The response: the counterpoint of Lapchi’s Pelage in round, with the pattern contributing to the referential dialogue of animal hide. From the vantage point of the office desk, the tonal palette of Pelage converses effortlessly with Sutra.

Upstairs in the Master Bedroom, a role reversal occurs. The rug now dictates the artwork. Troute selected Lapchi’s Pangea, a design featuring continents and splattered islands of organic forms. Local artist Thérèse Murdza responded to the color production poms of the rug to create a custom artwork for the bedroom, uniting the forms and palettes of the serene sleeping space.

Custom Pangea. Art by Thérèse Murdza. Photo by Chris Dibble.

Custom Pangea. Art by Thérèse Murdza. Photo by Chris Dibble.

When walking through a well-designed home, the beauty expressed in each room carries forward seamlessly into the next. Lapchi is pleased to collaborate with interior designers to articulate this harmony through the vantage point of the custom rug.