Price Mix: Going with the Flokati
A fashionable and versatile rug that provides a cozy design accent or bohemian flair
Now that the cooler, occasionally cold, days are with us, many New Orleans homes may feel decidedly drafty. Adding a soft rug to sink your toes into will bring a touch of warmth, and style, to your home’s design palette, according to Penny Francis, owner and principal designer at Eclectic Home.
“Flokati rugs are a fabulous way to freshen and warm up a space while providing amazing comfort,” Francis said. “Perfect for family rooms, kids’ play areas as well as formal spaces.”
Versatile and flexible enough to fit a variety of home styles, a flokati can become a strategic design element in any home, from season to season.
“They are available now in a multitude of colors,” Francis said. “Layer on top of a larger area rug for interesting texture and drama. Smaller flokatis can be draped over the simplest of chairs for comfort and a great design detail. We love specifying for closets with wood floors for that luxurious feel and warmth.”
Flokati are handcrafted using Greek traditional rug weaving. Francis recommends paying close attention to rug pile and fabric when selecting the right piece .
“We look for those with the longest pile; 2.5-inch to 4-inch wool pile with wool backing fur ultra-plushness,” she said. “There are synthetics on the market to give the look, but true flokatis are wool.”
While a flokati rug may be the perfect choice for décor and coziness, choosing the right rug for your home doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve selected three options at three discerning price points, along with the best local design house selections.
$629 | PRETTY PICK
8-foot by 10-foot, from Urban outfitters, 100 percent New Zealand wool, custom dyed and available in pastel blue, lilac, mint, sherbet, black, gray and traditional cream.
$699 | GETTING WARMER
8-foot by 10-foot, from World Market, 100 percent New Zealand wool, available in a variety of other sizes.
$998 | SELECT STYLE
8-foot by 10-foot lattice Flokati rug from Anthropologie, flat woven and tufted wool.