From Rockstars to the Dalai Lama: Creative Inspiration for Rug Choices

Françoise Sagan and Typewriter
Françoise Sagan, no desk required.

Well, sir, it’s this rug I had. It really tied the room together. – The Big Lebowski

As the Dude told us, rugs are important.

I’m searching for an area rug to pull my revamped home office together.  Actually, I want it to do more than pull the room together.  Rugs can set the tone for a creative space or studio. Inspire the drama. Return the music. Sure, I’m working with a Mac keyboard and not a Fender Stratocaster, and none of my gigs come with roadies let alone groupies, but still, dude, I need rugs for my stage.

Three images come to mind when I think of offices and rugs. One is Freud’s office, where carpets play an integral role in transporting his patients into analytical space. Another is a memory of watching roadies unfurl stacks of Persian carpets onto the Black Crowes’ stage in the early ’90s. The third is a photo of the wildly wonderful Françoise Sagan I once had posted for a long time in one of my old offices. What a minx muse!

So with those in mind I might be tilting to towards a Persian textile look, but for other inspiration I’m checking out the floor coverings of some of my favorite creatives. I love taking pilgrimages to see where creatives worked (recent favorite trips included Faulkner’s home and The Chelsea Hotel) and it’s fun to do the same online. There’s ample documentation in articles like this one that peep into the personal factories of the fabulous.

  • Sometimes a Rug is Just a Rug 1 of 10
    Sometimes a Rug is Just a Rug
    Unless it's integral to your concept of the layers of memory and identity. My id says: want!
  • Best of Both Worlds 2 of 10
    Best of Both Worlds
    W. Somerset Maugham went with a tiny desk rug and a luxe, expansive runner.
  • Dame Agatha Christie 3 of 10
    Dame Agatha Christie
    Intricate patterns to inspire complex themes might be the solution to my rug mystery.
  • Area Rugs of Champions 4 of 10
    Area Rugs of Champions
    My love for this shag rug is even larger than that manuscript printout.
  • The 14th Dalai Lama 5 of 10
    The 14th Dalai Lama
    Gorgeous. Would that green inspire connectedness and compassion?
  • Rabbit, Roll 6 of 10
    Rabbit, Roll
    Updike on plexiglass. Simple clarity.
  • Françoise Sagan 7 of 10
    Françoise Sagan
    Perfect muse in all things, including workspace.
  • Willy Wonka and the Rug Factory 8 of 10
    Willy Wonka and the Rug Factory
    Oh, Roald Dahl's entire office and especially that carpet lure me into creative reverie! (Though luring didn't work out so well for the kids with the Golden Tickets, did it?)
  • Hallelujah 9 of 10
    Leonard Cohen makes a compelling case for the classic rock stage spread.
  • Frida’s Studio 10 of 10
    Frida's Studio
    Natural sisals and muted cloth rugs that let the color of your work take primacy? Brilliant.

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***A big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign. My first post about my office transition is here, and I’ll publish one more in this series next week when my office is done.  Click here to see more of the discussion about flooring from others! 

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