“I like that maximalism takes over while minimalism disappears,” says New York designer Courtney Sempliner. “The pattern play I see with the upholstery, the layering of patterns at different scales and the bold use of color is exciting and much more interesting. “
It also allows more of an owner’s personality to come through.
Regional and global tribal models continue to gain attention; textiles for living and sleeping spaces feature these eye-catching and often story-driven designs.
“The Navajo are among the best carpet makers in the world, with loom work and design on par with the best Persian rugs,” says Atlanta-based editor-in-chief Leanne Potts, a contributor to HGTV, Gardenista and d ‘other points of sale. “These southwestern masterpieces feature patterns and colors that complement many decor styles.”
Joanna Mahserdjian, founder of Upstate Rug Supply in Hudson, NY, agrees.
“Hang one on the wall as art, place one on the floor in a mid-century modern home, or layer them with Persian rugs, like Ralph Lauren does,” she suggests. “They work just as well for anchoring a pair of modern Danish chairs as they do in a desk under a rich camel leather Chesterfield sofa.”
You’ll also find Native American and African tribal designs on the upholstered pieces: Anthropologie’s Ulla chair has a mud-inspired print. Sundance’s mango wood-covered kilim-covered sofa marries hand-woven with bespoke, and there are also vibrant woven baskets here, made by a collective of Ghanaian women.