We asked four Wood River Valley design experts, Terri DeMun from Lone Star, Marina Broschofsky from Red Door Design House, Susan Flynt from em•bel•lish and Deanna Melin from the Vault, their thoughts on how to add antique treasures to your contemporary home. Here are their ideas.
Complementary lines, angles and curves inspired by nature, designed for your home.
Plant fibers have been used on floors for millennia. Ancient Egyptians wove the leaves of the bulrush plant found along the Nile into mats to cover their earthen floors. Centuries later, medieval European housekeepers scattered disposable layers of rush and straw over their stone floors to collect soil and ward off the chill. During the Age of Discovery, fibers such as jute and hemp—used in the manufacture of rope and sackcloth for the nautical trades—were adapted for use as floor matting on the ships and in the homes of sailors and merchants around the world. Natural fiber matting was gradually displaced, predominantly by the ubiquitous, mass-produced synthetic carpet of the industrial era. Only in the last two decades, as a result of modern production techniques and a renewed demand for all-natural materials, has this very organic floor covering become available as a serious and affordable alternative to carpet made of wool, nylon, and other conventional fibers.