Reforming the Turks
I have never been a fan of Turkish rugs. No offense but I must say that I can totally appreciate the craftmanship, love, and work that goes into making these labor intensive rugs, and I totally appreciate that there are lots of folks out there who love them. However, last week, when I went into ABC Carpet and Home, I stumbled across something splashy and refreshing in the Turkish rug section. There amongst the piles of traditional maroon, blue, brown, and muted tones was something electric that stopped me in my well worn Trippen boots.
Color Reform is a really brilliant idea–taking old worn Turkish rugs (which would normally be making their way to the dump), bleaching them with lemon juice (no real bleach of course), drying them in the sun, and then saturating them with jewel-toned dyes. The result is astonishingly beautiful. Like a Turkish rug on acid–that’s acid yellow of course. There are also vibrant dayglo pinks, purples, and greens. I’m really loving Turkish rugs all of a sudden.