Rush matting

One of our favorite ways to lend a casual, airy feeling to just about any room is to use rush matting (also known as apple or medieval matting). Rush is a wonderful natural material that can be laid down as either an area rug or wall-to-wall. Colorful upholstery and pattern pop off of this neutral background that suits both old historical homes and modern ones. Don’t you love how the pink pops in this living room designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth?
matthewpatricksmyth We’ve always loved this living room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber, below, which features two rush matting carpets side by side in an elegant beach home on Long Island (also love the back to back sofas!). image411[1] image34A more defined braid runs through this rush carpet in a living room designed by Peter Dunham (below). image71_thumb9 image_thumb[129] image[98] image71_thumbHere’s an example, below, of what this type of carpeting (in designer Peter Dunham’s office) can look like if installed wall-to-wall. image49_thumbWe think you can’t go wrong with this type of carpeting and that it looks chic, chic, chic no matter where you put it! A great alternative to costly wool and silk rugs 🙂

  • Emily

    I think this is beautiful. A quick online search pulls up mostly UK vendors. Any US sources you could provide?

  • MySister’sBookshelf

    How would you say this compares to sisal or jute? A new one to me!

  • Angela

    Serena and Lily have a version made in England, the real deal. Crosby Street Studio in NYC. Restoration Hardware has a chunky jute that looks like rush

  • Emily R

    Thank you!