Room Ideas

Style Tips for Small Spaces

Apartment living or downsizing can be a challenge. With the absence of excess space, rooms become multipurpose. A living room also turns into an exercise room, the entranceway into a mudroom, and sometimes the bathroom doubles as a laundry room.

With the restrictions of small spaces, it’s a challenge to find balance between showcasing your personal sense of style and recognizing that your home needs to be inviting and practical for you and your family.

From multi-functional furnishings to small apartment ideas, here are five style tips for small spaces to help infuse your sense of style into a small living space:

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1. Declutter

When everything has some sort of sentimental value, it’s really easy for your home to get cluttered. Our lives often seem too busy to even attempt this first step, but we suggest taking 10-15 minutes each day to tackle this task. Get rid of those papers that you may not need that are piled up on the counter, don’t hang on to those clothes that you don’t wear anymore, donate them. Take inventory of all of your kitchen gadgets and appliances. Which ones do you really need and use?

2. Neutral, Light Colors

When it comes to small apartment decoration, painting your walls in neutral and light colors visually opens up the space and makes it look much bigger. Choose between white, light woods, blush pink and soft grey for your foundation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a peek into a bold color for accents though. The key is to remember to balance out that brighter color with softer tones so the room doesn’t become too overwhelming.

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3. Oversized Wall Décor

It may seem counterintuitive to hang an oversized piece of artwork on a tiny wall, but having one large, commanding piece can draw the focus away from the size of the space and toward the art itself. You can also help a room look less cramped by hanging a large mirror on the wall or paneling your closet doors with mirrors. The reflective surface gives the illusion of a larger space, which makes the room feel a lot less tiny.

4. Furniture that fits the room

Don’t go too big with your furniture. If you have low ceilings, choose pieces that sit lower to the ground. This can help create an effect of having higher ceilings. A coffee table could double as a storage bench, or you could push two side tables together as a coffee table with the ease of being able to move them around to add extra space when needed. If you work from home, create a built-in desk area inside an unused closet, nook or any unused space in your home. If you can, find a way to camouflage the space too with a rod + curtain or a sliding door. Hidden storage is optimal! For your dining area, a glass or clear table will keep the appearance of an open and free space.

5. Custom size rug

Now for your fifth wall, the floor!  A light-colored flooring will make the room appear brighter and more open. Our design team recommends the Patola collection in Cosmopolitan for your living room.  Or perhaps you want to have a little more fun with animal prints? Check out our  Savanna Scenes Cheetah. It’s easy to create the perfect custom bound area rug for your rooms, just pick your favorite broadloom carpet and provide your measurements to your local Karastan retailer. When you have small spaces, it’s essential that everything from area rugs to furnishings is the right size.

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Do you live in a small space? Share with us some of your favorite tips for stylish living in the comments!


New Year, New Rugs – Rug Trend Forecast for 2017

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, we will excitedly welcome the start of 2017.  It’s no secret each New Year’s Eve presents us with a clean slate and imagination full of possibilities for the year ahead. And what’s a better way to create an environment of new beginnings than by re-energizing your home with fresh new styles for the year ahead?

Do you have an agenda behind your home refresh?  Will you be marketing your home in the coming year or does your dwellings just desire a little TLC?  Simple swaps like replacing your rugs and accents pillows will add new colors and textures without having to fire up any power tools. After all, flooring accounts for roughly 30% of a room’s color.

In need of some inspiration? Look no further than our list of top rug trends for the year ahead.  You can also head over to Karastan’s swoon worthy Pinterest boards for the most fashionable year yet!



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Shades of Gray

Gray, often referred to as the ‘new neutral’, is still sought after for its versatility and fresh aesthetic. From dark charcoal grey to icy silver, gray isn’t going away anytime soon!

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Metallic’s Moment

It’s luxurious metallic’s –  shimmering silver, brushed gold, honeyed bronze and warm rose gold – moment to shine! Rising to the occasion, Karastan’s Titanium Collection satisfies a craving for contrast, with a fashion forward fusion of matte and metallic sheen finishes. Glamorous yet grounded by a carefully curated combination of both traditional and transitional patterns, look no further than the Titanium Collection for your metallic muse.

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Traditional with a Twist

The enchanting embellishments and eternal elegance of renowned Persian inspired patterns have been thoughtfully re-imagined in fresh color like only Karastan can create in a myriad of modern masterpieces. Pretty pastels capture the eye in striking new colorations of the classics, like the Anastasia in Robin’s Egg from the Sovereign Collection. Delicate details delight in fresh new color choices in this latest designer debut of the sophisticated Sovereign Collection.


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Aberdeen in Sand from the Euphoria Collection

Animal Instincts

From luxurious leopard prints to striking zebra stripes, an addition of animal print to your décor can definitely liven things up! Many designers advise clients to consider animal print a new neutral. Whether your goal is infusing your space with a little eclectic excitement or balancing brighter hues, animal print will not disappoint! For more designer tips on elegantly incorporating the exotic pattern, check out this past blog post!

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Never Boring Neutrals

Somewhere along the way, neutrals developed a reputation for being boring. But in reality, there is nothing boring about their versatile nature and ability to tie together bolder colors in a space. The detailed patterns and flattering palettes of many of Karastan’s latest neutral numbers prove that simple can be quite stylish after all!

Look for these styles and other Karastan rug designs this year at your local authorized Karastan retailer. For more information on where to buy, please visit our retailer locator page.

How do you plan on updated your home décor this year? Let us know in the comments!





Highlights from High Point Market

Known as “fashion week for the home furnishing industry,” the High Point Market is held biannually in High Point, North Carolina. It’s also recognized as the largest home furnishings show in the world! Each April and October, the market welcomes over 75,000 visitors, with representation from over 100 countries. Over 2,000 exhibitors flood the 11.5 million square feet of show space and unveil the freshest fashions in home furnishings for the season ahead, and Karastan had an amazing showroom at this year’s Market.






The finale of our fall 2016 market tour, the Karastan showroom at High Point was full of energy and excitement as eager industry insiders previewed four rug designs from the highly anticipated Intrigue Collection, set to officially launch this upcoming January 2017. Aptly named Intrigue, the transitional styles of this captivating new collection held onlookers spellbound with vibrant expressions of exotic jewel tones and refreshingly modern motifs. Beautifully woven with Karastan’s exclusive Everstrand™ recycled premium polyester yarn, each debut of the Intrigue Collection features an irresistible softness, superior stain resistance and striking color clarity for the ultimate in luxury.



Adding to the activity inside the Karastan showroom, was the big reveal of a comparative piece to the renowned Sovereign Collection’s bestselling Anastasia style. Currently, the Anastasia is Karastan’s highest selling Axminster woven rug. A modern embodiment of the Karastan legacy, the new Marquis area rug is only available through special order at this time. A design created for those with a timeless taste in mind, the transitional Marquis is certain to become a celebrated classic. Woven with the finest New Zealand worsted wool, the Marquis is luxuriously crafted with an heirloom quality that is unmistakably Karastan.



As the doors of the High Point Market are sealed to the public and only open to trade professionals, enjoy this exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes at the Karastan showroom! The next High Point Market is scheduled for April 22-26, 2017, we’ll have so much more to feature and report this Spring.















Karastan Invites You to Step Outside with Portico

As Karastan nears a century since “The Wonder Rug of America” was first unveiled in the spring of 1928, history is being made again this fall with the launch of the Portico Collection! A luxuriously versatile collection of flat weave styles designed specifically for indoor and outdoor use, Portico offers a superior standard of durability that has yet to be seen in the market.

The introductory collection includes 29 timeless and treasured patterns, like central medallions, frets and ikat motifs, cast in an exciting range of colors, including coral, indigo and steel grey. Thoughtfully crafted from outdoor, weather-resistant polypropylene yarn, the styles of the Portico Collection are fade resistant and feature an attractive sisal inspired aesthetic.

We’re proud to say that the Portico Collection is the only flat-woven sisal look product made in America and has all of the benefits and advantages associated with that distinction! Anticipated to debut this fall, use our find a retailer tool to discover the Karastan Portico Collection at a luxury retailer near you.



Inspired by luxurious jaunts to the French Riviera, the San Tropez, in coral and natural, showcases a stately central medallion framed by an ornately detailed border. A flat weave style crafted from outdoor, weather-resistant polypropylene yarn, the styles of the Portico Collection undergo extensive fade resistance testing and feature an attractive sisal inspired aesthetic.


The Amalfi, in grey and silver, showcases a tile inspired motif, reminiscent of the ornately detailed mosaics seen in the ancient Italian architecture of the Amalfi Cathedral, located in the center of the coastal Mediterranean town. Equally well suited for both indoor and outdoor living, the Portico Collection delivers an advanced standard of durability to the high fashion of interior design today.


Summer Rug Market Sneak Peek

It’s been an eventful season at Karastan, as our designers polish the finishing touches on three new rug collections and a flock of fresh Spice Market additions set to be unveiled inside the Karastan Showroom at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, held July 12-19, 2016 in Atlanta’s AmericasMart. The market routinely hosts over 1,400 unique showrooms and 4,000 temporary exhibits, and the Karastan showroom will undoubtedly be a prime destination for the East Coast’s premiere interior designers, upscale retailers and industry professionals. Later this summer, Karastan will take the show on the road to the West Coast at the biannual Las Vegas Market, held July 31- August 4 on the campus of the World Market Center in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

Set to debut at this market includes our highly anticipated, contemporary Cosmopolitan and Enigma Collections, the luxuriously transitional Touchstone Collection, and a sensational spread of new styles designed for the highly sought after Spice Market Collection.

Influenced by the glamorous glistens of brushed gold seen heavily in high end jewelry, home accents, furniture and lighting, the Cosmopolitan Collection combines divine dustings of shimmering cream and gold viscose with the velvety texture of Smartstrand Silk. Polished patterns inspired a taste for timeless traditional designs are illuminated by a palette of mineral colors, like jadeite, heathered violet, and cornflower.

Enigma showcases a contemporary collection of abstract, texturally driven designs. Though avant-garde in every aspect, the styles of this collection lend an effortless harmony to other décor elements as a result of their monochromatic aesthetic. Subtly shimmering sprinkles of viscose add a glimpse of glamour to the smooth texture of Karastan’s exclusive triexta Smartstrand Silk yarn.

An eclectic mix of styles from abstract contemporary to re-imagined Persians, Touchstone is a curated collection of new age classics. Shown in sought after shades of indigo, bronze, black and a soft gold, the designs of this collection are transitional and textural. Fused with our exclusive Smartstrand Silk yarn, the styles of the Touchstone Collection offer the same sumptuous softness of silk, coupled with the renowned strain resistance of our Smartstrand fiber.

To date, Spice Market has been one of Karastan’s most successful collection launches, with a wait list long of bestselling styles. With influences from across the globe, each design of the Spice Market collection features original cultural inspired artistry, one-of-a-kind details and a rich palette of sultry hues and deep jewel tones derived from the exotic Mediterranean. Consciously crafted of Karastan’s exclusive Everstrand fiber, a premium polyester produced from up to 100% post-consumer content from plastic bottles, the rugs of the Spice Market Collection offer an irresistible soft touch, inherent stain resistance and vivid color clarity.

All market debuts are expected to be in stock this upcoming fall.


This is Karastan’s Suir Camel rug, a debut from the Touchstone Collection




Karastan’s Newest Rug Collections: Manifesto and Titanium

Earlier this year, Karastan unveiled two of our most luxurious rug collections yet, Manifesto and Titanium. While both collections are a product of our designers’ taste for timeless elegance and distinguished craftsmanship, they delightfully differ in many ways as well. View the styles of each collection on our website and be sure to take advantage of our Find a Retailer tool to find a store in your area. While these styles are expected to be in stock later this spring, they won’t last for long!

The Manifesto Collection

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Manifesto Soprano Rug in Charcoal

This collection blends relaxed elegance and exquisite quality with a touch of modern sophistication. Featuring a soft color palette of creams, grays, and neutrals, mixed with accents of seaglass, tobacco and rosewood, this collection will flatter almost any space for generations to come.  The Manifesto Collection exudes a global design flair, gathering its influence from legendary pattern styles like the sultabad, khotan and agra.

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Manifesto Contralto Rug in Ivory

As practical as they are beautiful, these rugs provide decorating solutions that are also comfortable and durable. Crafted with 100% of the finest worsted New Zealand wool, handsomely woven with Karastan’s renowned Van De Wiele looms, the Manifesto Collection offers heirloom quality pieces that will effortlessly complement today’s home fashions.

Titanium Collection

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Titanium Andeols Rug in Seaglass

The Titanium Collection is glamourous but still grounded by a carefully curated combination of both traditional and transitional patterns. Rising to the occasion, the Titanium Collection satisfies a craving for contrast, with a fashion forward fusion of matte and sheen finishes.

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Titanium Sans Pareil Rug in Ivory

Wonderfully woven with Karastan’s renowned Van De Wiele looms, the styles of this collection feature a matchless texture with the innovative fiber blend of matte wool and subtly shimmering viscose. Strands of viscose yarn strategically interwoven into the wool construction capture light and elegantly glisten, giving the rugs of the Titanium Collection a rich dimension and soft metallic luster.

What do you think of our two newest collections? Let us know in the comments!




A Relic Reimagined

Earlier this month, Karastan boldly unveiled its limited edition Panel Kirman Granite rug design inside the Karastan showroom of Atlanta’s AmericasMart during the opening day of January’s International Area Rug Market. A reimagined creation of our most popular rug ever made, the illustrious Multi Panel Kirman, the limited edition rug has been recolored with the millennial buyer in mind.

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While the original Multi Panel Kirman that debuted in 1937 featured 53 mesmerizing bold colors, the refreshed masterpiece offers a more muted palette of greys, creams, tans and bronze, accented by citron and French blue. With only 250 of these limited edition works of art in existence, each is sure to become a treasured collection piece.

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Here’s a more in-depth look at the inspiration and creative process behind the recreation of the legendary Multi Panel Kirman, as told by Tracy Pruitt, Karastan’s Vice President of Design.



Karastan Showroom at Winter Market 2016

From January 24-28, 2016, Karastan set up a showroom at the World Market Center in Las Vegas during Winter Market 2016, where we displayed our collection of luxury rugs. We debuted new Wool and Wool Blend rugs, new collections, and new additions to some of our most popular collections. It was a wonderful week!  Rug News and Design absolutely loved the vignettes at our showroom, proclaiming the desire to go travel.

Here are just a sampling of images from our Las Vegas Market showroom featuring our new collections and new rugs in warm, soft, naturally renewable New Zealand wool and silky wool/viscose blends.
















Were you at Winter Market 2016 in Las Vegas? What did you think about our Showroom?


Sneak Peak at Spice Market

Just as the world around us begins to cool down, things in the Karastan design world are quickly heating back up, courtesy of last month’s Spice Market Collection debut. This sultry new collection is truly one with global appeal, as the Karastan design team merged stunning style influences taken from around the world. Woven on Van De Weile looms at Karastan’s location in Eden, North Carolina, each design features original cultural inspired artistry, one-of-a-kind details and a rich palette of Mediterranean derived hues and deep jewel tones. Crafted with EverStrand, Karstan’s premium polyester fiber produced from up to 100% post-consumer content from plastic bottles, Spice Market rugs offer an irresistible soft touch, inherent stain resistance and brilliant color clarity. Take a look at a couple of our favorites from the collection so far!


Featured above is the Deir in Aquamarine. Aquamarine blue is the inspiring backdrop for a collage of tribal elements in Deir from Karastan’s Spice Market Collection.


Featured above is the Palmyra in Tobacco. In this distinctive Palmyra rug, stylish quatrefoils in jewel tones create a contemporary checkerboard framed with scrollwork.

What do you think about this sneak peak of our Spice Market Collection?



Highlights of Las Vegas Market

Earlier this month, the Karastan showroom inside Las Vegas’s famous World Market Center was quite literally a hot bed of energy and excitement, as eager buyers gathered for the reveal of the highly anticipated Spice Market Collection and limited edition Mystic Garden area rug.

For the past ten years of the Las Vegas Market’s history, buyers from across the West Coast have flocked to the destination for a first look at the freshest finds in furniture, home décor and gifts. This August was no exception, with more than 2,200 vendors tempting buyers across the market’s 40 floors.


Here’s a sampling of Karastan’s beautiful showroom!

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July 2015 Las Vegas Rug Market




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While this summer’s Las Vegas Market has now concluded, the winter market will soon be upon us, as doors are set to open January 24th, 2016!