Fashion and Flooring: The Impact of New York Fashion Week

With New York Fashion Week upon us, we’re excited to see all the luxurious new spring styles from the most famous designers around the world. With models strutting down the runway this week, unveiling the spring’s most anticipated styles, it’s easy to see the impact that these creations have on flooring as well.

Here are the biggest trends we see making their way into flooring design:

The Color of Fall

Red has always been a popular color, but this season, it’s whites and creams that are stealing the show. Regal hues, like the creamy Sandstorm from the Worstead Elegance collection, is a perfect base for a monochromatically designed space or paired with a bright pastel.


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Power in Plaid

As New York Fashion Week continues, a trend we expect to see is the re-emergence of plaid. The timeless style has the versatility to be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the rest of the out.  When it comes to flooring, designs like our Woolston Plaid follows along as one of this season’s hottest, most adaptable looks.


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Mix and Match

One of our favorite styles on the rise this week is the mix-and-match look. Clothing designers are pairing sleek leather jackets with bright, tattered pants in gorgeous innovative designs. In flooring like Karastan’s Patina Multi rug, flooring designers are combining random clouds of color with a distressed rug appearance.


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Gold is Good

For many, yellow isn’t the obvious color choice when choosing an outfit to wear or what flooring to purchase. This season, Stylecaster predicts that golden tones like saffron and goldenrod will bring the luxury of gold back to the forefront. Live like royalty and keep your room in style with luxurious comfort and a brilliant golden glow Karastan’s Modern Vision in Winter Wheat.


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Flower Power

Florals are another trend on the rise. From Warhol inspired neon shades to simple vines dancing across the floor, flowers are taking over all corners of fashion. In flooring, floral patterns are a timeless trend that adds texture without overpowering the rest of the room.



Big and Bold

Flashy and extravagant styles are what we look forward to during fashion week. Bold statements like big boots, bright colors and layered designs will be seen at shows throughout the week. If your personality is bold, we recommend rich carpets with intricate layered designs to keep your home looking chic.


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What are your favorite fashion week trends? Share with us in the comments!


Wool Carpets: The Best Carpets for Allergies

If you’re one of the nearly 30% of adults or 40% of children in the U.S. who lives with allergies, you don’t need a doctor telling you how the war against allergens is an everyday, uphill battle. Allergens are everywhere around the house – embedded in fabric, airborne in dust and lying in wait on hard surfaces.

It’s impossible to rid your home entirely of these microscopic particles, but you can minimize dust, pet dander, mold, pollen and other annoying allergens in the air that trigger allergic reactions. Did you know that natural wool carpet is an effective tool in your anti-allergy arsenal?

A properly maintained wool carpet can improve indoor air quality and have a beneficial effect on your health.
A properly maintained wool carpet can improve indoor air quality and have a beneficial effect on your health.



There’s a common misperception that people with allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies now suggest that a properly maintained wool carpet can have a beneficial effect on your health. Here’s how hypoallergenic carpeting works.

A wool carpet’s overlapping fibers form ridges that trap particles in the upper layer of the pile where they can be easily vacuumed away.
A wool carpet’s overlapping fibers form ridges that trap particles in the upper layer of the pile where they can be easily vacuumed away.

Hypoallergenic Wool Carpets

Indoor air purity – Acts as a passive air filter to trap dust, pollen and other particles. Wool carpets also absorb air pollutants and gases faster and better than other carpet fibers.


Non-irritating – Most wool fibers are too long and thick to be inhaled, so a wool carpet won’t irritate the respiratory system or cause allergic reactions.


Easy to keep clean – A wool carpet’s overlapping fibers form ridges that trap particles in the upper layer of the pile where they can be easily vacuumed away. In fact, regular vacuuming removes the food source of allergen-producing dust mites.


Best Carpet for Allergies

Wool from sheep raised in New Zealand is recognized as the highest quality in the world. Sheep farmers there are passionate about their animals and their lands, using sustainable practices to raise free-range sheep bred for wool that’s ideally suited for carpets and upholstery. New Zealand wool is also naturally white so it readily accepts dyes for beautifully vibrant colors and patterns. And wool has built-in resistance to crushing, so carpet fibers bounce back even after repeated wear. Add to that its natural tendency to resist soil and stains and you can understand why wool makes the best carpet for allergy sufferers.

Naturally white, New Zealand wool readily accepts dyes for beautifully vibrant colors and patterns.
Naturally white, New Zealand wool readily accepts dyes for beautifully vibrant colors and patterns.

Karastan chooses to use New Zealand wool over any other types because of its superior beauty and strength as well as hypoallergenic properties. When shopping for wool carpeting, also look for the “Wool: Clean Air Certification” label that assures a carpet that removes contaminants from the air and contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Karastan was the first to carry the Wool: Clean Air Certified label on all of its wool carpets and rugs.

Wool: Clean Air Certified label assures a carpet that will remove contaminants from the air and improve the health of the indoor environment.
Wool: Clean Air Certified label assures a carpet that will remove contaminants from the air and improve the health of the indoor environment.

Despite the itching, sneezing and watery eyes, people with allergies and sensitivities to dust and other particles can still enjoy the warmth and comfort of carpeting in their home.

Do you suffer from allergies? Share your tips for allergy-proofing your home in the comments.

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Karastan Premier Designer Project: Chicago Retreat

We love it when Karastan Premier Designers share with us images from some of their gorgeous interiors. So when M. Grace Sielaff, Karastan Premier Designer and managing principal of M. Grace Designs, Inc. out of Chicago, sent us photos from one of her latest projects, we just knew we had to share it with our Live Beautifully readers!

Read on for our Q&A with Grace about this beautiful Chicago retreat, complete with Karastan’s luxury wool carpet.

Karastan: Where was this project?

Grace:  Chicago, IL

Karastan: What were you hired to do?

Grace: Our client is from Denver, Colorado. We were hired to design their two-bedroom unit condo in River North, Chicago. It is our client’s second home. They wanted a second home so they can visit their parents on the weekends.

Karastan: Sounds great! What was the look the client wanted? How were you able to translate their vision?

Grace: Our client wanted a transitional with a minimalist modern living space. From the client’s perspective, they wanted to leave it all to me to come up with ideas. So we created this space with touches of their favorite color and then translated their ideal look within the allocated budget.

Karastan: What was your approach to this project?

Grace: I listened to their needs, and then presented the ideas, color palette, and furnishings one room at a time. I’m passionate about the outcome because the client was so easy to work with.

Karastan: Why did you decide to use a Karastan carpet?

Grace: I’ve incorporated Karastan’s Woolston Plaid in Castle Wall because of its nice transitional modern look. It has a bold yet subtle pattern, and it’s the first thing you notice when you walk into the room.

Karastan: Why did you decide to cut and bind the rug as opposed to going wall to wall?

Grace: Our client wanted area rugs in all the room.

Karastan:  Tell us about this room – what’s the focal point? What look did you achieve?

Grace: We achieved a dramatic, minimal yet subtle living environment. The focal point is in the living room. Everything’s anchored with the space, including the art, the loveseat and the area rug.

Karastan: What was the client’s response to the bedroom?

Grace: The bedroom was a haven to them. They feel like it’s a home away from home. We ended up with a successful project because they were just a remarkable couple to work with.

Thanks, Grace for sharing your beautiful work with us, too!

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About M. Grace Sielaff:

Grace, a Karastan Premier Designer, is a recognized expert in color and is the recipient of the ASID Design Excellence Award from the American Society of Interior Designers, (ASID). Grace’s interiors have been published and featured in: Luxury Home Quarterly, Design Bureau Magazine, CS Interiors,The MTV Production, HGTV- Home & Garden Television, Chicago Luxury Home and Condo, StyleChicago, Garden Design magazine, Spectacular HOMES, Chicago Tribune, and DreamHome at Design Center Merchandise Mart. For additional information about Grace, visit her website here!

Follow Grace on social media using the links below, and visit her Premier Designer profile on the Designer Match section of Karastan’s website.

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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!




Premier Designers at the Design Bloggers Conference

This week, at the 2016 Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, we launched our Premier Designers program to hundreds of interior designers, members of the American Society of Interior Designers, and design bloggers. It was an absolute #woollove fest at the Karastan booth, where our Lady Baa Baa sheep greeted conference participants on our 100% New Zealand Wool Woolston Plaid carpet in Worldly Gray.


Interior Design bloggers were also invited to join Premier Designers, Karastan’s exclusive group of interior designers who earn rewards for their design services. Interior Designers who join Premier Designers while at the booth were automatically entered into a contest where they could win their choice of Karastan carpet or rug up to 8’x10’.


Premier Designers are featured on the Karastan website, and can earn rewards including features on Karastan’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and profiles on Live Beautifully, Karastan’s interior design blog. The highest earning Premier Designer will get national recognition in Elle Décor magazine.

There were plenty of Instagrammable moments at our booth, as conference attendees took selfies with our Karastan sheep to enter our Instagram contest. To enter the contest, all Karastan sheep selfies on Instagram must include the hashtags: #Karastan #livebeautifully and #woollove. The contest winner will be chosen on Thursday, March 10, 2016 and will receive a $250 Visa gift card.

Here are some fun photos from the Karastan booth!









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?

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Highlights from the Fall One Room Challenge

One of our highlights for 2015 was our carpet sponsorship of the Fall One Room Challenge™, is a biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty designers are invited to take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. Eight bloggers selected Karastan carpets to feature in their room makeover, and the results were absolutely gorgeous! Here are some of the highlights from their projects:



Vanessa Francis is an interior decorator living in a suburb of Toronto, Canada with her husband and teenage daughter. She chose to makeover her master bedroom into a little Parisian getaway. The end result was a pretty and serene room featuring a palette that was fairly neutral. The varying textures from linen, velvet, and wool from her Karastan Woolcraft Nouveau carpet in Metro Grey provided a unique element to her new bedroom sanctuary. The Alexanian Carpet and Flooring in Toronto did a great job serging Vanessa’s new area rug.

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 An interior designer from Texas, Jennifer Beshears blogs at The Pink Pagoda. In her One Room Challenge project she showcased not one but two Karastan carpets. She chose to redo the entranceway of her friend Jane’s home, and the resulting stairwell is stunning. The herringbone pattern of Karastan’s Cobble Ridge in Driftwood is a beautiful neutral color for the home’s entryway.


Beneath the secretary desk is our Wool Crochet carpet in French Beige that was cut and bound to fit the entryway. The stripes in the rug are a nice contrast to the herringbone pattern of the stair runner. Clifton Carpet did an amazing job installing the stair runner!



Mallory is a fashion and décor blogger at Style Your Senses, a life and style blog for the modern millennial. For her master bedroom redo, Mallory swapped beige for a mostly neutral and soft color palette with lots of plays on texture. Our new Patola carpet in Almond Cream, cut and bound to fit beneath her bed, brightens up the entire bedroom.



You could spend hours scrolling through the pictures of Holly’s room makeover and you still won’t discover all of the hidden elements that puts the wow factor into this living room. The room is bright, bold and colorful with different textures and patterns, exotic artwork and accessories.



Holly selected a carpet from our Exotics Collection in Aberdale Antelope and it’s the perfect foundation for the entire room.



Arianna of Arianna Belle is an interior design blogger living in California who makes custom high-end decorative pillows. Her room redesign features large pieces that are neutral in color with purple and blue pillows, art and other accessories throughout the room. The Area Rug Factory in Ventura County cut and bound the rug, our new Patola carpet in Almond Cream, which is a beautifully fit to the room.



Inspired by a photo of a black and white check room that looks like it is right at home in the English Countryside, our celebrity interior design blogger Kimberly Schlegel Whitman completely transformed the living room at her White Oaks Ranch. The room boasts mixed metallics, plenty of equine accents and artwork, and even a pair of retired polo mallets.


The foundation of the room features our Woolston Plaid cut and bound rug in Redefined Khaki; the print compliments the beautiful pattern on the drapery as well as the animal pattern textiles scattered throughout the room.



Sherry is an interior designer living in Atlanta who blogs at Design Indulgence. For her One Room Challenge, she transformed the living room and dining room of her sister’s home mixing new furniture and accessories with various fabrics and textiles. The living room features our Woolston Plaid carpet in Shoreline, which provided a unique pattern that really complimented the space. From the light walls to the urbane bronze on the built-ins, this new living space boasts a beautiful black and white modern decor with a cozy feel.

What do you think of all of the before and after shots from these blogger projects? We love them all! Let us know which ones were your favorite in the comments.



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Instagram #DesignerTakeover


This is M. Grace Sielaff, the founder of @mgracedesigns. On September 26-27, Grace took over the Karastan Instagram account for a #DesignerTakeover for the entire weekend! In case you missed it, we pulled together all of Grace’s images and commentary for this blog post on Live Beautifully. If you haven’t already, make sure you start following us on Instagram @karastancarpet and let us know what you think of Grace’s images!


“I’m super excited to be taking over the Karastan Instagram account for the weekend. Get ready for some design inspiration, a behind-the-scenes look at my life as an interior designer, and the reasons why I love @karastancarpet!

Help me kickoff #NationalKarastanMonth by visiting this link. You can download the Karastan rebate coupon and get up to $1,000 back on your purchase of beautiful and luxurious @KarastanCarpet!”


“Here’s a look at my little project from today—a vintage-inspired glass table all set for dinner. Loving the Woolston Plaid area rug. Makes it a classic statement.” Photo by @mgracedesigns. #DesignerTakeover #National KarastanMonth


“Sneak peek of a fun decor project I’m working on for tonight!”

Photo by M. Grace Sielaff of @mgracedesigns. #DesignerTakeover #NationalKarastanMonth


“This is what I call understated luxury. It’s Karastan’s Violetta pattern, made of 100% New Zealand wool and is the perfect choice when looking for soft neutrals. Right now during #NationalKarastanMonth, you can get up to $1,000 off Karastan carpets.”


“As an interior designer, much of my inspiration comes from my travels. I spotted this gorgeous architectural detail in Orvieto, Italy. The sophisticated structure and gray color reminded me of the textured Karastan wool #carpet, Woolcraft Nouveau in Metro Gray.”


“In the showroom with some of my favorite Karastan styles today! From top to bottom: Patola in Denim Wash; Woolcraft Nouveau in Windsor Tan; Astor Row in Fleece; Woolspun in Silver Sage. Let me know in the comments which of these textures/colors you like the best!”


“I’m often designing and decorating in very unique spaces. I love that I can get custom cut-and-bound Karastan carpets as rugs.”


“I’m always looking for color and pattern #inspiration. Would love to see this one as an area rug! I took this photo during my trip to Barcelona. Have you ever found decor inspiration in an expected place? Where?”

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“Thanks for joining me for the @KarastanCarpet #DesignerTakeover! Remember to look for inspiration in unexpected places. It makes a difference to find the right, high-quality decor items that reflect your style and your lifestyle.

This is Grace, signing off! You can keep up with my life and #interiordesign projects at @mgracedesigns. Don’t forget to take advantage of #NationalKarastanMonth, the lowest prices of the season on luxury #carpet.”



Karastan’s Mystic Garden West Coast Reveal

Excitement is building as Karastan prepares to unveil the limited edition Mystic Garden area rug to the West Coast at this upcoming market, held at Las Vegas’s New World Market Center. While Mystic Garden first made its debut to the world in early July in Atlanta, anticipation for this week’s reveal remains just as high, with buyers flocking to Las Vegas to secure one of the 75 limited edition designs. A collector’s item since creation, the Mystic Garden design will be sealed in the Karastan vault once all 75 rugs have sold.


Tracy Pruitt, Karastan’s Vice President of Design, credited nature as the inspiration behind the legendary limited edition’s design. “It’s stylized, but you can still make out what it is. The delicate draping branches are so elegant, along with the cypress trees and delicate flowers. They create a garden-like feel,” explained Pruitt.


While Mystic Garden’s inspiration may have been born in nature, its natural, organic appearance also imparts distinctive Persian traits. “I love that about it,” said Pruitt. “There is a real return to the appreciation for Persian traditional patterns, which have been the foundation of Karastan since its inception. Our goal has always been to create current, relevant, heirloom-quality rugs that are representative of traditional heirloom rugs,” he stated.

Upping the ante even more, the rug’s debut made history as the first-ever use of silk in an Axminster rug. “The sparkle and shine of the silk gives the rug a mystical quality,” said Pruitt. “The neutral color palette is inspired by nature with its sage and evergreen hues, then the sapphire and amber tones punch it up. It’s neutral and dramatic at the same time, which is something that will speak to today’s decorators and consumers,” stated Pruitt.

The Mystic Garden area rug will be revealed to West Coast buyers Sunday evening, August 2, 2015, in the Karastan showroom of the New World Market Center.