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2010 Design Predictions: Oriental Rugs Return

Nesting has been in full effect since this stinker of an economy reared its ugly head a few years ago, but 2009 was when it really kicked into high gear. Like the resurgence of backyard gardens and heirloom crops in food trends, people are DIYing and looking for true value over cheap substance at home, as well.

That's why we're going out on a limb and declaring oriental rugs the reemerging trend of 2010. Okay, so a style of rug that's been around for hundreds and hundreds of years may not seem like a revelation, but hear us out. The past decade in floor covering has been mainly geared toward geometric patterns and florals, usually mass-produced and easily replaceable. But a used, hand-tufted oriental rug (which you can get for a surprisingly good deal these days) will last for a lifetime. Also, they contain no VOCs, which are abundant in machine-made floor coverings due to the toxic glue and synthetic materials used to make them.

Another reason? They work really well with the "Rustic Industrial" look that is quickly sweeping past Mid-Century Modern as the new (albeit old) "it" style (think Salt Chair instead of Eiffelcage light fixtures over Nelson bubbles). The key for this trend to work, though, is adding enough warmth to a space–something an oriental rug has in spades.

What are your thoughts? Think oriental rugs will make a comeback or no? Any trends you're predicting will go big in 2010?