On one hand I think it is rather stupid to put a ten thousand dollar rug under the table where people eat (and spill). On the other hand, it defines the area, adds coziness and lessens the echoey feel of hard wood.
My lucite dining room chairs are so heavy and their bottoms are getting all scratched up on the wood floor, so I am considering putting a rug under them.
This last photo is a room designed by Jamie Drake for The Manhattan House model apartments, where the 2008 Kips Bay Showhouse was held.
See that gorgeous piece of art in the background? That is by Irene Mamiye, a photographer whose large scale abstract photos are gorgeous, and attracting the attention of a lot of interior designers. Something about them makes them the kind of art that you actually want to have in your home. They look good in rooms, not just in galleries.
Sisal seems to be a popular in dining rooms, although I hear that it does stain, and I imagine that it would be hard to clean mushed food out of all those fibers.
Sleek and modern with no rug, and I think that is grasscloth in the background. It’s the work of one my favorite designers Sara Story.
Kelly Wearstler’s dining room. I have the urge to just smash all that crap on the floor, which is bare. I LOVE those chairs though.
What do you think: Yes or no?