Rugs that Need a Haircut: Shag Baby!

Shag Rug

There are too many design styles I find thrilling, and even more design appointments and furnishings that I could just LOVE. The frenzy this passion creates in me sometimes feels akin to being a lifetime member of Overeaters Anonymous, locked forever in a bakery with a fork in my hand. WHERE DO YOU START…AND HOW DO YOU STOP?!?!

I loooove rugs. All kinds. Whether patterned and carved artwork for your floor or just a plush snuggle underfoot – I love rugs. In fact, I’m sitting here in my living room in stocking feet and have to tell you, my feet are loving my rug. It’s…shag. (Yes, you read that right.)

Shag rugs:  AKA – The California Berber

The ancient Greeks were a clever lot. They invented the Parthenon. They came up with feta cheese (thank you!) and goddesses (nice work!). They are also  credited for having invented the Flokati rug…the great granddaddy and forerunner of the shag.

Flokati Rug

Flokatis were originally made of goat – today they can be of animal hair or synthetic and they are still terrific design additions to certain spaces. Their cousin – the shag  – became very popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. After that, they fell into such disfavor that they briefly became the object of ridicule so that when they came back a few years ago…they had a new name:  The California Berber.  Meet today’s totally groovy…shag.

california berber
California Berber