From the Archives: Chambord
Sometimes our (very) old favorite things need a little makeover to bring back some shine. Not that we don’t love some of our “vintage” patterns just the way they are, but who doesn’t like a little reinvention? I’m all about change, and I adore how traditional and pretty this design looked (not to mention the heavy floral element, which, for now, is filling my void of needing to see them outside right about now!) Check out a few new renditions of an old original I dug out from the year 2000, W25717-Chambord.
I love how this one turned out, because it’s so different than something I’d typically design. It reminds me of a few gorgeous floral prints and illustrations I’ve seen…or of a wallpaper I grew up with. 🙂 (One of those!) With such a refreshing personality, dense pattern, and interesting coloration, this rug would surely be a conversation starter and an interesting artistic addition to an interior space.
I went with a high contrast, elegant aesthetic with this rug. I love how simplistic the palette is, and the ornate quality of the pattern would allow this one to exist beautifully in an upscale boutique or as a residential centerpiece. It’s got such a modern-traditional flair to it! The thin interior border could be any bright splash of color, coordinating with a unique and lively interior space. Bright orange would also be a pretty and energetic alternative to the more subdued blue shown here.
This version of Chambord was scaled up to a little more than three times the original size. As a larger scaled piece, the design aesthetic becomes more abstract, and it’s original clean and organized repeat becomes more of an organic and loose structure. I selected some areas of focus to pull out some dollops of color, and designed the remainder of the pattern as a simple delicate outline. To give the rug some additional texture, I added a light colored, directional overtuft atop the piece, which breaks up the solidity of the pattern and gives it a subtly distressed look.