Patterns of Parallelograms

Pattern, pattern, pattern. Each year a handful of patterns take hold and coat our pillows, wallpaper, fabrics, notebooks, rugs, and more. Last year we were amused by chevrons, transfixed by Ikat, and enthralled with imperial trellis. It may be time to study geometry again or at least brush up on geometric shapes (what’s the difference between a lozenge and a trapezoid again?), because the upcoming year will be full of geometric shapes and angular and crisp patterns. The appeal of geometric shapes is expansive and this pattern fits seamlessly in a variety of spaces. Different color saturation and schemes combined with variation (angular or curvaceous), mean some form of geometric pattern can exist gorgeously in any interior.

This woven creation of Afghan wool is a glorious conglomeration of rhombi, and may even be the beginning of this flourishing trend. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec designed this particular rug, inspired by traditional Persian rugs and their mixture of “rusticity and fineness.”

Here’s hoping 2011 is covered with geometry this lovely – it goes well with the rest of the 2011 shelter trends.

(Images from Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, as seen on Design*Sponge.)