A Brief History of the Shag Rug

 
 

Shag is back. And let's be honest - it should never have left! Over the years shag rugs have been synonymous with the culture and lifestyle of the 1960's. Flashbacks of Burt Reynolds in Cosmo and gaudy, over the top interiors come to mind. But did you know historians believe the first use of shag carpets dates back to Ancient Greece? Even Alexander the Great was a fan of the shag, but back then it was called a Flokati rug. These rugs were used so people could sit comfortably and keep their feet warm. Flokati rugs were hand woven from goat hair and were also found throughout Turkey and Central Asia as far back as 331 B.C. 

Although the popularity of shag-style rugs went up and down throughout the centuries, they hit their peak during the 60s and 70s. For a time period that was all about experimenting, the shag carpet was a look and style that caught on fast and practically became a way of life. During this time, carpeting rooms wall to wall was still a new phenomenon and once the Brady Bunch did it in a variety of different colors, people jumped on the shag bandwagon. Need we say more? 

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Clearly a fan of the shag trend, Jayne Mansfield decided to line her whole bathroom in pink shag. Now we're not saying to go this far, but we do think adding shag into your interior is a plus! Whether incorporating a solid brown shag that complements modern furniture or adding a pop of color, shag rugs can be used in so many different ways.  Even a rustic interior can be the perfect place for a shag carpet: shown above in the Walden house, a taupe shag is mixed with leather furniture and a floor to ceiling bookcase. No matter where they are placed, shags are the perfect accent if you want to come home and sink your feet into something luxurious. If you're not convinced, visit our showroom and we can show you how we can customize pile height, color, and material! 

Joseph Carini

Joseph Carini Carpets , 335 Greenwich St, New York, NY, 10013, United States

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