Interior designer Erin Gates turns the rug world on its head with her new collection for Momeni.
Leopard-print runners and bold stripes galore; interior designer Erin Gates’ Instagram feed delivers a feast for the eyes. The New York Times best-selling author of Elements of Style, Gates has funneled her keen eye for design into a just launched collection of rugs she created for Momeni (momeni.com/eringates). The Newton resident’s partnership with Momeni came about in the most hi-tech of ways: A member of the brand’s design team loved Gates’ design and lifestyle blog (elementsofstyleblog.com) so much that she invited her to collaborate on an exclusive carpet collection. Gates, who already has an accessory line of pillows and lamps, jumped at the opportunity.
“I love wool flat weave rugs, simple graphic patterns that can go with any style decor and indoor-outdoor rugs for use inside,” says Gates. “We incorporated all those ideas into my collection and then pushed the envelope a little bit when it came to developing some mixed-texture rugs, like cut-pile designs on flat weave bases.” The result is the 40-piece collection, including Ledgebrook in ivory and Westshore in natural (both $1,099). But is a leopardprint runner like the one that greets guests in her own home for everyone? “Bold patterns, like leopard, conceal everything,” says Gates with a laugh. “Rugs are very easy to swap in and out and layer. So you can make a big style statement with one, and if you tire of it after a year or two, it’s very easy to change.”