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The Lorimer Project Part II – Kilim Loveseat

Turkish Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Couch Bohemian

Work continues on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for an introduction to the project. As my client and I began to develop a design plan, we soon decided that the apartment’s main room needed a bold statement piece to anchor the seating area. My client loves Turkish kilims, traditional flatweave rugs which have been produced in much the same manner since ancient times. Flatweave rugs are thin enough to be used in lieu of conventional upholstery fabric, so I suggested we use kilim rugs to cover a loveseat. She loved the idea, and we got to work!

My first task was to find the perfect loveseat for the project. I hunted high and low, through vintage and new merchandise alike, in search of the right piece. In the end, I discovered Kim Salmela, a wonderfully imaginative furniture designer out of Los Angeles. Her pieces are hand crafted and highly customizable; and Kim’s own aesthetic is bold and globally inspired, so I knew she would understand our vision for the loveseat. 

Kim Salmela has a sizable selection of sofas– as well as chairs, headboards, benches, and more. My client ultimately chose the Evelyn Loveseat. She loved the loveseat’s modern lines, and the dimensions were just perfect for the space. 

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Kim Salmela Evelyn

The Evelyn Loveseat in Yasmin Sea. Image courtesy of Kim Salmela Atelier.

Once we had selected the Evelyn, we were able to calculate the amount of material needed for upholstery and start the search for the perfect kilims. We ended up selecting two rugs, an eye pattern and a stripe. The rugs share the same color palette, and the bold linear stripe is a good balance to the concentric diamonds of the eye pattern. We knew these kilims would complement each other nicely.

Turkish Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Couch Rug

We shipped the rugs to Kim Salmela’s workshop in Los Angeles along with a digital rendering to illustrate how we would like to place the rugs. We wanted to use the eye pattern kilim to cover the sofa back and cushion and the striped kilim along the arms and front gusset. 

Kim and her upholsterers had the tricky task of sorting out exactly how to cut the panels. If the rugs had been divided the wrong way, there would not have been enough material to cover the entire loveseat. Kim and her team did a marvelous job realizing our vision and using the rugs to accentuate the Evelyn’s silhouette.

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Sofa Bohemian Eclectic

The kilim loveseat during fabrication. Image courtesy of Kim Salmela Atelier.

And here is the final product! We couldn’t be happier with the kilim upholstery. My client loves having a special, one-of-a-kind piece. The loveseat perfectly suits her colorful bohemian style and sets the tone for the entire room.

In the next installment, I’ll show you how we incorporated the loveseat into the overall design scheme. Stay tuned!

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Sofa Bohemian Eclectic Decor

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Work continues on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for an introduction...

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Nepalese Felt Ball Rugs

Felt Ball Rug Nepal Rattan Egg Chair Mid Century Modern Flokati Palm Plant

One of the best parts of my job is discovering new companies and products that I can share with my clients. My most recent infatuation is Felt Ball Rug, a company which produces beautifully handcrafted rugs from Nepal. When they offered to send me a rug of my own, I jumped at the opportunity! 

Felt Ball Rug practices only fair trade and employs a team of talented artisans from Kathmandu, Nepal. The company shares the names of each rug’s maker, so you can see exactly who crafted your piece. My rug was made by Sarita Thapa, whose picture can be seen here! I am so impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of my rug. It is super soft underfoot and incredibly intricate.

Close Up View of Nepalese Felt Ball Rug

The rugs are made with 100% New Zealand wool and AZO-free natural dyes, so they are great for nurseries and children’s rooms. They offer round and rectangular rugs in 65 different colors. I chose the 90cm round rug in color 63, but multicolored rugs and even custom patterns are available as well!

I paired my rug with a vintage egg-shaped rattan chair and a tall palm plant. Two textured pillows and a flokati throw finish the cozy corner.

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Overhead View Nepalese Felt Ball Rug

Check out this video for more information about Felt Ball Rug and their artisans.

One of the best parts of my job is discovering new companies and products that I can share with my clients. My most rece...

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