August is par excellence the month of travel. With the summer holidays’ arrival comes the wanderlust for all kinds of travel – nearby, to the antipodes or with your own imagination. We want to introduce you to four rugs that will take you to film worlds so you can travel without leaving your city… or so you get inspired to visit the real spots where these stories take place.
John Musker & Ron Clements, 1992
A classic among classics, we can’t conceive a list of movie rugs without this beloved Persian rug. Thanks to its unmistakeable pattern and colors, it takes us to Agrabah, a fictitious city inspired by Agra, India, and Bagdad, Iraq.
Aladdin’s charming rug has a strong personality and magic powers. Unfortunately real rugs don’t fly but some of them have such a unique essence that they can become the true stars of a room.
The Big Lebowski
Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998
The Coens’ rug takes us to a radically different world: LA in the 90s. This is a Persian rug as well, a style that The Dude really appreciates. So much so that the rug becomes the driver of the story: it all begins when some criminals ruin this beloved rug so he decides to start an adventure to get it back in its original condition.
Just like many characters say throughout the film, a rug has the power of tying the room together and making it shine with its own light.
The Money Pit
Richard Benjamin, 1986
One of the most memorable scenes from The Money Pit happens thanks to a rug that produces a very special effect. While trying to fix his ruinous home, Tom Hanks’ character falls into a hole that was covered by a rug. Therefore he stays trapped in it as if it was a quicksand that wouldn’t let him out.
Even if this rug doesn’t have a role as transcendental as others in this list, it reminds us of something we should always take into account when decorating: a rug can’t work miracles. If the room and the other furniture are in bad shape or don’t mix well together, a rug won’t be able to fix it – no matter how beautiful or special it is.
Honorable Mention: The Shining
Stanley Kubrick, 1980
Although it’s not exactly a rug, the pattern of the Overlook Hotel’s carpet has become a film icon that other movies – such as Toy Story 3, Minions or Birdman – have payed homage to.
The use of the pattern proves another important decoration lesson: a rug can alter the atmosphere of a room, making it cozier or just the opposite, making it creepier, just like Kubrick did.
If you dare visit the actual hotel, you can do it in the US. The hotel where the film takes place was a movie set but it was inspired by a real place: the Stanley Hotel, in which you can still (try to) sleep if you visit Colorado.