Faux zebra rugs: Stripes minus the hunt
Zebra rugs have earned their stripes. The patterned hides were wildly fashionable during the midcentury Hollywood Regency period and have hung on during the recent revival, perhaps because the graphic black and white seems to go with everything.
But what if you can’t afford an authentic hide, which goes for more than $2,000 online? Or what if you like the look but simply don’t want something that once sauntered across a savanna? Here’s a look at some faux versions.
Liora Manne designs zebra-patterned rugs -- some rectangular, some shaped like real hides -- in black, brown, amber or, as pictured at the top of this post, sage. They are made from anti-microbial acrylic fibers that feel like felt and can be used indoors and out. Prices start at $210 for a 42-by-66-inch rug, available directly from Liora Manne.
Leave it to self-professed "happy chic" designer Jonathan Adler to turn the zebra hide into a Mod statement in eye-popping colors including turquoise, orange, green, pink and red. The Jonathan Adler zebra rug, 5 by 7 feet and pictured at right, is crafted from hand-loomed llama wool by Peruvian weavers. Price: $995.
Momeni makes a copper-colored rectangular rug, pictured below, that is hand-tufted from wool in India. The 5.25-by-8 foot version is $749 online at www.ivgstores.com.
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One inexpensive option for porch and patio: JC Penney's polypropylene zebra rug has a flat weave that feels more like a mat than a carpet. When we originally researched this subject, we found an 8.25-by-13 foot rectangular rug that was $289.99; a 7.5-foot-diameter round version was $161.99. More recently we found two runners in the same pattern, both under $100, on the JC Penney website. Photo credit: JC Penney.
The Barbare from luxury carpet manufacturer Mansour Modern turns zebra markings into a kaleidoscopic print that appears to have eyes. It's made from hand-knotted wool, and a 6-by-9-foot version is $6,000. Credit: Mansour Modern.
A combination of loop and cut pile gives this tone-on-tone acrylic rug by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi a three-dimensional profile. It's also available in ivory and mocha. Look for the Sculptured Tonal Zebra Print, 5 by 7 feet, for $139 from QVC. Photo credit: QVC.
Created by Surya in a collaboration with Seventeen magazine, the Flirty rug collection includes this eye-popping combination of hot pink and red. Target, Sears and other retailers have a round version in stock, but we found a stash of sizes online at Rugsabound. They're machine-made with nylon. A rectangular version that's about 8 by 11 feet is $400. Photo credit: Surya.
-- David A. Keeps
Credits for top three images: Liora Manne, Jonathan Adler, IVG Stores