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Checks All Over: Where to Source Checkerboard Rugs, Tablecloths, Towels, and More

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Checks All Over: Where to Source Checkerboard Rugs, Tablecloths, Towels, and More

September 21, 2023

Familiar-yet-fresh, orderly and upbeat, bold checks are the pattern of the moment (see our recent Trend Alert). Ready for some yourself? Here are 15 low commitment ways to live with checkerboards.

Checked Rugs

a dhurrie of hand spun hemp from vanderhurd&#8\2\17;s checkerboard collecti 17
Above: A dhurrie of hand-spun hemp from Vanderhurd’s Checkerboard collection designed in collaboration with 8 Holland Street of London and Bath. Photograph by Oskar Proctor.
the all wool konya rug, handwoven to order, is from archival, tom delavan&# 18
Above: The all-wool Konya rug, handwoven to order, is from Archival, Tom Delavan’s standout 16-piece collection for Beni Rugs. Prices start at $662. This one is in Tom’s own West Village bedroom.
from revival rugs, our go to for affordable floor coverings, the jute checkered 19
Above: From Revival Rugs, our go-to for affordable floor coverings, the jute Checkered Hart, shown in olive, starts at $199 for a 4-by-6 foot rug.
morrow&#8\2\17;s azia, a hand knotted wool shag, is available as a 7 foot r 20
Above: Morrow’s Azia, a hand-knotted wool shag, is available as a 7-foot runner, $850, and a 6-by-9-foot rug, $2,609.
the goodweave certified jute weave rug from nordic knots is a new addition to m 21
Above: The Goodweave-certified Jute Weave rug from Nordic Knots is a new addition to Mjölk-proprietors John and Juli Baker’s Ontario kitchen: see more of their farmhouse in An Antique Stone House Revived and Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home. The check-bordered rug starts at $495 for the 5-by-8 foot size. Photograph courtesy of of Mjölk.

For rug sourcing advice, see How to Track Down Ethically Made, Eco-Friendly Rugs, 12 Tips.

Table Checks

instagram star sanne hop of atelier hop tipped us off about australian line lit 22
Above: Instagram star Sanne Hop of Atelier Hop tipped us off about Australian line Little Tienda’s textiles, shown here Chez Hop. This block-printed Zesty Check is currently only available as cotton-linen napkins; $60 AUD (approximately $39 USD) for a set of six. Photograph by Sanne Hop. See Sanne and her family at home in our story Elevating the Everyday.
brooklyn workshop soil to studio makes this divya block printed runner, \$ 23
Above: Brooklyn workshop Soil to Studio makes this Divya Block-Printed Runner, $85, available from West Elm.
newly available from march in sf, the linen cotton chiarastella cattana navy ch 24
Above: Newly available from March in SF, the linen-cotton Chiarastella Cattana Navy Check Tablecloth ,$450, is a heavy jacquard weave with fringed edges.

Checked Towels

french line ott design&#8\2\17;s bath linens are made in portugal of \100 p 25
Above: French line Ott Design’s bath linens are made in Portugal of 100-percent GOTT-certified organic cotton. The Anna towel, here in medium, is $44.
baina&#8\2\17;s organic cotton towels are designed down under and made in p 26
Above: Baina’s organic cotton towels are designed Down Under and made in Portugal. Roman Pool Towels are $130 NZD (approximately $83 USD) each; the companion checked Beppu Bath Mat is $90 NZD (approxmiately $53).
hay&#8\2\17;s check towel is currently on sale for \$48 (marked down from \ 27
Above: Hay’s Check Towel is currently on sale for $48 (marked down from $60) and the Check Bath Mat is $28 (down from $35) direct from Hay and also from DWR.
from uk chain usda&#8\2\17;s george for good line, the cotton checkerboard  28
Above: From UK chain USDA’s George for Good line, the cotton Checkerboard Towel Range starts at £5 for the hand towel.

More Checks

the cotton check yourself woven throw blanket comes in three sizes starting at  29
Above: The cotton Check Yourself woven throw blanket comes in three sizes starting at $98 from Brooklyn workshop CLR.
from naples, italy based housewares line and social enterprise in casa by paboy 30
Above: From Naples, Italy-based housewares line and social enterprise In Casa by Paboy, a Patchwork Beach Blue and Green cushion (with signature red zipper running down the back) is €120. Read founder and asylum seeker Paboy Bojang’s story in Currently Coveting: In Casa by Paboy’s Ruffled Cushions.
above the fritz bed for lucky dogs, \$\149, has a machine washable canvas cover 31
Above The Fritz Bed for lucky dogs, $149, has a machine-washable canvas cover and a cottony insert made entirely of recycled PET bottles. Fritz Bed Covers are available separately for $84.95.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the trend alert for checkerboard rugs, towels, and cushions?

The trend alert is about incorporating checkerboard patterns into rugs, towels, and cushions in interior design.

Where can I find checkerboard rugs, towels, and cushions?

You can find checkerboard rugs, towels, and cushions at various home decor stores or online retailers.

How can I incorporate checkerboard items into my home decor?

You can incorporate checkerboard items by using them as statement pieces in your living room, bedroom, or bathroom. They can be used on the floor, as throw pillows, or even as a towel set.

What are the benefits of using checkerboard patterns in home decor?

Using checkerboard patterns adds visual interest and a timeless appeal to your home decor. It can also create a playful and dynamic atmosphere.

Are checkerboard rugs, towels, and cushions suitable for all interior styles?

Yes, checkerboard patterns can be versatile and work well with various interior styles, from modern to traditional. It all depends on how you incorporate them into your overall design.

Can I mix checkerboard items with other patterns?

Yes, you can mix checkerboard items with other patterns, such as stripes or florals. Just ensure that the colors and scale of the patterns complement each other.

Are checkerboard rugs, towels, and cushions easy to maintain?

Checkerboard rugs, towels, and cushions are typically easy to maintain, as they are made from durable materials. Regular vacuuming or washing according to care instructions should suffice.

Do checkerboard patterns work better in certain rooms or areas of the house?

Checkerboard patterns can work well in various rooms or areas, depending on personal preference. They are commonly found in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and even outdoor spaces like patios or decks.

Can checkerboard patterns be used in commercial spaces?

Absolutely. Checkerboard patterns can be used in commercial spaces, such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, or offices, to add visual interest and make a bold design statement.

Where can I get more inspiration for incorporating checkerboard patterns into my home decor?

You can find more inspiration for incorporating checkerboard patterns into your home decor through interior design magazines, online platforms, social media, or by consulting a professional interior designer.

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