Rustic is a general attribute: a home, furniture, clothing and even shoes can posses it. When hearin the term rustic, country, cottage, wild gardens, earth, natural fabrics, leather, wood and poles come to mind.
Rustic has nothing to do with bad quality. The sometimes simplistic designs are deliberate in one way and involuntary in another– the designer's concepts prevents them from being created differently.
In case you are a rustic person, you will have the understanding of the intangible aspects owned by a rustically designed item. There are thousands of alleged "rustic" products available: products that use the title and promise the design but fall short on delivery. The look, feel, smell and aesthetics don't match the title. There is no sense of the piece having a part of its maker imbued in it – a quality that cannot be polished, scrubbed or sandpapered out of it.
Rustic things are made by rustic people, not by machines. If you know about rustic people, you'll have no difficulty in identifying their designs. They are calm people with a peaceful look in their eyes even in crowded places. They smell of the woods, of leather and cotton and wet petals. Children are naturally drawn to them. If you are always busy, always frenetic, you will miss them. You have to be still a while and quietly observant. Rustic is muted.
Rustic piece never cease to be recognized. Even in a crowded mall there is something peaceful about them. It may be a bed, a flower barrel or a skirt but there will be an indelible part the maker in it - that is part of its beauty.
You may visit websites with the names bentwood-, briar-, pioneer- and Mayflower- .com, but unless you spend time with the smell of the wood shavings on the barn floor, the sound of clay being sucked from the earth, and the gentle faces, you won't find rustic and your soul will be lonely.
The experience has a flow in both directions and you will get infinitely more than you give.
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