Oriental Rugs in Contemporary Decor Part 1

This post was written by guest contributor Anna Nahman, Interior Designer and blogger from L’Essenziale Home Designs (linking to my blog).

Handmade oriental rugs were never out of fashion and have been always associated with ultimate luxury and comfort. Lately they have experienced a real boom in home decor as interior designers started to use them not only in classical or ethnic style interiors but in very modern minimalistic spaces as well. There is no wonder in it as tribal rugs are able to make any room look very cozy and warm.
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There is a huge variety of oriental rugs, differing by country of origin, weaving school, design, etc. Even an experienced rug dealer doesn’t know everything about all of them as it is the same as knowing the whole history of mankind from the ancient times until now. It is not a figure of speech, as the oldest rug Pasyrik dates back to 500 B.C.

However, before purchasing an oriental rug I advise you to have a look at these key points which will help you to orient yourself in the complex and enigmatic world or oriental rugs and purchase a piece which will mostly suit your needs and also fit interior your want to decorate.

1) DESIGN AND PATTERNS

Despite all diversity of ornaments, all rug designs can be divided into two major camps: floral (curved) and geometric.
Normally floral (curved) ornaments can be made using very high density of knots. If you see a rug with very delicate and fine details, it generally means that it has a very high density. However, it is not always the case as traditions also play an important role. Some weaving schools historically produce rugs with geometric patterns however they use a very high density of knots.
Generally I recommend to fit floral Persian rugs into classical or traditional style interiors, while geometric and tribal designs look great in contemporary and scandinavian style spaces.

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9 Responses to “Oriental Rugs in Contemporary Decor Part 1”
  1. I love the worn ones they are now repurposing by dying them a faint solid colour. They are modern and ancient in one fell swoop!

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    • I know these overdyed rugs are in big trend at the moment. Initially they appeared as rugs coloured with poor, synthetic dyes which used to bleed and melt after washing. It is funny – what was considered defect before is now fashionable! However I really like the look as well – very subtle and elegant!

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      • Do you know where they dye them? Do you think it first happened by accident?

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      • Yes, if you look at some antique carpets starting from the XIX century (when artificial dyes were invented), in some of them all colours are completely melted together. It happened because they didn’t know yet how to “fix” properly colorants. I believe designers start to use this trick to give an “antique” look to a new carpet. Plus visiual appeal: colors look more saturated and rich. Before, the technology was in dying yarn in different colours, and then weave from different coloured threads. After washing some of the colours started to “bleed” and some washed away completely. Today the technology is simple: they just take any oriental rugs, then bleach them, put in Acid dye and ta da – you get overdyed rug. 🙂

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      • Rats! I thought I could give it a try lol! Maybe I’ll leave that to the professionals this time……

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      • Actually it is easy – you even can find tutorials online. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves though 🙂

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      • Well maybe I will! Thanks for all your insight!

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      • you are more than welcome! 🙂

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