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Floral rugs are one of the most universal and versatile devices available to carpet weavers around the globe. They are depicted in an overwhelming variety of colors, carpet design, styles and configurations that are always charming and beautiful. In the Ukraine and the Caucasus, flowers are often depicted in an abstract, stylized manner. Those produced in France tend to be lush, painterly, beautifully shaded and hyper-realistic. In China, symbolic lotus blossoms and ornate chrysanthemum flowers are transformed into decorative devices that are used in countless ways. In the early 20th century, Walter Nichols popularized a naturalistic floral style with graceful cherry blossoms and colorful flowers that dot articulated branches and shrubs. Weavers in Persia and India often transform flowers into stylized Shah Abbasi palmettes and radiant rosettes that become centerpieces for secondary botanical motifs.

Regardless of their color, shape or size, floral motifs are universal and individual symbols. They are enduring, elegant and versatile. Botanical motifs aren’t always diminutive feminine decorations. They can be bold, decorative luminaries that dictate the placement and appearance of neighboring elements. Flowers can be symbolic devices, naturalistic motifs or formal elements that add grace to the carpets they adorn. Whether they are depicted as a casual bouquet, an arching garland, a radiant medallion or a tasteful repeating pattern, floral elements are among the most classic motifs ever devised.

Floral rugs (or city made carpets) are woven with curvilinear patterns often with central medallions and reflect a close affinity with nature. They are intricately woven with a fine knot count and a colorful harmonious palate. The famous city carpets of Persia, like this beautiful Kerman, are almost always woven with floral motifs, but these organic forms can also be found elsewhere in the world. For example, this exceptional Indian Agra flaunts a series of palmettes and rosettes against a gorgeous sea green ground. Early 20th century Chinese Deco rugs are also famous for their floral arrangements as is exemplified in this oversize Art Deco rug.

The wild world of floral rugs – Flowers are universally popular, so it’s no surprise that floral rugs are among the most enduring and prevalent styles. From Europe and Bessarabia to America and Uzbekistan, flowers have inspired many astoundingly decorative patterns. These designs include expressive stylized blooms and abundant European bouquets that have painterly shadows and lifelike details. The wild world of floral rugs spans the continents and covers centuries of artistic creations.

Today, modern floral rugs feature abstract blooms and bold floral patterns, but these contemporary motifs were years in the making. Pop art rug designers in the mid-20th century created many expressive floral rugs too, but these designs still hearken back to important historical patterns. The lush, large-scale blooms featured in chintz textiles and old world embroideries have sparked a modern revival of classic period patterns. Whether floral rugs have a stylized appearance or a preference for realism, it’s impossible to deny the timeless beauty of these naturally stylish pieces.

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