Extensive Collection of Beautiful Rugs with a Central Medallion Rug Designs

Medallion rugs are among the most iconic rugs ever made. They can be rustic, rectilinear or classically elegant. Fortunately, these spectacular rugs are produced in cities and countries around the world, so everyone can enjoy the beauty regardless of their personal style. The medallion and corner composition featured in Persian rugs has become an archetype of formality and elegance. Medallions are depicted in a countless variety of styles and configurations. The circular medallions inspired by the geometric domes of Persia’s most famous mosques are precisely constructed and representative of the region’s elegant style. In Heriz, rectilinear octofoil medallions are favored in rug patterns. In China, Mongolia and East Turkestan, formal medallions decorated with botanical motifs become the undisputed focal point of the composition.

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In Europe and the Caucasus, formal bouquets serve as graceful centerpieces that are surrounded by secondary bouquets, garlands and lush Baroque details. Throughout the varied world of antique carpets, medallions are a constant that never fails to create a spectacular composition that exudes elegance and sophistication. These splendid centerpieces range from geometric quatrefoils and rectilinear compartments to architectural medallions with sculptural embellishments.

Picture of an antique Persian central Medallion rug from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC
Antique Persian central medallion rug

Medallion rug designs can do many things: create a well-organized composition, adapt to regional styles and they possess a level of grace and formality that is positively ageless. Medallion rugs come in many forms and are displayed in both floral and tribal rugs. They can be found in many different regions across the globe including Persian and Oriental areas such as Heriz, Kerman, and Khotan and even more Western regions such as this Aubusson Rug from France. Medallions are most often the focal point of the rug and make for excellent centerpieces. They are oftentimes more refined, but tribal and large scale medallion rugs are not uncommon as is seen in this Bakshaish rug from Northwest Persia. This Khorassan rug even shows how animal motifs can be incorporated into medallion rugs from Persia as many depict hunting scenes often with tigers and various types of fauna.

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