Area Rugs

Everything You Wanted To Know About Area Rugs

What are “area rugs”?

“Area rugs” are floor coverings that are used to define specific areas in rooms. People place them on hardwood fools, tile, or carpet. They add warmth, comfort, and style to a space. Area rugs come in various shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. They’re crafted from materials to suit design preferences or needs.

These rugs are versatile and used in different areas of a home. This includes living rooms, bedrooms, entryways, hallways and dining rooms.

They can serve multiple purposes as well. They are decorative elements that create a focal point. In Addition, they protect the underlying floor from wear and tear. They provide cushioning, reduce noise, and defining separate areas.

Some area rugs are from natural fibers like wool, silk, jute, sisal, or cotton. Others are from synthetics like nylon or polyester. Selecting the material depend on different factors. Examples are endurance, softness, ease of maintenance, and budget.

These rugs are available in various styles. They range from traditional oriental designs to modern patterns. Some area rugs feature intricate patterns. Others may have solid colors or geometric shapes. The design options are vast. This makes it easy to find that perfect rug, to complement existing decors. Rather, they can serve as statement pieces.

Overall, area rugs are an essential component of interior design. They provide both functional and aesthetic benefit. Naturally, they enhance the look and feel of a room.

Creating beautiful interiors with area rugs

A fast way to transform your room is by adding area rugs. Or, on the flip side, by removing them.

Some pictures of incredible area rugs in the rooms where they live:

Some pictures of incredible area rugs in the rooms where they live:

Area Rugs In The Rooms by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Picture Of Rooms With Area Rugs

See the same rooms without the area rugs::

Picture Of The Same Rooms Without The Area Rugs by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Picture Of The Same Rooms Without The Area Rugs

Without the rugs, the spaces lose warmth, energy, and some sense of purpose. If you’re shopping for an area rug, there must be a blank space. Like those in our life you are looking to fill.

An area rug is so named because it only takes up part of the room it is in. Consider the first photo in our trio above. Where matching rugs define not just the sitting area, but another path to a door. A rug can give purpose to areas that are just blank spaces.

In other cases, rugs add color and vibrancy, like the nursery. Without a rug, a kids rooms wouldn’t be as fun or stimulating. Especially if they add warm and rich patterns on the floor. A rug ties decorative elements to each other. It adds to a sense of cohesion in a room. Without the rug, in the third example, do you think the couches look spaced out? The absence of the rug makes the space feel cold and unfinished.

For centuries, people consider rugs works of art, that can move and travel. Great artisans wove these pieces from precious threads and dyes. This holds true to modern rugs as well. Many come with a story of where their roots and origins. In older rugs, human history tied into the fabric.

Replacing a rug is why you are here? Or are you looking for a rug to set the tone for a fresh a design? No matter the size needed, the Internet is full of options. Rely on your personal tastes and preferences when shopping for an area rug. But, the most important tip about shopping for rugs, is to keep an open mind. Rugs of unique size, unexpected color and pattern will spark new feelings. A closed mind will limit the options. An open mind will push you closer to the joy of finding the area rug you love.

When rug shopping, this guide will answer most questions about buying area rugs.

Area Rug Sizes FAQs

The size of an area rug is a main aspect for people in the shopping process. Buying the perfect size rug saves effort. It lets the rest of the design grow around it. In some cases, the size of the rug impacts the price.

How To Position and Place Rugs in Rooms - By Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

How To Position and Place Rugs in Rooms

We’ve had customers buy rugs larger than their room. Then we sized down for an appropriate fit. Others buy a 6 × 9 “rug to frame the furniture in a 20 × 40” room. With area rugs, there are no hard and fast rules. Finding the rug that evokes the way you want to feel is key.

What Are the Standard Rug Sizes in Feet?

Small rugs are less than 5 feet. Medium rugs are 5 to 8.5 feet. Large rugs are 9 feet and beyond. For a round rug, this is the measurement across the circle. Squares and rectangles come in all shapes and lengths/widths to fit most spaces.

What Are the Standard Rug Sizes in Metric?

Small rugs are 1.5 meter or less. Medium rugs are 1.5 to 2.5 meters. Large rugs are 3 meters or more.

Shop for rugs by minimum and maximum size ranges. Do not just search for one specific size only. This will expose you to options that are smaller or larger than you considered. These could end up better fits for your needs.

Cutting down a larger size rug is an option in most cases. So rugs that are “too large” could be made to work. Rugs that are “too small” could surprise you. They may end up providing the desired impact for your space. Don’t let rug size distract from finding the perfect piece. Size is one of the first things people compromise on while shopping.

What Is The Most Popular Area Rug Size?

People tend to like large area rugs to define their living space. As a general rule, the rug should go two feet beyond your furniture. Small rugs can provide statement accents. They could protect underlying carpets in high traffic areas as well.

  • Rug sizes for the living room are, for the most part, 8 × 10 or 9 × 12. But square rugs and smaller rugs are options in different combination.
    • Common layouts include:
      • Having the rug underneath all the furniture
      • Placing the rug just underneath the front legs of the furniture.
      • Some may orient a rug under just the coffee table.
    • Click to view: Living room rugs
  • Rug sizes for a bedroom vary based on queen or king-size beds. The rug might take up all the space beneath the bed or just the bottom two-thirds. Some people like smaller rugs next to the bed or in front of the dresser.
  • Rug sizes for the kitchen tend to be runners. They can fit in narrow spaces. Many antique carpets are the found in these sizes. They feature a vibrancy suited to a small space like a kitchen.
  • Rug sizes for offices vary based on the layout:
    • Common approaches are:
      • Underneath one desk or workstation: The rug should fit the desk and chairs on it.
      • For the entire office: It should be one to two feet shorter than the shortest wall.
    • Click to view: Office rugs
  • Rug sizes for hospitality spaces can be diverse. Hotel franchise having different needs than small historic boutiques. Rugs in guest rooms and common spaces are similar in design and aesthetic. This provides guests with a consistent experience. Unique spaces like a lobby, bar, or suite sitting area, can be distinctive.
    Click to view: Office rugs.

It doesn’t matter what size others consider most popular or best. What matters is to end up with a rug you love.

Where Can I Find a Rug Size Renderer?

Making design a decision is easier when you see the rug in your space. That’s why we created our rug visualizer. It will help you view any rug from our inventory in your room. Just take a photo of the place you think the rug would go. Then use the visualizer to get a feel for how the space will look.

Trying out a few helps remove any guesswork. This helps find a rug that will serve your long-term needs for the room.

Rug Visualizer - How to view rugs in your room in 3 easy steps by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

View rugs in your room in 3 easy steps

Area Rug Styles FAQs

People shopping for area rugs have lots of questions about design best practices:

  • Should a rug be lighter or darker than the floor?
  • Should a rug be lighter or darker than a couch?
  • Should a rug be wider than a couch?
  • What is the best rug color in the living room?

Answers these questions depend on personal taste. It varies based on what you want the space to inspire as well. First ask yourself what you want. Your answer will be the right one. If you don’t know what you want, it’s likely because it’s you first time. Try out and compare a few options to see what you like. That’s where our rug visualizer above can come in handy. It lets you see a simulation of different rugs in your space.

When should you buy an area rug? Select the rug first if you can. It will help you with the rest of the choices about a room. Based on your selection, you could pick things like fabrics and furniture. It is easier to match those elements to a great rug that visa-versa.

Though, it’s not impossible to start with another piece for inspiration. A new area rug can bring fresh appeal to an existing design. It can introduce fresh color schemes without making any other changes. Any time can be the right time to buy a rug. Especially if your style has evolved.

What Is the Current Trend for Area Rugs?

Current area rug trends include geometric patterns and colors in all hues. Rugs are an excellent way to refresh an old space. Something that many people crave at home, and at work. Rugs give a room immediate charm and history. They provide new energy to the people who walk on them.

Let’s unpack current area rug trends and different schools / eras of design. Current interior design trends include neutral shades in warmer tones. Browns and golds are replacing cool grays as the preferred neutral.

Antique Area Rugs: Muted Colors, Rich History

Heirloom items like antique rugs come with a story. This goes along with their soft colors and textures. Those who buy these rugs don’t just continue the story but become part of it. This is appealing to lots of customers in today’s market. Nostalgia and a sense of inclusion are driving emotions for many. An antique rug can speak to both. We have the biggest collection of antique rugs in the world. You can shop by specific nations of origin, color families, or shape.

Mid Century Modern Area Rugs: Simple, Vibrant Statements

Current culture is trending more toward putting joy at the center of life. Mid-century modern elements in interior design reflect that shift. No two rugs are mirror copies. Neither are the spaces they define. This allows for personal appeal. Mid-century modern area rugs vary in style and pattern.

Iconic Art Deco rugs in the 1920’s-40’s offer one look. More modern, mid century, Scandinavian rugs offer a different one. Rugs of these eras set different tones. They provide unique feels of elegance, motivation and focus. With vintage rugs, you can change the mood according to what you want to create.

Colorful Modern Area Rugs: Abstract Future-Focused Flexibility

Modern area rugs are the work of skilled artisans around the world. These designs are simple yet bold. They allow one space be functional for many varied purposes.

For instance, if a living room needs to double as an office. One modern rug can provide an abstract backdrop for work and relaxation time. This aligns with current home and office design trends. Since the way we live and work in our spaces continues to change.

As far as rug materials to avoid, that is a personal preference. We offer natural fiber rugs. These include wool, silk, cotton, and sisal (agave fiber). Several materials can be used to complete a rug. Rugs are works of art. Some patterns are ancient. Others are more familiar. And some are one-of-a-kind vision from an incredible artist. Each approach offers different looks and feels.

What Color Is Best for Area Rugs?

Personal preference should guide the rug colors you select. But colors have different meanings in different cultures. For example, in Western culture white symbolizes innocence. In Eastern cultures white is a color of mourning. So white would not be a color of choice for most kids rooms in the East.

Furnishings and colors, within the space, influence what color rug to choose. To help decide, use a color wheel like the one pictured below.

Color Wheel by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Color Wheel

Say your room has a blue sofa. Teal and light purple are on either side of blue. So those colors will work as they are in the same family. A rug including those shades would coordinate well.

Or, you can go across the color wheel for a pleasing pop of contrast. In this case, across from the blue would be the Orange tones. Or take a right turn and go with blue and red as two primary colors. It’s up to you and your taste.

The higher half of the light spectrum are warm colors: red, orange, and yellow. These make up the top of the rainbow and evoke feelings like warmth and power. Some feel that Orange and yellow are “risky” colors.

The lower spectrum are cool colors: green, blue, indigo and violet. These round out the spectrum. They are said to inspire stability, tranquility, and calm.

White and black are not colors, they are shades including every other color. But they come with their own associations and significance. Their impacts in a space can be as neutrals or to provide contrast.

It’s believed that the impacts of color psychology are temporary. Blue might make you feel calm and red might get you fired up. But that will be short-lived. Once in a room for a while, things change. The people and experience influence your experience more than colors. That said, a great rug provides a backdrop for high quality experiences.

Area Rug Quality FAQs

How Can You Tell if a Rug is Good Quality?

Any high-end rug dealer will allow you to see the rug in your space. This lets you know if it’s the best quality fit for your needs.

Some rug elements to examine when you see a rug and inspect it for purchase:

  • Texture: Does the pile of the rug feel nice and soft? Does it invite the sense of comfort you want the room to carry?
  • Edging: Is the stitching intact and good quality? Does the rug have fringe, tassels, or other edging, and do you like it?
  • Strength: The rug’s foundation are the warp threads strung on the loom for weaving. Weaving or knotting colored threads between the warp threads creates the rug. Many high-quality rugs have warp threads of more than one ply. This is to avoid pilling, knotting, and snagging.
  • Wear and Tear: Wear and tear is present in any antique rug. But to a small extent. These rugs have stood the test of time and the passage of generations before. The wear on the rug, or patina, adds to the beauty. It reveals the story and history of the piece. Vintage and modern carpets should look clean and not show that type of patina.

These elements reveal the quality and the condition. They give us a feel for if it will stand the test of time.

What Type of Rug Is Most Comfortable?

Some people prefer the flat weave and smoothness of cotton. Others like the texture and warmth of wool. Other materials like wool to are added to silk. The combination lends to more comfort and unique textures. The same is true for sisal.

What Impacts the Cost of a Rug?

The cost of a newly-made modern rug is determined by its size. Most quality rugs that are newly made will start at around $80 per square foot. That means a 9 × 12 rug in the $8,600 range. In high-end uses, it’s not uncommon for rugs to cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. When you consider that over 6,000 hours can easily go into hand weaving a rug, the cost or price of the rug gains some perspective. Assuming a single weaver works 40 hours a week, that could be three years of work!

The amount of time that goes into hand weaving a rug today illustrates the enduring nature of the value of antique rugs as well. If this takes a long time today, imagine how long it took in ancient and Victorian times. The cost of an antique rug is determined by many factors other than size, including the intrinsic value of the rug itself. The older the piece is, the more value it inherently has. Its origins, state of preservation, and other elements also play a role in the price of an antique or vintage area rug.

What Brand of Rug Is Best?

Some might argue the best brand of rug is something like those made by iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso or Paul Klee. These aren’t rug “brands” so much as works of art designed or inspired by some best artists of modern times. But if you’re not into art rugs, you might prefer carpets from certain areas of the world or made with certain fibers. There is no one brand of rug that is best, or one style.

Shop Our Collection of High-End Area Rugs

With our massive selection of antique and modern rugs, there’s bound to be some works of art among our collection that can fit your space. We invite you to browse our selection of fine rugs and decorative carpets according to color, size, shape, style, or whatever other criteria have captured your imagination.

Area Rugs and Carpets – Utility, Brilliance, Societal Impacts on the Fabric of History

There can be little doubt about the fact that area rugs of all types have served as more than just everyday functional workhorses and decorative embellishments. Reaching back to the origins of weaving itself, it is clear that rugs have had the ability to reshape everything from nomadic lifestyles to civilization at large.

Its Raining Rugs by Nazmiyal

Rugs, Rugs and More Rugs – Its Raining Rugs !!!

Rugs not only meet some most basic human needs within the home, they have long contributed to the evolution of society as it has come to be known.

Area Rugs as Transformative Expression

It does bear repeating that area rugs have long reached well beyond the utilitarian realm to facilitate much more expansive ends. From the dramatic impact of weaving’s genesis on nomadic peoples to eventual nourishment of entire segments of civilization, the emergence of rugs, on a large scale, is a noteworthy historical occurrence. The most remote village could garner plaudits and attract merchants from all corners of the globe by developing a strong rug weaving tradition. Trade routes stretching from Asia to Europe would serve as conduits for these sought  after textile art creations. In short order, rug weaving evolved into an art form and made its way into every facet of society, from the modest all the way up to the royal.

Of note is the fact that rug making served as an invaluable mode of expression and consciousness for their creators, the majority of whom were women rug weavers. This was true in the male dominated patriarchal world in which they lived. Rugs represented perhaps the only form of free female expression and women’s liberation in an era otherwise devoid of such outlets.

Women Weaving Rugs Nazmiyal

Women Weaving Rugs Together

Across the ancient Oriental world, area rugs played a substantial role in religious practices. Whether those be the prayer rugs such as the Persian and Turkish rugs favored by adherents of Islam to the Khotan rugs used by monks rooted in the practice of Buddhism. Christian believers also placed great importance on antique rugs, as they have been used in Protestant houses of worship and presented ceremoniously to leading officials in the church.

Early Rugs at Black Church in Brasov

Early Rugs At Black Church in Brasov – South Eastern Transylvania Romania

The world’s love affair with fine woven rugs has endured for centuries, but has also gained new steam in the past century. Rugs can be found in the worlds of fine art as well as high fashion and interior design. Vintage mid century modern rugs have gained the admiration of interior design professionals everywhere, and they are also coveted by discriminating rug collectors the world over. It is indisputable that vintage and antique rugs are interwoven in just about everyone’s daily existence and are properly considered part of a broader lifestyle. Rugs have contributed to the development of innovative design and unorthodox thinking.

Fascinating Origins and Culture of Area Rugs

When it comes to the history of woven arts, and area rugs 1949 is properly considered to be a watershed year. This is when a Russian archaeologist by the name of Sergei Rudenko was scouring the Pazyryk Valley in Siberia, ultimately leading to the discovery of the tomb of a true Prince of Scythia. Within the tomb was an array of treasure that was undisturbed for more than 2500 years. A number of intriguing items were found therein, including devotional and decorative figures, saddles of cloth, cannabis seeds and inhalation paraphernalia, a large burial chariot and tattooed mummies, all of which offered a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Pazyryk’s nomads. But this was not all that Rudenko revealed, as there was also an area rug.

Mummy of the Ukok Ice Princess From Pazyryk by nazmiyal

Mummy of the Ukok Ice Princess From Pazyryk

The rug found in the tomb was frozen for centuries, keeping it well-preserved. It is in fact this Pazyryk pile rug is the oldest rug known to man. Its incredible state of preservation and unrivaled distinctiveness has provided no limit of excitement to art historians, textile specialists and carpet weavers of all types. The story of this rug serves to show how crucial it and others like it have been to the earliest civilizations.

Image Of The Pile Pazyryk Rug - The Oldest Rug In The World by Nazmiyal

Image Of The Pile Pazyryk Rug – The Oldest Rug In The World

It is know understood that the Pazyryk carpet can be dated to roughly 400 B.C., a time period that is contemporaneous with the earliest discovered written mention of Persian rugs. Textiles of this sort were first discussed by Xenophon of Greece in the work Anabasis which dates to about 370 BC. In the 3rd chapter of the 7th book, a reference is made to Timasion having presented a worthy person with a silver bowl and a “carpet worth ten minas.” The area rug was discussed as being a valuable luxury item meant to be presented in the course of diplomacy. Though it remains unclear whether the rug at issue was flat woven kilim or one characterized by wool pile, or indeed whether embroidery or other techniques were used in its production, it is certain that the initial mention of Persian rugs occurs in a context of status and privilege.

By the early part of the 16th century, area rugs of Persian origin assumed a role far more expansive than that of fancy items used to navigate diplomatic minefields or of utility items for nomads. Rather, they were transformed into a vital tool of statecraft by Shah Abbas. This happened when he launched an initiative to restructure the economy of his region by drawing merchants from Europe to visit. A key component of this was the modernization of textile production and facilitation of exports to the West of pile type rugs.

Antique 16th Century Cairene Rug by Nazmiyal

Antique 16th Century Cairene Rug

The Persian style of area rugs, whether hailing from Tabriz, Khorassan, Isfahan or Kerman, have long been known for high quality wool, goat and camel hair, cotton and silk, with each fiber type chosen for specific reasons and uses. Natural carpet dyes have been the standard of excellence characteristic of these rugs, and today they are mostly made from animal and plant extracts. Because Persian rugs were the product of a great deal of creativity and craftsmanship, it is not surprising that they became beloved the world over. Further, because religion was such a pillar of society in this part of the globe, it found expression in weaving, with distinctive prayer rugs soon taking center stage.

17th Century Persian Khorassan Rug by Nazmiyal

17th Century Persian Khorassan Rug

Those who own antique or vintage / retro rugs are thought to have attained a particular level of societal status indicative of an appealing lifestyle. Area rugs of this sort are symbols of discerning taste as well as impressive financial status, as fine rug weaving tend to come at a price. The truth is, though, that shopping for area rugs in this realm is money well spent. Antique rugs are timeless in their beauty, are durable and fit well in a range of decorative styles, whether traditional, mid-century modern and more. Minimalist interior design spaces can benefit from the anchoring abilities of a fine Persian or antique rug.

More About Rugs During The 20th Century

Early 20th century modernist design marked a shift from the tastes and traditions of the Victorian age. Moving from strict social facet and class division, the modern era put the spotlight on the effectiveness of simple lines, the beauty of geometry and the impressive impact that the deliberate use of color can have. Adherents of this movement engaged in daring experiments with pattern, shape and texture in a number of interesting ways.

20th Century Silk and Wool Fine Persian Nain Rug #60029 by Nazmiyal

20th Century Silk and Wool Fine Persian Nain Rug #60029

Excess and intricacy were substituted with a novel way of viewing the world. But in the midst of this sort of design sea change, traditional rugs continued to hold their place of importance. It seems counterintuitive, but despite changing tastes in almost every other aspect of design, antique area rugs retained their ability to provide essential grounding to rooms of all types. Whether rendered in a folk art style or an abstract geometric, there is a rug to suit every space conceivable.

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Rug By De Silva by Nazmiyal

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Rug By De Silva

An impressive aspect of antique and vintage area rugs is their status as environmentally friendly art. Their painstaking creation already occurred so they do not leave a new carbon footprint.

The use of natural dyes and textiles makes carpets of this type something that transcends time, space and societal preferences. They represent a firm nod to quality and tradition in an age that is overrun with mass-produced goods of inferior quality.

Antique Carpets and Vintage Area Rugs from Scandinavia Make A Splash

Swedish rugs in particular, but Scandinavian carpets are among the most significant categories of coveted vintage mid century textile art. Connoisseurs from all over the world appreciate the vivid colors and impressive weaving styles used in Scandinavian rugs. Further, they work brilliantly with a range of contemporary interior design styles. Their interpretation of regional landscapes, histories and ways of thinking are appealing, with nature always taking center stage, albeit in a more symbolic way than in the past.

Vintage Swedish Marta Maas Rug by Nazmiyal

Vintage Swedish Marta Maas Rug

At the heart of Scandinavian rug making is an overarching dream of equality in society. The fundamental idea is that everyone in society, not just the powerful and wealthy, should have the ability to obtain a pleasing and functional interior space. As such, incorporate beauty, utility and affordability in a remarkable way. Perhaps the most influential doyenne of this world of rug making was Marta Maas Fjetterstrom, who founded her own firm in 1919. Following her passing in 1942, the company’s direction was taken over by Barbro Nilsson.

Vintage Salerno Gray Scandinavian Rug By Barbro Nilsson by Nazmiyal

Vintage Salerno Gray Scandinavian Rug By Barbro Nilsson

Some other key names in 20th century Swedish rug making include Marin Hemmingson, Ingrid Dessau, Brita Grahn, Sigvard Bernadotte, Viola Grasten and Edna Martin. Each one of these innovators brought a unique thread to the overall history of Scandinavian design and weaving, an art form that continues to constantly attract more and more devotees. Contemporary design mavens adore the shapes, patterns and complementary coloring of these rugs, as well as their themes drawn from regional folk tales and folk lore.

Moroccan Rugs Impact The Design World

When it comes to the most beloved vintage rug styles, few compare to those that hail from Morocco. Their originality and charm are unrivaled, as they are festooned with tribal figures and patterns indicative of North African traditions. These beautiful rugs are storytellers in and of themselves, with symbolism taking the place of words. The creation of every part of a Moroccan rug is deliberate, with meaning woven throughout every inch. Omens and blessings contained in these styles, provide an opportunity for women rug weavers to express themselves to the world.

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug by Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug

Leaders of the Modernist movement during the middle of the 20th century were particularly fond of Moroccan examples of rug making artistry, using them in the spaces they created. While there are different types of Moroccan rugs, the Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs, specifically, were prized, perhaps because of the way in which they stand apart from other types of Moroccan Berber carpets. These Morocco made rugs are mostly dichromatic, made of beige fields with apparently randomized patterns rendered in charcoal and brown hues. Their shaggy rug piles are delightful underfoot. Copies of this style are produced in large numbers by factories nowadays, because the demand for them is so great. Rugs of this sort are seen as having impacted designers including Vladimir Boberman and Ivan Da Silva. Some evocative interior spaces of the 30’s and 40’s were designed by Frances Elkins, with these rugs playing a crucial role.

Rugs in the Arts and Crafts Tradition

Toward the end of the 19th century, tastemakers in England had grown weary of mass-produced items that were lagging in quality. In addition, tastes began to shift from gaudy, ornate Victorian trimmings. Reform was in the air, and this extended to the way society would start thinking about the world and the things made in it.

Gavin Morton Designed Arts and Crafts Rug by Nazmiyal

Gavin Morton Designed Arts and Crafts Rug

The realm of rug making was not immune to these changes, something evidenced by the emergence of the Arts and Crafts school of thought. William Morris, Gavin Morton and Charles Voysey brought an entirely new take to the naturalistic themes of earlier carpets. Rather than using intricate detailed botanical forms of the past, these designers gravitated toward more geometric displays that were more tribal, larger scale and open in feel.

Traditional blue and reds from Persian schools were replaced by earthier colors more likely to be found in a European garden. Pastel shades played a role in the patterning of these area rugs, allowing them to lend an air of peacefulness to the interiors they adorned. Woven with high-quality wool and time tested methods, these area rugs remained loyal to the techniques and traditions of rug making across the centuries, yet they also brought a new spin all their own.

Area Rugs as Fashion Statements

In recent years, the themes and standards of antique rug creation have transitioned into the world of fashion. This trend extends far beyond the “one off” creations of a home seamstress, with vintage rug themes having made their way onto runways and closets of tastemakers everywhere. The timeless nature of these patterns and textiles is something that fashion mavens cannot ignore. The natural dyes, vivid jewel tone colors, impressive patterning and high degree of craftsmanship have broad appeal, and their popularity in the fashion world should come as no surprise.

Belle By Sigerson - Kilim Show fashion by Nazmiyal

Belle By Sigerson – Kilim Show fashion

Some best-known names in modern fashion have taken notice of the rug making art form, putting it to use in their collections. Burberry, for instance, used carpet influenced fabrics to create a series of capes for its 2014 winter line. Kilim inspired bags took the fashion world by storm, gaining massive popularity among both men and women shoppers. This is a true testament to the timeless qualities embodied in antique rugs.

Boho Kilim Bag Fashion by Nazmiyal

Boho Kilim Bag Fashion

Further, the 2014-15 collections of Dolce & Gabbana utilized French carpet patterns and themes to create a stunning line reminiscent of Savonnerie and Aubusson rugs. Embroidery, baroque florals and high quality textiles made this line a standout in the fashion world during that period.

French Carpet Inspired Dolce & Gabbana Dress by Nazmiyal

French Carpet Inspired Dolce & Gabbana Dress

Fashionistas with a more Bohemian vibe can also take advantage of rug making traditions when it comes to what they wear. Kilim rug patterns, again, play a substantial role in this fashion trend, which has flourished from the 1970’s onward. Tribal patterns from India, Africa and elsewhere are used in the creation of coats, dresses, ponchos, bags and more, appealing to free-wheeling, artistic individuals everywhere.

Antique French Aubusson Carpet by Nazmiyal

Antique French Aubusson Carpet

The Overarching Power of Vintage Rugs and Area Antique Carpets

It is impossible to dispute the power of antique rugs to bring a sense of grounding, warmth, vibrancy and interest to any interior space. Area rugs serve to establish conversation spaces for loved ones, create personal refuges for families and bring light and life to the home.

Quintessential Boho Chic Decor With Vintage Moroccan Rugs by Nazmiyal

The Quintessential Boho Chic Decor With Vintage Moroccan Rugs

Vintage Persian rugs, in addition to other rug types, fit seamlessly into a dizzying array of design styles, including Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian, traditional, Victorian, Scandinavian and Regency. An antique area rug that dates back centuries has relevance and of-the-moment appeal. There is no end in sight to the popularity, functionality and desirability of antique and vintage rugs.

This rug blog is by Nazmiyal Antique Rug Gallery in NYC.

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