Are Oriental Rugs In or Out of Style?
Good area rugs can tie the pieces in any room together. That could mean making a statement in an otherwise neutral room, combining vintage and modern elements or creating a cozier space for families and friends to enjoy. And with the several ways that a rug can change a room, it’s no wonder you are searching for the latest rug trends as well as the latest home decorating trends to find the best style for your own home.
A popular style throughout the ages has been Oriental rugs. However, because they’ve been around so long, many wonder if they’re outdated now. In this blog, we’ll provide you answers to that question and give more detail about what sets Oriental rugs apart from the other types you might see on the market.
Are Oriental Rugs in Style in 2022?
Oriental rugs are timeless classics and certainly still in style in 2022. In an era when mass production has come to the forefront, these fine quality rugs stand for excellence and class. The quality of authentic Oriental rugs set them apart from the machine-made rugs of today’s era.
You can distinguish between Oriental rugs and other styles and types of rugs based on different origins of the rugs and the patterns typically seen on them. Oriental rugs are made in Asian countries like Tibet, Iraq and Iran. As for patterns, they usually include geometric or floral elements, often which will span the carpet in detailed, repeating patterns.
Let’s take a look at this fine floral medallion vintage Persian silk Qum rug, for example.
This captivating Persian fine silk Qum rug in red has a bold color and intricate floral pattern that would give any room with neutral colors an elegant feel. The color itself makes this vintage Persian silk rug ideal for making a statement in any room of your house. As you can see in the first image, this vintage Persian rug also has another distinctive feature of Oriental rugs: a medallion in the center and spandrels in the corners (the triangles on the edges of the field surrounding the medallion).
Oriental rugs are great for formal dining rooms or more modern rooms where you want to add a vintage touch. Oriental rugs are in style now will continue to be in style in the future because they set the tone of a room and use a technique perfected over thousands of years.
What’s the Difference Between Persian and Oriental Rugs?
Persian rugs are a type and subset of Oriental rugs. In fact, Persian rugs are some of the most famous types of Oriental rugs on the market today. Despite Persian rugs fitting into the category of Oriental rugs, though, they do differ some from other subsets of Oriental due to country-specific traditions. Based on traditions of the country, the rugs will vary in popular colors used, in weaving or knotting technique and in pattern. Let’s take a look at a couple examples of other types of Oriental rugs (Turkish rugs and Chinese rugs) and compare them to Persian rugs.
On the top left is a small brown silk Persian Qum rug. Persian rugs like this one use geometric patterns and symbolic motifs. They often include images of animals, people and objects seen in day-to-day life. The one above combines Persian elements with other cultures and styles, such as French Rococo style.
The top right image is of a large soft decorative antique Turkish Oushak rug. Turkish Oushak rugs also often use geometric designs like the other Oriental rugs. What sets them apart, though, is they also often use tribal influences and curve-linear patterns. They often place larger scale designs on pastel backgrounds to make the patterns stand out better.
The bottom image is of a modern animal motif silk Chinese area rug. Chinese rugs have coarser knotting than some of the other oriental rugs. These rugs also often use images featuring dragons, ornamental objects and other local art. These rugs are often inspired by Buddhist and Taoistic motifs. The one above depicts images from the Chinese environment such as deer, birds and mountain ranges.
How Can You Tell the Quality of an Oriental Rug?
There are a few ways to determine the quality of an Oriental rug: where it was made, how it was made and the types of materials and dyes used. All of them relate to continuing with tradition. So, you might ask, “What country makes the best Oriental rugs?” As the name suggests, the highest quality Oriental rugs will be made in what used to be called the “Orient,” meaning Asian countries. When you buy and shop for rugs made in these areas, you know that they will keep with the tradition dated as far back as the sixth century B.C.
The best quality Oriental rugs are also handmade. The techniques used to make rugs such as these have been perfected over thousands of years. And handmade Oriental rugs have several dozen knots per square inch, making it much more durable than machine-made Oriental rugs. The machine-made ones typically involve gluing fibers to a plastic base. In a room with heavy traffic, these more commercial rugs will wear down easier as the glue deteriorates.
Lastly, you can tell the quality of an Oriental rug based on the materials it was made with. Whereas machine-made rugs are typically made of plastic and glue, handmade rugs are made with wool, cotton or silk. These materials are more durable and softer than plastic. And when it comes to dyes, high-quality Oriental rugs are dyed with natural elements, such as plants and minerals. This gives the rugs a patina, or sheen, that machine-made rugs cannot match.
No matter what type of Oriental rug you prefer, you will find one of high quality as well as some of the best rugs in the world at Nazmiyal Collection.
Find the Best Oriental Rug for Your Space
If you want to find rugs in style in 2022, look no further than Nazmiyal Collection. Not only do we have Oriental rugs, but we have other styles of antique rugs, vintage rugs and modern rugs for you to choose from. And, with Oriental rugs, you can find something that you love and that will last the test of time. You can find our collection of Oriental rugs here.