Antique Rugs that Exude Casual Elegance
Certain areas of the home, or certain architectural details, call for a style that is elegant and refined. These areas include the foyer or entryway, dining room, or perhaps a formal living room. If your home includes rich hardwoods, vaulted ceilings, and glass walls overlooking breathtaking vistas, the décor style calls for something a bit more lavish. However, perhaps you also want the area to feel warm and inviting, too. The perfect rug is the key to creating a space that is formal, but also a bit more casual.
Carpets from Different Worlds
Finding the right carpet for the space can make or break the design. It sets the tone and adds character to the space. Designers now start with the rug and then select the furniture and accessories around it. One of the best things about Persian and Oriental rugs is that you can find one for every mood and style.
Formal City Carpets
Persian rugs tend to fall into two categories. The first group is the city rugs. These rugs were made in traditional weaving centers, some of which date back to the 16th century. These rugs are easy to spot. They were created with precision, and the design is mirrored precisely horizontally and vertically.
In city rugs, the colors are even and without variation, indicating a highly controlled process. The colors often follow the conventions of the time. There were woven by trained hands using a pattern that was formally laid out. These city rugs can have intricate levels of detail. They create a highly-formal and polished feel in the room. They are the carpets created for kings.
Casual Village Carpets
The other end of the carpet spectrum is the village carpets. These carpets were woven in small villages, and sometimes, by nomadic tribes as they moved from their summer to winter pastures. They often feature brighter color combinations that are as bold and vibrant as the people who created them.
These carpets might follow a specific pattern that is characteristic of the area, or that mimics carpets created in nearby cities. However, there are usually signs that let you know that the weaver had a degree of individual design freedom in the piece. They were not created with a pattern but were the result of motifs and tribal symbols handed down orally through song and poem from grandmother, to mother, to daughter.
Village rugs were a family affair, and often, there is a variation from one end of the rug to the other. The borders and motifs are not as precise, sometimes, looking as if they were squeezed in at the last minute. They have a more organic, folk art feel that gives them their charm and personality. Village carpets have a more casual feel and create a feeling of liveliness in the room with their playful and intense colors.
Setting the Mood
Now, you can see that a Persian or Oriental rug seems to exist on a range between two ends of the spectrum. The formality of a city carpet, such as fine Kerman Lavar or an Ustad Mohtashem, makes you want to polish the fine silver and make certain the table is set with measured precision. The village carpets make you want to pull out a few overstuffed pillows and relax a bit.
Some carpets are perfect for creating a mood that is somewhere between the two. You can find village carpets that seem to have attempted to emulate the city carpets, particularly those who were close to a major market center. They have a formal quality and a more precise pattern. They have a bit more “schooled” look in their symmetry and repetition. Only the weaver took some liberties to give it a more personal style.
The carpets presented in the collection marry the two worlds. They have a formal layout that creates an elegant feeling in the room. They also have bold and charismatic colors that are a bit on the Boho side. These carpets have a character that lets you know that they were created humans living out their lives in the traditions that have existed for centuries.
This collection would be the perfect selection for an area of the home that needs a formal touch, but where you want it to be a bit more welcoming for guests. They are formal, with just a hint of casual in their colors and designs. These carpets are the perfect way to marry the world of casual and formal to create the perfect look for your home.
Some Beautifully Casual and Elegant Antique Rugs:
Each one of the elegant antique rugs that we
featured in the above curation is unique and individual to itself. This is mostly due to that fact that rug features a unique character, exquisite abrashed fades and incomparable details as well as designs.
This rug blog about casual and elegant antique rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs.