Modern Interior Design With Antique Rugs

Antique Rugs Add Sophistication to Modern Interior Design

You may think that beautiful antique rugs have no place in modern interior design. Maybe you found the perfect rug online that you simply fell in love with, but you are afraid that it may not have a place in your contemporary room. The good news is that there are no rules that say all of the furniture in your home must be from the same time period. Now, there are many opportunities to incorporate decorative rugs and older pieces for the sake of interest and to help break up the clean lines of modern interior designs and create warmth in the room.

Express Your Individuality Through Antique Rugs In A Modern Decor

Gone are the days of cookie cutter interior design where all the pieces must match. Modern interior design trends favor mixing colors and shapes to create a fresh look. The idea of adding texture to contemporary designs has been around for quite some time, and the trend does not seem to be going away any time soon. Instead, these interior design trends seem to be growing, and using interest pieces to add depth and warmth to the space is now considered the norm.

Sultanabad Living Room by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

A Sultanabad brings life and warmth to a modern living room.

This means that even if your style is modern, contemporary, Swedish modern, minimalist, or industrial, you can still add that charming antique rug to give a bit of character to the space. When used in this way, antique Oriental rugs can add a sense of the unexpected and excitement to the decor. However, in order to make it work, you should probably stick to at least a few general rules.

Using Antique Rugs to Achieve The Modern Decor Look You Want

The idea of incorporating an antique rug into modern interior design is to add interest, but not allow the room to lose its theme and appear to be a mish-mash of artifacts from Grandma’s attic. You need to create a plan and know what your design goals are before you begin. Otherwise, the room may end up looking like a bohemian flea market. Here are a few tips to make it work and avoid this pitfall.

Stick with a theme, and use a rug that follows the color scheme, has repeated shapes, or that fits with other elements of the overall design.

Rather than focusing on individual decor pieces, look at the overall feel of the room before adding an antique carpet. There may be a place where a traditional rug is just the right touch.

Consider scale, balance, and proportion when choosing your antique rug. You should then consider how it will contribute to the overall look of the room. It is good to have at least some element of the antique rug reflected in the contemporary items that are paired with it.

Antique Bidjar rug in a modern interior design - Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

An antique Persian Bidjar carpet perfectly complements the modern elements in this room.

Ideas for Incorporating Antique Rugs into Modern Interior Design

Although adding an antique rug to modern interior design may seem like breaking the rules, if you apply only a few basic principles, it can work quite well. Here are a few ideas that may spark your creativity.

Try adding an antique rug under a modern coffee table. This works especially well if the coffee table has a glass top so that full design of the rug can be appreciated. The clean lines of the modern coffee table will not compete with an antique rug that is filled with color and complex lines.

You might try using the antique carpet to help define a space within an open-plan loft or studio. If you love the openness and spacious feel of your open plan apartment, but you need to define a space, an older antique or vintage rug can be the perfect way to achieve your goals. It will add interest and can be used to define spaces for entertaining, office space, or a bedroom without adding walls that break up the space.

Define Space by Nazmiyal NYC

A rug can help define a space in a large room.

A contemporary antique rug can be the perfect way to tie the room together or include groups of items built around a contemporary theme. They are also a great way to showcase a special piece of furniture. A grouping of plants placed on an antique rug can add an organic feel to the room without destroying the theme of the contemporary design. An effective technique is to use antique rugs in a collection of antiques placed in one spot. This gives the collection cohesion and makes it look carefully curated. Some ideas for this technique are in a corner or behind a sofa.

One of the main rules to consider is the weight of the room in terms of style. If the room is mostly contemporary, an antique rug will look like the perfect accessory. The other way to go is to add contemporary accessories to an antique themed room. You may want to avoid having an equal mix of contemporary and antique pieces, otherwise the theme may be lost, and it may drift towards that flea market look that you want to avoid. A good rule of thumb is to use the 80/20 rule when it comes to mixing styles.

Using rugs as art pieces for the wall can add texture, color, and interest to sharp geometric lines. Consider a colorful runner rug to brighten a narrow kitchen or hallway. This is especially effective in otherwise monotone or white color palettes. It can add warmth and a feeling of coziness. This can work particularly well in a room that features hardwoods and geometric shapes. It can be used in the same way you would use any large scale piece of art / tapestry for the wall

Modern Interior Design by Nazmiyal

Adding an antique rug can add warmth to a space.

The most important rule is to have fun creating your own space that reflects your personal style and individuality. The best part is knowing that you do not have to give up on that antique rug that you absolutely adore just because you have a contemporary style. Not only can it have a place in the design, it can be the piece that pulls the room together, gives it interest or creates a sense of timelessness and sophistication.

If your style is modern, feel free to browse our selection of antique rugs from the 19th century to mid-century modern and find the perfect piece to let your individual personality shine.

Check out our top picks for designing with antique rugs: 

Persian Tabriz Rug | Nazmiyal

Large Antique Persian Tabriz Rug

Pomegranate Khotan Rug | Nazmiyal

Long And Narrow Antique Pomegranate Khotan Rug

Antique Amritsar Indian Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Amritsar Indian Rug

This interior design blog about modern interiors and using antique rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rug Gallery in NYC.

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