What Makes The Mid Century Blue Vintage Rugs So Special?

Discovering The Beauty Of Blue Vintage Rugs

Blue Vintage Rugs – Blue is a color that evokes ethereal, celestial imagery. It is the hue of our sky and the color of our planet. It is a color so powerful that we even use it to describe feelings of sadness and solemnity.

Vintage Swedish Kilim Blue Rug By Marianne Richter For Marta Maas by nazmiyal
Vintage Swedish Kilim Blue Rug By Marianne Richter For Marta Maas #49576

Ironically, this universal tinge that also evokes a strong feeling of calm and tranquility, had an enigmatic entrance in to our material world. It is a complex history comprising everything, from nature, to geography, snobbery, fashion, and aesthetics.

The Power Of Blue Color

Unbeknownst to many, blue is a color with a distinct personality. Blue in one of the primary colors. By adding different pigments to it, the blue will begin to acquire a powerful tint of its own. These newly created color shades can be applied to everything, with each shade bringing in its own type of energy.

The different shades of blue evoke different yet deeper emotions. An aqua blue is associated with the ocean, while a royal blue is related to heads of state and policies. A powdery, “baby” blue links us to images of nostalgia and innocence, while a playful, electric blue is evocative of our younger, more energized selves.

Marta Maas Scandinavian Vintage Blue Rug By Barbro Nilsson by Nazmiyal
Marta Maas Scandinavian Vintage Blue Rug By Barbro Nilsson #49570

The power of blue can make or break an entire pattern of decoration, with the right blue being essential in the creation of the perfectly conceived ambiance and atmosphere. Just think what would happen if you were to choose the “wrong” shade of blue for a life event such as a wedding, for example. One drop in shade can change the entire tone of the event!

Even worse, think about using the wrong blue in any artistic scenery. How would an electric blue look in the decoration of a traditional High Afternoon English tea? Not very British, is it?

Have you also noticed that, while all colors have a bright, fluorescent version of themselves, only the blue color can be considered “electric”!

Blue in vintage rugs

Now that the importance of the right shade of blue has been established, think about using the color at a larger, more decorative scale. Rugs, particularly vintage rugs, are floor coverings that are already expected to be unique in origin.

Blue Chinese Rug #49272 by nazmiyal
Blue Chinese Rug #49272

Whether Chinese, Persian, Moroccan, or Scandinavian, all vintage rugs that feature the color blue will look different based on their origin. Each country has its tradition of rug weaving and using patterns and these practices take into account the different shades of blue in their rugs.

Moroccan Blue Vintage Rugs by nazmiyal
Moroccan Blue Vintage Rugs

All of these are important pointers to consider when looking for the perfect blue vintage rugs for your home’s decor.

Indigo Blue Vintage Persian Rug #51124 by Nazmiyal
Indigo Blue Vintage Persian Rug #51124

Creating Vintage Rugs With Blue Dyes Using Indigo

This natural blue dye is originally from India. It is one of the most ancient pigments known to man. However, it did not gain popularity in Europe until the Renaissance period, when the “New Word” was discovered and new network routes for trading opened throughout the different continents.

Indigofera Tinctoria flower and Indigo Color Dye by Nazmiyal
Indigofera Tinctoria flower and Indigo Color Dye

For the first time in our history, the route to Asia allowed for a whole world of new things to enter Europe. It comes to no surprise that the advent of indigo, with its deep sapphire dramatic tones, brought the royals to their knees, demanding its use in all things enjoyed by the “upper classes”.

In addition to this, indigo was comparably of a much higher quality than the woad-based, pastel-blue type pigment available in Europe at the time. In a dramatic contrast, indigo brought with it a brighter, stronger hue, not to mention a much more exotic and intriguing origin which the higher classes were fascinated with.

When acquiring blue vintage rugs, remember that naturally made indigo is the highest quality dye for the blue color. Having indigo in vintage blue rugs means that the maker followed a practice that dates back to the 15th century.

Scandinavian Marta Maas Kilim Vintage Blue Rug By Barbro Nilsson by Nazmiyal
Scandinavian Marta Maas Kilim Vintage Blue Rug By Barbro Nilsson #49572

By acquiring an Indigo blue vintage mid century rug, you are, in essence, connecting the distant and recent pasts to the present.

Without a doubt, blue is an integral part of our daily lives as well as our self expression. So when planning your next interior design project, make sure to add some blue in a way that reflects and showcases your personality the best.

This rug blog about blue vintage rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in New York City.