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Transitional Rugs Explained

What Are Transitional Rugs?

Have you ever been rug shopping and seen a piece listed as “transitional?” If you didn’t know what the term means, don’t worry, because you aren’t alone. A lot of rug shoppers see transitional rugs and have a hard time distinguishing them from other modern rugs. Read on to learn what the term means as well as some tips on finding the right rug for your home or office.

What Does Transitional Rugs Mean?

Transitional rugs blend elements of modern and traditional styles. For example, a transitional rug may feature a pattern that is similar to an antique rug but with the bold color palette of a modern rug. The opposite, blending traditional colors with a modern pattern, may also fit the definition. Another common style is to update a traditional rug design with simpler, chic characteristics. As you may expect, a lot of rugs can fit into this definition. Furthermore, some designs blur the distinction between traditional and modern more than others. Rugs can be pieces of art, and categorizing art can get a little messy at times. However, if a rug is combining elements of traditional and modern styles, it is probably transitional.

Floral Antique Portuguese Needlepoint Rug Nazmiyal

Floral Transitional Portuguese Needlepoint Rug

Why Buy Transitional Rugs?

When buying a rug, you should choose one that speaks to you and that will work in the space you are furnishing. That being said, transitional rugs are currently stylish, making them both an on-trend decor choice and potentially good investment. These are a few reasons that people love this type of rug:

• Versatile: The combination of styles makes transitional pieces very versatile. Rugs that incorporate bold colors or patterns may provide a bright focal point for a room, while subtler palettes and subdued designs easily coordinate with furniture and other decor. This flexibility makes transitional rugs an excellent choice for those who enjoy reinventing their decorating scheme from time to time without breaking the bank.
• Trendy: Eclectic yet sophisticated, transitional floor coverings are stylish right now. While you may not be motivated to buy something just because it is popular, the sheer variety of transitional options available makes it easy to embrace the trend without sacrificing your personal aesthetic.
• Easy To Blend: Since these genre-bending rugs blend elements of traditional and modern design, they easily coordinate with decor styles from chic and contemporary to clean and classic and just about everything in between. In other words, if you have a room with a strong theme and want something eye-catching yet integrated, a transitional rug may be the perfect choice.

Buying a high-end rug can be a significant investment. Currently, transitional rugs are holding their values well and even appreciating thanks to their enduring popularity. Since none of us have crystal balls to see the future, it is probably best to avoid buying a rug just because of its potential future value. Nonetheless, if you are going to purchase a high-value rug, it makes sense to buy one with a style that’s likely to remain en vogue.

Transitional Rug Living Room Nazmiyal

A transitional rug styled in a living room.

How Do I Choose the Right Transitional Rugs?

The most important criteria for selecting a rug is whether or not you like it. Ultimately, there is no value in buying a piece that you don’t enjoy and wouldn’t want in your home. However, if you are interested in finding something trendy, look for pastel colors. For example, champagne and powder blue are common contemporary choices. Many people favor these colors because they are flexible in almost any setting. Another common choice is faded or burnt colors such as rust red and orange. These colors are often paired with modernized versions of traditional patterns where classic designs become streamlined, simplified or else blend several different styles in one piece.

As you are shopping, remember to keep in mind the space you are working with. Obviously, the size of the rug is important. However, you should also consider the surrounding décor or the theme you are hoping to achieve. Rugs can bring a lot of energy to a room and bring together even the most ambitious designs. Think about whether the rug will function as a focal point or blend into the space. One of the great benefits of transitional rugs is their ability to play both roles.

Transitional Rug Bedroom Nazmiyal

A transitional rug in a bedroom setting.

Find the Perfect Antique, Modern, or Transitional Rugs for Your Home

Finding the right rug for your home or office can be an exciting experience. Whether used as a floor covering or a hung art piece, they can play a major role in the design of a space. At the Nazmiyal Collection, we have a carefully curated selection of antique, vintage, modern, and transitional rugs. If you want to find a high-quality and beautiful rug, you have come to the right place. Explore our selection to find the right one for you. We also offer rug cleaning and restoration services to help you fully care for your rugs. Contact us today to learn more.

Here are some beautiful examples of transitional rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection:

Large Antique Persian Malayer Rug Nazmiyal

Large Antique Persian Malayer Rug

Large Light Blue Antique Persian Kerman Rug Nazmiyal

Large Light Blue Antique Persian Kerman Rug

Antique American Hooked Rug Nazmiyal

Antique American Hooked Rug

Antique Turkish Konya Runner Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Turkish Konya Runner Rug

This rug blog about transitional rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs.

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