Formal Rugs vs. Informal and Choosing a Rug and Interior Decoration
Formal Rugs vs. Informal Carpets
Formal Rugs – There are a myriad of reasons why a particular individual may be in the market for an antique rug, whether they are searching for formal rugs or informal rugs. And the selection and variety of fine antique rugs and carpets in our extensive collection is just as varied.
At the end of the day, however, interior decor essentially falls into two categories – the formal and the informal. Formal rugs and informal rugs differ from one another in much the same way as formal and informal examples of any other art form.
Antique rugs that convey formality are generally those produced in sophisticated urban settings. In the Orient this means Persian, Indian, and Turkish city rugs with sinuous, finely detailed arabesque designs. In the west this means the classical elegance of Aubusson, Savonnerie, Axminster, and Spanish carpets, but also Art Deco rugs with a modernist emphasis.
Oriental rugs that lend themselves to informal settings are primarily tribal and village rugs with simple geometric designs, whether from Persia, the Caucasus, and Turkey, or nomadic Central Asian rugs. Turkoman or Bokara rugs, with precise, geometric patterns, however, straddle this divide.
In a high-powered business space, meanwhile, formality is more appropriate. In rooms where one meets clients, board rooms, and the like, it is safer to error the sire of the formal, and to enhance spaces like this with more refined rugs and carpets. In residential space, foyers, living, and dining rooms may require formality, and perhaps libraries as well. Informal rugs work well in more relaxed business environments.
For home decor informal pieces are generally appropriate to dens, family rooms, bedrooms. But once again, personal taste is the bottom line. Some clients want formality virtually everywhere, while others prefer informality throughout their residence.
View our Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs for more information.