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In the last decade or so, the production of new contemporary modern rugs has experienced a Renaissance of sorts. The quality of their weave, wool and design has not been as good since the early decades of the twentieth century. One of the unforeseen benefits of this new trend has been the revival of a particular genre of modern rug production that may be distinguished from the rest – the Modern or Contemporary design rug.

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The roots of modern and contemporary design vary considerably. They may be traced, most of all, to the first carpets made in a Modernist style, the Art Deco carpets of Europe, America and China made between the late twenties and the fifties. Another important inspiration came from leading abstract painters of that period like Picasso, Klee, Miro, and Piet Mondrian, whose work could readily be translated into the medium of woven carpets. Early Scandinavian rugs also contributed to this trend.

Contemporary modern rugs made today tend to draw freely on all these sources or inspirations, combined with cutting edge innovations from contemporary architectural and interior design and painting. As a result, those rug buyers with a taste for the clean, abstract, simplicity of Modern interior décor once again have the option of purchasing quality rugs and carpets in this style, without having to compete for the limited supply of Modernist vintage pieces which are rapidly and paradoxically becoming costly antiques.

Perfect Modern Rugs for Your Personal Interior Design

Cannot find the perfect rug? With a little information, you can make the best decision for you. Remember knowledge is power and can be a deciding factor on choosing your favorite style. Stay up to date with our guides on different rug types and interior styles.

Here is some helpful information to help you decide. Did you know that Moroccan rugs are fairly new to the scene – especially in the collector’s world? These rugs have a flare of excitement and are best known for their gorgeous colourful designs, as well as for their geometric patterns and abstract designs. They are definitely a collector’s item. Moroccan rugs have an amazing decorative element to them.

Nate Berkus Interiors Incorporates Mid Century Modern Moroccan Rugs by Nazmiyal

Nate Berkus Interiors Incorporates Mid-Century Modern Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan rugs serve as a great decorative item to have in the great room or in your study. Moroccan rugs certainly take charge of making a room feel warm, bright and interesting with their unique colours and patterns.

Did Moroccan rugs spark your interest? Let’s see how you feel about Persian rugs.

If you ever decide to research the world of Persian rugs, you will discover a rich and colourful history passed down for thousands of years. These rugs are known for their beautiful bright colours and unique design and for those of you seeking good omens this year, the geometric figures and symbolic motifs on modern vintage Persian rugs protect the rug owner from evil and misfortune according to ancient traditions.

Contemporary and new modern Persian rugs are perfect additions to the family room in your home. The unique patterns mixed with simplicity definitely add a homely element to any room. But what about Scandinavian rugs for your interior style?

Oushak rugs also have a historical past about them. Something that you may find interesting is that they were once used by nobility as bedding as well as a display of social standing. These gorgeous rugs have rich colours and have a very unique artistic element about them different from Botanical rugs. They are guaranteed to capture the attention and admiration of viewers at social gatherings. Oushak rugs like the Persian Sultanabad rugs are great statement pieces for bright homes.

Oushak rugs are truly a work of art and they deserve to be on display. They are a great addition to your family room and in case of their smaller sizes would also look lovely hanging on the wall in your home. These rugs are amazing conversation starters and spark admiration and interest from viewers.

So, do you have a favorite yet? Just know that it is perfectly fine to appreciate all of them especially since they all have a particularly unique quality about them. If you need help defining modern interior styles, read our guides in our blog to soon become a rug expert!

The Re-evolution of New Modern Contemporary Rugs

The interest and involvement of Europeans in the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries gave enormous incentive to Oriental art deco rug production, but it also had negative effects.

The most important of these was in the realm of dyes. At about the mid nineteenth century German scientists developed synthetic, chemically based dyes that involved far less time and labor than vegetable-derived colours.

By the late 19th century – 1860’s and 70’s they had become common in Turkey and a decade or so later, Persian Rugs were following the trend.

However, these colours soon proved to be fugitive on exposure to light, or when washed. This resulted in the production of many carpets with badly faded colours or ugly dye runs that resulted from routine cleaning. At the same time western industrialisation also introduced the commodity of machine-spun wool, which helped in the production of carpets on an ever-increasing scale.

Eventually in the 1920’s and 30’s western technology perfected synthetic dyes. This now made it possible to produce huge dye lots of uniform colour. The ultimate result was the loss of the lovely variegated colour effects or ‘abrash’ that were common with less controllable vegetable dyes, and that lent so much character and charm to vintage carpets.

Also, the machine spun wool imparted a uniformity of texture which, along with the uniformity of colour, tended to make the effect of light on the surface of the carpets less animated and rich. While the designs of Oriental carpets remained true to tradition, these technical changes gradually led to a readily perceptible difference in quality between modern rugs and those produced before, say, 1920, pre mid-century modern and vintage designs.

As a result, the concept and the commodity of the “antique carpet” as the superior, the more desirable and therefore the more expensive type, became established.

Throughout the twentieth century, many well-made rugs continued to be produced across the Middle East, but they could never compete for the most discerning or the most demanding buyers, who preferred the depth of colour and reflective quality of vegetable dye and hand-spun wool similar to Vintage Moroccan Rugs, and who were willing to pay for it.

In the last twenty years or so there has been a revival of traditional weaving, relying once again on on vegetable dyes and hand-spun wool. This development began in Turkey as a government-funded experiment, Project DOBAG, designed to recover or restore a lost traditional craft.

To some extent this programme also focused on reviving traditional designs, which had degenerated somewhat in the course of the twentieth century. Its success prompted similar attempts in Afghan and then Persian weaving, and eventually in virtually all Oriental rug-producing regions.

Today it is once again possible to encounter outstanding carpets which are not only well woven and nicely designed, but which also have the textural and colour quality of the finest antique rugs. Shop Modern Rugs.

5 Ways To Use New Modern Area Rugs in Your Contemporary Decor

As interior design trends shift from the plush living rooms and bedrooms of the 1990’s and 2000’s to the more modern, angular lines of today’s decor, carpeting has gone by the wayside in favor of hardwood or tile flooring. Carpet-free spaces are often easier to keep clean and create a more sophisticated look, but they can also be too cold or leave the room feeling too sparse. Area rugs are the answer. New contemporary modern area rugs add excitement, and when paired with the right pieces, often tie an entire room together. The challenge is deciding how to best accent your room with a rug.

1. Create Definition with Modern Area Rugs

Homes with open floor plans provide plenty of space and often lots of sunlight, but it can be harder to define the spaces when it comes to their purpose. Without definition, the living room easily becomes the dining room, which runs into the kitchen and leaves the space feeling empty. This is especially true in studio apartments, where the living, sleeping, and eating spaces are often one, or in large rooms or homes. Modern area rugs that match your decor can help you add definition to these spaces. Add one under your dining table for a comfortable eating space, at the front door to welcome guests, or under your living room furniture to create a cozy place to curl up with your favorite TV show.

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An area rug can help define a space in an open plan.

2. Choose the Right Colour Modern Area Rugs for the Space

Different colours evoke different emotions, so you will want to choose a rug that not only matches the rest of your decor but also helps to create the atmosphere you want to achieve in the room. Are you adding a rug to a contemporary modern home office? Choose a neutral colour, such as white, tan, or grey. Perhaps you are putting together a child’s room. Bright yellow or green creates a sunny, cheerful mood. Remember, the darker a colour, the smaller the room will appear. Avoid jewel tones or black if you are furnishing a small space. Avoid getting stuck in the rut of trying to perfectly match the colour of your rug to the rest of the decor. This is difficult to do and may even make the room look unnaturally coordinated.

Bright Colour Modern Area Rug Nazmiyal

A brightly coloured modern area rug brings joy and life to a child’s room.

3. Add Some Variety to Your Modern Area Rugs

In particularly large spaces, it can be difficult to find one rug that covers all the area you want it to. One option is to use two or more new modern area rugs but be careful of the layout you choose. When you use rugs that are all the same size and shape, it is easy to make a room look too divided, especially if the pieces aren’t the same colour or pattern. When using more than one rug in a space, vary the sizes to add balanced variety. For example, you can use a smaller rectangular or round rug in front of a door and choose a large square rug for the rest of the living space.

Mixing Modern Area Rugs Nazmiyal

When mixing modern area rugs, change up the sizes and shapes of the rugs.

4. Consider the Rest of the Room When Picking Your Modern Area Rugs

A room that’s too busy is visually unappealing and makes it hard to know where to look. Trying to relax in a room full of too many patterns and colours can also be distracting. If the space you’re decorating already has patterned wallpaper, bright furniture, or other ‘loud’ decor, choose a neutral coloured rug with a subtler look to even it out. On the other hand, if most of your decor is neutral and the walls are white, a brightly coloured rug or a pattern can add depth and interest to an otherwise stark space.

Modern Area Rugs Decor Nazmiyal

If you are using a boldly patterned rug, keep the rest of your decor neutral, and vice versa.

5. Shop for the Right Size New Modern Area Rugs

The wrong size rug can easily disrupt flow of the space you are decorating. A piece that is too small to fit well under your furniture night make the room feel cramped, but one that is too large for the rest of your decor could make your furniture look miniature. If you are buying a rug that you want to cover the room, subtract three feet from the room’s dimensions. For example, if the room is 12 feet by 20 feet, you will want a rug that is 9 feet by 17 feet. When you want a rug that is only as large as the furniture it is under, go about two feet larger than the dimensions of the space your furniture covers. A living room furniture setup that is 8 feet by 10 feet needs a rug that is 10 feet by 12 feet.

Modern Area Rugs Size Nazmiyal

Make sure to choose a modern area rug that is the right size for your space.

Whether you want your new modern area rugs to be big and bold or small and neutral, remember to put a liner underneath them. Area rugs without liners are prone to slipping on hardwood floors and can bunch up under furniture, leaving creases that may require professional removal. Nazmiyal Collection provides a wide variety of contemporary modern area rugs in many styles, colours, and sizes. Check out our selection to find the right area rug to spruce up your home today!

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Nazmiyal Antique Rugs has a limited inventory of contemporary modern area rugs on sale as well.

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