Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Why Traditional Rug Designs Never Go Out of Fashion

There’s something comforting about traditional rug designs that makes them just as popular today as they have been at any time in the past. Whether it’s that Persian or Oriental feel to your rug, or something made closer to home, it seems traditional is perfectly suited to the job of decorating the floor of any home, wherever you chose to lay that carpet.

It’s not just older people that go for the traditional design either, it’s popular with the younger generation too and has continued to be a favourite over the years.
Whilst the latest weaving and design techniques mean you can get almost any design onto your carpet, many people still opt for the traditional look when it comes to choosing a rug. You can go for a runner, octagonal, circular or square rug but they all have that clean cut design and promise of opulence that sets them apart from other designs.

Different Types of Traditional Rug

Many of the traditional rugs we know and love today have their origin in the East. Bokhara rugs are knotted by hand in Pakistan whilst Kasbah rugs are often to be found in the markets of Morocco. You can now find these kinds of traditional rug manufactured in places as far flung as New Zealand and in a variety of different materials and weaving techniques. The design remains popular though, wherever it is made.

Other rugs have grown out of the English carpet industry, particularly through the Victorian times when manufacturing was at its height. These include makes such as  and English Manor which both have their own history. The first Axminster was woven for Chatsworth House back in 1830 and still adorns the floor of the library there today.

What they all have in common is the ability to make a floor look stylish and opulent without being overbearing. There are plenty of traditional options to choose from, with prices to suit most pockets, including:
• Persian: Originating from Iran, the designs for Persian carpets were symbolic and often woven by nomadic tribes. Early fragments of Persian carpets date back to well before the birth of Christ.
• Ziegler: Distinguished by its broad border and muted colour tones, Ziegler rugs make a stylish addition to any room.
• English Manor: A design that rose out of the French renaissance period, if you want a traditional carpet with ornate medallions and florals then this is the rug for you.
• Sherborne Grange: A favourite with many households, this rug uses a central motif and often incorporates flowers such as irises and lotuses.

These traditional carpets used to be the province of the well to do and became a sign of affluence in late Victorian times and the early part of the 20th Century. They continued to be a popular design for flooring in many homes during the 70s and 80s. In more recent times they have become an affordable and decorative way to make your floor look stylish and are still a first choice for many, even with new designs coming onto the market.