Different Styles of Rugs

When you first walk into stores and share that you’re on the hunt for a new rug, a design associate is likely to ask, “What style are you looking for?” and then throw out these three overarching possibilities: traditional, contemporary, or transitional. So, let’s talk a bit about the big three styles since it often means different things to different people. But if you are in search of rugs that is uncompromisingly chic, yet beautifully understated, traditional rugs are for you.

Traditional Rugs

These are the Persian, Oriental and classic design area rugs used in traditional home decor. Their designs and patterns are sometimes centuries old and they add a touch of luxury and elegance to any room.

Traditional designs are modern-day representations of time-honored European and Asian patterns. In some cases, a traditional rug’s design may even be the exact same pattern used for generations and generations!Traditional rugs tend to be thought of as formal; however, they can certainly be at home in casual living spaces, like dens or game rooms. And, more often than not, their designs contain specific elements: floral and other intricate patterns, borders, and central medallions in shapes like diamonds, octagons, and hexagons. The photos above and below are great examples.

Soumaks, dhurries, and kilims, popular rug types, usually contain elements of traditional designs. They typically have complex, intricate patterns and feature central medallions or shapes. However, many in the rug world would classify these rugs, as well as rugs with a southwestern design, as “tribal” in style.

Contemporary Rugs

Contemporary rugs sometimes remind us of a piece of modern art. They often integrate bold color, design and unusual design elements. Also, they are generally characterized by stark contrasts and geometric or free-form style elements. They are the perfect addition for a modern space.

Contemporary rugs can feature retro patterns. Typically, these designs are references to the art deco and arts and crafts periods. In other words, while a contemporary design can nod to the past, the look and feel of contemporary rugs are very different from the traditional rugs.

Transitional Rugs

Transitional rugs are the blending of traditional and contemporary designs, they include patterns and elements of each style. with inspiration from traditional rugs, this style contains the repetitive element, like geometric or floral/leafy patterns. Their colors are more subdued and neutral. Transitional rugs will compliment both contemporary and traditional home decor.

Lastly, transitional rugs are a more casual style that falls between contemporary and traditional rugs.

Transitional rugs can incorporate bright colors and simplistic shapes from contemporary designs as well as the more flowery, detailed work common in traditional rugs. Some carpets & rugs made in this style lean more towards traditional motifs, while others are more contemporary in tone. Whatever the mixture, transitional rugs bring the old school and the new school together to create a pleasantly disparate style.

Taking a more classic theme from traditional rugs, this style often features an all-over repetitive design element. They also tend to work well with natural, organic elements like stone, granite and wood, harmonious tones, neutral floorings, and tasteful signature pieces.

The result is an enduring design that is comfortable and classic, striking the perfect balance. Because transitional rugs are a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, they work well with nearly all interiors as well as making your home warm and welcoming.

While there are more styles than the three mentioned above, many rug designs fall into one of these rug categories. So if you can’t decide on traditional or contemporary then transitional styles may be the way to go.

At Rencollection, you can find these styles or any others like geometric or abstract. You can also browse by specific colors or design your own custom rug!