Should You Choose A Contemporary Or A Classic Rug?
A rug is an extremely versatile floor covering that can be used in various parts of your home for different purposes. It can be used to add visual interest, add some warmth to your interior, cover your hardstone flooring, or prevent heat from escaping your timber floors.
If you’re looking to add rugs to your home, you need to decide whether you want a contemporary rug or a traditional one.
Depending on your taste, your home decor and your budget, one might be more suitable for you than the other.
In this blog, we’re going to look at the distinct characteristics of both modern and classic rugs.
In terms of visual design, modern rugs typically stick with minimalistic aesthetics. This usually means repeated patterns, single solid colours, and a lack of borders. If there are multiple colours, it’s usually different shades of the same hue.
This type of rug is more suitable for homes that have an understated interior design. So, if you don’t like your home looking too busy, then minimalistic contemporary rugs might be for you.
If you have white walls, grey floors, and black furniture, maybe you can get a rug that has different hues of grey for a sense of uniformity. Alternatively, you can use your rug as a colour accent. If your home has a black, white, and grey colour palette, maybe you can get a bright red or bright orange rug for some contrast.
Most contemporary rugs are also mass-produced. Because of this, there is a low chance that your rug is one of a kind. Plenty of other homes are likely going to end up with the same rug as you do.
The up-side of this is that most mass-manufactured rugs are typically more affordable than handmade rugs. So, if you‘re on a budget and are looking for an affordable way to add some life and colour to your home, consider getting a modern rug.
A lot of the patterns on contemporary rugs are often abstract. Simple shapes and linear patterns are popular, but sometimes modern rugs have a more organic pattern that mimic brushstrokes, tree roots and so on.
- Ornate patterns
Traditional rugs are known for their beautiful ornate patterns. Persian and Oriental patterns are common on classic rugs. They typically feature intricate medallion patterns and distinct borders with various colours. Many classic rugs also have imagery of flowers, filigree, animals, buildings and so on.
The liveliness of these rugs can bring a lot of excitement and sophistication in any interior space, whether it’s traditional or modern.
Genuine traditional rugs are often handwoven by some of the most skilled and experienced artisans around the world. Because of this, they tend to last longer than your average mass-produced rug.
Traditional rugs are usually made with vegetable dyes and other biodegradable materials. Additionally, since the process of making handmade rugs doesn’t require heavy machinery, they are considered a much more environmentally friendly option than their mass-produced counterparts.
- A storied past
Older, traditional rugs often have an interesting backstory behind them. It’s country of origin, the artisan who made it, and the materials that were gathered to construct it makes the rug special. Additionally, the patterns and the colours used often tell a story about a particular culture or community.
With traditional rugs, you’re not just getting pretty patterns and beautiful imagery. You’re also getting a narrative – a story that’s unique to that rug and that rug only.
Hopefully, this brief guide has helped you understand the differences between modern and traditional rugs. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you feel is best for you and your property.