5 Styles of Carpets & Rugs
Does your home decor follow specific styles, or do you like to mix and match disparate styles for a unique look? Much like there are styles of furniture and paintings, carpets & rugs have their own style categories. Some of the details will vary depending on the region a rug is from, but there are 5 distinct styles available: traditional, contemporary, transitional, antique and tribal. We've included a little about each style so you know what to expect when you ask to see a particular kind of rug!
Many Persian rugs fall into this category. The traditional style usually features a high level of detail work in the design with a border all the way around. The border design often features different colors than the central design and is more detailed, though this isn’t always the case. While reds and browns are popular colors for traditional Persian rugs, one stop in our store near Phoenix will show you the whole spectrum of colors available.
Contemporary Area Rugs
Focusing on more simplistic designs and fewer colors, the contemporary style is a perfect match for modern decor and many oriental rugs are made in this style. Instead of being restricted to a traditional template, contemporary rugs feature bright colors in all sorts of designs: abstract, floral, blocks, stripes and other patterns.
This is the happy medium between traditional and contemporary area rugs. A transitional rug will follow some of the conventions of traditional rugs but bend the rules, using different design elements or colors like a contemporary rug. Transitional designs can also take a familiar detail of traditional rugs and put it center stage by making it huge. The range of designs in the transitional category is huge, because some designs focus more on traditional elements, while others focus on more modern ones.
Antique Area Rugs
These are usually large area rugs that are made in a very traditional style. The designs are often highly detailed and the material is high quality. While not a design style all its own, an antique rug has a beautiful history and has stood the test of time to rest on your floor or hang on your wall. New large area rugs done in the traditional style borrow heavily from these but aren’t quite the same.
Tribal Carpets & Rugs
The tribal style is a kind of Persian rug that uses a more primitive design, focusing less on high detail and more on creating a rougher feel. Primitive symbols and elements are incorporated into these designs. Most incorporate reds, creams and purples, although there are exceptions. Due to the simpler style, tribal Persian rugs (also sometimes called "gabbeh") are often the most affordable area rugs.
What style would fit into your home best? If you aren't sure, you can view some rug samples in our online gallery or you can visit our Scottsdale store to see the full in-stock selection.
Should You Put Furniture on Top of Fine Rugs?
This is an important question if you’re planning the design of your living room or bedroom: Can you place furniture on top of fine or luxury area rugs? The answer is yes! But let’s look at a few facts about the placement of large area rugs in particular before you rearrange the furniture.
You have three options when it comes to arranging your furniture around an area rug.
- Place furniture completely on the large area rug. Putting the full weight of furniture on luxury rugs means the weight is evenly distributed. However, you should periodically move the furniture a few inches so that it doesn’t wear down the same spots. This can prevent damage to the material.
- Place furniture partially on the rug, with one to two feet on the rug and the rest right on the floor. One concern with placing furniture only partially on the rug is that it can lead to uneven wear on the rug itself. If you move the furniture slightly every few months or so, this can be avoided. Another aspect of this arrangement is that the furniture may be wobbly if only partially on an area rug. This especially applies to chairs if the pile height is much higher than the flooring.
- Arrange your rug so that no furniture is directly on top of the rug. You won’t have to worry about unnecessary wear on your rug, but this may not be practical with large or oversized area rugs. For living rooms, some rug owners choose to have a lightweight coffee table on the rug and the heavier furniture off it.
The size of your room and other furniture will determine which is the best solution for your interior design. Silk rugs are more likely to be damaged over time by heavy furniture on top than wool or cotton area rugs, so be aware of the materials you are considering and how you intend to use it.
In bedrooms, large area rugs are often placed partially under the bed and partially sticking out, so that two posts are on the rug and two are off. However, oversized rugs are also available if you want all four posts on top.
If you are concerned about wear, you can always opt for a smaller accent rug that doesn’t need to be placed under furniture. At the foot of your bed, down the hallway or in your entryway are all options for smaller options including certain runners and round area rugs.
Ask the experts at our rug outlet in Scottsdale if you need help choosing a rug size or style. Bring some pictures of the room you want a rug for and we can also help you determine the best placement of a large area rug in your home. We provide area rugs to the Phoenix AZ area as well as internationally, so feel free to contact us with your questions.
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