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Modern Rugs VS Traditional Rugs: Which is Best?

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Traditional... or modern...

Traditional... or modern...

Which one do you choose?!

It’s no mistake that wool rugs bearing ancient designs are often lumped together under the umbrella term “traditional"

Their symbols

Motifs

And geometry have been transmitted not through books or formal education

But from the hands

Hearts

And minds of one weaver to another

Despite the habit of collectors and academics alike to codify oriental rug patterns

The art of rug weaving remains a living tradition

One that is constantly evolving as it courses through the lives of those who practice it

So...

Which one is better?

Find out below!

Modern Rugs

Below we’ll address these questions and ask a few more as we dive into the relationship between the traditional and the modern rugs

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Traditional Rugs Can Enhance Modern Interiors

Modern aesthetic can often seem a bit divorced from the reality of lived human experience

Its emphasis on stark geometry

Muted colors

And stripped-down minimalism is a reflection of the industrial mind

Machines have no need for ornament

Function is their only concern

This modern tendency to reduce everything to a point of pure geometrical abstraction has its own undeniable beauty

Hence the appeal of introducing traditional elements into modern design

When paired with a modern interior

A traditional wool rug can provide a foundation that roots the modern aesthetic in history and nature alike

Traditional rugs are natural not only in their design motifs

Which often recall the geological and biological environments of those who weave them

But also in the very materials used in their creation

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Sheep’s wool fibers are dyed with colors sourced directly from the earth.

Rug Knots exclusively uses all natural vegetable dyes to ensure that your new piece not only looks good in your home

But looks good in Mother Natures home

In this way

Traditional oriental rugs not only reflect nature in pattern and design but embody it quite literally in construction

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By introducing a traditional oriental rug into a modern space

We can infuse an otherwise cold and calculated interior design with a sense of history and a touch of the natural

At Some Point Modern Will Stop Being Modern

In the 50s

Pink ceramic was "modern"

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In the 70s

Wood paneling was considered "modern"

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In the 90s

What ever this is was considered "modern"

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As you can see

Over time modern goes out of style

What always stays in style is classic designs rooted in history

Look!

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You can see in the images above that oriental rugs have been in style for centuries and will never go out

Kings

Queens

Emperors

Caesars

Pharaohs

And Czars alike have indulged in the art of hand knotted rugs

Now

If you don't want to go for the "traditional" look

Learn how to place an oriental rug in a modern space

Tips for Pairing Traditional Oriental Rugs with Modern Interiors

A traditional oriental rug can serve as a fountain of inspiration for the modern interior design that surrounds it

Try expanding outwards from your traditional rug’s earthy palette

The hues found in a rug’s design are often inspired by Mother Nature herself

The tones can thrive when echoed by more modern art

Furniture

And accents of similar color

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 The orange flowers, throw, and piping around the accent pillows bring out the rusty red tone in this oriental rug!

Or

If you’re working with a muted space

A deep over dyed rug can add not only a subtle contrast in tone

But also a touch of pattern upon the minimal surroundings

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                           This pink over dyed rug adds the perfect pop of color to an otherwise bland room.

If you still want to keep with your monochromatic scheme

An over dyed oriental rugs adds the perfect amount of texture and intrigue

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As always

Trust your instincts

Take the time to let the rug’s unique character sink in and work outwards from there

Traditional oriental rugs are handcrafted works of art each with their own idiosyncrasies that make them unique

Modern Rugs Offer A Contemporary Take on Traditional Materials

Some modern rugs do have their merit

If you are looking to be trendy and replace you rug every two years

Then a modern rug is the way to go

But

A comprise is a modern style with classic material

With this method modern rugs utilize traditional materials and construction methods but apply them to a different aesthetic

Rather than drawing from centuries (even millennia) old symbols and motifs

Modern rugs embody the creative whims and inspirations of their designers

They are more personal and less historical.

Rather than tying a room to a particular art-historical context you can create a space with a casual

Improvised sensibility

Modern rugs often come in a swath of vibrant hues to contrast to their more subdued and earthy traditional brethren.

Or

They can come in cool muted tones

1.Ikat Rugs

Ikat rugs can the traditonal oriental rug and modernize it to a whole other level

The pattern on an Ikat seems to go in the direction of traditional

But takes a sharp left into the realm of modern rugs

Take a look...

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Black and White Ikat Rug

In this glam transitional living room you see the curved sofa arms as traditional but with a modern black and white spin

The same goes for the rug

Ikat rugs tend to mimic oriental rugs but are blurred out and appear almost melted

The Ikat rug adds a little intrigue while still keeping with the monochromatic scheme.

modern blue rug

Blue and Tan Ikat Rug

This Ikat draws on the color from the accents throughout the space

The rug provides texture and color without being over the top

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Floral Multicolored Ikat

The multicolored Ikat pictured above is one of the most unique rugs out there. The rug provides texture and color, what else could you want!

2. Over Dyed Rugs

Antique Over Dyed rugs bridge the gap between the two

Patchwork rugs take a cue from the modern art of collages

Check out this video about patchwork rugs 

They recycle both the designs and the materials of older traditional rugs

And simultaneously reference the past and present by way of over dying.

modern grey rug

modern floral rug

It is the duty of any new generation to question the assumptions of its predecessors.

There may never be a comfortable equilibrium between the traditional and the modern, but perhaps in this very tension can be found a source of creativity and inspiration.

On which side of the fence do you stand?

Or

Do you relish in occupying the middle ground between the modern and the traditional?

Let us know!

Here at RugKnots

We understand the value in both modern and traditional

We strive to ensure the survival of the traditional while embracing the modern

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about both traditional and modern oriental rugs.

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