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"
And geometry have been transmitted not through books or formal education
But from the hands
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
Which one is better?
Find out below!
Below we’ll address these questions and ask a few more as we dive into the relationship between the traditional and the modern rugs
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
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
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
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"
In the 70s
Wood paneling was considered "modern"
In the 90s
What ever this is was considered "modern"
As you can see
Over time modern goes out of style
What always stays in style is classic designs rooted in history
You can see in the images above that oriental rugs have been in style for centuries and will never go out
And Czars alike have indulged in the art of hand knotted rugs
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
And accents of similar color
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
If you still want to keep with your monochromatic scheme
An over dyed oriental rugs adds the perfect amount of texture and intrigue
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
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
Modern rugs often come in a swath of vibrant hues to contrast to their more subdued and earthy traditional brethren.
They can come in cool muted tones
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...
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.
This Ikat draws on the color from the accents throughout the space
The rug provides texture and color without being over the top
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.
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?
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.