Expert interior designers have earlier predicted that 2017 is the time for rich textures and mixed patterns to bring a touch of artistic innovation into our homes. Bright and vivid colors that are natural and refreshing to the eye will also be the trendy choices for this year. Natural and faux textures with delicate details are also gaining popularity nowadays. But while rugs of modern designs are considered staple options at the present, antique rugs are seen to make a huge comeback in the industry.
Also called oriental rugs, these antique rugs trace its roots several thousands of years ago. Although the exact origin of these rugs is difficult to determine, the history of rug making tells us that these interior decorations have existed in the Middle East as early as 3rd century BC. There are in fact several categories of antique rugs based on the locality where they were made. Perhaps three of the most popular antique rugs are the Persian, Turkish and Chinese rugs; all of which have their unique fabric and pattern qualities. Sarouk and Bidjar rugs from Persia are made from thicker and heavier fabric, studded with intricate patterns and colors of deep saturation. Oushak rugs from Turkey are more pliable and are decorated with patterns with lighter color combinations. Ningxia and Beijing rugs from China have more flowy oriental patterns mainly based on varied tones of yellow. These antique rugs are becoming a more popular alternative to plain and simple designer rugs.
Besides the fascinating colors and intricate ornamentation, there are a lot more reasons why antique rugs are considered as the new top flooring decoration this 2017. Antique rugs are distinct for their versatility to bring a sense of warmth and elegance in different room styles.
Because days of labor were dedicated to creating these antique rugs, the quality of each piece is unmatched by their modern counterparts; not to mention the artistic skills and experience required to weave antique rugs. We should also expect these handmade decorations to be not as perfect as those that are machine-produced. The beauty of antique rugs lies on the little weaving and knitting irregularities. These minor imperfections combined with the bold and ornate designs define the unique characters of antique rugs. As designers say, no two antique rugs have the same pattern. Unlike in the modern days wherein rugs are mass produced, each piece of rug woven during the ancient times were treated as a work of art.
The eye-catching patterns, vivid color schemes, and intricate designs were printed on antique rugs using natural dyes that were readily available in the surroundings. The fact that they lasted hundreds of years into the present proves that the quality of antique rugs is something to be admired of. Most of these durable floor covers can resist spills and dirt.
Antique rugs also seem to establish an identity to every room, especially when combined with complementing antique furniture. Although they come at a price, antique rugs with its beauty and function, are a sure hit for 2017 and the years and centuries to come.