Your rug will serve as an anchor for your room, so choosing the right design style is a key component of choosing your rug. Rug retailers and manufacturers will often separate style/design into three main categories: Traditional, Contemporary and Transitional. But what comes to mind when you imagine anyone of these categories?
Traditional rugs are modern-day representations of time-honored European and Asian patterns, representing the culture and the story of history. Their designs and patterns are sometimes centuries old and they add a touch of luxury and elegance to any room. They typically have complex, intricate patterns in earthy tones; floral, borders, and central medallions in shapes like diamonds, octagons, and hexagons. They tend to be thought of as formal; however, they can certainly be at home in casual living spaces too, and are often used in eclectic, or bohemian room designs.
Contemporary rugs sometimes remind us of a piece of modern art and are the perfect addition to an architectural space. They often integrate bold design and unusual design elements and are generally characterized by stark contrasts, interesting uses of color, and geometric or free-form style elements. Contemporary rugs are the perfect complement – or centerpiece.
Transitional rugs, as the name implies, are a midway point between traditional and contemporary, incorporating elements of each style. It aims to provide the elegance and timelessness of a traditional pattern with a little less “formality”. It often features repeating design elements in an all-over pattern, whether classic designs like floral and medallions to modern, geometric.