Nazmiyal Rugs & Interiors Blog focuses on trending topics from the worlds of architecture, interior design, fashion, art, culture, nightlife as well as antiques and rugs. Launched in 2006 to bring together a community of innovators in the design fields, their design blog dedicates itself to the future of design while highlighting the past in antique and vintage finds.
Celtic Rugs – Few locations conjure images of magic and mystery like Stonehenge. It rises from the mists in Wiltshire, England to inspire mystical riddles. Some believe that the site was sacred to the ancient druids. Others assert that the curious circle of standing stones is an ancient monument for marking pagan holidays. All agree that the location of Stonehenge has become an iconic representation of Celtic mythology.
Stonehenge – Iconic Location Of Celtic Mythology
Regardless of one’s spiritual beliefs, the beauty of Celtic artwork cannot be disputed. Celtic symbols like the Triquetra convey both beauty and mysticism. The interesting spirals and loops of Celtic art are reflective of a belief in the circular nature of life. The Celtic knots, crosses, and Leprechaun (green man figures) are all possessed of meaning that goes beyond mere aesthetics, but they can also be appreciated as elegant works of art in a non spiritual context.
Interlaced Celtic Triquetra Symbol
Beautiful handmade Celtic rugs are still crafted today by some of the finest artisans in Ireland and Scotland. But there are also manufacturers located in the USA that incorporate the beauty of the different design motifs that we usually see in Celtic rugs. Some handmade rugs are made from the finest wool and are a blend of both luxury as well as meaning.
Celtic knot Design
The designs found on a Celtic area rug can be very diverse. The colors tend to be vibrant and reflective of nature’s beauty. Rugs may combine lush greens with the gold of autumn leaves. They may be as dark blue as the night sky with lighter accents that mimic the light of the moon and stars. The patterns will usually lean upon the Celtic knot or other interlinking elements.
Central Rug Medallion With Celtic Knot Design
You cannot bring Stonehenge to your home, but you can have a beautiful Celtic rug. The presence of such an area rug in your living space adds mystical flair. There is something calming about these ancient patterns and colors which will help you to create a happy environment.
While Merriam Webster defines the term “Semi Antique” as something being approximately 50 to 100 years old, in rugs, it may vary a bit.
Older carpets may be classified as being vintage, antique or semi antique rugs. Naturally, it is the actual age of the rug determines how it’s defined.
Comparing an Antique Persian Heriz Rug To a Semi Antique Persian Heriz Rug
As a general rule… A vintage rug is at least 30 years old but not older than 80. An antique rug is any rug that is at least 80 years old. So this leaves us with the semi antique rugs. For all intents and purposes, the semi antique rugs are loosely defined as being between 50 and 80 years old.
Most semi antique rugs available today were made in the early to middle part of the 20th century, from around the 1930’s up to about 1950. During this time, the carpet industry experienced a reformation. Hand woven carpets fell out of fashion as less expensive carpets came flooding the market to meet the new depression and post depression market demands.
Machine made carpets and commercially woven rugs were suddenly available in every town, at significantly lower prices. Handmade carpets were still being made, but both weavers and manufacturers had to adapt to changing consumer demand by lowering the quality of the goods they produced in order to compete with the lower price point of the demand.
Despite being made with similar techniques, semi antique rugs, can be purchased for much less than their antique counterparts. Price points, especially for the majority of the semi antique Persian rugs, can be as much as 60% less. The primary reason for this price disparity is the approach to the actual production of the semi antique rugs vs the real antique rugs.
Once the demand tapered off for good quality rugs (around the same time that the great depression hit), rug weavers started shifting their approach to weaving these pieces. They started cutting production costs everywhere they could. in addition, they started shifting their design approach from producing uniquely designed rugs to creating more structured productions.
Ways that manufacturers reduced the costs of producing semi antique rugs:
Standardizing the designs of semi antique rugs:
The semi antique rugs were the first to utilize a more production line approach to producing the rugs. By teaching weavers one rug design type, and having them sit there and crank out the same thing over and over again, in different rug sizes, the weavers were able to complete the rugs in less time.
Reducing the weaving quality of semi antique rugs:
Reducing the quality of the materials used in the production of semi antique rugs:
Just like with any other types of items, producers have a multitude of options to chose from as far as the materials they chose to utilize. In the rug industry, there are different grades of wool quality as well as dyes. For starters, the carpet dyes that many of the manufacturers used in the semi antique rug production were far less expensive and as a result, inferior to the older ones. Producers also started to skimp on the quality of the wool that they were buying. That is why many of the semi antique rugs tend to have more muddied colors and the wool is much more scruffy to the touch.
The designs of antique vs semi antique rugs
As far as quality of the design is concerned, the minute differences between antique and a semi antique rugs are insignificant. The best way to consider semi antique rugs would be as utilitarian objects more so than beautiful works of art. Since so many of them were woven in multiple sizes, with lower grade qualities of weave, wool and colors, they will be less expensive. When buying these rugs you should choose function over beauty. Do not spend a lot of money on Persian semi antique rugs and just use them till they wear out.
Semi Oriental and Persian antique rugs
It is important to note that not all the semi antique carpets were inferiorly made. Though generally speaking, the vast majority of the semi antique rugs were more commercial, there were still good Oriental rugs woven during this period.
Rugs and Carpets – Utility, Brilliance, Societal Impacts on the Fabric of History
There can be little doubt about the fact that rugs of all types have always served as more than just everyday functional workhorses and decorative embellishments. Reaching back to the very origins of weaving itself, it is clear that rugs have had the ability to reshape everything from nomadic lifestyles to civilization at large.
Rugs Rugs and More Rugs – Its Raining Rugs !!!
Rugs not only meet some of the most basic human needs within the home, they have long contributed to the evolution of society as it has come to be known.
Rugs as Transformative Expression
It really does bear repeating that rugs have long reached well beyond the utilitarian realm to facilitate much more expansive ends. From the dramatic impact of weaving’s genesis on nomadic peoples to eventual nourishment of entire segments of civilization, the emergence of rugs, on a large scale, is a noteworthy historical occurrence. Even the most remote village could garner plaudits and attract merchants from all corners of the globe by developing a strong rug weaving tradition. Trade routes stretching from Asia to Europe would serve as conduits for these sought after textile art creations. In short order, rug weaving evolved into a real art form and made its way into every strata of society, from the modest all the way up to the royal.
Also of note is the fact that rug making served as an invaluable mode of expression and consciousness for their creators, the majority of whom were female weavers. This was true even in the male dominated patriarchal world in which they lived. Rugs represented perhaps the only form of free female expression and women’s liberation in an era otherwise devoid of such outlets.
Women Weaving Rugs Together
Across the ancient Oriental world, rugs played a substantial role in religious practices. Whether those be the prayer rugs such as the Persian and Turkish rugs favored by adherents of Islam to the Khotan rugs used by monks rooted in the practice of Buddhism. Christian believers also placed great importance on antique rugs, as they have always been widely used in Protestant houses of worship and presented ceremoniously to leading officials in the church.
Early Rugs At Black Church in Brasov – South Eastern Transylvania Romania
The world’s love affair with finely woven rugs has endured for centuries, but has also gained new steam in the past century. Rugs can now be found in the worlds of fine art as well as high fashion and interior design. Vintage mid century rugs have gained the admiration of interior design professionals everywhere, and they are also coveted by discriminating rug collectors the world over. It is indisputable that vintage and antique rugs are interwoven in just about everyone’s daily existence and are properly considered part of a broader lifestyle. Rugs have contributed greatly to the development of innovative design and unorthodox thinking.
Fascinating Origins and Culture of Rugs
When it comes to the history of woven arts, 1949 is properly considered to be a watershed year. This is when a Russian archaeologist by the name of Sergei Rudenko was scouring the Pazyryk Valley in Siberia, ultimately leading to the discovery of the tomb of a true Prince of Scythia. Within the tomb was an array of treasure that was undisturbed for more than 2500 years. A number of intriguing items were found therein, including devotional and decorative figures, saddles of cloth, cannabis seeds and inhalation paraphernalia, a large burial chariot and tattooed mummies, all of which offered a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Pazyryk’s nomads. However, this was not all that Rudenko revealed, as there was also a rug.
Mummy of the Ukok Ice Princess From Pazyryk
The rug found in the tomb had been frozen for centuries, keeping it incredibly well preserved. It is in fact this Pazyryk pile rug is the oldest example known to man. Its incredible state of preservation and unrivaled distinctiveness has provided no limit of excitement to art historians, textile specialists and carpet weavers of all types. The story of this rug serves to show how crucial it and others like it have always been even to the earliest civilizations.
Image Of The Pile Pazyryk Rug – The Oldest Rug In The World
It is know understood that the Pazyryk carpet can be dated to roughly 400 B.C., a time period that is contemporaneous with the earliest discovered written mention of Persian rugs. Textiles of this sort were first discussed by Xenophon of Greece in the work Anabasis which dates to about 370 BC. In the 3rd chapter of the 7th book, a reference is made to Timasion having presented an especially worthy person with a silver bowl and a “carpet worth ten minas.” The rug was discussed as being a valuable luxury item meant to be presented in the course of diplomacy. Though it remains unclear whether the rug at issue was flat woven kilim or one characterized by wool pile, or indeed whether embroidery or other techniques were used in its production, it is certain that the initial mention of Persian rugs occurs firmly in a context of status and privilege.
By the early part of the 16th century, rugs of Persian origin assumed a role far more expansive than that of fancy items used to navigate diplomatic minefields or of utility items for nomads. Rather, they were transformed into a vital tool of statecraft by Shah Abbas. This happened when he launched an initiative to restructure the economy of his region by drawing merchants from Europe to visit. A key component of this was the modernization of textile production and facilitation of exports to the West of pile type rugs.
Antique 16th Century Cairene Rug
The Persian style of rug, whether hailing from Tabriz, Khorassan, Isfahan or Kerman, have long been known for high quality wool, goat and camel hair, cotton and silk, with each fiber type chosen for specific reasons and uses. Natural carpet dyes have been the standard of excellence characteristic of these rugs, and still today they are mostly made from animal and plant extracts. Because Persian rugs were clearly the product of a great deal of creativity and craftsmanship, it is not surprising that they became beloved the world over. Further, because religion was such a pillar of society in this part of the globe, it inevitably found expression in weaving, with distinctive prayer rugs soon taking center stage.
17th Century Persian Khorassan Rug
It is now the case that those who own antique or vintage rugs are thought to have attained a particular level of societal status indicative of a very appealing lifestyle. Rugs of this sort are symbols of discerning taste as well as impressive financial status, as fine rug weaving tend to come at a price. The truth is, though, that purchasing a rug in this realm is money well spent. Antique rugs are timeless in their beauty, are extremely durable and fit well in a range of decorative styles, whether traditional, mid-century modern and more. Even minimalist interior design spaces can benefit from the anchoring abilities of a fine Persian or antique rug.
More About Rugs During The 20th Century
Early 20th century modernist design marked a real shift from the tastes and traditions of the Victorian age. Moving away from strict social strata and class division, the modern era put the spotlight on the effectiveness of simple lines, the beauty of geometry and the impressive impact that the deliberate use of color can have. Adherents of this movement engaged in daring experiments with pattern, shape and texture in a number of interesting ways.
20th Century Silk and Wool Fine Persian Nain Rug #60029
Excess and intricacy were substituted with a novel way of viewing the world. However, even in the midst of this sort of design sea change, traditional rugs continued to hold their place of importance. It seems counter intuitive, but despite changing tastes in almost every other aspect of design, antique rugs retained their ability to provide essential grounding to rooms of all types. Whether rendered in a folk art style or an abstract geometric, there is a rug to suit every space conceivable.
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Rug By De Silva #49081
An impressive aspect of antique and vintage rugs is their status as environmentally friendly art. Their painstaking creation already occurred and therefore they do not leave a new carbon footprint.
The use of natural dyes and textiles makes carpets of this type something that transcends time, space and societal preferences. They represent a firm nod to quality and tradition in an age that is all too often overrun with mass produced goods of inferior quality.
Antique Carpets and Vintage Rugs from Scandinavia Make A Splash
Swedish rugs in particular, but Scandinavian carpets generally are among the most significant categories of coveted vintage mid century
Story Of The Red Carpet – The Staple Of The Oscars / Academy Awards
With the arrival of the New Year comes the build-up to the Academy Awards, or Oscars, as it is more commonly referred to as. In luxurious pageantry, Hollywood’s elite arrive annually to walk the red carpet as they enter the ceremony to honor the best-of-the-best in movie industry. The red carpet itself has been woven into the history and spectacle of the Oscars, but what is the story behind it?
To begin with, the allure and attraction of the red carpet have a lot to do with the color that shares a special connection with human beings. Red, along with blue and green, is one of the primary colors. Many hues of red are seen throughout nature in animals, plants, rocks, sand, and occasionally at sunrise or sunset. Even our own blood is colored red thanks to hemoglobin.
Hollywood Elite On Oscars Red Carpet During The 86th Academy Awards
Red also shares a long history with humans, being one of the first colors used by mankind in prehistoric art. It was the first color ancient civilizations learned to fabricate, reproduce and then manipulate into different shades. It was used in paintings and later in dye making. The Egyptians and Mayans used red on their faces for ceremonies, and Roman generals would cover their faces and or bodies with it when celebrating victories in battle.
It was in ancient Greece that the first known reference to a red carpet can be found in the Greek Tragedy Agamemnon by Aeschylus in 458 BCE. In it, the title character returns victorious from the Trojan War and is greeted by his wife, Clytemnestra. She welcomes him home by having a red carpet rolled out so that his feet will not touch the ground. He is hesitant to walk upon it as he knows that is an honor for the gods and in the end, it would become a symbol betrayal and death, representing his blood and not his triumph.
Agamemnon walks on Clytemnestra’s Red Carpet
The materials used to make red dyes in ancient civilizations like Egypt were costly to import, so the color had to be used in moderation. In Rome, the color took on added importance as the color used by the army and by the citizens in celebrations or ceremonies.
The premium prices and revered status of red carpets and clothing continued through the centuries. By the time of the Renaissance, these items came to symbolize the affluent (clergy, merchants, and rulers).
Red oriental carpets began to appear in paintings. In these works of art, the carpets were used as backdrops and draped over furniture. During the Renaissance, extraordinary red outfits were worn by nobility and wealthy alike. Under their feet were carpets on stairs or on a dais. Red carpets had secured a reputation as a symbol of power and wealth in Europe.
Hollywood Actors Fashion On the Academy Awards Red Carpet
Distance and time did not diminish this tradition as Europeans settled the “New World”. It is said that the community of Georgetown, South Carolina, rolled out a red carpet for President James Monroe as he arrived by riverboat in 1821. Thick crimson red carpets were used in 1902 by the New York Central Railroad as passengers boarded the 20th Century Limited. These instances are possible origins of the phrases “roll out the red carpet” and being given “the red carpet treatment.”
Hollywood Actresses Fashion On The Oscars Red Carpet
The red carpet made its way across the USA and one of the earliest known uses in connection to Hollywood was during the opening of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in 1922. That year, the Egyptian Theatre hosted the first Hollywood movie premiere (Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks). It was at this event that the red carpet, and what it symbolized, was passed on to the newly found royalty of Hollywood.
The red carpet would still have to wait for 39 years before it found its new home though.
Oscars First Red Carpet – 38th Academy Awards 1966
Even though the Oscars had been broadcast on television since 1953, it wasn’t until 1961 that the red carpet arrived at the academy award ceremony. On April 17th of that year, the red carpet made its Oscar debut at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. By the time Bob Hope hosted the 38th Academy Awards for the first time in color in 1966, the red carpet had become an integral part of circumstance and pomp surrounding the ceremony.
Maximilian Schell, Bob Hope and Greer Garson At Academy Awards / Oscars First Red Carpet In 1961
Since then, the red carpet has taken on a status equal to the Oscars. Especially since the arrival of guests has become a fashion show where a designer can show off her or his latest creations as they are modeled by Hollywood’s elite.
The red carpet has also been an inspiration for other entertainment award ceremonies. MTV features a blue carpet for their Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon makes use of an orange carpet for their Kids’ Choice Awards.
There may be other entertainment ceremonies that make use of a carpet, but the most famous and recognizable of the all will forever be the red carpet.
Inspired by this weekend Oscars, below are just 9 of our most favorite antique and vintage red carpets:
Shop Our Entire Collection Of Vintage Moroccan Rugs Custom Moroccan Rugs – Are you considering purchasing a vintage Moroccan rug or carpet? Do you find that you are having difficulty locating a piece that’s large enough for your space? This may be the case because original vintage rugs from Morocco were never woven wider than 6 or 7 feet. However, the Nazmiyal Collection has successfully developed a method of joining together two or more rugs to create larger sized pieces – a process that is especially well-suited to Moroccan rugs.
Create Your Very Own Unique Custom Made Moroccan Rugs
Custom Moroccan Rugs – Moroccan rugs are among the most beautiful and most widely used type of vintage rug. Because of the asymmetry and unique elements of design that make these folk art rugs so distinct from other styles, customers have the unique option of creating custom size rugs from two or more, totally separate, Moroccan rugs.
Generally, Moroccan rugs (especially the Beni Ourain rugs) are characterized by abstract, non-repeating patterns of tribal elements and color. This makes them ideal for joining together to create one completely unique custom rug.
* Vintage Moroccan rugs use brighter colors and abstract patterns, combining them creates beautiful custom made rugs perfect for a modern contemporary home.
Custom Make A Moroccan Rug
* Bright colors and contrasting patterns mix well together in this custom made modern Moroccan rug.
See this example of custom made Moroccan rugs:
For example, the two vintage rugs pictured below (one 3′ 1″ x 6′ 2″ and the other 3′ 2″ x 7′ 6″) were chosen by a client to be joined together into one large rug (sized 6′ x 6′ 2″ in the end). As you can see, when joining together two or more Moroccan rugs to create a custom-size piece, the appropriate alterations are made to create one attractive, coherent rug.
You will notice that the longer of the two rugs used in the construction of this custom size rug had to be slightly cut down so that the end-product wouldn’t be misshapen and irregular. However, the aesthetics of the longer piece remain intact even after being altered, a result of extremely careful professional work.
Combine two or more vintage Moroccan rugs to create your own custom made Moroccan rug!
* Colorful lines in this Moroccan rug match the colored checkers of the other rug.
More Custom Made Moroccan Rugs:
For example, the two Moroccan rugs pictured below (one 3′ 10″ x 3′ 10″ and the other 4′ 3″ x 6′ 2″) were chosen by a client to be joined together to create one large, custom made Moroccan runner rug (sized 3′ 10″ x 10′ in the end).
Custom Made Vintage Moroccan Rug
The end result is something totally distinctive that also incorporates the very finest elements of both pieces. These two colorful rugs, which were beautiful on their own, come together to make something that is greater than the sum of its parts.
* Not only are custom made Moroccan rugs beautiful, you can customize them to be any size you want.
Custom making your own Moroccan rug is easy, start your search on our site today.
No matter what rugs you pick, combining Moroccan rugs to make your own custom made rug creates a beautiful accessory to your home. Now that you have a rug in mind, see how to decorate your home with a Moroccan Rug!
One Of A Kind Custom Made Vintage Moroccan Rug
If you want to get the ultimate perfect holiday decor gift, make a custom-made rug for the perfect style, color and size specifically for your loved one. Pick and choose two or more vintage Moroccan rugs to combine in any way to create a masterpiece that is the most perfect and thoughtful gift.
Whoever receives this present is lucky to have you.
If you are looking for a large Moroccan rug, please view our vast selection of original vintage Moroccan rugs and let us know which pieces you are most interested in. Our expert sales team will assist you in creating the perfect size for your space. Please do not hesitate to call one of our carpet experts to discuss any special or custom sizes you wish to create.
Click on the image below to view the different examples of custom Moroccan rugs and Carpets that we have created for different projects over the year:
Part of the fascination we have for antique carpets is their history. For the most part, we get new rugs in all the time and know pretty much immediately where they where and when they were woven. We can also figure out what is the significance of the imagery and sometimes we even know who made it. Unlike paintings and other forms of art, rugs were seldom signed by the artists themselves. Even when they were signed by the artist, there is very little paper trail for us to follow if we wish to learn more about the person who created it.
Israeli Dome Of The Rock or Church of the Beatitudes Rug
But once in a while something comes in that is not as obvious (like the mystery rug we wrote about a few months ago). In such cases we need to embark on a journey of discovery to try and figure out what we have found.
This week we happened to acquire a couple of magnificent Israeli Marbediah rugs. While we knew exactly where they were woven and when, one of these Israeli rugs featured a design that threw us for a little loop.
Antique Marbediah Israeli Dome Of The Rock Rug
At first glance, we thought this piece featured the iconic The Dome Of The Rock which is located at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Israel. But the more we looked at it, the more we started doubting our initial gut reaction. Somethings about the rug design, like the configuration of the architecture and the palm trees in the foreground, just seemed off.
Detailed Image Of The Antique Marbediah Dome Of The Rock Rug
So what do we do these days when we need to draw on the collective for help? We turned to Facebook of course. As luck would have it, Omri is originally from Israel and as such has many friends and acquaintances and surely at least one would know right off the bat what location is depicted in this little artistic rug. So he posted the link and image and within minutes people started chiming in, but they too seemed a bit perplexed by this image.
Some thought is was a depiction of the Dome Of The Rock, others felt it was far more inline with Church Of The Beatitudes which is located near the Sea of Galilee. Other speculative commentators chimed in and at some point a seesaw debate started taking shape. Who would prevail? Would it be the Dome Of The Rock or the Church Of The Beatitudes contingency that would be correct?
Church of the Beatitudes Sea Of Galilee Israel
Luckily enough, one of the people who had been made aware of this debate happens to be an expert in Israeli locations. He immediately concluded that it was in fact the Dome Of The Rock but from an angle we don’t usually see. The pillars in the front of the illustration, based on his assessment, were not from the from entrance. These pillars are actually located on the western side of the structure.
Western View Of The Dome of The Rock At The Temple Mount in Jerusalem Israel
The image provided seemed pretty compelling but there was still a lagging sense of doubt. Until he followed with yet another image that sealed this beautiful rug’s fate. He provided an image of a similar piece, that was woven at the same time and was also created in the Marbediah workshop.
Jewish Israeli Temple Mount Inscribed Marbediah Rug
In this image (as you can see above) there is writing that accompanies the imagery. The writing right under the image itself reads in Hebrew: “Makom Ha’Mikdash” which translates to “The Place Of The Temple”. Since it is an undisputed fact that the Temple of Solomon was in fact located in the Temple Mount, the imagery would have had to be that of the Dome Of The Rock (from the western angle depicted in the above image).
Unraveling the the meaning behind certain pieces is a fascinating and integral part of what we do. Naturally, like any expert in any field, we rely on others for help when we come across something that is a little tricky to pin point. In this case, we would like to thank the panel of Facebook mavens who were gracious enough to help us go down the rabbit’s hole in search for the true meaning of the magnificent work of textile art.
Creating Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors With Vintage Bohemian Rugs
Its time for all us free spirits out there to embrace our Bohemian style and create zen-like living spaces, that reflect our inner hippie spirits with vintage Bohemian rugs.
Some may have expected the bohemian and vintage trends to have been retired by now, but the truth is that these styles have a perennial appeal. This holds true especially during those so-called "hard times" when world news headlines are gloomy and the general public is feeling lost or disillusioned. It's human nature to surround oneself with things of beauty and meaning, and that impulse is even stronger when the world seems like a chaotic disarray.
The Quintessential Boho Chic Decor With Vintage Moroccan Rugs
Think of the 1930's or the 1960's: short hemlines and bright happy colors accompanied with signature fashion pieces borrowed from grandma's closet. When the going gets tough, traditional prints and bold color statements rule the world of interior design and fashion.
Your Bohemian Rugs should Be Reflections of Your Free Spirited Self
The heart of the bohemian style is free spirited elegance and adaptable eclecticism. Think of beaded lampshades, complex traditional graphic elements, and bold color schemes. Part of the appeal of the boho chic style is that components can be drawn from thrift stores and attics as easily as a posh high end galleries and retailers.
Colorful Bohemian Decor With Boho Rugs
The key is to show off your unique and personal aesthetic. One approach is to pick a signature color that brings your joy and happiness, then build your home decor around it. Traditionally, bohemian interior decor schemes employ one or two strong accent colors and layer them with earthy and neutral shades to provide a soft, inviting appearance.
Layering Persian Rugs on Top Of Persian Rugs
Selecting one main color to make a bold statement will make your overall design goals easier to attain and create the illusion that you only and effortlessly "just threw some things together."
The Boho Chic interior look is not restricted to bold colors. Many of the your bohemians of today are gravitating to the simplicity and free form design approach of the vintage Moroccan rugs. Many find the that simplicity of the Moroccan Beni ourain rugs exude a sense of calm and freedom. Not to mention their soft shag rug texture offers ppl the ability to just throw some poofs around, or even just sit / lounge around on the rug itself. That said, there are a wide variety and different styles of Moroccan rugs that people seem to gravitate to when looking for Bohemian rugs.
Minimalist Scandinavian Boho Chic Interior Design
The recent resurgence of the vintage mid century Scandinavian rugs has also worked its way into the hearts of the free spirited Bohemians of today. The Scandinavian approach are great for those who love symmetry, geometry, simplicity and color. The fact that many were produced as flat woven Kilims makes them great for layering.
Flat Woven Kilim Bohemian Rugs In A Boho Chic Interior
Creating Magnificent Boho Chic Interiors
While it's true that freedom and romance are the trademarks of a vintage bohemian look, it's easy for this style to get out of hand and look like a mess. To avoid this, follow the simple rule of less is more to create a unified and visually delicious combination.
Most mid century vintage rugs feature nostalgic, traditional patterns or primitive tribal designs. Ethnic and traditional patterns are gorgeous in and of themselves and never truly go out of style. Aside from classic vintage Persian rugs, authentic Caucasian, African, and Native American Navajo patterns are stylish choices. Selecting a pattern that showcases your family's individual style and / or travel history is a wonderful way to add a touch of personal story and history.
Boho Chic Interior With Vintage Bohemian Morocaan Beni Ourain Rugs
Another simple Bohemian approach that creates elegant and beautiful effects is layering rugs on top of other rugs. This layered approach to interior design has always been a staple of many within the boho chic style community. One way to create a beautiful layered look is to pair light, lacier fabrics over heavy, darker bolder ones. A simple piece of lace can easily subdue a rug whose colors are "too loud" or cover a specific pattern that for whatever reason you may not particularly like.
Simplistic Boho Chic Scandinavian Decor
When shopping for vintage Bohemian rugs, keep in mind that you must pick a piece that is "very you". One of the most important factors in the boho chic design approach is the sense of individuality. So make sure buy rugs that you truly love and that reflect who you are.
Examples of Vintage Bohemian Rugs for Boho Chic Interior Designs
People compare new rugs to antique carpets all the time.. Antique rugs have a beauty that many consider difficult to match. The designs reflect centuries of both cottage craft and highly developed artistic traditions. Antique Oriental rugs are hand-knotted in unique patterns that intertwine and play on color, texture and motif.
The materials, whether silk, cotton, wool or something else, are generally of high quality, durable and resilient.
Carpet dyes are made from natural materials available to weavers in their home environments, so colors are unique from rug to rug and region to region. As they age and are used, antique rugs develop a sheen and luster that enhance the color palette and character of the piece. Because antique rugs are rare, they tend to be expensive.
Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 48645
New rugs are less than 30 years old. New modern contemporary rugs often build on or incorporate the traditions of antique rugs, using motifs, patterns and colors that are associated with a particular type of rug. Over time, these carpets also develop their own patina and character. Though not always the case, many of the new rugs tend to be less expensive than antique rugs.
Modern Swedish Inspired Carpet
Many new rugs are the products of innovative artists and weavers. Spectacular pieces are being made by Scandinavian rug weavers, who experiment with texture, wools, color and design. Moroccan workshops are producing rugs with bold yet simple designs that blend with interiors of all types.
If you are trying to decide between old and new, the most important consideration is how a rug affects you. Each rug, whether antique or new, has a character. Particular nuances of color, motif or texture in one carpet may be more appealing to you than another. The age or pedigree of a carpet is not as important as how it appeals to you and how well it can be integrated into your living or working space.
Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet by Ziegler 50198
Each rug can be looked at as a piece of art. Try to explore what attracts you to a carpet and learn more about what elements make a piece unique or stand out. Seek out reputable carpet experts and use their expertise and knowledge to help expand your own. You will be able to select rugs that complement your taste, set a mood and give vibrancy and cohesion to your living space.
When it comes to choosing the perfect rug for your room, there are many factors that you would need to consider. Below Are just a few of the more important points that we feel you should keep in mind when considering which rug to buy.
Creating a visual appeal with the perfect rug for your room:
Many people use furniture or an area rug to define the layout of the room. But creating a visual impact goes beyond just size. Considering that good rugs are works of art in and of themselves. So with that in mind, its important to chose a rug that is a reflection of one’s self and not focus too much on what may “just look good” in the space.
So when it comes to choosing the perfect rug for your room’s interior design, one needs to make sure that it will exemplify their taste and sense of self as well as work in the practical way they want it to. After all, a beautiful rug is the soul of the room and one’s soul goes far beyond mere looks.
Choosing The Perfect Rug For Your Room (Interior design By Thomas Jayne)
Positioning the perfect rug in your room:
When choosing a shape and size of a rug for the room, consider the size and shape of the room itself. For example, when taken at face value, square rugs tend to work best in square rooms just like rectangular rugs are great options for rectangular spaces. Funnily enough, round rugs can be placed in any space but they work best in rooms where the furniture (or even the room itself) is mostly rounded – such as in a under a round dining room table.
Please note that when it comes actual rug sizes, there is no set rule. We always urge people to find rugs they love and then work around the size. There are endless options for designing rooms around rugs. That said, finding a rug that you truly love and can afford might prove to be more difficult. Therefore we suggest that you don’t limit yourself too much when searching for rugs.
New York Interior Magazine (Interior design by Kureck Jones)
The perfect materials for the perfect rug
Plant based fibers such as sisal or coir may make for good options in some areas. These are generally found in “less important” rooms that people are looking to simply and quickly cover a certain area.
*Sisal comes from the leaves of the sisal plant, a perennial desert succulent.
*Coir is made from a fibrous substance found in the space connecting the outer and internal shell of the coconut.
The sisal and coir carpets may not be the softest feeling or the most artistic, but they are easy to place, are pretty inexpensive and come in almost any size.
The Perfect Rug For The Perfect Room (Interior by Coco Arnesen and Kate Draper)
Living safely with the perfect rug
If not installed correctly, area rugs may create tripping hazards. While, for the most part, using a pad under the rug may solve this issue, it is wise to choose area rugs with ends and corners that are as flat as possible.
For very thin rugs, such as flat woven kilims, make certain to install soft padding underneath. This will help “anchor” them to the floor as well as mitigating the feeling of the concrete or wooden floor underneath. In essence, the pad will add more cushion underfoot while protecting you from slipping.
Maintaining your perfect rug
For both small and large rugs, hiring a professional rug cleaner can eliminate the stress of rug maintenance and stain removal issues. We always suggest that rugs be professionally cleaned every few years. We also suggest that you rotate the rug at least once a year so that the rugs wears evenly.
At the end of the day, when choosing the perfect rug for your room keep in mind both the practical aspect of using it as well as offering a reflection of who you are. As long as you go with your heart, you will probably make the right choice!
Blue Vintage Rugs – Blue is a color that evokes ethereal, celestial imagery. It is the hue of our sky and the color of our planet. It is a color so powerful that we even use it to describe feelings of sadness and solemnity.
Vintage Swedish Kilim Blue Rug By Marianne Richter For Marta Maas #49576
Ironically, this universal tinge that also evokes a strong feeling of calm and tranquility, had an enigmatic entrance in to our material world. It is a complex history comprising everything, from nature, to geography, snobbery, fashion, and aesthetics.
The Power Of Blue Color
Unbeknownst to many, blue is a color with a distinct personality. Blue in one of the primary colors. By adding different pigments to it, the blue will begin to acquire a powerful tint of its own. These newly created color shades can be applied to everything, with each shade bringing in its own type of energy.
The different shades of blue evoke different yet deeper emotions. An aqua blue is associated with the ocean, while a royal blue is related to heads of state and policies. A powdery, “baby” blue links us to images of nostalgia and innocence, while a playful, electric blue is evocative of our younger, more energized selves.
Marta Maas Scandinavian Vintage Blue Rug By Barbro Nilsson #49570
The power of blue can make or break an entire pattern of decoration, with the right blue being essential in the creation of the perfectly conceived ambiance and atmosphere. Just think what would happen if you were to choose the “wrong” shade of blue for a life event such as a wedding, for example. One drop in shade can change the entire tone of the event!
Even worse, think about using the wrong blue in any artistic scenery. How would an electric blue look in the decoration of a traditional High Afternoon English tea? Not very British, is it?
Have you also noticed that, while all colors have a bright, fluorescent version of themselves, only the blue color can be considered “electric”!
Blue in vintage rugs
Now that the importance of the right shade of blue has been established, think about using the color at a larger, more decorative scale. Rugs, particularly vintage rugs, are floor coverings that are already expected to be unique in origin.
All of these are important pointers to consider when looking for the perfect blue vintage rugs for your home’s decor.
Indigo Blue Vintage Persian Rug #51124
Creating Vintage Rugs With Blue Dyes Using Indigo
This natural blue dye is originally from India. It is one of the most ancient pigments known to man. However, it did not gain popularity in Europe until the Renaissance period, when the “New Word” was discovered and new network routes for trading opened throughout the different continents.
Indigofera Tinctoria flower and Indigo Color Dye
For the first time in our history, the route to Asia allowed for a whole world of new things to enter Europe. It comes to no surprise that the advent of indigo, with its deep sapphire dramatic tones, brought the royals to their knees, demanding its use in all things enjoyed by the “upper classes”.
In addition to this, indigo was comparably of a much higher quality than the woad-based, pastel-blue type pigment available in Europe at the time. In a dramatic contrast, indigo brought with it a brighter, stronger hue, not to mention a much more exotic and intriguing origin which the higher classes were fascinated with.
When acquiring blue vintage rugs, remember that naturally made indigo is the highest quality dye for the blue color. Having indigo in vintage blue rugs means that the maker followed a practice that dates back to the 15th century.
Scandinavian Marta Maas Kilim Vintage Blue Rug By Barbro Nilsson #49572
By acquiring an Indigo blue vintage mid century rug, you are, in essence, connecting the distant and recent pasts to the present.
Without a doubt, blue is an integral part of our daily lives as well as our self expression. So when planning your next interior design project, make sure to add some blue in a way that reflects and showcases your personality the best.