The Versatility of Vintage Rugs
Vintage can be a vague term often referring to an
elusive time in the past. When it comes
to rugs, vintage has a distinct meaning. Rugs produced between the 1920s –
are classified as vintage. This time period in the arts was an explosion
of style, color, and experimentation.
The results were an eclectic mix of beauty, sophistication, and
playfulness which reflected the influence of major art movements throughout the
world including modernism, minimalism, and surrealism. Rugs and textiles were a
part of this shift in artistry and, in turn, a broad range of styles is
conveyed by vintage rugs. Their
versatility in interior design is outstanding. From sleek, subtle designs to complex
patterns and bright colors, the expanse of vintage rugs complements many home
and office styles.
Whether your space is minimalist modern or boldly
traditional, there is a vintage rug that would be a great fit. Let’s take a look at some of the popular
types of vintage rugs.
Moroccan Vintage Rugs
Moroccan vintage rugs are as diverse as the region
itself. A central feature in Moroccan
vintage rugs is the use of geometric designs that can range from intricately
complex to delicately simple. Diamond
motifs, decorated borders, and one-of-a-kind patterns are identifiable traits
of these rugs. Because of their beauty
and adaptability, vintage Moroccan rugs have had a dedicated following amongst
well known designers and architects including Charles and Ray Eames, Le
Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Kilims are a handwoven, pileless rug created by using
tapestry techniques. Typically
associated with regions in Anatolia, the Balkans, and parts of Iran, kilims
were often produced by nomadic tribes or within villages using regional
materials and cultural designs. While
kilims have been around for centuries, there are also vintage kilims that were
created in the last fifty years. Vintage
kilims reflect a high level of craftsmanship with weaving techniques that have
been passed down through generations. These textiles are truly artisan rugs
that are often lightweight and durable.
Over-Dyed Vintage Rugs
Over-dyed distressed rugs are in high demand right
now. These types of rugs can be created
by taking a vintage rug and accelerating the aging process through a series of
dyeing and washing cycles. Using vintage design elements as the foundation,
bold colors and organic blending creates a new rug deeply influenced by its
beginnings. The textures of over-dyed
vintage rugs are reminiscent of antique rugs and have a great sense of depth
while the colors are infused with fresh, modern shades.
Vintage rugs are an exploration outside of the classical
boundaries of antique rugs. Their colors, patterns, and textures explore new
depths while their craftsmanship remains of the highest quality. A wonderful melding of tradition and
creativity, vintage rugs are a beautiful addition any space.