Traditional Area Rug

A Traditional Area Rug Never Goes Out of Style

When you say traditional area rug, describing it succinctly becomes a little difficult since there really are so many different traditional rug designs. But probably the easiest way to describe traditional area rugs is to talk about what they aren't. Area rugs that aren't traditional will have modern or contemporary designs. Think modern art. Think of a design that is less than 50 years old. Probably the art deco rugs of the 1920s and 1930s, while semi-antique in their age, would still be labeled as modern as opposed to having a traditional design.

In terms of true timeless pieces, you can't go wrong with Oriental rugs. The definition of an Oriental rug is a rug where the yarns have been hand knotted onto a cotton or wool weft. These rugs originated from the Far East but in the last 200 years or so, the Middle East has had the reputation of providing the most exquisite hand knotted Oriental rugs available.

Oriental rugs are not solely from the Orient anymore. Upscale handmade ones come from Iran, India, and Turkey. You can buy fancy machine made Oriental rugs from Belgium, China, France, Spain, and England. Some of these machine made Oriental rugs can use up to 92 different colors!

If you were looking for something a little less stuffy but still traditional, look at braided rugs. Braided rugs are usually polypropylene/wool combinations of core "rope" like material that is coiled around itself, using cotton or fishing lines to lash the coils together. Colonial Braided Rugs and Colonial Rugs both make a wide array of braided rugs that have a traditional feel to them.

About the Author

Janine Jones is a freelance writer based in Northern Virginia (she likes to call it NoVa). New to the freelance world, Janine used to work as an analyst / programmer for a beltway bandit before deciding to mix being a stay-at-home-mom with a writing career. These days, Janine tries to get a little work done when her two kids (ages 3 and 15 months) are otherwise occupied. Janine is hooked on area rugs of all kinds.

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