Shopping for floor rugs can be difficult especially when you don’t know what kind of look you’re after to suit your home decor- there’s so many to choose from! Narrowing it down to the style you’re after makes a big difference and makes it that much easier to find exactly what you’re looking for when you’re buying area rugs online. Although these styles might seem self-explanatory, they can mean different things to different people, so we give you the run-down on traditional rugs, transitional rugs and contemporary rugs here.
Contemporary area rugs can be quite gentle or stark in their design and colours, and can be confused with modern area rugs. They generally incorporate bold, bright colours and abstract designs or geometric elements. All in all, they are quite modern looking in their design and colours. They work well in modern spaces and make great living room rugs as they tend to be simple and blend in effortlessly with your decor.
Contemporary rugs are quite popular and you can generally find them in any price point from budget rugs to more expensive designer rugs.
Traditional rugs are also referred to as Persian rugs or oriental rugs- however, there is no need to be confused- they are all the same style! Previously traditional rugs were only used in formal areas of the house, adding sophistication to the home. However, more recently we have seen traditional rugs make their way into more casual spaces, especially with a bit of Moroccan rug influence.
Persian rugs are normally quite consistent in their design- intricate details designs with a floral touch or medallion shapes in the centre. Most traditional rugs have the same colour palette- maroon, black, navy, red, brown, white and green. You can get traditional rugs in both machine made and handmade options (commonly referred to as kilim rugs), depending on how much you want to spend.
Transitional rugs are a blend of traditional and contemporary rugs. They typically take inspiration from traditional rug designs but change the colour scheme to give it a modern twist. Because of this modern twist on a traditional design, transitional rugs work well in any home with all kinds of room decor!
There are certainly more than these 3 types of rugs (such as modern rugs, jute rugs, wool rugs and flatweaves), but understanding these three styles really allows you to narrow down on exactly what you’re after to give your home that perfect touch!