Monday, October 29, 2012

Vintage Rugs - Guest Blogger - Sam Moradzadeh

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 - 1970s

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.


Vintage Kilims

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.