Traditional rugs are based on designs originating in Persia, China, Iran, and Turkey as far back as 7,000 BCE. Traditional-style rugs also became very popular in Europe during the 13th century, largely due to Marco Polo's travels to Turkey. During the Renaissance, they were a sign of high class and social status.
These rugs are often characterized by deep, rich colors. They usually have complementary, neutral colors in the border and center medallions. Many feature damask, paisley, or geometric patterns in the edging. They are often hung on the walls of a home, displaying their intricacy and beauty.
These designs may seem stuffy to some, but a recently designers have added traditional rugs to modern spaces that would otherwise lack warmth. They blend well with vintage designs or make a strong statement for luxury in sparse rooms.
Like any other rug style, these can be made from a number of natural and synthetic materials. Silk is often used to accentuate the high quality of a traditional design.The most common material is wool - it stands the test of time while staying durable, comfortable, stain resistant, and inexpensive.
Almost (but not quite) your style? Try the more modernized designs in our transitional category.