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The damask pattern is a time-tested floral design that spans hundreds of years of traditional, transitional, and contemporary rugs. Classic and modern takes on this timeless design can be found here.
Damask gets its name from the city of Damascus, which was a large city on the Silk Road that connected traders, merchants, nomads, and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea. Damask is characterized largely by silhouetted floral motifs, typically repeating and symmetrical. The range of intricacy in the pattern has contributed to the design's staying power. The pattern can be enlarged and offset for a contemporary look, colored in contrasting shades for a bohemian vibe, or ground a traditional design with a sophisticated and ancient pattern. The versatility in this pattern means it can last through multiple design changes and updates.