Traditional area rugs are typically modern-day representations of more formal, time-honored European and Asian designs. Today’s traditional designs usually incorporate current color palettes or an all-over geometric pattern with linear components for a more simplistic design than traditional Oriental or Persian motifs. Designs can also include pictorials illustrating elements from nature such as floral patterns.
Contemporary designs are characterized by stark contrasts, bold use of color and sharp geometric design elements. “Modern” designs tend to feel more architectural, such as art deco designs. They tend to be assertive and bold and serve as a strong décor statement. “Retro” contemporary designs take their inspiration from popular styles from the 1960s and early 1970s. They typically feature a free-form concept and don’t have a constrained design flow.
Transitional designs are a unique blend of the contemporary and the traditional. Sometimes referred to as “casual,” they tend to capture the elegance of traditional designs while avoiding their formality. Most are characterized by the way they use open spaces, containing a sparse assortment of traditional or contemporary design components.
Southwest or tribal designs are characterized by design elements from a specific culture or ethnic group. They typically combine earth tones such as yellow, gold, red and brown in very exciting and structured designs that offer their own interpretation. They are a perfect addition to rooms with specific themes, offering a unique way to tie the common elements of a particular space together.