Vintage rug with cruxiform medallion
What You Need to Know about Antique Rugs

Although the availability of beautiful, brand new rugs in unprecedented sizes and colors is enormous, some people have a passion for antique rugs.

What is an antique rug? 

Rug with all-over pattern featuring bronze color
Color Returns - Gloriously We recently wrote about the possible return of color. The International rug experts at Domotex certainly embraced color in awarding the top prizes for new design to rugs with lots of color. A sign of things to come? Who knows. Trends are hard to spot until they are indeed trends.
Beni Ourain Rug
Beni Ourain Rugs

Beni Ourain refers to rugs woven by a tribal group of the  Berber peoples. They live nomadicly in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, mainly Morocco.


The rug, "Tree of Life"
The Academy Awards of Rug Design

Every year the Domotex trade show brings rug professionals to Hanover, Germany from all over the world.


Rug in blue with a decorative stipped pattern
A Rug Showing - Two Different Looks

Rugs have a remarkable effect on a room. We see it everyday when we place rugs in spaces for designers to approve (or not).

Rug with all-over pattern along side a statue
Every Rug Has a Dark Side and a Light Side

All hand-knotted rugs have a dark side and a light side.  Sometimes it's so subtle it's hard to see. Other times it's hard not to see.


Rug with hanging vines
Himalayan Influence in Contemporary Rug Design In the 1970s American rug importers began to take note of the Himilayan rug tradition centered in Nepal. It featured very simple designs, skilled weavers and fabulous wool. American rug designers saw the situation as a blank canvas and contemporary rug design was born.
Bluish gray rug with all-over pattern
Patterns - Visual Harmony

People have created decorative patterns since time began. Perhaps a visual rendering of a pattern rhythms brings harmony to the mind like music does with sound.


Black rug with all-over pattern in white
Silver Screen Gray From the 1920s into the 1950s movies were graced with the perhaps the best black and white cinematographers that the world will ever know. They mastered every mood, every opportunity for highlighting, for low lighting, for balancing light and dark values, for conveying every emotion.
Rug in light blue and gray with suggestion of a pattern
Neutral and Versatile

Designers have recently shown a preference for contemporary rug designs.