Traditional home decor never truly goes out of style. Even during periods of new trends, we always find a way to sneak in something classic because you simply can never go wrong with classic.
Authentic Oriental rug designs originated centuries and centuries ago, the oldest known hand-knotted rug being the Pazyryk Carpet circa 400 bc, which was excavated in 1949 from a Scythian tomb. If you visit the Hermitage Museum of Russia you can marvel at the sight of this ancient piece of handwoven art.
The Pazyryk Carpet
Today, genuine Persian rugs and Oriental rugs are created with the same methods of those far-off times, knotting wool wefts around sturdy warps, meticulously, until something beautiful exists.
Persian Heriz Rug Knots
Turkish Herake Rug Knots
When decorating your home with an Oriental area rug, yes, the rug is there to serve a functional purpose, but placing hand-knotted area rugs in your home can symbolize so much more. The rugs are a visual representation of hard work, a display of intricate and breath-taking design, an added layer of comfort, and a sign of good taste.
These days, when shopping for an area rug online, you will be inundated with options, and there are a lot of amazing rugs out there, for sure, but you will also run into far too many low quality, machine-made rugs that won't last longer than your current toothbrush. These machine-made rugs are made quickly, usually out of some type of plastic fiber, in a churn and burn sort of way and in as much as they're cheap to buy, they typically appear that way, as well. This isn't to say that all machine-made rugs are bad, but it is to say that there's something to owning things that are made from the heart and built to last, like handmade rugs, which can live on through generations and be passed down to our loved ones as a gift of timeless beauty.
If you're concerned about creating a space that looks too dated or old fashioned in a bad way, mix in more current pieces of furniture, lighting, or accessories in combination with your classic decor items that will give you the perfect balance of the past and the present to create a lovely NOW.
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Until next time, best wishes!