Pattern is one of the most helpful elements in narrowing down rug selection, especially
after size and color.
We define pattern as the way lines are used to form shapes on a rug.
In the rug industry, pattern is divided into three categories: curvilinear,
geometric, and pictorial.
The first two refer to rugs with conventional motifs that are woven with curving
lines (curvilinear) or straight lines (geometric).
The third (a much smaller group) refers to rugs that portray people and/or animals.
4. Style: the goal is to find one that matches yours.
Style can be defined as the way different motifs, colors and patterns give character
to a rug.
Styles range from floral to contemporary to traditional. They can also reflect a
season, or a theme (nautical, birds, water). Roll out your favorite!
The most important styles of handmade rugs that have existed, or still do exist
in various parts of the world, include: Persian, Chinese, Turkoman, Caucasian, European,
Anatolian, Tibetan, Indian, Baluchi, North African, Native American, and East Turkestan.
In addition, many of these styles have sub-styles.
For example, Tabriz is a sub-style of the Persian style.
Many styles or sub-styles are made in their place of origin as well as in other
countries or areas.
Consider that a Tabriz style rug may be made in Tabriz but it could also be made
in India. If you must know, ask your retailer.
5. Design: yours will probably be one of three.
All rugs can be divided into three major designs:
• All-over, in which motifs are spread throughout the rug.
• Medallion, where a large centerpiece is the focal point of the design.
• One-sided, in which the design is woven in one direction.
Additionally, designs can be intricate or simple, solid, or feature borders.
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