First of all, what is a tribal rug? Tribal rugs are woven by nomadic or semi-nomadic tribal weavers. They are considered to be skilfully hand-knotted carpets made by the nomadic tribes people of Iran, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Turkey and Morocco. Tribal rugs convey a symbolic meaning as they represent global cultures and a multidimensional art form that defines the rug-making artistry. The artistry of the tribal rug becomes even more fascinating when you consider the stories that were traditionally woven into them.
These tribal rugs have been around for centuries; with origins in Iran, Morocco and other similar cultures, they made their way into the western world in the mid-twentieth century. Not only have tribal patterns appeared on clothing and artwork, but they’ve also found their way to our interiors! These quality pieces, woven with hand-spun wool and vegetable dyes, feature various designs and exude beauty in its simplest form. In the world of rugs, the desirability for tribal rug styles have withstood the test of time. We genuinely feel that tribal rugs are the most versatile of all Oriental rugs, they are an excellent alternative for both traditional and transitional rugs. When contemplating a purchase think of the emotional response you like to experience and then look for a rug that elicits that feeling from within you. At Lilla Rugs we pride ourselves on our outstanding collection of Tribal rugs from all over the world. Here are a few tips for selecting the perfect tribal rug.
COMPLEMENT A MODERN ROOM
How will you incorporate a tribal rug into your design theme? The design choices in tribal rugs are abundant so that one can achieve a very personal signature to their home environment. Many contemporary and fashionable designs derive from original tribal roots, such as the classic diamond-shape pattern that is currently very on-trend and the ‘rug of the season’. Through these subtle tribal features, style-conscious individuals can incorporate tribal designs into their home in a more subtle way - allowing a tribal-inspired rug to blend seamlessly into the modern home. Many modern and stylish tribal rugs also combine colour palettes that are neutral, contemporary, and extremely versatile. Choose an updated tribal like the Beni Ourain to complement a modern design theme. Greys and creams are particularly favoured as they can introduce just the right amount of pattern and colour without being too overpowering. Investing in a tribal rug can often uplift a room, warming it up and jazzing it up too!
TRADITIONAL & TRANSITIONAL
No innovation can truly replace the time honoured traditions of hand-woven rugs crafted in the vast regions from Persia to India. Much like lavish Persian rugs, original tribal rugs are bold and beautiful with their unique colours and designs, lending a special warmth and vibrancy to an interior. With odes to traditional culture and skilled craftsmanship, these rugs are associated with timeless luxury and chic. It’s this luxurious style and the rich history that comes with it that has helped these designs to withstand ever-changing trends. Artists and designers use them to create contrast against their simple, formal living spaces. They’re the perfect way to add some contrast into a space overcome with simplicity. If you’re looking to invest in a rug that is going to remain timeless and in fashion for a long time, tribal rugs are a safe and stylish option.
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When decorating with Oriental or Persian rugs do not hesitate to use your imagination! Tribal designs have long been influencing timeless and stylish textiles, including unique, trendy rugs. The Oriental Kilim carpet is woven by nomads, that use wool from locally raised sheep, and dyed using natural vegetable dyes. They are remarkably versatile, exuding personal charm and artistic expression. The pattern is often geometric, being limited by the weaving technique, but sometimes features knotted-in details. Geometric patterns, in general, are notably desirable in modern, stylish interiors. Kilim rugs are known for their vibrant colour and pattern, as well as their texture. Such designs are enduring and chic, so we can’t imagine them going out of fashion any time soon. You can hang a Kilim on a wall to give your home an Oriental feel or why not lay it on your bed, the floor, a table, or use it as a picnic blanket?
We hope these tips help you figure out how best to add this timeless classic into your living space.
Don’t forget to browse our Tribal collection of rugs, that includes Kilims (flat weaves), Lori, Loribaft, Gabbeh, Baluch and Qashqai rugs. Whether you love them for their beautiful colours or historical significance, you should consider adding a tribal rug into your design theme this year. Contact us today for more information on Lilla Rugs products or if you have any interior design questions.
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