Round rugs being featured here are hand knotted in regions such as India. Round
area rugs were also woven in Egypt and featured complex geometric designs
with large medallions. One of the oldest known artifacts is a sixteenth-century Mamluk.
They were also woven in French Aubusson and Savonnerie styles in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Round rugs were originally
discovered for the first time in Tientsin and Beijing in the early nineteenth century.
Chinese Oriental pieces both new and old, are still available and are plentiful
in the marketplace. The design layout is primarily a medallion on a field of natural
dyes that can be rich and vibrant or more pastel and muted. The all-over
design is gaining in popularity.
Round area rugs should be considered when a dramatic statement is needed for
perhaps an entrance foyer or family room area. Many pieces have a round or diamond
shaped motif (see above picture) in the middle called a central
medallion. Make sure that the furniture is placed symmetrically on these,
consider an all-over design. The length and width are
obviously equal in these, and they are the same as the diameter, so when looking
for one, look for sizes such as 4x4, 8x8, 10x10, etc.
For the more tradional minded, an old fashioned hooked type
should be considered. They're traditional in nature and therefore
are used in warm and cozy "country" settings. They are still
hand-made, very durable and suitable for those high traffic areas in a
home or office. Other less expensive machine made reproductions can also
be used and are readily sold at most discount department and carpet stores.
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