Modern Rugs

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Quality modern rugs are distinguished by the same qualities that define fine antiques. All that should differentiate the two classes is design. The characteristics the finest of them have in common are, or at least should be, natural materials, hand knotting, and natural dyes. Designs and styles in modern rugs, however, encompass a far wider range than before.

Motifs incorporate the same quality workmanship and artistic qualities of fine Orientals, for example. Visual aspects of design might echo Andy Warhol or a Turkmen Bokhara. They might include primary colors or muted intricacies of blues and grays against a geometric black ground. The wider you cast your eye--especially when shopping on the Internet--the more likely you are to find just the right rug to dramatize the floor you've just refinished, or family room you've just redecorated.

Design Possibilities in Modern Rugs

Rugs designed for the more casual home include the sunrise killims, a collection based very loosely on the American Southwest, the African Congo, and pre-Columbian Central America. Fundamentally geometric, the overall ground in this styling features large simplified elements in deep yet muted tones. Such designs stand out especially well on stone or hardwood floors in rooms with generous sunlight.

Several of Nepal's modern rugs are particularly striking. Its Kodari collection, for example, is characterized by borders clearly influenced by antique Orientals, but the resemblance stops at the concept. The undulating thickness and loose wave of the Kodari borders suggest the fluidity of water. Tones, all natural dye, are for the most part variations of earth tones.

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