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Top 5 Rugs for Bohemian Decorating at JessiesRugs.com

Below are 5 rugs currently offered at JessiesRugs.com that are perfect for adding a piece of energetic flare to your decorating space.

Antique Caucasian Rug

4′ 8 x 6′ Antique Caucasian rug Shop Now >

For a medium sized space our 4′ 8 x 6′ Antique Caucasian rug would be a perfect fit. When I first saw this rug I fell in love with the unique pink and baby blue highlights. This rug has the perfect amount of wear, and a bold all-over pattern to drive home that energetic look of a Bohemian space.

Persian Rug Runner

3′ 8 x 9′ Persian Kurdistan Rug Runner Shop Now >

When you are trying to finish off a long space such as a hallway or narrow room, this 3′ 8 x 9′ Persian Kurdistan rug could be just the piece you have been looking for. With long, narrow medallions set in a bold salmon colored field this runner will accentuate any tribal or boho space.

Persian Shiraz Rug

Small Persian Shiraz Rug Shop Now >

This 2′ 6 x 4′ 3 Persian Shiraz rug has the most beautiful bright blue highlights. With an eye-catching design and a soft wool pile to sink your feet into this rug is perfect for a small space like in front of the kitchen sink.

Antique Caucasian Rug

2′ 10 x 4′ 3 Antique Caucasian Lesghi rug Shop Now >

Or, you can capture an antique look balanced with tribal style with this stunning 2′ 10 x 4′ 3 Caucasian Lesghi rug. Traditional antique Lesghi rugs are enormously popular among rug collectors. This bold and energetic pattern will be a riveting addition to any space.

Turkish Sparta rug

3′ 2 x 6′ 6 Turkish Sparta rug Shop Now >

Lastly, we have our 3′ 2 x 6′ 6 Purple Turkish Sparta rug. Featuring a bold geometric design with interesting animal figures scattered throughout, this rug will liven up any room.

Whether you are looking for tribal-style rugs, elegant traditional Persian rugs or something in between, browse JessiesRugs.com to find the perfect one of a kind rug to fit your space. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for be sure to send us a note and we will keep an eye out for you as our inventory is constantly changing.

Oriental Rug Designs by Type

When shopping for an Oriental rug, all of the available colors and patterns can get overwhelming. Below I will outline some of the basic designs found in different types of Oriental rugs to help you decide which rug will be a good fit for your home.

Persian rugs have the most design variety. Some of these include a single medallion set in a solid colored field, an all-over design such as the Herati pattern, a tribal pattern with geometric shapes, or an all-over floral pattern.

Turkish rugs are often associated with tribal patterns, but they also come in all-over patterns with palmette motifs such as the rug seen below.

Bokhara rugs are the most easily identifiable Oriental rug with distinct gul medallions like the rug pictured below. These come in almost every color of the rainbow and are very easy to decorate with.

Bokhara rug

Traditional gul medallions in a Bokhara rug with an orange field

Caucasian rugs are often one of the most desirable rug types. With tribal designs and geometric patterns paired with bold color palettes, these add a touch of character to every room.

Antique Caucasian rug

Antique Caucasian Kuba rug with all-over pattern

Jessie’s Oriental rugs carries many types of discount Oriental rugs, check out some of the antique rugs in the shop today.

Decorating with Room-size Rugs

Everyone’s favorite rug tip when decorating is to put your Oriental rug down first. It is much easier to base the rest of your decor on the colors and patterns in your antique rug. An authentic Oriental rug is a one-of-a-kind piece, and often an investment. Wallpaper, art, paint, furniture and antiques come in all different shapes, sizes, patterns and colors so it is much easier to find a rug you love and work around it rather than working backwards.

 

White Persian Rug

Traditional Ivory Persian Kapoutrang rug c. 1940 Shop now>

If you have very traditional taste in rugs such as a large red rug with a blue border and an ivory center medallion, your journey will be much easier. However if you are looking for a large antique rug with an all-over pattern, a navy field and hot purple highlights you may be looking for a longer time. It is important to have an idea of what characteristics you are looking for in a rug, often times the old saying “when you see it you’ll know it”  holds true and a light will turn on when you find your dream rug.

Art deco chinese rug

Gorgeous Art Deco style Chinese rug, shop it now>

When decorating with a room-size Oriental rug you generally want the rug to ground the furniture in the space. This method ties each component together to form a cohesive space. Keep in mind you want about 18 inches of floor visible around the rug itself unless you are working with a smaller area such as a bathroom or foyer in which case less is better. There is no right or wrong way to place the furniture on the carpet, everyone is different. Options include having all of the furniture on the rug, the front legs of the furniture on the rug, none of the furniture on the rug (if you are looking at a smaller size rug such as 5×8) and more.

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How do you decorate with Oriental rugs? Do you put your rug down first or last?

The Value of Persian Rugs

As I mentioned before, some Oriental rugs have price tags comparable to brand new vehicles. You might ask yourself, why would someone spend so much money on something to be walked on? There are several reasons antique Oriental rugs hold their value, and in many cases are worth more as they age.

Antique Persian rug

Antique Persian Kurdistan Bag face with a hand-knotted pile

Persian rugs have long been seen as a symbol of wealth and elite status. This can partly be attributed to older Persian dynasties, such as the Safavid dynasty (1502 – 1736). Many of their courts held some of the best carpets ever made. This period is often referred to as the Golden age of Persian carpets. During this time weavers were trained by the best and utilized the finest materials, such as silk for the pile of the rug accented with silver and gold threads. One of the world’s oldest Oriental carpets from this time is called the Ardabil carpet and is on display at the Victoria and Albert museum. Learn more about the history of this prized piece of art > 

Semi Antique Persian Rug

Semi-Antique Persian Kirman rug with buff-beige field

Older rugs from these palaces and from these looms have long been sought after by dealers and collectors. When one of these rugs goes onto the auction block it is sure to turn into an exciting bidding war. Recently a record was broken at Sotheby’s for the most expensive Oriental carpet which went for $33,765,000. This is obviously not the norm, but occasionally rugs like that do come on the market. Learn more about this stunning rug >

Oriental rug for sale

Close-up of the knots making up the Persian Kurdistan pictured above

When you look at the back of a rug to see each and every knot tied by skillful weavers it is hard not to imagine why they are worth so much money. The time, effort, and skill put into a Persian rug are reasons enough for the price tag. When you buy a Persian rug, you are making an investment. The majority of rugs will last generations, and the rug you buy today could be the rug laid in your granddaughter’s living room. These rugs will last a lifetime. So when faced with the decision of buying a genuine Oriental rug or a machine-made copy, the choice is obvious. A machine-made rug (unless one of the more desirable brands such as Karastan) will not last your lifetime, and they will not become prettier as they wear such as Oriental rugs do.

The last reason I will mention for the desirability of Persian rugs in the United States is the embargo on Iran. At a later date I will delve deeper into it, but the fact that no Persian rugs are being imported to the USA means everyone wants to snatch up the rugs available here now.

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What types of rugs do you have in your home? How long has a rug been in your family? Share your thoughts below!

Top Five Oriental Rugs for Tribal Decor

Oriental rugs come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and colors. So which types of Oriental rugs fit best with tribal decor?

Authentic Oriental rugs already have an exotic edge due to the imperfections that arise in the weaving process, but these five Oriental rug types are sure to be the perfect addition to your eclectic room.

Top 5 Tribal Rugs

1. Kilim Rugs

Afghan Kilim Rug

Afghan Kilim Soumack Rug with dark and neutral tones. Shop this rug >

Kilim rugs come from all over. With their bold geometric patterns and bright solid colors they rank at the top for fitting with tribal decor. The Kilim rug above was made in Afghanistan circa 1960. The design features alternating zig-zag patterns in neutral tones.

The Kilim below was made in Turkey around the 1940’s. It’s bold green-blue center medallion set in a berry-red field will brighten your room and add a bohemian touch to your decorating scheme.

Turkish Kilim Rug

Bold Antique Turkish Kilim Rug. Shop Now >

 

2. Baluch Rugs

True Baluch rugs originate in Baluchistan, a region which stretches across Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These tribal rugs were woven by nomadic tribes. Rusts and Browns are common tones found in Baluch rugs.  The Baluch below was made around 1910 and has even wear throughout.

Antique Baluch Oriental Rug

Antique Baluch Rug with navy highlights. Shop Now >

This is another Baluch rug from the same time period. This rug has a much bolder color scheme and would attract more attention in a tribal room.

Antique Baluch rug

Antique Baluch rug with bright blue highlights. Shop Now >

 

3. Afghan Rugs

The majority of rugs woven in Afghanistan have a true tribal look to them as many are hand made by nomadic weavers. The rug below features three geometric medallions set in a beige camel-colored field.

Afghan Oriental Rug

Afghan Oriental rug with a tribal design and multiple dark borders. Shop it now >

The rug below was woven in Afghanistan in the 70’s. Although it is modern, the design follows a traditional tribal pattern. The only thing not traditional about this rug is the exotic color scheme. This rug would add a touch of life to any room.

Red Afghan Tribal Rug

Vintage Afghan tribal rug woven with bright reds and orange. Shop now >

 

4. Moroccan rugs

Moroccan rugs have become super popular in the past year. Not all hand made Moroccan rugs will fit in with tribal decor, but this one will:

Moroccan Rug

Moroccan Rug found on Etsy Shop it Now >

This rug was found on Etsy in a shop called antevarsin. The abstract design complemented by splashes of bright blue, green and yellow colors make this rug a striking work of art.

 

5. Certain types of Hamadan rugs

Last on our list is the Persian Hamadan rug. When you think of a Persian Hamadan what probably comes to mind is a medium-sized rug with a red field and an ivory center medallion. Obviously those Hamadan rugs would not complement tribal decor, but the word Hamadan describes a massive region of Persia and not all Hamadans are the same. Below are two great examples of antique Hamadan rugs with tribal designs.

Antique Persian Rug

Antique worn Hamadan Persian rug with abstract tree of life. Shop Now >

This Hamadan was made circa 1920. The design features an abstract tree of life set in a natural beige field. The Hamadan below was made slightly later in the 30’s. This design features five red and blue medallions set in a dark blue field. The outermost border is similar in color to the natural beige in the Hamadan above. Each color was used skillfully in this Hamadan to complement the tribal pattern.

Antique Persian Hamadan rug

Antique Persian Hamadan Rug with five fantastic center medallions. Shop now >

 

These are not the only types of Oriental rugs which will complement tribal decor, but they are some of the best. Looking for an authentic Oriental rug? Shop our discount Oriental rugs at JessiesRugs.com.

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