October 18 2019
As trade routes increased through Western Europe and the British Empire expanded, oriental rugs grew in popularity in Britain with many attracted to the romance of their provenance and exquisite craftsmanship. While the craft has existed for centuries, the ‘golden age’ of rug-making is most often defined as 1870-1920. When it comes to antique rugs, the older the better; the beauty of these woven masterpieces is that they are incredibly hard-wearing and take many years to show any signs of wear. The general feeling is that the best rugs improve with age. In the case of damage or neglect, specialist repairers can restore your rug to its original glory; an antique rug is very rarely beyond repair.
Whatever the period of your home, antique rugs will be a stunning addition to any space. Thanks to their soft colours and warm patina, they have a seamless quality that suits all manner of colour schemes. Our signature muted palettes are the perfect canvas for the delicate intricate patterns of the oriental rug. Georgian homes in particular lend themselves to the use of larger antique rugs. The grand rooms and large, open spaces are immediately warmed and enhanced with the addition of a rug.
In a world of mass-production and Insta-filtered homes, the true beauty of an antique rug is its unique character. No two antique rugs are the same, imbuing the space with a soulful feeling. While rugs may traditionally be considered for a sitting room or bedroom, they work wonderfully in the most unexpected of places. Consider adding an antique rug to an open-plan kitchen space to create texture and sophistication. Even better, they are suited to both period and contemporary homes; we love to juxtapose clean, modern furniture with a lovingly worn antique rug to add a sense of richness and intimacy.