A Breakdown Of Rug Styles

A quality rug adds value to your home. At Woven Passion Rugs, we bring in our handmade rugs from all across the globe. India, Pakistan, Iran, Morocco, China, Egypt, Turkey, the list goes on. Each rug is praised for its unique designs and artistic value. They hold prestige as they were developed independently. 


Below is a brief description on the types of rugs we hold and the background of each style.




Antique rugs add a geographical presence in your home. Having a piece of history as art can spark individual aspirations. Not only are they a wonder to look at, they add functionality as well. The rich history of these handmade artifacts tell a story. Many are knotted with piles or woven without. Their natural fibers vary in colors and hues, but each meticulously formed from the hands of someone in centuries past.



What makes a rug contemporary? They consist of a combination of wool and synthetic fibers. Often, a rug that contains bold textures, patterns, graphics and colors falls in the category of modern art. Generally speaking, contemporary rugs hold to an architectural approach, meaning they are free spirited in style.



Traditional rugs are inspired from the oriental and persian patterns from the European and Victorian styles. They hold a more classical look that follows a formal arrangement with central medallions and sophisticated color palettes.


Transitional rugs are a merger between two styles, contemporary and transitional. They consist of wool and silk and offer a more fashion-forward design through the color schemes and pattern features.



Known for their jaw-dropping design, tribal rugs hold to several common patterns. The eight-point star, diamond, mihrab, boteh, ram horn, running water and guls—to name a few. Tribal rugs are woven with wool, even with some artisans using camel and goat wool. Among one of the first to create the technique, the western tribes used the knotted pile for the creation of their rugs.



Kilim rugs use flat weaving techniques that originate from the Turkish origin. Generally, Kilims are woven through the slit weave technique. They are known for their bold, sharp patterns and geometric designs. 


Shag rugs consist of deep, long-haired fibers that are incredibly soft to the touch. They are bold in texture and personality. They have an unkempt look, one that is great for a modern simplistic home. Shag rugs are beautiful, but are not meant for homeowners who are prone to spillage or have heavy foot traffic.

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