In keeping with our recent topic on decorating, this newsletter is going to address another decorating trend. The transitional decorating style has become very popular in the design world among decorators, stylists and consumers. That is true in the rug world too!
What Is "Transitional?"
Simply put, transitional style is a combination of the traditional style and the contemporary. It takes the best of both worlds and melds them together to create a peaceful, elegant look. Transitional design uses the curves and flows of the traditional themes and the simple lines and open fields of the contemporary styles. In most transitional looks you will find flowing lines without a lot of extra detail. The color base is almost always neutral -- brown, tan, gray -- with accent colors that are usually muted or pale. The look should be classic but comfortable, inviting and calming.
Transitional Style Rugs
A rug made in the transitional style is often the piece that pulls together all the decorations within a room. What makes the transitional styled rug a perfect choice is how it can blend in with any style of decorating. A room decorated in a traditional floral style with lots of detail will benefit from the simple designs in a transitional rug whereas the room with the sharp features and bold lines of the contemporary designs will get added warmth from the same rug. The transitional styles are very versatile and be used in a variety of settings so when you decide to change the decor of your room you won't have to change the rug!
Tibet has a long history of rug-weaving, dating back hundreds of years. The Tibetan weave is slightly different than the weave found in Oriental rugs from India, Turkey and Iran. The weave is very distinctive and will form rows in the pile like in the photo above. Modern Tibetan rugs (which can be made anywhere but are called Tibetan because of the weave) are known for their use of transitional designs. Most Tibetan rugs today will feature open fields in neutral colors with flowing designs throughout. Contrast is found by sculpting the pile or adding silk highlights. These rugs are becoming increasingly more popular as people recognize the versatility and beauty of the designs.