With their unique pattern composition and symmetric designs, medallion rugs have grown quite popular recently. These pieces can bring a flavor of the oriental into any room, no matter how simple it is.


A Brief History of Medallion Rugs

Medallion patterns were popular in Persian rug designs back in the 15th century. At the time, though, they usually appeared on manuscript covers. It wasn't until the 16th century that this design found its way into carpet making. Following the development of these rugs through centuries, we can see that they spread far and wide, finding their place and new interpretations in different cultures.

For example, curvilinear medallion carpets were popular in Tabriz, while Heriz was famous for its rectilinear interpretation. China and Mongolia adopted these carpets and added botanical motifs to the mix, while the Caucasus couldn't get enough floral patterns and garlands. On the other hand, Anatolian rug weavers preferred fewer ornaments and stricter, geometrical forms.

Although they mostly came from the east, we can find examples of medallion rugs as far west as France. But these carpets haven't just bridged geographic gaps — they've also stood the test of time. Thanks to their versatility and timelessness, they are as popular today as they were centuries ago.

What is Medallion Rug Design?

The real meaning of 'Medallion' is a “decorative medal”, or a shape that includes a patterned design or similar imagery. Historically, you can find medallion decorations on architecture, furniture, jewelry, and any place where surface decorations are being used.

What makes Medallion Carpets Unique?

Their whole composition centers around a medallion in the middle, which may be abstract, geometric, or floral in shape. Whatever the case, it's the first thing that grabs the attention of the viewer, and that area ties the whole design together. 

The background of the medallion motif may vary, which is why these types of carpets are easy to fit in any room. For instance, some medallions contrast with a plain and simple field bringing out their colors and accents.

However, on other vintage carpets, intricate patterns and ornate motifs surround the centerpiece. That doesn't lessen the impact of a medallion carpet, though, nor does it make it seem too crowded. A well-made handmade rug will leave a powerful impression regardless of the background!

Do all Medallion Rugs have a Central Motif?

While most medallion rugs do have a centerpiece that stands out, some may not. Or rather, they do have a medallion, but instead of it taking a central position, it's a pattern that repeats across the whole carpet.

Typically, these patterns represent highly stylized natural elements, plants, or animals. Rugs of this kind originate from Central Asia and Morocco, but they are also traditional to Native American people and other tribal cultures.

What are the most Common Shapes, Sizes, and Colors

Center medallion rugs and geometric medallion rugs are common in shapes. But you can find them in almost every color you can imagine. However, blue medallion rugs, gray medallion rugs, green medallion rugs, and red medallion rugs are trending nowadays. The best thing, these carpets are available in a variety of different shapes. Though small medallions are usually preferred, but you can choose as per your room requirements.

In short, medallion rugs have so many varieties and styles. No matter you are locating a traditional rug or something unique and trendy, there is a medallion carpet for you on Beiv. Shop now, and make your shopping hassle-free with our online store. We have a big range of carpets that can fit every style and room.


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