With their unique pattern composition and symmetric designs, medallion vintage rugs have grown quite popular recently. These pieces can bring a flavor of the oriental into any room, no matter how simple.
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Where Did Vintage Medallion Rugs Originate From?
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 rugs were popular in Tabriz, while Heriz was famous for its rectilinear interpretation. China and Mongolia adopted these rugs 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 rugs haven't just bridged geographic gaps — they've also stood the test of time. Thanks to their versatility and timelessness, medallion rugs are as popular today as they were centuries ago.
What Makes Vintage Medallion Rugs so Unique?
Well, their whole composition centers around a medallion in the middle, which may be abstract, geometric, or floral. Whatever the case, it's the first thing that catches the eye and the part that ties the whole design together.
The background of the medallion motif may vary, which is why these types of rugs are easy to fit in any room. For instance, some medallions contrast with a plain, simple field that brings 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 rug, 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 Vintage 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.
Ultimately, medallion rugs have so many varieties and styles that you're sure to find something you like. Just take a look at our category above. You'll see plenty of unique, well-made Turkish rugs that will perfectly complement your living room. Thanks to the high level of craftsmanship that went into its making, your carpet is sure to stay with your family for decades to come!