For years now, there has been an increase in the demand for modern rugs in Toronto and the global rug market. Today, modern rugs are available in a wide variety of designs and qualities. For the purpose of this post, when discussing modern rugs, we’re referring to handmade quality rugs.
Modern rugs typically feature designs which are plain (solid colour), patterned or abstract. These designs differ from the classical Persian and Oriental rug designs, most of which have been around for centuries. Modern rug designs can be quite neutral and simple or involve more intricate patterns in a wide range of colours. Typically, in modern rugs we see a lot of blues, greys and ivory tones. These rugs are primarily produced in India, Nepal and Tibet.
For the most part, handmade modern rugs are crafted with the use of wool and cotton, which are natural materials. However, they also often include synthetic materials such as viscose and bamboo silk. This is common practice in modern rugs and nothing major to worry about but it’s good to keep in mind that the use of synthetic materials does make these rugs more susceptible to wear and tear. On the other hand, the use of these materials results in a soft pile with a lovely sheen. This not only adds to the look of modern rugs but also makes them soft to the touch, which will feel nice under your feet.
A modern rug can be washed professionally as needed and vacuumed regularly at home. Still, they are generally more prone to overall wear and tear when compared to traditional Persian and Oriental rugs. You may notice more loose threads over time and less impressive results after a good rug cleaning. That’s not to say that modern rugs can’t be cleaned — it just means that they’re more sensitive and will require more work to try maintaining their original look. This is mainly due to the use of the synthetic materials in these rugs, which do not hold up as well in washes when compared to wool, which is the best material for rug making.
(Design: Evelyn Eshun, Photography: Larry Arnal, As Seen in Canadian Home Trends)
Still, modern rugs are beautiful to look at and easy to decorate with. There’s constantly new patterns, designs and colour combinations available to select from. This versatility also makes them an excellent candidate for customization. When it comes to custom rugs, the possibilities are endless. To learn more about rug customization, visit our Custom Rugs page here.
At the end of the day, choosing the right type of rug should come down to personal preference. A handmade rug is a piece of art and just like any other form of art, you should go with what speaks to you most. To view our selection of handmade modern area rugs, visit our online Collections.