Rugs were once used as wall decor and it is in relatively modern times that they were used on the floor. Even today, some of the more expensive rugs from the East are used as wall hangings or occasionally as throws over ottomans or large footstools. Once more hardwearing fibres became more widely available, rugs could be used in everyday heavy traffic areas in the house and more luxury on the floor became the norm. Even so, designs tended to be mostly the classics, taken from Victorian, Regency or Eastern ideas. Modern interiors are not always suitable for this look and so more modern rug designs are now easy to source.
With the advent of better manmade fibres, rug designers started to get a bit more adventurous and bright colours could be brought into the palette, especially once the 100% colour fast guarantee could be offered. There is nothing which looks worse than bold sweeping shapes in bright contrasting colours which have bled into each other. The same goes for the long fibred rugs which mimic certain natural wools. When only the quite fragile natural alpacas and similar fibres were available these rugs were not very hardwearing and had to be kept for use in the bedroom only where they wouldn’t be trodden on too much and wouldn’t get dirty. Nowadays these rugs make a very modern statement in minimalist settings and can be cleaned easily by beating or vacuuming over and over without losing their good looks.
Modern manufacturing methods mean that some previously very expensive techniques such as carved pile can be easily accessible at the cheaper end of the market. Some very lovely modern rugs are the result of some sideways thinking on behalf of some interiors designers who have taken the monochrome look of Scandinavian classics and put them together with the swirling designs of some of the deep pile Chinese rugs and runners. Rugs in modern interiors are often the centrepoint of the look and not just a last minute extra for some warmth underfoot. Rugs come in all prices from the frankly budget which can be used for the purpose of giving a temporary zhuzh to a dull room, right up to the extremely pricey which will literally last for a lifetime and become a new heirloom to be passed down the family.