When you think of traditional rugs, Persian and vintage-inspired designs likely come to mind. And while we’ll always love these timeless styles, right now, we’re all about a redefined, new traditional look for rugs—one that meshes well with classic design styles, but with a more modern spin. Think classic but crisp geometric patterns, faux animal hides, natural fiber rugs, and modern takes on Persian-inspired styles. If these sound like your kind of rug, then keep reading! We’ll walk you through a few of our favorite picks, plus how to bring these new traditionals into your home.
Go for Geometrics
For a more modern take on the traditional look, turn to styles with sleek geometric patterns. Think bold checkerboard motifs, petite and intricate prints, stripes, and spare Moroccan-inspired designs. These styles may feel a little avant-garde for a traditional look, but that’s the whole point! They’re the perfect pick for infusing memorable modernity into a space, and provide a pleasing contrast to more traditional furnishings and accents.
All About (Faux) Animal Hides
This style of new traditional rug is for the real softies—and for those who love to layer. Roll out a faux hide or sheepskin style on top of an existing rug for tons of texture, or try draping one over the back of your couch or a bench for an unexpected look. We love how cozy and homey they make a space feel.
Embrace Natural Fibers
Many people think of bold, saturated shades when it comes to traditional styles, but these natural fiber, new traditional rugs offer a neutral take on the trend. Crafted from natural materials like jute, these pieces are perfect for adding a touch of texture to any type of space without bringing in color in a big way. We also love layering them underneath brighter rugs for a boost of character.
Roll Out Fresh Classics
For the true classics at heart, try rolling out a traditional rug with a modern twist. Think muted color palettes, classic medallion layouts with a few new touches, or any color combination that feels different (in the best way!). If you’re stuck on picking out the right piece, we recommend pulling a few colors out that already exist in your space, whether on textiles, accents, or furniture—and matching them up to colors in the rug.