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What is an Abstract Rug And How To Choose One?


Abstract rug is a decorative piece that does not attempt to represent a visual reality, but rather uses striking shapes, colors, and textures to achieve its goal.

Often seen as pieces of art, these objects bring sophistication and functionality to any room of the house, with an extra touch of personality.

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Who has never thought that to renew the air of the house it was necessary to reform some room, change the color of the walls, or invest in a new furniture arrangement? The truth is that carpets are able to change the dynamics of the space by adding color, texture, and luxury to any area of the house…  In just one single piece!

It is not necessary to be bound to aesthetic standards for your space to be seen as a reference in home decor. The abstract rug, for example, has gained more and more fans precisely because of the ease of creating practical and elegant aesthetics at the same time.

What Is An Abstract Rug

The abstract rug is a conceptual decorative piece that escapes from the patterns considered “traditional” that represent familiar figures or depict visual reality. Like the art in this category, the abstract rug has no commitment to the representation of reality and explores the freedom of shapes, colors, and textures. 

At this point, interpretation is also free. The abstract rug does not need to have a singular meaning, narrative, or explanation, either for those who create it or for those who use it for the ambiance of a space. An irregular rug with blue hues and touches of gray, for example, can at the same time symbolize a stormy ocean for a living room and offer the feeling of tranquility for a bedroom. 

Aimed at countering Renaissance art and realism in the early 20th century, abstract art represents an artistic break with traditional molds. And this is the great advantage about the abstract rug. Among a wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures, it is you who remains in control of the space and its composition as meaning.

Features Of An Abstract Rug

Some characteristics of the art movement that are also found in irregular rugs are basic, such as the appreciation of shapes, colors, lines, and textures. About it: 

  • Format emphasis: As seen earlier, thinking outside the box is one of the key features of abstract rugs. Therefore, the more different this piece of decoration of yours, the more instigating and unique your environment becomes.  Irregular rugs make a statement in any room. An engaging and unexpected shape is the best option to complement a luxurious living room or add the finishing touch to a dining room, for example.
  • Plenty of colors: Diversity of colors does not necessarily mean colorful. One of the things that makes the abstract rug so interesting is how the colors gradually blend together to create the unique design you’re looking for. They can be both striking and stand out from the space, or complement the other furniture and decorative objects present. 
  • Fibers and Texture: Also with the aim of creating sensations, the combination of high-quality fibers and materials gives your rug a more sophisticated and sensorial finish. Some abstract patterns can also include high and low piles, which adds a more defined touch to the design offering another aesthetic.
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How To Choose An Abstract Rug

As this is usually a complementary piece for the decoration, when choosing an abstract rug, one must keep in mind how to combine it with the other accessories in the room, such as furniture and objects. With that in mind, we list here some other important topics to select the perfect rug for your room division:

1 – CONSIDER THE ROOM’S OVERALL AESTHETIC: As seen, one of the great advantages of the abstract rug is the simplicity of matching it to the space, since it depends much more on the user’s purpose than “design rules”. Still, to make it a pleasant and inviting room, it is interesting to consider the area’s overall aesthetic. In other words, each choice is part of a grand narrative, and for an ideal home it is essential to care for harmony and unity.

2 – CONSIDER THE SIZE AND SPACE AVAILABLE: As with all other types of rugs, choosing the size of the piece makes all the difference. Start by knowing the correct measurement of the available area, this gives you a broad notion of the size of the rug to be chosen. And here, two interior design concepts are important to note: proportion and scale. While scale refers to the size of the space, proportion helps to measure the relation of the object to the other items in the room. Large rugs are great for connecting different areas, while small rugs tend to be more “cozy”. 

3 – CONSIDER THE PURPOSE AND THE AMBIENCE: As simple as it may seem to match, evaluating where the rug will be positioned can help you think through practical issues. Will the item be laid out indoors or outdoors? Do you have young children or pets? Will the rug be more decorative or will it be placed in a high-traffic area? Will it be placed on the floor, or will it be a wall-to-wall rug? Depending on these answers, it is easier to think about materials (whether soft or easy-to-clean synthetic fibers), colors (dark tones help disguise stains), and sizes. 

4 – BE CREATIVE AND ENJOY THE PROCESS: It’s important to remember that regardless of the tips here, the most important point when choosing an abstract rug for your environment is to have fun with it! Unleash your imagination and think outside the box!

Now that you know what an abstract rug is and how to choose one, here are some tips on how to combine it with your interior design. Get inspired by TAPIS Studio and be the protagonist of your next interior design project! 

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