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What is an Art Deco Rug And How To Style It?


Art deco rug is inspired by the glamour and luxury of 1920s Europe and is defined by pieces with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes.

Having in the decoration of your space an Art Deco rug means, besides offering glamour and good finishing to your interior design project, a piece of art. The style, which became popular in America and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, completely changed the perception of art (until then art nouveau and minimalist) and influenced areas such as cinema, fashion, architecture and design.

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Art Deco – the abbreviation for the French term “Arts Décoratifs” – also refers to other design elements and artistic movements, such as neoclassicism, modernism, and cubism. The main change that the new aesthetic brought was, besides being glamorous, to emphasize modernity and machines while being considered elegant and functional. 

With the decline of the style’s popularization in the 1950s and the rise of Mid-Century Modern, the Art Deco style is now experiencing a resurgence of the essence of its period pieces but adapted to new reproductions. Thus, the combination of periods and styles further highlights the vintage character of the pieces and the bold statement that Art Deco demands. 

What is an Art Deco Rug?

Just like a fashion segment for style, an Art Deco rug is more than just a decoration piece! Characterized by geometric shapes, simple lines, and the use of colors, this tapestry represent everything that the luxury and glamour of the 1920s conveyed in its purest style: boldness and beauty. 

Whether in a wall rug version or to bring more charm to some interior design environment, regardless of where it is positioned, the Art Deco rug is sure to make a significant impact. Thanks to the huge variety of shapes, colors, and patterns, it is very easy to play among the possibilities to create unique and memorable spaces.

Characteristics Of The Art Deco Rug:

Just as in architecture the skyscrapers of NYC were designed in Art Deco to represent the prestige of their builders through their height, colors, shape, and dramatic lighting at night, in interior design it could be no different.  Check below the main aspects that characterize an Art Deco rug:

  • SHAPES: This is probably the most striking visual characteristic of Art Deco rugs. Geometric, linear, and angular shapes characterize the design of the pieces, with symmetrical patterns and bold themes. Jagged and pointed edges — inspired by skyscrapers, such as the classic Chrysler building —, trapezoidal shapes, and zigzag patterns are the most common ones used for art deco rugs.

  • COLORS: Striking and bold colors with a lot of contrasts are a part of the Art Deco rug style. The common colors of the era include bright and deep yellows, reds, greens, blues, and pinks. These hues mix well with silver, black, and accents of chrome. On the other hand, if you want something softer, try creams and beiges. 

  • TEXTURES: The main textures of this decoration style are marked by the most sophisticated fabrics such as velvet and leather. For the art decor, the representation of this luxurious atmosphere is given by the use of light textures, shiny and with excellent tailoring. The softness and the smooth touch perfectly translate the Art Deco rug aesthetics.

How to use the Art Deco rug in decoration:

As seen above, the jazz-era decorating style was known for its geometric, symmetrical, patterns, vibrant colors, and luxurious textures. Thus, perhaps one of the easiest and most attractive ways to incorporate Art Deco into your interior design project is with decorations that characterize the period. Check out some ideas on how to use an Art Deco rug in decorating a space:

ART DECO RUG FOR LIVING ROOM:

When decorating a living room with an Art Deco rug, it is essential to keep in mind that, like everything in this style, the idea is that they are authentic and large in size. So no matter how simply you have furniture with neutral tones, when choosing an Art Deco rug for the living room focus on pieces that are colorful, eye-catching, and the “heart” of the decor. The rug can be the central piece of your living room and dictate its style – in that case; a good option is to leave free space for the carpet to shine.

ART DECO RUG FOR DINING ROOM:

Take your dining room decor to another level with a stunning Art Deco rug.  The piece can add color, pattern and texture to this area, making the space even more special. Usually, the size of the rug should be based on the size of the table to cover the space under the set furniture. If you prefer a dining room with neutral colors, Art Deco rugs go well with materials such as polished wood and lacquered furniture (common at the time). 

ART DECO RUG FOR BEDROOM:

Considering the purpose, neutral colors and earth tones are the best shades for bedroom decor. Still, the perfect bedroom rug can have some pops of color that add vibrancy and sophistication to the space! To activate a luxurious Art Deco atmosphere, it is crucial to look for furniture and accessories that highlight the main characteristics of the style, including zigzag patterns, triangular shapes, stylized wildlife, and chevron patterns, for example.

Bedroom With Art Deco Rug

ART DECO RUG FOR ENTRANCE:

Art Deco has a flair for romance. For this reason, an entrance hallway with a luxurious rug is all you and your guests will ever want to find when arriving home. Therefore, considering the space reserved for this room in the house, invest in Art Deco rugs that fit the size of the room and match the decor of furniture such as a console table or wall mirrors.

Hallway With Art Deco Rug
Hallway With Art Deco Rug

As seen, more than a tapestry, an Art Deco rug is a piece of art! Now that you have learned more about the art movement and its influences, check out different ideas for decorating an interior design project using a rug in this style!

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