While each antique rug is a unique composition, stylistic generalizations can be made.  The pairings below help to isolate common characteristics and illustrate some of the choices available among the many facets of complex rug design.

Center Medallion or Repeat Motif

Geometric OR curvilinear

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Large Motif or Small Motif

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Saturated Palette or Light Palette

High Contrast or Low Contrast


Dense Composition or Open Field