Over the past two decades rugs have changed dramatically, up until the mid Nineties styles and patterns were very limited. The majority of designs were traditional and either machine made woven Wilton, generally made in Belgium or handmade Chinese rugs, Oriental rugs like Persian rugs were obviously popular as were sheepskin rugs.
Around the mid nineties manufactures started to look more at interior décors and soft furnishing which were already starting to enter the modern era, the result inspired manufactures and importers to look at new modern designs and neutral themed rugs, this kicked started the whole industry to grow and evolve the same way soft furnishings and interior fashions had.
Nowadays customers can choose between thousands of designs and hundreds of yarn types and textures, new weaving and tufting techniques are constantly evolving and as a result so are textures and pile types.
As with all fashions and as the old saying states ‘what goes around comes around’ we are now seeing the demand for traditional and Chinese rugs rising, unfortunately Chinese rugs are becoming harder to source as Chinese manufactures continue to concentrate on modern rugs and rugs that are faster to manufacture.
Below are two pictures, one of the tried and tested Chinese Aubusson range and the other is our designer Tartan range.