DEFINING TRANSITIONAL RUGS
Transitional area rugs stand between traditional and contemporary rugs and boldly encompass the two. Unlike contemporary rugs, their designs are evidently classical, but unlike traditional area rugs, designs acquire new meaning through usage of bold colors and sharper lines and styles. The transitional area rug encompasses a large array of designs, motifs and styles. They are a good blend of the ancient and the modern, the traditional and the contemporary, and herein lies the special appeal of transitional area rugs. They provide original interpretations of floral and classic designs and when combined with modern senses of color and motifs they provide unique accents to your room.
Consider a room in a traditional home that has or seeks to have modern furniture; a transitional area rug easily pulls together all the design elements of that multi-hued room and seamlessly gives it a sense of style that is neither ancient nor modern but a perfect blend of the best of the two. In such a scenario, neither an ancient rug from Persia nor a contemporary rug from Andy Warhol collection would have done the job; only a perfect blend of these two worlds, the transitional area rug, can truly and simply bring the two design elements of such a room together.
Floral and botanical patterns are good examples of transitional area rug elements. These were the chief elements of traditional designs, and, being too directly beautiful and realistic, therefore not falling within the concepts of impressionism, are conspicuously absent in contemporary artwork. Yet transitional rugs integrate the floral and botanical patterns of a good old traditional rug with bold lines and colors of impressionistic art, giving us the best of both worlds. Some of the best of such designs are to be found in Sphinx Generations collection and in the Soho collection by Safavieh.