What Is a Transitional Rug?

Recently I received an e-mail newsletter from a local rug showroom, announcing a sale. The store offered a wide selection on transitional rugs. Now, I’ve heard of many different rug styles – everything from Southwestern patterns, Oriental designs, shag, and even rugs made of recycled materials. I hear “transitional” and have no idea what that means in relation to flooring. When you transition, you move from one thing to the next. Are these rugs supposed to transition me to the next room, or the next house?’

So, I did some research, and came away knowing a bit more about rugs than I had before. It turns out that a transitional rug refers to the actual design of the rug. Its appearance and manufacture is reminiscent of a combination of two other styles:

Traditional: The traditional rug is normally defined by characteristics found in Persian and Oriental designs – in particular color, weaving, and patterns. When you look at an Oriental rug or carpet, you may be amazing by the intricate craftmanship and detail of flowers, laurels, and leaves.

Contemporary: The contemporary rug may remind you of a work of modern art. Bold colors and sharp lines, designs that remind you of Warhol paintings or Picasso’s cubism. Rugs like these look great in rooms with contemporary and unique furniture.

The transitional rug, therefore, takes the recognizable features of both styles and blends them into something unique and beautiful. You will note the care taken into weaving such a rug, and enjoy colorful designs that complement your walls and decor. Rug experts may tell you that this style brings to mind Impressionistic designs – muted colors and flowing imagery. Though the painters of the Impressionistic era worked with pastel hues, you’re more likely to find these rugs come in earthier tones – rich browns and tans.

If you are interested in buying a rug for your home – be it for your living room or bedroom – a transitional design could work for your overall comfort. You’ll want to find a color and pattern that best matches your larger pieces like your sofa or bedroom dressers and covers a good portion of your floor to protect it from foot traffic.

Buying transitional rugs from a carpet and rug shop is a good way to find the right style for your home. You might be tempted to try a home improvement or department store for a good deal, but often you’ll find staff isn’t as informed about how the rugs are made and how to care for them. A rug is more than something you walk on – it is part of your part. Just as you would buy a car from a reputable dealership, the rug you bring into your house should be sold by somebody who knows where it came from and what to do if it is damaged.

Ask your local rug dealer about a transitional rug, and transition the beauty of your home interiors.