Blue Oriental rugs have a rich history, spanning many countries and centuries. Anthropologists have traced what we now recognize as classically Oriental rug weaving techniques back to 500 BCE. "Oriental"? refers to rugs from the "Rug Belt,"? which is the area stretching from Morocco in North Africa into Central Asia.
Within the category of Oriental rugs are variations depending on region and culture. Oriental rugs from the region now known as Iran are especially sought after for their luxuriously thick pile, ornate designs, and rich colors. The most sought-after antique Persian rugs were created prior to 1870 CE, when synthetic dyes became readily available. The natural dyes used before 1870 fade over time, creating their distinct patina, or antique look. Blue is an especially rare find among antiques. Some have price tags climbing into the six digits!
There's Just Something About Blue
The colors and patterns used in Oriental rugs were used to tell stories, often tales significant to the family of the weaver. In this tradition, blue is said to symbolize solitude and truth. Today in the West, blue is commonly associated with harmony, imagination, infinity, and serenity.
While Oriental rugs are striking for their beautiful patterns and colorways, blue Oriental area rugs are especially unique. The earliest and most common dyes were red, brown, black, and yellow, and these dyes were derived from things such as madder, pomegranate, and saffron. Lapis lazuli was used to add blue detail to statues, jewelry, and other stone, ceramic, or metal pieces"?but it was much harder to create blue dye for textiles. Indigo, a deep blue-violet pigment derived from plants, is very rare and difficult to extract. This made blue Oriental rugs even more desired.
Styling Your Blue Oriental Rug
Blue Oriental rugs are loved by designers for their striking colorways and vintage appeal. From oversaturated navy blue Oriental rugs to farmhouse-style light blue Oriental rugs, there are tons of ways to work this look. Their patterns are easily blended with other patterns, making them perfect for creating dynamic interior looks that inspire.
Blue is dreamy and imaginative, while traditional Oriental patterns add a touch of boho-chic to both modern and eclectic aesthetics. Modern weaving techniques and materials have made it easier than ever to find quality blue Oriental rugs that are perfect for your particular look, at an affordable price.
Here are some of our favorite looks:
Overdyed: "Overdyed"? is a name given to distressed or vintage rugs that have been dyed a second time to revive their colors. This style is eclectic but soft, and undeniably attractive.
Runners:Runners are perfect for spots where decorating with furniture or artwork is tricky due to limited space. A blue Oriental runner rug is a great option for bathrooms, hallways, and entryways. Old-world majesty and rich cool hues are the perfect combo for visually expanding tight areas while adding aesthetic interest.
Round: Think outside the box by checking out your round blue Oriental rug options. Far less common than their rectangular counterparts, round Oriental rugs are especially visually harmonizing.
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