Combining Mid Century Furniture and Antique Rugs

Combining Mid Century Furniture and Antique Rugs

A Match Made in Heaven: Mid Century Furniture and Antique Rugs

They’re two iconic design staples: mid century furniture and antique rugs. While this design combination is certainly not obvious, and may even seem to some unusual, it’s actually the perfect pairing for clean, interesting, and cultured design. It may sound strange at first thought, but you’ve actually probably seen it before, as it is becoming popular among many revered interior designers and showing up as inspirational images on sites like Pinterest. Let’s take a look at why these two are so perfect together, and how you can incorporate the pairing into your own space.

Patterns that Complement Each Other

The gentle, soft, timeless look of antique rugs is the perfect complement to the clean lines and utilitarian, modern style of mid century modern / MCM furniture.  Antique Oriental rugs are often lower contrast and softly colored, due to years and years of oxidation and wear. Their patterns, while there are many different varieties, include soft and swirling floral patterns. The gentle, curved lines of these antique rugs are the perfect contrast to the angular, mod, artsy aesthetic of mid century furniture.

Antique Rugs and Mid Century Furniture Complement Nazmiyal

This intricate antique rug is the perfect complement to the minimal mid century furniture.

Another great complement between these two pieces are the colors. Mid century furniture so often features neutral colors and just one, sometimes two, colors in the whole piece. Conversely, handwoven antique rugs were made with a variety of natural dyes and contain so much depth and variation of color. These carpets are available in virtually any color you could ever want for your design.

The more stark the difference between the furniture and the carpet, whether in terms of colors or shapes, the more eclectic your space will be. On the other hand, if you choose furniture pieces and antique rugs with similar colors or visual movement, the space will lean towards organized and minimalist. This opens up an entire world of design possibilities, making these two the perfect combination in design.

Antique Rug and Mid Century Furniture Colors Nazmiyal

Notice how the color in the carpet is reflected in the furniture and decor pieces.

Another reason why mid century furniture and antique rugs are so perfect together in decor is because they are two of the most iconic, recognizable, classic design pieces. Although they are from different eras and from different areas of the world, they are both notorious in their own right as being hallmarks of different design movements.

Antique Rug Eames Chair Nazmiyal

This mid century Eames chair is a perfect pair with an antique rug.

Decorating with Mid Century Furniture and Antique Rugs

Mid century modern design often consists of lots of neutral colors, like tan and cream. This means that an antique Oriental carpet is the perfect piece to add an unexpected pop of color to the space. Whether you’re placing the rug under the bed in the bedroom, under the table in the dining room, under the sofa in the living room, or anywhere else, it will add a playful yet classic burst of energy to the room.

Make sure to pair your carpet with other elements in the room. Match your rug to your artwork to maintain visual flow throughout the space. Luckily, mid century modern furniture is generally unassuming and not a bold statement piece on its own, so you can really express your own personality and creativity through the art and rugs you choose.

While these are the pros to the lean lines of mid century furniture, there are cons as well. The minimalist look can make the room look empty or unfinished if not done properly. As such, your antique rug will anchor the space and fill in the visual gaps, making the perfectly put together space.

Antique Rug Mid Century Furniture Pop of Color Nazmiyal

An antique rug is the perfect pop of color.

If you are feeling more playful and don’t exactly want to match your rug to your art, consider pairing the traditional aesthetic of an antique rug with the bold pop of modern art, like something Art Deco. This will incorporate a mid century modern look into your space as well as an eclectic, creative vibe.

Whichever way you choose to pair your mid century furniture and antique rugs, you will realize how perfect they are for each other. The soft antique rugs warm up the cool, sleek mid century furniture, and the furniture makes the traditional luxury of the antique rugs realistic and livable. If you need more advice on which antique rug will be perfect in your space, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts.

Here are some beautiful antique rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection that go well with Mid Century Furniture:

Antique Turkish Hereke Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Turkish Hereke Rug

Antique Navy Sultanabad Persian Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Navy Sultanabad Persian Rug

17th Century Large Turkish Oushak Smyrna Rug Nazmiyal

17th Century Large Turkish Oushak Smyrna Rug

Antique Kerman Persian Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Kerman Persian Rug

Extremely Rare and Beautiful Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug Nazmiyal

Extremely Rare and Beautiful Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug

Antique Turkish Oushak Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Turkish Oushak Rug

Antique Blue Persian Heriz Serapi Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Blue Persian Heriz Serapi Rug

Large Oversized Antique Indian Carpet Nazmiyal

Large Oversized Antique Indian Carpet

Antique Persian Mashad Amoghli Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Mashad Amoghli Rug

Antique Persian Serapi Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Serapi Rug

This interior design blog about matching mid century furniture and antique rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique And Vintage Rugs.

Published at Fri, 01 May 2020 17:58:43 +0000