I’ve been searching for an area rug for Amanda’s living room and was going to go for my go-to vintage colorful Turkish Kilim when I got an email from Medallion rugs offering me a rug from their huge selection. As I was browsing all of their pages searching for the perfect one with the right colors, size and shape I noticed how they carried area rugs from so many places I had never even heard of. It was time to step outta my comfort zone, do a little research and go for something different. There were three styles I was drawn to most:
- Persian Kashan (The orange one is my favorite– I love how almost blurry the colors look).
- Contemporary Turkoman (I like how these all look so sophisticated, but kinda playful too)
- ‘European Style’: Romania/Bulgaria/Albania (these faded pinks and peaches are so pretty, huh?)
Here is what Wikipedia taught me about Persian Kashan: Kashan is internationally famous for manufacturing carpets, silk and other textiles. Kashan today houses most of Iran’s mechanized carpet-weaving factories, and has an active marble and copper mining industry. Kashan and suburbs have a population of 400,000.
The ‘Turkoman’ situation was a bit more confusing. When I looked up ‘Turkoman’ I was given two choices: Iraqi Turkomen OR Turkmen people. After reading entries on both Turkomen and Turkmen I can’t seem to figure out which place/people these rugs come from. Any insights?
The area rugs from Romania/Bulgaria/Albania I had seen before, but none quite like these, that seemed veer stylistically towards the Turkish kilim carpets that I gravitate so much towards. Normally the rugs that I find for that part of the world are more floral style.
We ended up choosing one from the ten pictured above. Wanna take a stab and guess which one we got? (here is a progress photo from her living room to jog your memory). I can’t wait to show you all how it looks in her space next week!