By: David Neishabori

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The process that goes into designing an Oriental rug, true works of art, is actually fascinating.  It is a variety of design elements that make up these woven masterpieces.  These design elements also help determine where and when the rug was woven.  There are two types of Oriental Rug design elements; rectilinear (which feature mostly geometric motifs and angular patterns and curvilinear (which feature mostly floral motifs and intricate patterns.)  Keep in mind rugs may contain both curvilinear and rectilinear patterns.

The two major distinguishing parts of an Oriental rug (where the patterns are found) are the field and the border.  The field is the large area in the center of the rug.  This contains the main pattern and design.  The field may contain many different design elements or may simply have a large area of solid color, which is known as an “open field.”  You will typically find an open field in Kazak and Sultanabad rugs.

Medallions are usually found in the center of the field of the rug.  They may also be used as a repeated motif or used as an overall pattern.  An overall pattern has a field filled with a number of motifs or design elements that are not in a repeated form.  An example of an allover pattern would be a floral design with vines and tendrils throughout the rug.

The borders of an Oriental rug may contain a series of bands which run along the perimeter of the rug surrounding the field.  These borders could contain motifs such as flowers, stars, geometric shapes, and organic designs.

Here is a list of the major design components that make up an Oriental rug.

  • Medallion: The medallion is the focal point of the design, usually a large central motif
  • Field: The field is the main area of the rug within the borders.  We sometime refer to this as the background.
  • Spandrels (corners): these areas are at the four right-angles of the field within the border. Spandrels are usually only found in rugs with a central medallion
  • Main border: The largest border, typically the central border
  • Minor borders: Smaller borders usually found on either side of the main border.
  • Guard stripes: Narrow stripes found within the borders.
  • Ground: The underlying or background color of any part of the rug.
  • Motif: Any form or design which constitutes part of the overall design of the rug.
  • Repeating design: A motif that is repeated across the field of the rug.








Pictured above is a diagram of the common elements of an Oriental rug.

The colors that go into an Oriental rug have traditional meanings to them as the chart below explains.










Oriental rug symbols have meaning behind them too as this chart (below) explains.











We hope you enjoyed this crash course and that is gives you a basic understanding of Oriental Rugs.  Once you begin looking at Oriental rugs with this knowledge you will begin to see that these elements and colors used in weaving are very common.



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