The popularity of damask rugs has been huge in recent years. This has prompted an increasing number of the worlds leading rug manufacturers to produce more and more damask style rugs in the latest fashionable colours. In this article we discuss the history of the damask design as well as the best of the current ranges on sale in the UK.
Damask dates right back to 300 B.C. and was first used in linen and silk artefacts. Damask was originally a style of weaving rather than a specific pattern. Woven on a jacquard loom a Damask pattern was created by using a weave which was different in the pattern to that of the background. They were also woven to be fully reversible. Traditional damasks were always single colour, usually white on white.
The name ‘damask’ comes from Damascus (Syria), the city from where this style was imported from. The first damasks consisted of mainly animal and floral patterns. The floral or botanical pattern became the most common damask style over the years and is the most well recognised nowadays. This style of damask pattern has become very popular due to its bold neo-classical appearance and is used in a huge diverse range of interior products including curtains, wallpaper, chairs, table linens and rugs.
Recent years have seen a big revival in the popularity of this Damask style. However where as the Damask style of old was always single colour today you will find this style in a variety of fashionable colour combinations to match the interiors of today’s modern households.
Here at Modern Rugs you will currently find a selection of over 40 damask rugs. Sourced by Modern Rugs for their cutting edge contemporary style and superb quality the range is quite diverse with a large range of materials and sizes. Prices start from just £39 on some of our acrylic damask rugs, whilst our premium quality pure wool damasks start from £174 and feature a hand carved effect around the pattern to provide further emphasis on the design. Colour selections include blacks, whites, browns, greys, blues, greens, golds, reds, oranges and pink rugs, making these rugs very versatile for a variety of room settings.
As the popularity of the damask design seems to keep growing we’re sure that we’ll see these designs evolve further as manufacturers and designs look for new and exciting ways to keep this style fresh and up to date. We are sure that in the coming months we will continue to add more rugs of this type to our ranges.