All-over rugs refer to rugs that feature a single, continuous pattern throughout the entirety of the rug.
The term is simple, yet synonymous with some of the finest handmade rugs and Kilims in history. Rugs with all over patterns are among some of the most intricate and finely detailed in any provenance. Many antique rugs and Kilims with all over patterns represent a weaver who wished to exhibit their skill. Paisley rugs are a key example, where one often sees the paisley motif repeat in finely detailed rows. The deft hand it takes to achieve the look was a chance to impress other weavers and would-be patrons.
Many classic rugs with all over patterns feature borders with similar patterns and detail to the field (aka center). Conversely, a medallion-style rug can also be an all-over rug if its field and border are full with patterns. Still, a rug without a traditional border is still an all-over rug if the pattern continues throughout the nap. This is especially true of modern styles, such as abstract rugs with expressive designs and no ‘traditional’ border patterns.
In their many beauties, there are as many types of all-over patterned rugs as there are uses for the style. Repetition is, after all, an ideal element that helps bring a room together, and especially with rugs under furniture. In this school of thought, one might argue all-over patterned rugs are a fabulous choice beneath dining tables. With hallways, entryways, corridors and other long and narrow spaces, runners with all-over patterns might lend a dire sense of movement. There are as many neutral rugs as centerpieces to their name, and an equal number in-between with infinite possibilities.
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