Allover Design Rugs
The expression allover rugs or allover rug design refers to the pattern or motif being spread throughout a rug so that the design repeats itself over and over. The advantage to this type of patterning is that furniture can be placed any where on the rug without covering the design. Usually the scale of the design is relatively small.
Rug styles with all over designs can be found in Antique Persians, particularly Tabriz rugs, as well as Antique Turkish, Indian and Chinese rugs. All over designs are more prevalent in vintage European rugs. Art Deco Textile designer Paule Leleu, the daughter of Jules Leleu is known for her repetitive use of diamond shapes. although not all of her designs can be classified as all over rugs. She also frequently used floral motifs for all over designs.
Scandinavian rugs use the all over design technique by incorporating abstract geometric shapes but not always uniformly. I suspect they were less constrained by formal interiors as the market for these rug designs was more casual and less pretentious.
Rugs can be art objects in their own right or they can be a balance, a weight, a little change of texture in a smooth, old wooden floor; or color against pale shades; or again, a color match to similar hues. The choice is wide but there is one style of rug that adds texture without dominating a room, that adds richness and softness of line while complimenting modern or traditional décor and that is the all over rug.
Imagine your classic art deco building with its unique details; one could choose an Art Deco rug and the eye would rove around and settle on the rug. Is that what you would want to happen? You would perhaps want people to appreciate the windows and the small carved details; in which case an all over pattern rug might be a better match for your design plans. A rug that fulfils its practical role of adding warmth and softness while not distracting from other, more unusual details of a space; in Art Deco this is usually the use of wood and glass: room dividers, door handles, miscellaneous carvings and the light coming through stained glass.
Even a much whiter, hard lined, modern space could benefit from all over rugs as, with the lack of art embedded, as it were, in the fabric of the building, these would stand out more strongly while still having that symmetry that compliments contemporary design. Then again if you put this style into a classic brown stone it would read as traditional, especially the colouring; it would feel like a rug made for use, for baby feet to run on, for sitting in front of the fire. An all over patterned rug has many faces and so can fit in many places. At Doris Leslie Blau there can be found a wide selection of these most flexible of designs.