The design of Transitional carpets are thought to be a marriage between traditional design, with rich colors and classic patterns, and contemporary design, which developed in the later half of the 20th Century and features design elements that are very current. While contemporary carpets can (and do) integrate many modern design elements, such as neutral colors, clean lines, and minimalism, contemporary and modern design aesthetics are distinct from one another, despite the fact they are often confused or used interchangeably.
The contemporary designs of today continue to draw from a wide range of inspirations, including cutting-edge contemporary architecture, elements found in nature, simple harmonious textures, and scene-stealing splashes of color and patterns. On the other hand, many modern styles are reminiscent of stained glass or fine metalwork and employ soft colors the evoke the beauty of the natural world. Additionally, swirls, spots, stripes, abstract designs, and even animal prints are often used in modern carpet design.
With contemporary rugs, one can choose a pattern and hand-pick the colors to be integrated into that pattern. Rug-makers will then weave a rug according to the chosen pattern and colors. Although silk has been used in rug production for thousands of years and is very popular in Tibetan rugs, use of synthetic fibers became popular in the mid-1900s, and synthetic fibers are commonly used in contemporary rug production. Contemporary rugs can be both flat-woven and piled.
Culture and art have been proven to be strong influences on transitional and modern rug designs. Transitional rugs are typically in line with current interior design trends via their contemporary influences, and a recent cultural shift in favor of mid-century modern decor has resulted in mainstream recognition of its great works of art.