Many Mid-Century Modern rug designs are based on ancient Eastern patterns, such as those created in Persia, Turkey and Asia. However, other influences include the late 19th Century arts and crafts movement in Europe and the United States, as some contemporary rugs are inspired by or originate from old textile patterns and other fabrics. Art Deco remains another design movement that has had a strong influence on contemporary rugs.
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. Many Mid-Century 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.
Culture and art have been proven to be strong influences on contemporary rug designs. Mid-Century Modern carpets, as well as transitional rugs, are typically in line with current interior design trends, and a recent cultural shift in favor of mid-century modern decor has resulted in mainstream recognition of its great works of art.
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 Mid-Century Modern 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 antique contemporary rug production. Contemporary rugs can be both flat-woven and piled.