Fringes or tassels on rugs are always highly debated. They are the marmite, tattoos, the true Brussel sprouts of rugs – either love or hated.
Fringes can be seen on most styles of rugs whether that is a modern rug, Scandinavian rug or oriental rug. What a lot of people don’t know is that the fringe is actually the SKELETON of the rug on handwoven constructions. If this is damaged or cut off it can affect the health of the rug. The knots holding the rug together can come loose and the rug can be left in ruins.
A fine example of a handwoven rug with tassels is the Catania by Gan. This beautiful flatweave has been designer by Sandra Figuero for GAN. This rug has a contemporary geometric design using contrasting blocks of red, pink and black. Being a kelim this rug is finished with a taste edge and is totally reversible. The shorter fringes also mean they are less likely to get damaged compared to longer fringes.
For other rug constructions, the fringe is simply added to aesthetical purposes. Examples of this can be seen on the hugely popular Almeria rug by Linie Design seen below. This Scandinavian rugs tassels compliments a contrasting colour to compliment the overall design.