Style could be defined as the way different motifs, colors and patterns give character to a rug. In this section, we will discuss the most important styles of rugs that have existed or still do exist in various parts of the world. Rug styles of the world include Persian, Chinese, Turkoman, Caucasian, European, Anatolian, Tibetan, Indian, Baluchi, North African, Native American, and East Turkestan. In addition, many of these styles have sub-styles; for example, Tabriz is a sub-style of Persian style.
Many styles or sub-styles are made in their place of origin as well as in other countries or areas. For example, a Tabriz style rug may be made in Tabriz; it could also be made in India.