Area Rug Buyers Guide brought to you by NatureRugs.com provides some important practical considerations when purchasing & decorating with an oriental rug.
When you begin decorating your home there are some important factors to consider. Your floors will usually be the foundation for your design. An authentic hand made area rug can visually integrate or harmonize diverse elements in any decor or can re-energize a room. Below are various factors to consider for purchasing & decorating with an oriental rug:
1. Size of the Rug – Area to get covered
Measure the room and the area you need to cover.
One of the most common area rug sizes are 4-by-6 and 6-by-9 feet. They work well under a coffee table.
An 8-by-10-foot area rug or larger can cover an entire room.
Smaller area and throw rug can be ideal for adorning smaller spaces– a hearth!, a bedside, the area in front of a kitchen sink– with a splash of color and warmth.
2. In the Home
In a living room the area rug would most likely be placed in front of the sofa and under the coffee table
To place a room-sized oriental rug on a hardwood floor, choose an area rug which allows eight inches (twenty centimeters) of wood to be exposed around the rug’s perimeter.
Measure the open space up to the sofa and chairs making sure that the individual seated will have both feet on the area rug.
More than one area rug is acceptable.
There should be room to pull the chairs out of the table with the back legs of the chairs remaining on the area rug.
Search for Busy & Dark patterns
Dark wool rugs are great for this
Hallways & Entrances
Wool pile (Most durable) with cotton foundation (strong and does not loose shape) is ideal.
Very light colors are not suggested
Do not recommend a room size Persian/Oriental area rug for the bedroom. Most of the pattern will be hidden under the bed in the dark making the rug prone to moth damage.
Instead, use multiple area rugs. A rug at the foot of the bed and two on each side Or use several throw rug to fill areas around the bed as needed. It will actually cost less and compliment your furnishings better.
Begin with the end in mind. Visualize the finished look of the room. Do you prefer the sparse, uncluttered look or you have a room rich with colors and textures?
Bear in mind that a rug is th! e largest splash of color in any room. Select your rug first, afterwards the upholstery to blend with the rug Furniture should enhance the rug design or colors found in the rug.
Next comes window treatment and walls; neutral shades are recommended.
Elements of a rug design could be further incorporated into the overall design scheme. For example, if the rug is floral, add framed prints or flowers in similar colors.
Conversely, should your focal point be furniture, choose a rug to take up the colors used in your furnishing patterns. Patterns may be mixed if they are coordinated by color.
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4. Using Multiple Area Rugs
Should you use one rug or two?
One rug is the general rule as it coordinates the room together and helps select fabrics for furniture, curtains, etc
. In a very large room, more than just one rug can be used to separate the room. The designs of the rugs should be different enough to create spatial separation, but similar in color and quality to maintain the integrity of the room space.
Two or more rugs should complement each other
One needs to be dominant in size
They should be similar in at least design/color/size
Smaller rugs should not look like clones
If redecorating an already furnished room, choose a rug to pick up the colors used in your furnishing patterns
Paint or paper the walls in colors found in the rug when color coordinating.
Search for a rug that h! as commonality with the existing color of the walls.
A rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued patterns.
Light colored rugs make a room look more spacious, and deeper colors lend coziness to a room.
For floor rugs wool is usually a preferred choice as it resists daily wear better than synthetics. Wool has many wonderful qualities- deep, rich color tones, high durability and relative ease of care. For more information you can read article Advantages of Wool over Synthetic Fibers.
Silk rugs are better used for walls, throws etc. Living rooms are ideal to showcase silk rugs.
Chromium dyes are strong and deliver consistency and durability of color.
Vegetable dyes give the rug a patina of color, a casual look that is very attractive.
Let your decorating style determine your rug shape.
Don’t be limited to the idea of getting a rectangular rug.
A circular or octagonal-shaped floor covering can add flair and elegance.
8. What is the dealer return policy?
You should at least have one week risk free trial period to experience the rug. You can test the wool texture, dye quality (take a moistened paper towel and run it along the edges & center, the dye should not bleed out) & see if it fits into your home décor.
Medallion design area rugs should be centered in the room & directly under the chandelier
Don’t select a busy area rug if the room’s color design and patterns are busy as well.
Keep your family safe by making su! re that rug corners do not extend into high traffic areas.
Watch out for the fringe. If the rug you like has fringe, make certain it’s sewn on well, and very carefully use the vacuum cleaner.
Look at the rear of a rug, as this will usually tell if it is machine or handmade. If the fibers are stiff and run right up and down, it’s a machine rug.
When buying oriental rugs, avoid going-out-of-business sales and auctions where sellers aren’t likely to be around later if your rug has a problem. In every room try to avoid having the corner of the rug end up in the middle of the doors or archway openings.
For smaller rooms, a small pattern is better suited. It gives the appearance of a larger room.
If you’re looking for absolute perfection, don’t buy a handmade area rug. Expensive hand-made rugs are not squared off as properly as imitation machine-made reproductions. Also read Article Hand Knotted vs!. Machine Made Rugs.
Don’t underestimate the value of an underlay. Not only will it absorb the impact of feet and noise, it will reduce wear and tear on the rug and make vacuuming easier.
It is recommended to rotate rugs end for end on a yearly basis to equalize wear. Oriental rugs fade, as does upholstery. Avoid direct sunlight.
Another recommendation is to have rugs cleaned professionally periodically by a reputable cleaner. To meet Federal Trade Commission requirements Persian/ Oriental rug dealers label each rug with its country of origin and the distributor’s business name. Labels having the words Indo-, Sino- or Pak-, for instance, would indicate that a rug originated from India, China or Pakistan respectively. Rugs are called ‘tribal” if they are woven by nomadic groups.