Buying an Oriental Rug

Purchasing the right oriental rug for your home is important for many reasons. Not only can it add to the unique style and beauty of your home, but it can also provide lasting comfort for many years to come. So, before embarking on your rug shopping adventure, you would be smart to learn as much as you can about oriental rugs. Here are a few things to consider to help you get started.

Size it Up  

To help you size up your needs, make a simple drawing of your room, and be sure to include the dimensions of the room and your furniture. Take your drawing and a photo of your room with you when you go shopping so your carpet sales person can help you find something that you like. As for size of the carpet itself, you have two choices. You can either place all of your furniture on top of the rug, which means you will need to purchase a larger rug. Or, you can choose the more traditional method of placing most of your furniture around the rug, with just the coffee table in the middle. In the dining room, size will depend on your dining room table and chairs. Dining room rugs should be big enough for the table and chairs to sit on top of the carpet, with the chairs pulled away from the table. Consider the size of other items in your room, too. For example, a tiny rug placed in front of a giant couch may look out of place.

The Real Deal

To make sure that you buy an authentic, hand made oriental rug, ask questions, read labels, and look for clues on the rug itself. Authentic rugs are made in middle eastern regions, such as Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet and Turkey. A Persian rug is also an oriental rug, but they are a type that is made in Iran and known for their superior workmanship, materials and value. They will also have the same designs on the front and back, with no mesh on the back. And, since they are made one-at-a-time on wooden looms, you will not see any machine stitching. However, do keep in mind that since they are handcrafted, they may also have minor inconsistencies and imperfections.

Quality Counts

Oriental rugs are recognized for their quality, handmade-workmanship, complex designs. and beautiful natural dyes. Many contain an abundance of knots that are sometimes intricately designed. They have tight weaves that are detailed enough so that you can clearly distinguish design details. And, they are made with superior grade wools, silks, cotton and sheep hair.

All About Style and Color

Selecting an oriental rug that works with the textures, colors and themes of your existing room can enhance the elements of your room’s design. Your needs and tastes will influence whether or not you choose a carpet with fringe, intricate designs, or bright colors. These rugs can complement most room sizes, colors, lighting, artwork, and furniture. For example, some rooms will look bigger and better with lighter color rugs. Other rooms can benefit from darker colors, because it makes them seem more cozy and comfortable. Finally, try to select a rug style that makes you feel good, since a good quality rug will probably be in your home for a very long time.

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