This guide is designed to simplify your purchase of an Area or Oriental rug to enhance the beauty of your home.
On a room to room basis, determine how you use your room, the look and feel you want to create, and a budget per rug. There is a wide variety of rugs from which to choose at many price points.
DESIGN & COLOR
- Start with your rug first – fabric and wall-coverings should be selected after you have made your rug choice.
- Determine the mood you want for a room e.g. formal or casual. The design personality and color of the rug chosen will help to create the desired feeling for the room.
- Formal rugs can anchor a room with a calming effect.
- Elegant fine lines and subdued colors have a quiet pleasing effect.
- Pure colors are more formal and elegant.
- Bold medallions make a dramatic statement.
- Abrash (blending of two or more colors) creates a broader color palette and can be easier to decorate with.
- Casual and fun elements are great for a family room.
- Rug patterns can work with the existing designs and fabrics in your room.
Big Rugs First
- Prioritize your rug purchases according to room size and importance.
- Each rug acquired will influence your choices for future rug selections.
- Accent rugs and runners are easier to coordinate with the main rug than vice-versa.
- Room layout will limit rug dimensions.
- Note the max/min length and width in feet and inches
- A furniture setting suggests the minimum size rug that will create an island effect to visually hold the pieces together.
- There are no rules about on or off the edges. Simply, what feels right and functions best.
- Foot pathways should avoid pivot points at the edges of rugs.
- Use a tarp or sheet folded to size to determine your preferred rug sizes, or – Mark the rug size on the floor with masking tape.
- Some areas can use a room size rug or an assortment of smaller rugs.
Types of Rugs
There are three types of handmade rugs to consider for purchasing:
- Handmade Knotted
- Handmade Flatweave
- Hand Tufted
Factors that influence price
- Materials – wool, cotton, silk or synthetic fibers
- Complexity of design
- Number of colors used
- Dying technique (vegetable or synthetic)
- Age and condition of antique and semi-antique rugs
Use of Room & Rug
- Are you looking to purchase a rug as an investment that can be passed down through the generations or as a decorating accessory to use and enjoy now?
- Consider the amount of traffic and soil to which the rug will be exposed.
- Handmade weavings from natural fibers have an inviting soft appeal.
- Pattern Clarity is achieved by using tight smooth finishes.
- Rugs used as wall hangings, made into pillows, or used as tabletop coverings add warmth and texture to a well appointed room.
- Area rugs are movable from room to room and house to house.
- Quality materials and construction will insure the longevity of both the look and the value of a fine rug.
- Handmade Oriental Rugs will last for generations with proper care and maintenance.
Standard Rug Sizes
Handmade rugs will vary slightly
2’×3′ 4’×6′ 8’×10′ 12’×15′
2’×4′ 5’×7′ 9’×12′ 12’×18′
3’×5′ 6’×9′ 10’×14′ 14’×24′
Runners: 2’3″, 2’6″, 2’8″, 3′ wide and come in lengths of 6′, 8′, 10′, 12′, etc.
Staircase Runners: Average length is 1’6″ per step
Rounds: 6′, 8′, 10′, 12′ diameters
Squares: 6′ and 8′
* Many rugs can be custom made to your size specifications
It is always best to start decorating with your rug first. However, if you are using existing fabrics and wall-coverings, bring these and any other samples with you when shopping.