Rugs are an integral part of your decorating scheme. Used correctly, rugs of various styles can add class, grace, warmth and a splash of color to any home. When it comes to decorating a home, many people think only of walls and furnishings – but floors have a lot to do with the way the room looks when completed!
With the wrong floor coverings, what would be a beautiful room ends up looking incomplete or even stark. Here are a few tips which explain how certain types of rugs can dress up the rooms in your home.
Hand-knotted Oriental rugs
Oriental and Persian rugs are often hand-knotted by skilled artisans who take pride in their craft. It may take up to two years for a craftsman to complete one rug! Many are crafted of wool and silk, and painstakingly knotted by hand.
These rugs come in a variety of designs, colors and sizes to complement any decor theme. Whether you are looking to add an elegant look to your home, or need bold, geometric designs for contemporary pizzazz, handmade rugs are perfect and often kept as family heirlooms.
The nice thing about hand woven rugs is that they are extremely durable and of the highest quality. From small sizes that are perfect for an entry way or corner to area size rugs that cover a huge portion of the floor in a living room, these rugs offer “art” for your home. Since many are crafted of wool, they are also flame retardant and free of allergens which can cause health issues for some family members.
Many of these Oriental and Persian rugs are crafted in Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and other areas, then imported to rug galleries who inspect them closely for quality and flaws. While most are a big investment, those who purchase these rugs feel they are well worth it since many last for decades and even centuries.
Braided rugs have been around forever, and are just as popular today as they were 30 years ago. Typically used in country or traditional style homes, these rugs are designed for beauty and are the perfect way to add a down-home, comfortable touch to any room.
Braided rugs come in various colors and sizes; while most are oval shaped and oblong, you will find large varieties that are perfect when placed under an intimate furniture arrangement.
Smaller sizes work well in bedrooms and kitchens. Braided rugs may be placed on both sides of a bed to add warmth to the floor during those cold winter months!
In the kitchen, consider smaller braided rugs placed on the floor in front of the sink, and in front of an entrance door if you have one coming in to the kitchen or dining room area.
Don’t waste all of your rugs on the floor – many make dramatic wall decor as well! A large hand-knotted Oriental rug placed on a wall creates a colorful focal point for the room.
Never underestimate the power of rugs when it comes to decorating your home. Floors need color; not only are rugs exquisitely beautiful, they also help to protect your floors from wear.