Area Rug Shopping: How to Choose the Right Size and Style for Your Home

Area Rug Shopping: How to Choose the Right Size and Style for Your Homeby adminon.Area Rug Shopping: How to Choose the Right Size and Style for Your HomeA gorgeous area rug can make the room, but a rug that clashes with the color scheme or fights with the interior design can make everything in the room seem a bit “off.” So how do you make sure your area rug is right on? After all, there are as many styles and patterns of […]

A gorgeous area rug can make the room, but a rug that clashes with the color scheme or fights with the interior design can make everything in the room seem a bit “off.”

So how do you make sure your area rug is right on? After all, there are as many styles and patterns of rug as there are stars in the universe. Where do you start?

Start with your heart. Choosing a good rug begins with a pattern or texture that makes you smile inside, that speaks to you and your sense of style.

Lay the foundation with an area rug

If you’re starting fresh, either with a move-in or a complete make-over, the sky is the limit. You can choose the most fantastic rug you can find, and then decorate the room around your masterpiece rug.

Your budget will determine your choice, but not your style; nowadays inexpensive synthetic area rugs abound, and they pretty much copy the patterns and moods of the priciest Persian rugs (which can set you back thousands of dollars.)

Don’t skimp on quality

Choosing a good rug is not like choosing a doormat, in which case you don’t want to buy a good one because it’ll get stolen. A quality rug will serve you well for decades to come, so be sure to pick one you’ll feel comfortable staring at for a long while.

Persian knotted wool area rugs are the Rolls Royce of floor coverings because they are meticulously handmade, dense and durable, and they often take a year or more of labor to complete.

The easiest way to separate the authentic Persian version from the imitation rugs is by their fringe. On a real handcrafted Persian area rug, the fringe is actually woven into the edges of the fabric; on cheaper knock-offs, the fringe is sewn around the edges.

Synthetics look just as good

Yes, modern synthetic area rugs looks exactly like elegant Persian rugs, but we all know that looks aren’t everything. When it comes to durability (and children and pets), synthetic fabrics fall short. A good idea is to use the highest quality knotted wool rug you can afford for high-traffic areas, and lesser quality in areas you don’t use as much.

If you flip a synthetic rug over, the backside will look more like a carpet than a fine rug, with the fibers just punched through the backing rather than hand knotted.

Get the right size

If the rug of your dreams doesn’t come in your size, you’ll have to pass. Area rugs are like trousers – if they’re too long or too short, people will laugh (but not to your face).

An area rug in a well-appointed room should be two feet narrower than the shortest wall, so a dining room measuring 12′ x 16′ should be anchored with an area rug no longer than 10 feet. However, the rug should extend at least 18 inches beyond the edge of the dining room table on all sides to accommodate your dining room chairs.

Choosing the perfect rug can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you enlist the help of a trusted rug dealer like Nourison Industries, Inc. you can rest assured that you are getting your money’s worth – and an area rug that will truly impress your guests.

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