Area Rugs 101

That room looks nice, but you have noticed it’s missing something. You just can’t quite put your finger on it. Your couch and chairs look stunning, your coffee table really stand out, your wall decorations accent the overall design of your room and your hardwood flooring is gorgeously glistening in the sunlight let in through your beautiful bay window. But what are you missing?

This article from HGtv.com may have the answer.

“If something seems to be missing in an otherwise well-decorated room, chances are an area rug will be your solution.”

Why didn’t you think of that? It makes perfect sense. An area rug can add an aesthetic element to your room while protecting your hardwood flooring in heavy traffic areas. Now you just have to choose the area rug that makes the most sense for you and your wallet.

Here are the types of area rugs for your consideration:

Dhurrie rugs. These are thick, flat-woven cotton rugs made in India. They come in a variety of color combinations, pastels being the most popular. The designs on the rugs are geometric shapes, with animals, flowers and people woven in in a chiseled-looking fashion. Dhurries fit in well with most types of decor. Prices vary from $150 to $1,000, depending on size and quality.

Bordered rugs. These are simply rugs of any size or shape with a base color in the middle and strips of border on the edges. The borders can be one strip in a coordinating color or several strips in two or three colors. Bordered rugs’ uses are innumerable. They can be put under cocktail tables, dining tables or an entire living-room set or used as a foyer piece. Prices will depend on the quality of carpet used, the shape of it and the number of borders tacked on the edges.

Inlaid rugs. Here’s where your imagination can take over. Anything your mind can conjure, a good carpet designer can manifest. Doodle on a piece of paper until you come up with at least a semblance of what you want, and your designer can take it from there. Geometric shapes, florals, birds, stars and stripes, fans, your name or initials¾there are no rules. Pricing here again depends on the quality of the carpet and the complexity of the design.

Oriental rugs. These rugs have always been a symbol of wealth, and rightfully so, as they’re quite expensive. They’re a great investment, as their value never decreases and sometimes increases. The purchase of an Oriental rug should be preceded by careful study of the varieties available. Most are handmade. Silk Orientals are often woven with real gold threads, adding to the value. Wool Orientals are less expensive, though still a good investment.

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