How to Pick out a Beautiful Rug for your Home
By Sadiya Anjum
Rugs are one of the most beautiful items in a home that can add life and that extra fine touch to any room. The varieties available in the market are numerous and it may be a tough choice to pick out the right rug for your home. Most decorators recommend decorating any room from the floor up – so you start with your carpets or rugs, move on to furniture, then walls etc. But even if you already have your furniture in place, you need not worry too much because the options are endless when it comes to rugs.
Buying a quality rug is important above everything else. There are several things to consider when purchasing a rug – hand-made or machine-made, the technique employed (hand-knotted, flat woven etc.), the fibers used (natural or man-made) etc. The more popular styles of rugs include Persian, Oriental and contemporary. It is not necessary for you to go into the absolute details of rugs before buying them. But knowing some simple facts may aid you while buying a rug.
- Wool is a natural fiber that is most luxurious- it is dust resistant, comfortable, soft and strong.
- Silk, again a natural fiber adds luster to any product. These rugs are most expensive of all and even a hint of it in any rug (mixed fibers) will increase the price of the rug.
- Rugs made of mixed fibers of both natural and man-made are good options as they usually combine the best features of the different fibers.
- Rugs with high pile density indicate that they are of better quality. This means if you put your hand on the rug, the more difficult it is to get inside the denser it is and hence is of better quality.
Knowing what kind of rug to choose is of utmost importance. Its all up to our individual tastes but the ultimate effect of rugs should be one that blends with or holds the room together. If you begin decorating a room from the floor, then pick out a rug according to your taste – rich colors or subtle hues, soft or no such preferences etc. You also need to take into account the kind of furniture you are looking to buy.
Always measure the room and pick out a rug that will fit well in that space. If you would like the rug to be the focal point of the room, picking out something with rich colors or patterns may do the trick. Remember that dark colors will make a room look cozy or even small but light colors will make the room spacious.
Rugs should also be chosen depending on the function of the room. Places which are high on foot-traffic like the entrance need rugs that will be durable. So the fiber of the rug should be the first priority followed by texture and color. Depending on the mood you are creating, pick out a rug that will add to that.
Rugs for a pre-decorated room can be custom made and it is not such an expensive affair today. A ready-made rug that sort of blends in with the dÃ©cor can also be bought. Pick colors from the rug and make cushions, put up curtains, upholster a chair or provide other such accents to the room using those colors. This will help blend your carpet better with the rest of the room. For a rug in your bedroom, choose something that looks good but mostly feels good. When you get out of bed each morning, enjoy the pleasure of sinking your feet into a soft rug. If you are looking for a rug that will last forever, pick out quality rugs; meaning those which have a high pile density.
With so many options out there, you are bound to find something that will be just perfect for your home. Enjoy picking out a good rug of your choice which goes with your dÃ©cor.
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