A BUYERS GUIDE FOR ORIENTAL RUGS
As stated, it’s standard with most dealers to let you try out different carpets on a “free trial” basis. This gives you an opportunity to see the carpets you have chosen in your home without distraction. Below are a few helpful hints to guide you through the design stage of your new purchase.
Shopping For Your Rugs
When shopping, come prepared with room sizes and general layouts. Bring color photos of your rooms, if possible, fabric swatches. Include snippets from magazines or other pictures that show the effect you’re trying to achieve.
Traditionally, floor coverings, furniture, wall hangings and other furnishing are used to balance a room. Make a layout in your mind, then draw it on paper. Use cut-outs to create functional areas in the rooms. For example, intimate areas for conversation require a relatively tight arrangement of furniture pieces. You can visually group the set by placing them around or on top of an area rug.
Returning home with the “trial” or newly purchased rugs
Oriental rugs create an effect wherever you place them. If you don’t like the result, change them until you do like the “look” of the room. Get started by creating a private space that’s uniquely you. Or, you can work with floor-covering and design professionals to create a showplace. Put an exclamation point on the lifestyle statement you’ve been striving to make.
Function comes first
Place your largest functional pieces first, sofa in the living room, bed in the bedroom, desk in the study facing the focal point of the room…like a window, fireplace or entertainment center. Distribute the pieces evenly for balance and best effect. For a traditional or formal feeling, a central medallion rug will help define the symmetry of the room. Architectural features like fireplaces can be showcased by centering rugs in front of them. Remember, a rug placed under a dining table should be large enough to fit the chairs when they are fully extended. Otherwise, the room, furniture and rug will all lose dignity.
Create your space to please yourself
Feel free to mix styles to create new and exciting interiors. If you use antique furniture, you may find a contemporary rug will lift the room and give it a new, refreshing look. Conversely, modern pieces on an antique-style rug can give the room richness.
Accessories with purpose
Take these gorgeous pillow refurbished and beautiful again by someone who may have collected some interesting discarded pieces that were sewn into these exquisite pillows. Finally, add accents for secondary activities. Create a reading nook in a bedroom, a game area in a family room, a computer desk in the library, or a focal point on a long empty wall or in the kitchen. Rugs can showcase the accent through color, texture, pattern and shape – any one of the oriental rug’s eye-catching characteristics.
They enrich your life with evolving beauty while adding warm respite from cold marble, smooth slate and burnished wood. When properly cared for, they can be enjoyed for many generations to come..
Finally, there are so many factors that determine the quality and value of an oriental rug that it takes caution and thorough study to make an intelligent purchase. Be sure to ask a lot of questions because this is a purchase of great value and that valuable carpet or rug appreciates with time depending upon the origin.
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