Area rugs will go beyond contributing aesthetic value to a room for they also contribute tremendously to that warm and inviting feel we strive so hard to acquire. Area rugs are particularly a beautiful statement when they are placed over a hard surface such as wood or ceramic tile. A strategically placed rug can instantly enhance an environment as cold and hard surfaces become noticeably softer and warmer. Area rugs can instantly inject just the right amount of color and hue to brighten and freshen that particular space or area we've been working on, whereas tile and wood seem to be monochromatic in color which could tend to make a room drab and dreary. Area rugs can be used effectively to define specific activity centers within a room. Think of a child's room with plenty of play area for instance. There are ones specifically designed as an activity center either incorporating math or spatial skills training that can assist you in teaching your child.
Area rugs can also be used effectively in those especially large rooms of your house and with floor plans becoming more and more open, there is a greater need for establishing room boundaries. Area rugs are accomplishing what walls once did, defining where the dining room is or the family room is in today's flowing, open-planned homes. Although not recommended, they can also be placed over wall to wall carpet. This may present a tripping hazard depending on how thick the carpet and pad is. When they are being placed over a hard surface as mentioned earlier, you may need to use a special pad to prevent slippage and keep it where you want it. Below is a sample of what types are available with an exhaustive list of choices at the bottom of the page.
Traditional pieces are rich in history and hue, such as the jewel-toned Chinese Orientals which are the aristocrats of their class and are prized in traditional, formal, and eclectic schemes. Authentic hand-knotted Orientals such as Persian or Chinese, because of the tremendous detail involved in making them, could take many years from the time they are made to being placed on your floor. One things for sure though, once on your floor you can take comfort in knowing that they will literally last forever. Other classics such as the Aubusson, Bokhara, and Moroccan also add elegance and beauty.
are very popular and mostly used in more contemporary settings. One which is
perhaps the most popular is the wool dhurrie, produced in India for centuries.
These are noted for their warm pastel colors, stylized motifs, and striking geometry
which characterize these flat-woven
types as truly unique for being not only durable but reversible as well. Kilims are also a
popular flat woven style and basically have no pile. Turkey, Persia and Afghanistan offer Kilims in
both simple as well as complex geometric designs, while Besserabian Kilims are
more floral in nature. Another group of favorites include the shaggy
Greek flokatis, natural Scandinavian ryas
style, and modern or contemporary
pieces in bold color combinations and clever graphic designs.
Braided, hooked and
rag hand-woven types are timeless classics.
Absolutely nothing contributes more to that 'family room' feel than one
of these originals. Their handcrafted ambience will appeal to
all those trying to capture that old-country spirit. No longer just
Grandmas favorite, these have enjoyed an upsurge in popularity in recent
years. Still made the old-fashioned way, they consistently wear well and
can be ordered with specific colors and custom designs to suit even the
most discriminating pallet. Antique shops are great places to look
for these treasures. Who knows, you just might stumble across a truly
valuable collectors piece. In this same category of hand-mades are
painted floorcloth and painted Sisal.
These are artistic expressions on canvas, jute or other fabric backing.
Designs are typically primitive but can also be contemporary as well as
custom inspired designs.
You might want to consider one from a particular region:
Persian from the various metropolitan areas differ greatly
from those of small rural villages. Ones from most urban regions are comprised
of very intricate floral designs with fine knots. Village or tribal
pieces are much more basic, incorporating a variety of geometric
patterns in a somewhat coarser weave with much bolder color combinations. Some of the
more popular ones include: Kashan, Tabriz,
Heriz, Sarouk, Isfahan and Kerman, to name a few.
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