Aug 12, 2012 Home Improvement
I’m sure you already know that area rugs are lifesavers of the decorating world. In a jiffy, they can change a room and enhance a home without the stress, hassle and bustle commonly associated with improving a house’s look and decorating a room. The question is, do you already know what type of area rug is right for you? You have seen hundreds of them in your lifetime, but what are they really? You’re reading the right article because this is made for people like you who have questions like these. Read on.
Shopping for an area rug can be fun but it can be a bit overpowering as well. Not the stressful kind, but just some confusion here and there. Choosing and delimiting can be difficult if you don’t need hundreds of them. Therefore, we will break down the rug essentials for your information. And of course, for a happier shopping trip.
Would you rather have a handmade Oriental rug or an ordinary one made with the help of a machine? Oriental rugs, which generally come from Iran, India, China, Afghanistan, turkey and Pakistan can be stunningly beautiful. An Oriental rug is usually hand knotted and the loving labor that goes into it ensures that the rug is extremely durable. In fact, a handmade rug is likely to last half a century longer than its machine made counterparts. In machine made rugs, there is no knotting involved in the manufacturing process. Instead, the fibers of the rug are laid by a machine and latex support is used to hold them together. So the underside of the rug is rough.
Oriental rugs, a very popular design are generally knotted or handmade, and just look how beautiful these rugs look! There are machine-made too and cost less than those labored by hands, but if there’s one thing to consider in buying a rug, it’s the sturdiness of the material. If you have a big household or will be using the area rug for places often frequented by feet, it is advisable to go for handmade ones. They won’t be worn-out anytime soon. Also, if you wish to sell your rug in the future, you can earn big bucks. Handmade rugs increase in price over time, just like wine, artworks and antiques. Now that’s something to think about as an investment.
When it comes to material used, rugs may be broadly classified as wool rugs and synthetic rugs. There are, of course, other materials used to make rugs, but wool is the most common, and has manifold advantages over rugs made of synthetic fibers. Wool rugs are not only beautiful but durable, too.
Third, pattern and style – there are printed, modern, tribal and traditional rugs with differing looks but all shine on their own. Each of these styles and patterns has a flavor of its own that can meet the diverse preference of consumers, especially the collectors and rug fanatics. Let’s tackle each of these styles:
Traditional rugs come in old style designs, and have a formal look. Modern rugs are trendy and colorful and are often used as accents in offices. Striking design and bold colors make these rugs very attractive. Tribal rugs are brightly colored too and the colors usually come from natural dyes. Tribal rug usually have arresting designs and can draw the eye even in any surrounding. Cotton printed rugs are elegant and smart, and come in a wide variety of colors that can be pleasantly soothing to the eye.
The information mentioned is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many descriptions and kinds that words will never be enough to capture them all. The designs and styles are too numerous, but that’s what make area rugs prized possessions. Buying a few or more is well worth it.