Decorating with Area Rugs by Barbara Jennings
One thing you can count on never going
out of fashion is your home area rug. They have been in vogue forever. In the
past one would go buy an area rug to cover a vinyl floor, now we do it more for
decorative treatments. Whatever your reason, a good decorative rug can create
real drama in a room, anchor a seating arrangement and even act as the focal
point of the room.
The least expensive is the Dhurrie rug. It is a
thick, flat-woven cotton rug made in India. Coming with a variety of color
combinations, the Dhurrie rug's designs are generally geometric, including
animals, flowers and people. They are woven into the pattern in a kind of
Prices on these types of rugs average between
$140-$1000 depending on the size of the rug and it's quality.
One of my favorites is the border rug. It's a
rug of any size or shape that egins with a base color for the field (middle
area), then with strips of a different color going all around the perimeter just
like a mat on a work of art. The border colors can be coordinating colors,
blended or in high contrast.
The border rug is very handy because it can do
all of the decorative and utilitarian things you want from an area rug, without
adding a busy pattern to the room. Border rugs are great under a cocktail table,
under a dining table, in your entry or even under an entire seating arrangement
in the living room.
Prices on border rugs will depend on the
quality of the carpet used, the shape and size and the number of borders it has.
Border rugs are easy to design yourself and have made in a custom order.
Then there is the inlaid rug. A good carpet
designer can virtually create just about anything you can think up. Think up
your own design and have one made. It will really be unique. Prices here will
depend on the quality of the carpet selected and the complexity of the design
you create, but an inlaid rug can be enjoyed for years to come by your entire
Oriental rugs have always been a symbol of
wealth and continue to be held in the highest regard. They can also be quite
expensive. Oriental rugs have been known to increase in value, not
decrease. Since there are many varieties, a careful study should be taken
before you purchase one.
Most oriental rugs are handmade though you'll
see machine made ones as well. The most valuable are the hand woven rugs,
particularly if they are woven by children. The smaller hands of a child can
weave more intricate patterns and finer details.
All of the decorations in an oriental rug are
meaningful, often being symbols for good health, wealth, prosperity, peace and
so forth. Some silk oriental rugs are woven with real gold threads. Though less
expensive, wool rugs are also a good investment, but not if you have allergies.
You can use your area rugs over any other floor
covering: marble, wood, tile and even wall-to-wall carpeting. If you're in the
process of laying down tile or another kind of hard flooring, consider having
the rug inset so that it will lie flush to the rest of the floor. This will
prevent the possibility of tripping over any of the edges or corners.
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