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What to look for when buying a rug...

The world of carpet weaving has a unique language of its own, which for a first-time buyer can be confusing. There are terms like “Persian”, “Tribal”, “Silks” to be reckoned with, questions of fiber, regions, knot count- information to be navigated and understood; an entire vocabulary that allures yet mystifies. The reality is that buying a carpet is surprisingly simple. As long as you have your basics right vis-a-vis accurate measurements, color and have addressed questions on durability and traffic -then choosing the best carpet for you is going to be relatively easy and your carpet buying experience infinitely enjoyable.

SIX to-do list and things to consider before buying a rug

Size and Shape

Carpets are made in different sizes and in different shapes. Most carpets are rectangular and have standard sizes. Common sizes (in feet) are 2’x3’, 3 x5, 4’x6’, 5’x7/8’, 6’x9’, 8’x10’ and up. Shapes are usually rectangular, but they can also be round, square, oval, octagon or runners. If you’re looking for an uncommon size, consider looking at our range of Kilims that feature uncommon Gebbeh sizes or request for a custom design rug.

How to Measure

Measure the size of your room and measure the space you want covered. Place pieces of paper where each of the corners will fall Adjust the “corners” as needed to make the space larger or smaller. Re-measure the area. To cover the majority of the room, leave a 12”-15” inch border.

Rug Durability

Our rugs use natural fibers, either wool, silk or cotton. This is because natural fibers have a better durability, luster and beauty that synthetic materials don’t. The area in which the carpet or rug is placed will determine how durable the fiber should be. A high traffic area needs a long wearing, stain resistant fiber, while a bedroom may require only something that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye. For this reason, people commonly prefer the luxury of Silk carpets in the bedroom to the utility of woollen ones elsewhere.

Designs and Patterns

Perhaps the most important feature of a carpet is its design. More intricate designs involve greater workmanship both on the part of the artist and the weaver and have a direct impact on the value of the piece. Patterns can fall into two different categories: curvilinear and rectilinear or floral and geometric. Geometric designs are made up of repeated vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines. Curvilinear and floral patterns usually reflect an idea of affinity with nature; and that is why plants, flowers or delicate animals, can be seen in almost all such carpets. If you’re veering towards Curvilinear and Floral Designs do look at our collection of Antique Reproductions or our collection of Silk Carpets.

Colors

Having the right colors in a room is absolutely key and most people do select carpets on the basis of color. Light colored rugs will make a room look more spacious whereas the deeper darker colors lend coziness to a room. Whatever your color-scheme, do remember that they don’t have to exactly match. Choosing colors that contrast or complement will visually enhance your current decor.

Placement

You can also use rugs to define different zones of a room. For example, in a large open-plan living space, you could use a rug to differentiate the living from dining areas. The furniture in each space could be placed on its own large rug. (If you’re not sure, use newspaper or masking tape to map out the size of the rug you’re considering). A rug can also add another layer of texture to a space where existing furniture may be a little lacking in strength.

Make a statement with our carpets!

With these handy tips, delve into the world of carpets to find the perfect one for you!

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