Thursday, November 23, 2017

Oriental Rugs Add Timeless Beauty to Your Home

March 3, 2007 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Decorating, Flooring, Living Room

Oriental Rugs Store from Iran
photo by Xoei Mills

For thousands of years, oriental rugs are a source of warmth, beauty and elegance for any home. They are beautiful, durable and come in several shapes, sizes and colors that can match any room in your home. Some people use oriental rugs not only as area rugs or foyer rugs but even as wall decorations to give life to an otherwise empty wall.

For the sake of clarity, oriental rugs refer to rugs produced in the Asian continent from countries like Iran (formerly known as Persia), India, China and Turkey and the Middle East. By definition, it is a hand-knotted rug made from wool or silk fibers. These handmade rugs take a long time to make and a lot of effort and craftsmanship go into making each rug.

The ancient art of making by hand is a reflection of religion and ethnic structures of the countries of origin of oriental rugs. Although some of these ancient designs are still produced today, they are mostly produced by weaving machines as hand knotted rugs are very expensive.

The materials used to produce today’s oriental rugs are no longer the same natural fibers used to produced the ancient rugs but are a combination of less expensive synthetic materials such as polypropylene, nylon, polyester and acrylic. Although hand-woven rugs are still produced today their synthetic equivalent area more affordable for people like you and me and are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.

In choosing an oriental rug for your home, you have to take the following into consideration in order to buy the most appropriate rug that meets your requirements.

  • How are you going to use the area rug? Is it to define a particular group of furniture or to unify the different elements in the room?
  • Choose colors which are in harmony with colors of other furniture in the room or the color of the walls.
  • If the center of the rug will be visible, then the choice is a rug that has a central scene.
  • If the center will be partially covered, a rug with a repetitive design is more appropriate.
  • If members of your family have health problems, it is better to choose a rug made from natural fibers since these do not release chemicals into the air as synthetics do.
  • If you will use two different rugs in a single room, make sure the colors and patterns blend and complement each other.
  • In terms of cost, an antique rug is very expensive while imitations are much less costly. Rugs made from natural fibers are more expensive than synthetic.
  • Pay careful attention to the number of knots per square inch; this number indicates quality; the higher the number, the higher the cost.

Finally, whether you choose a genuine hand woven oriental rug or a polypropylene version, you will be surely be adding beauty, warmth and comfort to your home since it will also reduce noise!

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