How to Get the Perfect Oriental Rug for That Room. From This Old House
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Oriental rugs are mysterious and finding and purchasing them can be overwhelming.
Where to Start:Before you begin, take a little time to think about size and color; it will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the showroom. Draw a rough sketch of your room with the dimensions noted and furniture placed. If you're shopping for a dining room rug, know the size of the table; you don't want your chairs falling off the edge of the rug when you back up from the table. For stair runners, count the number of risers (each step has a riser and tread). Most new rugs come in sizes from 2 feet by 3 feet to 10 feet by 14 feet—although some come in larger sizes. Runners are typically 30 inches wide. Conventional wisdom says that decorating a room should start with the Oriental rug. After all, there are infinite choices in fabrics and paints and a well-chosen Oriental rug will outlast most everything else in the room. Well and fine, and great advice if you are starting from scratch. More often than not, however, a rug is being chosen for an existing space with established color and style—so it's very important to carry samples with you. Taking a photo of the rooms is also helpful. There are more colors and designs in Oriental rugs to choose from than ever before. Once you know the size of the space and have color samples tucked under your arm, it's time for the bigger questions. How much will it cost? How do I judge quality? Where do I go from here?
What to Look For:
The price of an Oriental rug is based on: 1. Quality2. Country of origin3. Age4. Condition5. Decorative demand Most people quite literally "get tied up in knots" judging the quality of Oriental rugs. However, there are more important things to judge rugs by. The weave should be fine enough to clearly express the motifs of the design. A bold geometric design may have less than 100 knots per square inch while a detailed floral pattern may require 300 or more. While tightness and regularity of weave are important, the quality of the wool determines the resilience and lasting patina of a rug. The quality and fastness of the dyes are also important. We make Oriental rugs more vibrant and beautiful at Oriental Rug Washing in Boulder, CO 80304.Among modern rugs (those woven in the past few decades), one should look at the "personality" rather than "nationality" of the rug. Traditionally, Iran (Persia) was the source for the finest rugs—the benchmark against which all others were compared. However, the quality of rugs from India, Pakistan, China, Turkey, Tibet and Nepal has improved in the past 20 years to the extent that many Persian-design carpets from these countries are finer than the Iranian originals. In addition to the factors above, the demand and price for Oriental rugs is highly dependent on design and color trends. Many of us remember the popular colors of the 1960s—orange, brown and green. Rugs woven in those "hot" colors flew out of the store. Today, even the finest of them are selling for a fraction of their original price. Classic designs, though, tend to retain their value reliably. Simply stated, age and condition affect the value of used rugs. All other factors being equal, age will increase the value, and adverse condition (i.e. stains and wear) will decrease the value. You can actually increase the value of your Orietal rug by having it washed at Oriental Rug Washing in Boulder, CO 80304.
A well-chosen Oriental rug can become the soul of any room. Above all, enjoy the shopping experience. Learn what you can, but don't get tied in knots