Decorating with Oriental Rugs

Decorating with Oriental Rugs

Decorating with oriental rugs is a great way to add a perfect decoration for any home. It adds a special vibrancy and comforting aesthetic. Let’s take a look at oriental rug styles and how they can mix with the furniture and style of rooms throughout a home.

The current décor of a room will determine what type of oriental rug can be featured. If the room is devoid of decorations, then a large oriental rug with exciting color and style will be the perfect piece. If the room is fully furnished, wallpapered, painted and has several decorative pieces then a smaller sized, more conservative oriental rug will be appropriate. Rooms featuring fabrics with gigantic prints should have a smaller oriental rug that meshes with the room’s current color tones. If the room has fabrics with smaller sized prints and plain colors then a bigger rug can be used with a louder style. Potential buyers can take several rugs home and see which matches the home the best and return the ones that are least desirable.

The rug’s colors shouldn’t overpower the room. The hues should compliment the room’s wall, floor and décor colors so that it blends in seamlessly while providing an extra bit of style. If a room already has red, don’t put a red oriental rug in it.  Red should catch the eye and it will be demeaned if it is too plentiful.  Only buy a red oriental rug if it matches the subtle reds and oranges on pillows or other small accessories.  Rooms featuring red or other bright colors should be complimented by darker oriental rugs. Consider buying multiple oriental rugs that will compliment one another instead of match. If they are placed near each other is will provide quite the visual treat but if two of the exact same aesthetic won’t be as pleasurable to the eye.

The formal pattern styles of oriental rugs tend to have pinpoint designs, oftentimes with vivacious curves and sometimes colorful flowers. They are quite complex and busy. Examples of the more formal varieties of oriental rugs are Nain, Qum, Tabriz, Sarouk, Kerman and Isfehan styles. Casual oriental rugs are less fine in design than the formal variety, with a lot less going on in terms of colors and patterns. Bidjar, Serapi and Heriz are examples of casual oriental rugs.

Also, consider how many people will be stepping onto the rug. If it is by the front door and will be heavily used, go for a darker color that can absorb dirt, mud and debris without compromising its color.  These are known as “hard wear” rugs. Be sure to pick out a rug that is of high quality and beauty as it can last a century. The rugs of the highest quality will be able to withstand heavy foot traffic due to their superior fibers and engineering. Place padding beneath it and the floor so that it stays in place.  If the rug is placed near a window and is exposed to prolonged sunlight, it can fade and age quickly so rotate other rugs into sunny areas to conserve the lifespan of the rugs.

Don’t forget that an oriental rug may be the most expensive decoration in the room, so let it set the tone. Put it in a room with glass topped tables so that the rug can hold the attention. Be sure to display it as the room’s centerpiece and place other furnishings around it. Simply put, let the oriental rug be the focus of the home because it is likely the home’s most beautiful piece of art.