How to select an area rug for your home

Wall-to-wall rugs can seem pretty scary: more than just being a major addition to your home, they can also present a good deal of cleaning difficulties. Fortunately, a great alternative presents itself in the form of area rugs: available in any size and shape, area rugs can brighten up everyone’s home as soon as they are placed on the floor.

Choosing the right one, however, is a proper exercise in perception. With countless area rugs available, picking one that complements your room perfectly without even getting to ‘try it out’ is tough – here are some tips to help you with your choice.

The general aspects of an area rug

The best way to narrow your search is to figure out how much you can spend. Area rugs can cost anywhere from $20 to thousands of dollars – while some might feel that high-end rugs are overpriced, others consider them to be worth every penny.

No matter where you stand on the matter, be prepared to spend a bit more to get a good carpet on your floor. How much your area rug costs will depend on its age, manufacturing technique and the materials used to make it. This is another way of narrowing your search: is it important to you that the rug is handmade? Hand-woven rugs generally hold up better and feature designs of a far greater intricacy, but they’re also a lot more expensive than factory-made versions. And what about the age: do you insist on something centuries-old? If so, get ready to empty your pockets.

Specific things to look for

In general, any rug that has ‘antique’, ‘Oriental’ or ‘Persian’ in its name gets swept up pretty quick. However, there can be a world of difference between two Persian rugs – so much so that they could hardly be considered to fit inside the same category.

Age is a big factor when considering a pricier area rug. Most home owners want an older rug as they feel it adds more prestige to the home – true as this may be, older antique rugs are far more susceptible to damage and discoloration than newer handcrafted pieces. Properly storing a centuries-old rug or even one that was made a millennia ago isn’t easy and likely deviates from your intended use for the rug: if you’re looking for some utility, consider an Oriental or Persian rug that was made no earlier than the 20th century.

Another important distinction to make when buying these rugs: tribes and villages or towns and cities? It’s not just about when the rug was made – the part of the country it was made in is also of great importance. Rugs from Persian cities will tend to feature greater finesse and craftsmanship due to tailoring advancements. and they’re also known for having better choices of materials. On the other hand, tribal antiques and Orientals – as well as many that come from larger villages – are known for their unique livid patterns that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. If refinement is your thing, go for an antique or Persian carpet made inside a city: if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind design that seems to have its own personality, you can’t go wrong with a tribal masterpiece.