Buying an Oriental rug for the first time can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Browsing through the many types of Oriental rugs available can be a real delight but choosing just one can certainly be challenging. These quick tips will help to make the buying process easier for you.
Choose an Oriental Rug by Color
Oriental rugs are woven in several colors and each color has a special meaning.
Although most Oriental rugs are woven in several colors, you will find that most rugs have one predominant color. What’s interesting is that each color has a special meaning. When buying an Oriental rug, consider what message you want to convey through the colors:
Red– joy, happiness, luck, courage, wealth
Blue– honesty, tranquility, solitude, inner peace
Brown– Earth, fertility
Green– life, hope, renewal
Yellow– the color of the sun, energy, joy of life
White/ivory– peace, cleanliness, innocence, selflessness
Choose a Rug by Material
The materials used in constructing an Oriental rug have a huge impact on more than just the looks of the rug. They also affect the durability and cost as well as the ease of maintenance.
Wool: Wool is the most common material used in weaving Oriental rugs. Wool rugs have a soft feel underfoot and are easy to maintain, requiring just a regular gentle vacuuming to remove the accumulated debris.
Silk: Silk rugs have a beautiful, luxurious sheen and a plush feel that is incomparable.
So which material is right for you? A wool rug is the better choice for you if you are looking for a rug that is durable and easy to maintain. Silk is a good choice because of its soft and luxurious feel. Silk is also the best choice if you are looking for a rug to be used as a wall hanging.
Choose a Rug by Shape and Size
The shape and size of the rug you buy will depend largely on which room you are buying it for.
Large rectangular rugs will help bring together the other décor elements in a large living room, dining room or bedroom.
Smaller rectangular rugs are better placed in the kitchen or bathroom. They are also a great choice if you just want to place a rug under your coffee table.
Long runners are great for the hallway and entryway.
A round rug will draw focus when placed under a standalone side table.
Choose the Oriental Rug that Works the Best for You
There are several things to think about when buying an Oriental rug, so be prepared to spend some time to choose one that works the best for you.
Are You Looking to Purchase a Hand-Knotted Persian or Oriental Rug?
If you are looking to purchase a high quality, hand-knotted Oriental and Persian rug(s) in the Metro DC area, look no further than J & J Oriental Rug Gallery. If you would like your rug professionally cleaned or repaired, we can do that too! If you are looking for an Oriental rug to complete the look of a room(s) in your home, please come visit our showroom. Remember, the right way to dress your floor is just a call away: 703-991-5486.