Decorating Your Home With Traditional Rugs
No longer are rugs considered merely an accessory to interior decor. Today they are considered a necessary part of creating a gorgeous living space and rightly so. A rug adds excitement, color and a sense to warmth to a room. Even the drowsiest of rooms can be made exciting by the presence of a good quality traditional rugs.
After all, embellishing the beauty of a room with the presence of a rug is perhaps the easiest trick in the book but it is very crucial that you choose the right kind. In this article we will discuss characteristics of rugs from the Eastern part of the world and how you can use them while interior decorating.
Bring in the cozy with a traditional Persian carpets
It is no secret that Persian carpets are known for their fine embroidery and their elaborate pictorial motifs. An incredible amount of labor goes into the creation of a quality Persian rug, resulting in a higher than average level of artistic quality and without a doubt, more tufts of yarn per square inch than any other traditional rugs.
The knitting techniques used to create these immaculate beauties go back thousands of years, which is why if you are looking to maximize the effect that a Persian carpet brings to a room, you want to ensure that it is hand woven. There are plenty of rugs in the market that are machine made and use artificial dyes but no way can they compare with the feel of an authentic hand made piece.
Consider this, creating a typical Persian rug would involve half a dozen artisans, working everyday of the week spending 6 to 8 hours hand tying 500 knots per square inch. Needless to say, these carpets takes months and often more than a year to complete, which is why they command a premium price on the market and last for such a long time.
The wool that is most commonly used for Persian carpets also contains lanolin (or wool fat) and its natural waterproofing and preserving qualities make a Persian rug that much more durable. No machine made rug can compete with that.
These rugs can be used on a wide variety of floor types but it must be said that they really pop out when used on hardwood floors. Persian rugs come in a whole lot of different sizes and can be pretty much used anywhere in the house. You can put them in front of a living room fireplace, in the kitchen or under a dining table.
An alternative choice – Oriental traditional rugs
When interior designers used the word Oriental rugs they aren’t necessarily using the word in its common form of usage as by Oriental rugs, one could be referring to anything from Azerbaijani, Indo Islamic, Mughal, Northern Chinese, Tibetan or even Ottoman style of carpet weaving.
Often people confuse Persian rugs and Oriental rugs as being one and the same thing and while that is not entirely true, it is close enough. Persian rugs however come from regions that belonged to ancient Persian Empire while Oriental rugs is a category that also includes the countries mentioned above.
It’s just the massive popularity and demand of Persian rugs that asks for them to be categorized as a completely different style altogether. You could say that all Persian rugs are Oriental but not the vice versa.
If you are not into Persian carpets but still want a cozy, old world feel then other styles of Oriental rugs are your next best option. Depending on what regions they come from, they are likely to have their own distinct characteristics and look. For instance, Chinese (and Tibetan) tapestries and traditional rugs are usually produced using silk and contain Buddhist motifs that are heavy on blue, apricot and yellow colors.
Other styles of Oriental rug making use the beauty of natural wool strands by not dying them at all. Instead they rely on the natural color of the fabric and for this purpose use long strands of wool.
To an untrained eye Oriental and Persian rugs might look all the same, however there are differences in the way they use the fabric, the motifs that are used and as always, in countless minor details. Azerbaijani carpets for instance often have frills at the shorter ends.
Irrespective of what you chose, you can always rely on Oriental rugs (including Persian carpets) to provide a sense of style as well as a vibe of coziness to a room. So if your intention is to make your living room, or your dining room seem homely, then you can’t go wrong with these rugs.
Which classic rug should I buy?
Whether Oriental or Persian, whatever traditional rugs you buy will have durable quality and will be made with intricate attention to detail as long as you buy authentic ones. In such a case, the choice of buying a rug depends entirely upon your personal taste.
To start with, you must ascertain the color scheme of the room in which you intend to use the carpet. You probably already have some furniture there so it is important to make sure that the carpet that you want to buy, ties into the overall scheme of things (especially the color scheme).
If the upholstery or the wallpaper in a room is rather busy (or chockfull of various design elements) then you want to make sure that the carpet you buy is rather visually subtle. In a room comprising of plain solid colored walls however, you can go crazy and choose from any of the countless designs that are available today.
If you want to buy a rug with an intention of it being the focal point of the room then you definitely want to go for an elaborate motif. If bold geometric designs are your thing then take a look at the Qashqai traditional rugs from Iran. For floral motifs, spare some attention for Kashan carpets from Pakistan and if you are obsessed with dragons and things that are heavily Chinese then Khotan rugs from Chinese Turkistan will tickle your fantasy.
All of this might seem intimidating at first, especially if you are completely new to the world of rugs but it is important to remember that there are no conventions or set rules when it comes to buying a rug. It is merely a matter of finding a traditional rug that appeals to you, that fits the overall interior décor scheme of the space you want to put it in and most of all, one that fits your wallet.