On the Market for a Rug? Here’s What You Need to Know

Outfitting your home with the best furniture, décor, and other embellishments can be an exciting yet challenging task. If you are particularly selective, you probably spend a good amount of time carefully choosing each and every piece of furniture or décor you bring into your home. You must also be aware of the importance of interior décor that complement each other and showcase your own personality and preferences.

If you want a truly impressive home interior, then you know the importance of rugs. Rugs serve an invaluable purpose of protecting your flooring and enhancing the existing theme of your home’s interiors. A rug can serve as a testament to your sense of style and design, and can be a unique conversation piece as well.


A beautifully woven Persian rug makes a striking statement

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So if you are on the market for a good, quality rug, what should you be looking for?

There are many rugs available today consisting of contemporary designs and patterns or ancient, traditional designs. In choosing a rug, you must first consider what you prefer. Take a look at your home’s interiors – what sort of theme do you have? Do you have a deluxe and sleek modern home, or do you have a country-style home with quaint furniture and embellishments? Once you have determined your home’s style and theme, it will be easier for you to choose a rug according to your liking.

If you have decided to buy a Persian rug, here are a few more pointers:

The first and most obvious sign of a rug of good quality comes from its reasonably regular shape. It will not be exactly asymmetrical if it is handmade, so be prepared for some irregularities. However, check if the rug lies flat and smooth on the floor. Be on the lookout for bumps or lumpy corners, and assess the colouring of the dyes. Do the colours look alive and balanced? If they are faded, this is not a good sign, particularly if it is not a vintage rug. Also, be wary of rugs that have colours that are too shiny or too bright, and check the quality of the wool or fibre.


Finely knotted

Rugs have a variety of densities which vary from 30 knots per inch to 290 knots per inch. If you are highly selective about the rug that you buy, then go for finely knotted rugs – the higher the knots per inch, the better. Obviously, 290 knots per inch is of premium quality. Rugs which are densely knotted have a certain way of reflecting light that is very pleasing to the eye.


Choose between hand-knotted, flat-weave, or hand-tufted

If you are looking for the best quality rug, then you may as well opt for a hand-knotted one. Hand-knotted rugs are distinct for their unique, vibrant weaving that are all done without a set design – just by imagination; whilst hand-tufted rugs are less expensive because a pattern is simply stenciled onto the backing of the rug and yarns are threaded onto this design. Flat-weave rugs are the least expensive because not much labour is required for them.

If you are still unsure about what rug to purchase, don’t hesitate to ask for advice from the rug supplier. They should be able to help you decide and recommend a rug that is suitable to your needs.

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