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Persian Rugs, Always In Style

A good quality authentic Persian rug will never go out of style. Persian rugs are a timeless work of art and although styles are constantly evolving, you will always find a traditional vintage Oriental rug on a hardwood floor will ground your space and warm up your room.

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Decorating with Worn Antiques

Recently there has been a new style gaining popularity involving worn antique rugs. Years ago, a customer would bring their antique rug to the local rug shop to be restored to it’s original luster. However, now customers hunt for that worn and torn look that fits so well in their rustic and bohemian style homes.

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Oriental Rug Styles

The type of Oriental rug on your floor says a lot about your character and style. Whether it is an antique Caucasian Kuba or a more modern Persian Kirman each rug sets the stage for your space.

This article on Houzz showcases several great tips on decorating with an Oriental rug including: Keep patterns in the same color family, decorate with neutral colors such as white paint on the walls to showcase the rug, and vary the scale of patterns in other sections of the space so that they are not competing.

While styles change, cabinets are replaced and walls are painted, the Oriental rug remains a timeless anchor in interior decorating.

Persian Heriz Rugs

For as long as they have been around, Oriental rugs have been looked at as a symbol of wealth and importance. Heriz rugs, which are a type of Persian Oriental rug, have long been a favored sub-type. Found in lawyers offices and in the homes of doctors, Heriz rugs are recognized by many for their durability and striking colors. Even over the past few years they have increased in desirability and popularity.

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Dominant colors found in Heriz rugs include red, blue, ivory, green and others. They often have brick or rust red fields. The most common design is a large central medallion with several lobes in contrasting colors. However they may have all-over designs with palmette motifs. They are typically found in large 8×10 to 10×14 room sizes, however they do occur in smaller sizes.

Heriz rugs may be referred to as Bakshaish, Mehraban, Serapi or Gorevan depending on their structure. The Serapi type is the finest and often considered the most desirable of Persian rugs. The Gorevan is the lowest quality Heriz, however it is still a fine and beautiful rug type.

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Copies of Heriz rugs are woven in India and cost much less than real Persian Heriz rugs. When you buy a genuine Oriental rug you will be enjoying it for decades and all who enter your home or office will notice it.

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Decorating with Room-size Rugs

Everyone’s favorite rug tip when decorating is to put your Oriental rug down first. It is much easier to base the rest of your decor on the colors and patterns in your antique rug. An authentic Oriental rug is a one-of-a-kind piece, and often an investment. Wallpaper, art, paint, furniture and antiques come in all different shapes, sizes, patterns and colors so it is much easier to find a rug you love and work around it rather than working backwards.

 

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If you have very traditional taste in rugs such as a large red rug with a blue border and an ivory center medallion, your journey will be much easier. However if you are looking for a large antique rug with an all-over pattern, a navy field and hot purple highlights you may be looking for a longer time. It is important to have an idea of what characteristics you are looking for in a rug, often times the old saying “when you see it you’ll know it”  holds true and a light will turn on when you find your dream rug.

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When decorating with a room-size Oriental rug you generally want the rug to ground the furniture in the space. This method ties each component together to form a cohesive space. Keep in mind you want about 18 inches of floor visible around the rug itself unless you are working with a smaller area such as a bathroom or foyer in which case less is better. There is no right or wrong way to place the furniture on the carpet, everyone is different. Options include having all of the furniture on the rug, the front legs of the furniture on the rug, none of the furniture on the rug (if you are looking at a smaller size rug such as 5×8) and more.

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How do you decorate with Oriental rugs? Do you put your rug down first or last?