Rugs | Interior Design
People from all over the world with different backgrounds of faiths and ethnicities have created rugs and carpets for centuries. With their unique patterns and color palettes, antique and vintage carpets are in high demand. Their exclusive design patterns bring a sense of individuality to ordinary and plain spaces. This is why vintage and antique carpets work well in newer homes where a story and a little history is needed. There are three main categories: hand-tufted, machine-made and handmade.
- Hand-Tufted are not handmade. A person used a tool to shoot wool through a backing so there are no tied knots in the wool.
- Machine-Made are made by a machine. They are mass produced and cannot be compared to handmade piece.
- Handmade are hand woven or hand knotted carpets that have been made by hand. The "fringe" in a handmade carpet is actually the warp strings.
Rugs can be the quiet anchor that draws a room and people together or the focal point of a design scheme. A hand-made carpet is a unique combination of artistic expression and utility. They breathe new life to spaces and dramatically improve ambiance, allowing you to transform nearly any room without undergoing a major renovation. These beautiful textiles play a major role in your space when it comes to looking stylish and rad. So how does one make sure they are using these pieces most effectively? We would like to share several common issues that often show up in interiors.
Avoid These Rug Mistakes:
- Choosing your rug last. When decorating your space from scratch, choose the rug first. It is the major and impactful piece that 'really ties a room together'. If you wait until you have placed the final throw pillow and accessories then you could end searching for months before finding the perfect rug. Although, you could go with a transitional style or something a little more neutral.
- Going too small. Do not skimp on size. Choosing one that is too small will make your room will look even smaller and out of proportion. If it's placed in the center of the room, it had better take up a large part of the floor's surface. They help set boundaries and ground your furniture. Whether in the family room, media room or living room, a rug defines the conversation area and should be large enough so the front legs of the furniture are on it.
- Not layering rugs. We layer our clothes in the fall and winter seasons so why not layer rugs? Do not be scared to overlap. Bring color and texture to your room by warming up your floor with an extra rug and embrace this new-found trend going on below your toes! Create instant interest and contrast by mixing and matching pieces. Neutral rattan, seagrass and jute make a great base layer for patterned textiles whether they are flat weave or have a plush pile.
- Being afraid to mix patterns. In theory, matchy-matchy monochromatic may sound good; however, it will make a room feel dull and boring. Contrast and color are vital to a happy living space so keep the textile patterns in the same color family and try repeating the rug colors in the furniture.
- Skipping the pad. We recommend using a custom-sized pad. Our custom pads protect from damage, absorb sound, prevent movement by making sure it is securely anchored to prevent slipping and they are a fairly inexpensive way to extend the life of your carpet.