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A How-to Guide: Decorating your Home with Oriental Rugs By Mansour

How to Decorate your Home with Oriental Rugs

Interior architecture is the balancing act of both the art and science of design within your interior space. From your choice of coffee table to area rugs, there are many ways to add panache and allure to your living area. If you are looking to add some character to your home, we are here to provide decorating tips, even for those of you with a limited amount of area.

One of the best ways to begin decorating is to start from the ground up, with handwoven oriental rugs. For many of us, the living room is a place for gathering as a family or socializing with friends. As such, shifting your focus to interior architecture can add to the atmosphere, welcoming both guests, and warm conversation. If you find yourself searching for interior design ideas, you might want to consider the addition of oriental rugs to your living space.

Designing your Home with an Oriental Rug

From the dining room to the living room, beautiful, handwoven decorative rugs set the tone of your living space. From there, regardless of the room, selecting the remaining furnishings and décor becomes easy. No matter what the space in question, choosing the right Persian, traditional and oriental rug starts with careful size consideration. Even if you find the patterned rug of your dreams, it will not prove suitable for your living space if it is the wrong size. Therefore, before perusing any custom and bespoke rugs, you should take proper measurements of the corresponding area. 

An oriental carpet is most typically placed in the living quarters, specifically under the sofa and coffee table, under the bed in any or all bedrooms or under the dining table, bringing the room together with its alluring patterns and colors. As such, measuring the furniture is imperative when sizing the area. For example, you need a minimum of 2 extra feet on each side of the dining table to be able to pull back the chairs while remaining on the rug. In the living room the preferable appearance is the sofa placed either on the rug completely or partially, if you choose to place your sofa entirely off the rug then the rug cannot be more than 2 inches away from the front of the sofa. In the bedrooms the rug must align with the entire width of both bedside tables and should be placed in front of the bedside tables and extend the entirety of the length of the bed and then some. This is important to remember so you do not end up with superfluous limitations. Let’s take a more detailed look at decorating tips and how to make the right investment.

  • Determining Rug Size

Start by measuring the width and length of the room you are looking to decorate. Next, subtract 2 to 3 feet from each dimension. Oriental rugs that are 2 or 3 feet smaller than the room makes your living space feel more balanced and open.

  • Determining the Most Flattering Pattern and Design

As we mentioned previously, house interior design involves careful consideration of art and science. If you are decorating a room with a particularly busy aesthetic, choosing neutral colors rather than something colorful and patterned is ideal. Otherwise, the patterns and colors of your floor coverings will clash, promoting an overwhelming and hectic appearance. 

If you decide to go for more custom and bespoke rugs that are colorful and patterned, you want to choose more subdued paint colors and furnishings. By making your oriental rug the focal point of your room, pairing things like paint color and wallpaper becomes more simplified and convenient.

  • Choosing the Right Material

It is important when shopping for decorative rugs that you consider the quality of materials from which it is constructed. Rather than buying a hand-tufted traditional rug with synthetic fibers, opting for wool or silk rugs is ideal as they age better. Synthetic fibers age quickly and poorly, making them far from an ideal investment.

  • Interior Design Ideas and Direction

Decorating your home with oriental rugs creates a fancy atmosphere that guides guests through your living space. If you are decorating a room with custom made rugs, the shape of the room should also come into consideration. For instance, bathrooms and kitchens look fabulous with long, rectangular rugs, creating a noticeable “path”. This adds not only design but a sense of order and interest as well.

  • Creating a Sense of Harmony and Anchorage

If you are placing a Persian rug within a sitting room, be sure that chairs have at least their front legs on the rug at all times. By doing this, you effectively create a look of structure and harmony amidst your home’s decor. 

  • Consider Utilizing Rug Pads

Whether you are placing a rug on hardwood floors or atop fixed carpet, rug pads help to keep your Oriental rug where you have placed it. Not only does it add an extra layer of padding and protection, but it can also help prevent damage to your floors.

  • Consider the Amount of Foot Traffic your Rug will See

Areas of your home that see a lot of foot traffic will ultimately show signs of dirt, water, and anything else our shoes pick up. If you are placing oriental carpet in a high traffic area, try to opt for something with a fairly busy pattern. This way, you reduce the appearance of wear and tear, dirt, water, and more.

  • Take Notice of Air Vents, Outlets, and Wires

Before selecting a new carpet addition to your interior architecture, take inventory of possible obstacles in the area. This includes air vents, electrical wire, outlets, door frames, and the like. Map your pending purchase around these obstacles so they do not become problematic in the future.

  • Choose Handmade over Machine Manufactured

Handmade rugs are typically more durable and long-lasting than their machine-made brethren. While handmade rugs are often noticeably more expensive, their overall investment shines through over time.

Making the Right House Interior Design Choices with Mansour Oriental Rugs

Finding the right antique oriental rug for your living space does not have to be a battle. At the beginning of the architecture and interior design process, these tips help in choosing your carpet and home furnishings. While there is much to take into account before making a purchase, the real key lies with your measurements. Once you know the size of your room, everything else begins to fall into place from patterns to positioning. With this guide in hand, you can successfully create a tranquil, classy atmosphere that guests and family can enjoy for years.