Area Rugs: Tips When Buying

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Are you looking into buying new rugs for you home? Do you already know what you are looking for? Just like any other purchase, it is a must that you should know what to look for when buying area rugs. There are a lot of varieties that you can choose from when it comes to rugs and it is easy to get lost in the process, especially when you don’t know what you are looking for. In this article, you will be able to find some tips that may help you decide which area rug is best suited to your needs.

 

Buying Tip 1: Purpose

For what purpose are you buying an area rug for? Are you buying so the next generation can inherit it? Or are you buying to use the rugs as protection? Once you have answered these questions, then it would be easy for you to know which type and quality of rug to look for when you visit a rug or carpet store. You have to remember that rugs come in different shapes, color, sizes, and purposes. Some rugs are not meant to be used under heavy furniture, and some rugs are just used to enhance the aesthetic appearance of an entire room. Thus, you have to decide for which purpose you are buying.

 

Buying Tip 2: Modern or Traditional

Do you prefer to have a more traditional look for your rugs? Or do you want something that is modern looking? You also have to answer this question. But, the answer to your question should be one that is according to how the entire room where the rug will be installed looks like. If your room looks more traditional and classic, it is recommended that you opt for the traditional area rugs that have classic designs with fringe and borders. One good example of this variety is a traditional Persian rug. On the one hand, if your room is more modern looking, it is recommended that you blend in a more modern looking rug. These rugs are made with Western designs woven using modern technology. The decision whether to opt for a modern or traditional rug is dependent on how your entire room looks like. However, if you have a keen eye with fashion and knows which design and color goes well with the furniture in your house, you can always experiment, and mix and match.

 

Buying Tip 3: Size and Shape

Before heading to the rug store, it is a must that you know how big the area and the area rug should be. If not, you would end up wasting time traveling to and from your home to the store. Thus, take a measuring tape and measure your area in inches, centimeters, or meters. This should give you an idea of how big your area rug should be. In addition, you have to determine the shape of the area you are putting the rug in. Is it circular? Or is it quadrilateral in shape? The size and shape of your rug would also depend on the purpose that you want the rug to satisfy. Remember first buying tip in this article. When measuring for a rug for protection purposes, you should include the space where your furniture is installed. However, there is no need to do so if you only want to cover a specific area in your home without any furniture involved.

 

Buying Tip 4: Rug Quality

Remember modern and traditional rugs. It is easy to determine whether a rug is hand-made or machine made. Machine made rugs look like it came out of a printing machine. But a hand-made rug would look like it was made by painter – course but beautiful. At face value, it may be difficult to determine which one is made the modern way or the traditional way. One tip that you can do is to check the back of the rugs. If the back looks like it is irregular, not smooth and uniform, chances are it is made by hand. If you see the opposite, then it is a modern rug. Aside from checking how uniform the backside of the rug is, one indicator that would tell you the quality of the rug is its color and how balanced it is. If some part of the rug shows faded colors, then you should not buy that rug. Quality rugs are not easy to bleed or fade. A quality rug would also have shiny and lustrous fibers. This is another indicator that the rug you are buying or about to buy is high quality.

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