Choosing an oriental rug can be rather difficult with such a wide variety of styles, colors, and patterns. Each rug tells a different story that can transform your room. Whether you want it to be your focal point or you want it to accent your preexisting décor; there is a beautiful, hand-knotted rug waiting for you.

So, what is the best way to go about selecting a new rug? Here are a few tips to simplify the rug selection process from the design experts at Curtain & Carpet Concepts.

Consider Your Budget

Establish a price range for purchasing a new rug and stick to it. This will help you to narrow your options a bit and help you to feel less overwhelmed by all of the curtain choices you are presented with. It may also help you to decide on the type of rug. A rug made with wool will cost less than a rug dominantly made of silk. Many rugs today are a combination of both wool and silk. But yet again, the more silk that is present in a rug, the more expensive it will be.

Look at The Rug in Different Lighting

Lighting makes a huge difference when it comes to the colors woven within your oriental rug. Colors will change due to the different sunlight. When its sunny the rug will look different as opposed to when it is cloudy. This is also true for sunrise and sunset.

See the Rug in Your Home

The best way to see if a rug is correct for your home is to actually see the rug in the space. A rug will pick up colors from the woods, metals, furniture, and art. In the store you will not get this full effect. The best way to see a rug is under your feet. We recommend living with it for a few days to see of the rug is right for you.

Look at Both the Dark and Light Side

The direction of a rug’s threads results in the it’s light and dark shades. Depending on the weaving technique and fiber’s luster, some carpets have further contrast in color than others. Fibers are laid out at such an angle that they will do one of two things: they will either reflect light or absorb it. When we talk about the rug’s lighter side, we’re talking about how the light reflects off the fiber’s sides, giving the rug a brighter gloss. Similarly, the dark side of the rug’s cut wool tips absorb light rather than reflect it, thus giving the rug a deeper tone. The change in sides is subtle and you will still see all the colors both ways. Although both sides are beautiful, one may be better suited for your home placement and the colors within.

Need assistance with choosing new oriental rug for a room in your home? Contact the design professionals at Curtain & Carpet Concepts in Saratoga NY. Our team of curtain experts can help you find or custom design the curtains you need to create the look you’ve imagined. Call (518) 587-4818 to schedule a free design consultation today!