Artwork on the floor! Those few words perfectly describe the beauty and uniqueness that a carefully designed and crafted area rug can provide for your home. Area rugs are true conversation pieces in your home, and allow you to express your individuality by bringing character into a room.
- They are practical. With wood floors and ceramic tile so prominent in today’s homes, area rugs offer both protection for your floors, and also provide your feet with cushioned comfort. They may even help lower your heating bills by providing insulation on the floor.
- As you can see in the “after” picture, area rugs can define a space and make a large room seem cozy and inviting. The coordinating rugs in this room provide two separate conversation areas.
- Plush area rugs are great sound absorbers. If your flooring was changed from carpet to a hard surface, your open concept room will be noisier. The rug’s textured surface will absorb noise instead of causing it to echo.
If you have a small space, and wish it to appear larger, then a large patterned area rug is the perfect design solution. Graphics or large stylized floral motifs can repeat other design elements in your room.
Does your room need more color? A multi-colored area rug might be just the perfect color road map you need. If the accessories in your room repeat colors from your rug, you will create a professional look.
Today’s dynamic area rugs run the gamut from those with an oriental motif to contemporary styles. Colors abound and are almost as plentiful as the patterns you can select. There are almost as many fibers and construction techniques as there are colors: hand knotted, hand tufted, hand loomed shag, hand loomed flat weave, machine made. Fibers include wool, polyester, nylon, jute and olefin. Did you know a hand-knotted 8×10 rug can take a year to construct? Or that New Zealand wool is the highest quality wool because it has longer fibers and will not shed as much as other wool? A rug pad under your rug will extend the life of your rug and protect your floor, so always add the appropriate pad.
So add a splash of color and texture to your rooms with a carefully chosen area rug. Whatever style you choose, area rugs are guaranteed to create interest and excitement… truly adding unique and unusual artwork to your floor