Whether you are looking for a rug to enhance your living space today or acquiring rugs as investments, both decorative and investment quality rugs can be expected to, at the very least, hold their value, or as is more common, appreciate in value.
It is essential to buy the best rug you can afford, and to buy only from a reputable dealer who will educate and advise you on what available pieces are of “investment quality. A knowledgeable rug dealer will always be happy to search for those pieces that are both of special interest to you and offered at fair market prices.
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Considerations when choosing a RUG
Construction Quality – Quality in a hand-knotted rug is generally determined by the following factors:
1- New & Antique hand-knotted rugs
- The number of Knots per Square Inch (K.P.S.I).
- The city of origin (origin is related to K.P.S.I insofar as rugs produced in specific cities are known to have been manufactured with specific numbers of Knots per Square Inch.
- The grade of wool and/or use of silk.
2- Antique hand-knotted rugs only:
- Overall condition.
The bottom line is…determine your rug budget and seek to purchase the best quality rug you can afford. You’ll never regret it because you’ll be investing in a lifetime of enjoyment!
Although the look you’d like to achieve may influence the size of the rugs you choose, here are a few rules-of-thumb that might provide additional help:
- Bring room measurements with you when rug shopping so you can easily determine whether a particular piece will fit your furnishing plan.
- Appropriately-sized rugs for the dining room must permit all of the legs of each chair to remain on the rug as the chairs are pushed back from the table. By calculating the width of the table (plus at least 36”) and the length (plus at least 36”), the two totals will be the minimum width and length of a rug that can accommodate the dining set.
- Larger living room-size rugs should complement both the shape of the room and the configuration of the furniture. With one large conversation area, choose a rug that covers and “frames” the entire area, large enough so that at least a third of the furniture can be placed upon it. An oversized room with two smaller conversation areas would look best with separate rugs, compatible in color and pattern, for each area.
- Rugs for a bedroom should be of sufficient size that, when one third of a rug is placed under the bed, the other two-thirds create a nice “mat” at the foot of the bed. Runners also work well on the sides and foot of beds.
- Hallways are enhanced when a runner-sized rug is placed down the center of the hallway so that 6” of the floor is visible on each side. Doorways at the end of hallways look their best when the rug covers the floor until it nearly reaches the threshold of the door opening. Doors opening onto hallways should swing open easily. This may sometimes necessitate reducing the door bottom in order to create enough clearance so that the door does not “catch” the rug each time it opens.