Do you have specific colors you are working with?
If you are not concerned with colors, are starting a room from scratch, or are redecorating, your oriental rug search may be simple. You get to select a rug based upon only what you are attracted to. Many interior designers find that it is much easier to select the rug for a room before determining colors or furniture selection. Why? The oriental rug will determine you color palette, and with over 3000 years of practice with color, oriental rug designers have a way with color coordination and color harmony. Designers also often select the rugs first because an oriental rug is a limited work of art, whereas paint color and fabric sample can be reproduced and are virtually limitless.
If you are not redecorating or staring from scratch, then you will need to take a little bit of information with you when you go rug shopping. Essentially, you want to determine what you main 3-5 colors are in the room. These are the colors that you will want elements of in the rug to compliment and enhance what is already in the home.
A side note here - Whenever possible, take any paint samples, fabrics, cushions, etc. with you when looking at rugs. Not only will it help narrow down inventory, but it will also help with differences between the lighting in the store and your home.
A second side note - A good oriental rug dealer will offer to come out to your home to take notes about your space and colors. Requesting that your dealer do this may help you save time and money in finding the perfect oriental rug. Not only will the dealer know his inventory, but will often know of rugs outside of his inventory that may be the perfect piece.
Here are the main elements of color that you need to know for your room:
- Floor Color: Hardwood or tile? Light or dark browns, golds, etc?
- Wall colors
- Colors in you upholstered furniture.
- Colors in adjoining rooms which can be seen.
Do you have design or style preferences?
Oriental Rugs are usually divided into two categories when it comes to their patterns and designs: floral or geometric.
Floral patterns (also called curvilinear) have floral motifs and patterns, with curved outlines and tendrils. These rugs usually require more knots per square inch in order to keep the fine lines and curves from looking blocky or out of focus.
Geometric patterns (often called tribal) were originally woven by nomadic tribes and small villages on primitive looms. They are usually simple and bold and do not require a large number of knots per square inch to achieve the desired look.
Deciding upon the design of your rugs is often simply a matter of person preference. While existing fabrics and textures in your room may limit your selections slightly, our clients are usually drawn to one type of pattern or the other. Some designs may feel more formal, or more casual, but it is often the style of your furniture that will determine the mood of the room. Many rug dealers (like us) will employ on-staff interior designers or decorators to help you with your selections. Once you have found a few rug options- be sure to ask if you can take them on approval for a couple of days. Seeing the rugs in your own home, with your colors, and your lighting can make the decision making process much easier.