Guide to Rugs and Carpets

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A Comprehensive Guide to Rugs and Antique Carpets

Guide to Rugs - The Nazmiyal Collection of antique rugs has assembled a series of articles designed to introduce to the world of antique Oriental rugs. From lists of resources, to tips for decorating, to the differences between certain types of antique rugs, the articles below are sure to aid you on your quest to learn more about this unique and wonderful art form.

1. Books to Read About Handmade Rugs

Books to Read About Handmade Rugs

If you are actively seeking to purchase a rug or if you have a serious interest in rugs, it is advisable to look into the available literature. Rug aficionados may wish to learn about the history and typology of rugs. There are various books on this subject currently available. Those with a serious interest in collecting may also wish to follow auction catalogs as a guide to market value and availability. [Read More: Books to Read About Handmade Rugs]


2. Use of Rugs in Decoration

Use of Rugs in Decoration

It’s important that you have a pre-determined purpose for a rug prior to searching the vast variety of styles available. Some rugs work best for insulation or sound dampening, others serve better as pure decoration. Perhaps you want a rug that is both decorative and utilitarian? You’ll need to consider whether the rug will be used at home or in a business / office. You should also consider whether you are trying to convey a sense of formality or not. These are just a few of the things you’ll want to consider before shopping. [Read More: Use of Rugs in Decoration ]


3. Finding the Right Rug to Buy

Finding the Right Rug to Buy

So you've made the decision, the big decision: you've decided that you want to go shopping for an antique rug for your home. After all, there are precious few things better at tying an entire room room together than a beautiful antique rug. However, you find that rather than excitement, you are feeling complicated things like trepidation and a lack of certainty. [Read More: Finding the Right Rug to Buy]


4. What Makes an Antique Rug Contemporary?

What Makes an Antique Rug Contemporary

Oftentimes the significance and relevance of antique rugs has been understated by people when talking about the ways that art was presented in the twentieth century. Although rugs tend to be an afterthought, they can sometimes be seen as a representation of the dominant artistic expressions of the time. Rugs have a unique potential to express a sense of contemporary value not seen in other antiques. [Read More: What Makes an Antique Rug Contemporary]


5. Informal Rugs vs. Formal Rugs

Informal Rugs vs Formal Rugs

In a high-powered business space, formality is appropriate for rooms where one meets clients, board rooms etc. In residential space, foyers, living, and dining rooms may require formality, and perhaps libraries as well. Informal rugs work well in more relaxed business environments. For home décor informal pieces are generally appropriate to dens, family rooms, bedrooms. [Read More: Informal vs. Formal Rugs]


6. Rugs for Wall Hangings

Rugs as Wall Hangings

Although created as floor covering, smaller rugs also make excellent wall hangings or furniture coverings. A good antique with an effective design worthy of sustained attention will work much like a painting when hung on the wall. This is why many people choose to display their Rugs as Wall Hangings. [Read More: Rugs for Wall Hangings]


7. Not All Rugs Are Made the Same

Not All Rugs Are Made the Same

It goes without saying that some rugs are created with more thought put into durability and longevity than other rugs. Some rugs have a much greater potential to survive continued use, and this should be factored into your decision making. A lot of factors go into determining the durability of a rug, from the materials to the methods used in production. [Read More: Not All Rugs Are Made the Same]


8. Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs

Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs

Once you’ve found the perfect rug, the fight for beautiful interior design has only just begun. As soon as you bring your new rug home and lay it down there are a multitude of problems that may occur. However, we’ve compiled a list of the most useful tricks that interior designers use to place your rug perfectly the first time. As with anything else in design, the most important rule is to measure once, and then measure again. [Read More: Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs]


9. Comfort vs. Appearance in Handmade Rugs

Comfort vs Appearance in Handmade Rugs

The field of handmade rugs can be tricky to navigate, especially when you are trying to evaluate such a complex piece of art for use in your own home. There are a number of useful factors to keep in mind, and they can help you narrow down your choices much easier. If you’re concerned about choosing a rug for yourself, you’ve come to the best place for advice. [Read More: Comfort vs. Appearance in Handmade Rugs]


10. How to Run an Electrical Wire Through a Rug

How to Run an Electrical Wire through a Rug

Below we will out line the steps that you should take for snaking an electrical wire through an antique rug without causing damage (we suggest having an electrician do this). First Remove the plug from the end of the wire. [Read More: How to Run an Electrical Wire Through a Rug]


11. Green Design and Eco-Friendly Rugs

Eco Friendly Rugs

It's really no secret anymore that conserving and protecting the environment is a top notch priority in the world today. We see it everywhere, whether it be in the Hybrid vehicles driving past us, or solar panels on rooftops; people are taking a strong interest in reducing the level of pollution delivered to the environment by modifying many different aspects in their lives. [Read More: Green Design and Eco-Friendly Rugs]


12. Antique Carpets Throughout History

Antique Carpets Throughout History

The history of antique carpets is inextricably tied in with the history of the peoples who wove them. An ancient craft, the art of carpet weaving has been practiced by human societies from all over the world for millennia. Because of this ancient history, antique rugs have gone through countless shifts in style and technique over the centuries. [Read More: Antique Carpets Throughout History]


13. Guide To The Different Types Of Antique Rugs

Guide To The Different Types Of Antique Rugs

Experts can distinguish legitimate Persian carpets from other types of rugs easily, and have the ability to recognize many different types and styles of rugs with just a glance. This is a skill that takes time to master, but there are a few key things to try and keep in mind. [Read More: Guide To The Different Types Of Antique Rugs]


14. How to Take Care of Your Antique Rugs

How to Take Care of Your Antique Rugs

Routine maintenance of your antique rug or vintage carpet is essential to preserving its beauty. Below, find a useful list of tips and tricks designed to help you take care of your antique rugs. [Read More: How to Clean and Take Care of Your Antique Rugs]