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

First off, the buyer needs to determine the immediate purpose that the rug will serve. Is it to serve primarily as insulation or to dampen sound, is it meant to be used as a decorative item, or possibly both? Is it for use at home or in a business environment? Is it for a formal or informal space that the person wishes to create? Is it desirable to use a room-size rug, or perhaps, several smaller ones? [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

When contemplating the state of fine art since the twentieth century, one does not typically analyze the impact and relevance antique (and modern) rugs. Although painting and sculpture are the dominant media of the avant-garde, it is seldom acknowledged that rugs represent a marriage of the two; or a meeting place between object and image. [Read More: What Makes an Antique Rug Contemporary]

5. Antique Rugs for Businesses

The Story of Antique Hunting Scene Rugs

Rugs meant for a business environment will meet different requirements than those for use at home. A rug in a business setting is to some extent an expression of the image that the business seeks to project, so it may require something formal, reserved, or bold and playful; it all depends. But a rug for a place of business will need to stand up to considerable traffic, so it should above all be durable. [Read More: Antique Rugs for Businesses]

6. 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]

7. 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]

8. Not All Rugs Are Made the Same

Not All Rugs Are Made the Same

The issue of rug durability -- that is, how long it will last as well as how resistant it will be to wear and tear -- is an important factor for you to consider when you're buying a new antique rug. It should certainly be noted that not all rugs are produced with the same capacity to stand up to prolonged use - it is certainly true that some rugs hold up better over time than others. [Read More: Not All Rugs Are Made the Same]

9. How to Establish a Rug Budget

How to Establish a Rug Budget

While there are very many factors and criteria that one should consider when purchasing a rug, there are few more important than personal budget and price. The establishment of a realistic “rug budget” will go a very long way in helping you determine which antique rug is best suited to your own unique, individual needs. While budgeting is a very personal practice, there are two general factors that everyone should note when establishing a rug budget. [Read More: How to Establish a Rug Budget]

10. Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs

Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs

Finding the perfect antique rug is only the start of the interior design battle. The style war really begins when you bring your rug home and step foot in the trenches of putting it down. But, don't despair! We've pulled together the handiest tricks of the decor trade to help you lay your rug down the right way - the first time. The most important rule of thumb is measure, measure, measure. [Read More: Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs]

11. Comfort vs. Appearance in Handmade Rugs

Comfort vs Appearance in Handmade Rugs

Hand made rugs are relatively complex, multifaceted works of art. As such, there are a great number of factors to consider when evaluating such pieces for your own purchase, and, sometimes, the process of choosing a rug for yourself may seem a bit daunting. But don't worry - you've certainly come to the right place for help. [Read More: Comfort vs. Appearance in Handmade Rugs]

12. 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]

13. 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]

14. 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]

15. Guide To The Different Types Of Antique Rugs

Guide To The Different Types Of Antique Rugs

A trained eye will be able to distinguish a true Persian carpet from other types of rugs, and will also be able to recognize the many different styles of rugs just through observation. [Read More: Guide To The Different Types Of Antique Rugs]

16. 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 Take Care of Your Antique Rugs]