Choosing a Rug – Comfort vs. Appearance

Choosing a Rug and Interior Decoration

Comfort vs. Appearance

Choosing a Rug: Comfort vs. Appearance – Hand woven antique 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!

While rugs and carpets appeal most immediately to us on a visual level, possessing gorgeous, intricate designs comprised of masterful line work and brilliant color application, it is important to remember that such pieces are also tactile, three dimensional objects that exist to serve a utilitarian function – as cushioning and insulation. It is important for potential buyers to consider the extent to which this particular aspect of the rug will matter to them, and whether it will ultimately influence the decision of which rug is chosen.

Choosing a Rug - Comfort vs. Appearance
Choosing a Rug – Comfort vs. Appearance

If you as a buyer determine that in fact you need some heft to your antique rug, then higher pile village or tribal weaving like Gabbehs or certain Tibetan rugs will be more appropriate than many other types of rugs for your needs. In fact, many other types of rugs are deliberately made with a lower pile to emphasize the precision of the drawing in the design. Various new rug productions are also made in a thicker pile with a notable cushioning effect.

However, antique rugs may be less appropriate for those who desire high, cushy pile, since even if in good condition, they tend to have a lower pile due to wear. Above all things, when  you embark on the quest of choosing a rug for your home, the most important thing to remember is that the rug that ultimately choose should be one that makes you happy.