Decorating Your Home with Antique Rugs & Carpets

October 20, 2010 by
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Antiques rugs
by CarpetView

Decorating Your Home with Antique Rugs & CarpetsDecorating your home may seem like an overwhelming task at times, but knowing where to start is key to transforming your living space into a home that makes you smile whenever you walk in. If you ask any of the top designers where they start when planning a room, they’ll tell you that the floor covering will determine the decor of the space. This is because the rug or carpet is often the most expensive item in the room and it is easier to match the other elements of the room to the rug rather than vice versa.

Nowadays designers are rediscovering antique rugs as a method to decorate interiors. Interior decorators find that the colors, the patina, and the charm of antique rugs & carpets far supersede what is available in the commercial market and that antique rugs are always truly unique and one-of-a-kind. In simple terms, antique rugs are the perfect way to set your home apart from the commercialness of mass-produced decor.

So what is an antique rug and why are they perfect decorating tools? The term antique simply means that the rug is at least 80 years old. Like most anything else rugs that were woven to meet the highest standards when they were made are constructed to stand the test of time. Not only will they be useable (granted they were kept in good condition by the owner — naturally most things of high quality are purchased by people who care about the item so many antique rugs are still in great condition today) but they also transform during their lifetime: the dyes will often take on different hues and become more subdued and beautiful over time. One such occurance of this is called an abrash which is a line or multiple lines in the rug that seem to be a different color. This happens when the weaver uses different batches of wool when weaving a single carpet and is often seen in tribal and nomadic rugs since the weaver may have to weave small amounts at a time as materials become available.

Now that you have established the reasons for decorating with antique rugs you may be wondering what kind of rug to choose and how to go about finding an antique rug. If you are using an interior designer to help you decorate, you want to make sure that that person is familiar with antique rugs and knows a good source for antique carpets. If you are decorating by yourself make sure you can find a good dealer you can trust. A good dealer will not only have a large enough selection for you to find the piece you want, but will also make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase from them — they will offer to have you see the rugs on approval meaning letting you keep the rug at your home so that you can see how it looks in the space. They will also take rugs in on trade so that if you decide to upgrade the rug you buy from them or are moving and would like to trade-in a rug for a new space, the dealer will take the rug back for credit towards something else. Most of all you have to feel comfortable purchasing the piece at a price you think is fair.

Antique rugs are so versatile in their designs and colors that you are sure to find the perfect piece for your home. If you are looking for a piece to match the decor you already have established it is best to ask the dealer or designer you are working with to put together a selection for you that you think will work based on the size, colors, and design of your room. Otherwise if you are just starting to design your home, choosing the right rug to set the tone of the room will make further decorating much easier. Either way, antique rugs and carpets are the perfect choice when designing the interior of your home.

A New York antique rug dealer since 1980, Nazmiyal has a highly specialized and user-friendly website with an extensive inventory of antique pieces of every type, size, and style. An inventory of this range and quality is based on years of experience and effort in searching out the best pieces from sources all over the world.

Nazmiyal is also a natural magnet that constantly attracts those interested in selling rugs. Even within the bustling New York rug market with its international contacts, Nazmiyal provides a major focal point or nexus, all of which is at the disposal of Nazmiyal’s clients, whether they are dealers, interior designers, or private retail customers. If you want an Oriental carpet, New York is the place to be, and within New York itself, the place to be is Nazmiyal.

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