Carson, interior decorator, calls area rugs
art you can walk on.
years, wall to wall carpeting was the floor covering of choice in
homes across the country. These days, people want to show off
their handsome hardwood floors and cover only select spaces. You
can do that beautifully with area rugs, according to
Milwaukee-based interior designer Sally Carson.
Area rugs are like art you can
walk on. And there are a million possibilities, all depending on
your needs and your budget, she said.
Area rugs can be plain or fancy,
with a single color or a kaleidoscope of
colors. They can even be made to match a piece of artwork, Carson
said. This works best with a piece of contemporary art that
uses geometric patterns and shapes. We can copy the pattern onto a
rug. Ive done this many times for my clients, she added.
These are known as carved rugs.
Perhaps the most commonly
recognized type of area rug is an Oriental. Oriental rugs are
available in a wide variety of styles, colors and price ranges.
There are so many different qualities of rugs. It is a vast
market, depending on how much money you want to spend, said Bob
Kashou of Kashou Carpets in Milwaukee. Using area rugs over
hardwood flooring is more popular today than it has ever been,
he said, noting that the term Oriental can mean a rug that
originates in a number of countries including China, Persia,
Turkey, Pakistan and others. Very generally speaking, there are
two large categoriesfloral and geometric design, Kashou
Despite what you might think,
Orientals can work in any décor, according to Kashou. For
example, florals work well with Victorian, traditional or 18th
Century furnishings, while geometric patterns are well suited to
informal and contemporary settings. Geometrics can be dressed
up or down. They are quite flexible, he explained.
If you are planning to purchase a
rug, especially an Oriental, it makes sense to consult an expert.
If you are going to spend a considerable amount, you might want
to take an appraiser. And, an interior designer can help you
recognize a good value. Its difficult to do it on your own,
Much also depends on where you plan
to use the rug. Choose something that will suit your familys
needs. If you have a 2-year-old child, it doesnt make sense to
buy a $15,000 rug to put under the dining room table, she said.
Kashou agrees. If it is strictly
a look that you are after, not an investment, there are numerous
manufacturers producing machine made or power loomed rugs that are
wonderful. If you want to buy something that will maintain or
increase its value over the years, the only rugs that will hold
their value are handmade rugs, he said.
Good area rugs, whether Oriental or
not, require attention. They need regular light vacuuming and
professional cleaning on a regular basis, Kashou said.
Dont try to shampoo it
yourself. If a rug is not cleaned properly, colors can fade or
bleed, he said. A good Oriental rug properly taken care can
last 100 years.