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How to take the stress out of picking the perfect rug

Follow these tips to easily choose a rug that will elevate your space.

Think of a rug as a focal point of your space. A high-quality rug can literally elevate any room in your home. So, what do we mean by high-quality? The most lasting and durable rugs made are those that are hand-knotted. This practice goes back a few thousand years. The process starts with a hand drawn design that shows every color and style element on graph paper. The design is then given to the weavers, who begin the process of making the rug one knot at a time. The cost is considerably higher than a machine-made rug, but you literally get what you pay for – meaning a hand-knotted rug can last well over 100 years.

Style matters

Most rugs fit into the following style categories:

· Modern – often have bold patterns with splashes of color or may contain subtle style elements in a single color family

· Transitional – contain elements of modern and traditional patterns fused together

· Traditional – typically have ornate patterns and a high level of detail

Pick a color palette

There are thousands of color combinations to choose from when it comes to rugs. If you want to make your rug the star of the show, choose bolder colors from pieces in your space. Look at your throw pillows or window treatments and showcase some of the dominant colors into your rug choice.

Choose the right material

Not all materials are created equal – so choose wisely. Pick only high quality, organic materials like wool and silk. You will be glad you did as these are the materials that last for generations. If you are adding a rug to a high traffic area, consider wool as it is very durable and easy to clean. For a bit more drama, with subtle shimmery elements, silk is a winner. You can also choose a rug that is a wool and silk blend to combine the best of both worlds.

Decide on a size and shape

Once you have your style, color family and material, the last piece of the puzzle is choosing the size and shape. The most common rug sizes are 8 x 10, 9 x 12 and 10 x 14. You can of course special order a custom rug size if you have a smaller or larger space. As for the shape, a rectangular rug will fit into just about any room. For smaller spaces, round rugs are a good choice as they make the room appear larger.

Many people build an entire room around a rug. After all, hand-knotted rugs often become family heirlooms since they have such a long lifespan. For a wide selection of fine, hand-knotted rugs, visit

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