Oriental rugs are beautiful additions to any room. But with so many shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from, finding the perfect rug can be difficult. Not to mention, most of us aren't very well versed in just what makes an Oriental rug valuable. So here is a quick guide to help you start making your decision.
Know Your Dealer
If you're like most people, you have no idea what exactly makes a good Oriental rug. That's why the first tip to any rug shopper is to know your dealer. Do some research before deciding to purchase a piece from any Oriental rug retailer. It is worth the time to check into the Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA) to make sure your chosen dealer is a member of this prestigious group.
Oriental rugs are a fantastic way to make a room seem larger than it actually is. So when choosing, be sure to know the dimensions of the room in which you are planning to place the rug. It is highly recommended that you leave an open border around the edge of your rug to enhance the feel of the room. Also important to consider is the furniture in the room. Be sure to purchase an Oriental rug that will be large enough to fully accommodate pieces of furniture. If a chair or sofa hangs off the edge of the rug, you may run the risk of pulling and fraying the fringes.