Many first-timers who work with an interior designer may be surprised to learn that rugs are an integral part of the room design. A great rug is the anchor to a design, pulling it together for a cohesive and complete look.
A room without a rug can often look unfinished, especially to the trained eye. Many people may shy away from rugs because they’re unsure of what to look for to best fit their space, but working with any seasoned interior designer will offer some guidance to completing your room and making it functional as well.
Choosing an Area Rug for Your Home
For a long time, the dark red oriental area rugs could be seen in just about every home. Moving forward, the average homeowner doesn’t seem to have rediscovered the appeal of these types of rugs. They aren’t requested by clients anymore, and if they do have one, they’re usually requesting to replace it with a new, updated style.
What has been trending in rugs for many years are Tibetan looks, Oushak, rugs with soft or muted colors or natural looks, like seagrass and sisal rugs.
When choosing a rug, things to consider are size and scale, what the rug is made of, whether it’s durable or made out of something like wool or silk. Other considerations are weaves and knots per square inch, which will determine the price.
My Favorite Rug Designers
Over the years, I’ve worked with many different rug manufacturers, but I have a few designers that are always my go-tos when creating a space. I usually head to Designer Carpets inside ADAC when I’m planning a design for a room, because they carry such a wide selection of colors and styles.
Tamarian is one of my favorite rug manufacturers. All of their rugs are made in Tibet, and are true works of art. Each step in their production is completed with care, and many of the techniques and tools to create them have been unchanged for centuries. They use the finest natural and synthetic fiber blends available, and their dyemasters use a small pot dyeing process to enhance the material’s natural boldness and luster but maintaining colorfastness. These rugs come in a variety of beautiful but muted patterns, with plenty of options for every room.
Another favorite manufacturer of mine is Tufenkian. These rugs are beautiful and have a distinctive look, attributed to their use of exceptional, high-quality materials. The extraordinary level of handwork that is involved in all stages of production starts with the finest Tibetan wool, and to preserve the character and the lanolin inside, the wool fibers are never bleached or scoured. The wool is carded, spun, dyed, knotted exclusively by hand, resulting in a rich texture, subtle stripes of color and an innovative design that are all Tufenkian hallmarks.
If you’re still unsure about choosing a rug to complete a space in your Atlanta or Los Angeles home, contact me. I would be happy to help you come up with the perfect option that fits your room and lifestyle.