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Different Rug Styles: A Buyer’s Guide

Area carpets are fabric floor coverings put over another completed flooring layer. Rugs do not stretch wall to wall, they are used for anchoring objects (tables and sofas should be placed either completely on the carpet or around it).

Rugs put together the colours of the space, add texture and accent, create space, make a room more relaxed as a spot to lie down. They are the right companion to hard-surface wood floors. When mounted on a wall, it can also be used for aesthetic reasons.

Needlepoint

Hand sewn needlework mats make an elaborate design. They are not ideal for high foot traffic areas like the entrances, as they’re very fragile and can easily become ruined. They are often used as decorative elements in houses as they are attractive.

Shag

Soft fabric cut stack rug with really long threads. Good for low-traffic places, as decorations underneath tables and in front of a fireplace or TV (they are best for barefoot). Rya rugs from Sweden are a perfect illustration of this.

Rya mats are typical Nordic wool mats with a shag-like stack of 1-3 inches. They are knotted, each of which consists of three strands of wool, which allows the rug to have a rich texture of all the various hues of colour. The term originates from a town in the southwest of Sweden and may also relate to a type of sheep whose wool has been used to create rya rugs.

Flat Weave

A flat weave runner is a simple way to upgrade the floor in any space, thanks to their thin profiles and a very short pile. Also known as Indian throws, flat-weave rugs have a soft feel and a global design all at a reasonable price.

Plus, most flat woven rugs are reversible double the wear. They are a perfect choice for high-traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens or entrances, and offices with pushchairs. They have a range of uses depending on scale, pattern and content. They are mostly made of wool, cotton, silk or jute.

Kilim

They are plain tapestry-woven rugs or carpets developed from Pakistan to the Balkans. Kilims may be strictly decorative or can be used as prayer rugs. Modern kilims are common floor coverings in western residences. Kilims are created by closely intertwining the wraps and weft strands of the weave to create a flat surface without a pile.

Some Kilim’s also come in braided rug round types.

Oriental Rugs

Popular use of the term “Oriental rug” is used as a common mark for almost every type of textured pile rugs. Real oriental rugs come from China, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Nepal, Turkey, Tibet, Pakistan, some of the southern parts of the former Soviet Union (such as Armenia or Azerbaijan), Balkan countries such as Albania and Romania, and some North African countries such as Egypt and Morocco. They are the most flexible in terms of decoration because they fit exceptionally well with a range of design types and colours from traditional to contemporary.

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