When we think of traditional area rugs, we often think of rugs that have a classic look like Oriental, Persian, French Country, Floral, Aubusson, and others. Each style can be found in a variety of colors and is constructed using expert techniques. This allows their owners to enjoy them for years to come. These rugs add a more classic look to any room’s traditional decor.
An abundant variety of color palettes ranging from soft hues to rich, luxurious color schemes ensure the shopper will have a successful search for the “right” rug. A traditional rug can add a classy look and feel to any formal setting, but is still appropriate in the more casual bedroom setting.
In addition to enhancing the appearance of a room, a properly sized rug can cover a substantial floor area and provide warmth. People usually spread them on hardwood floors, tile floors, or other hard surfaces. Flooring options like these often feel hard and cold. A traditional area rug warms the floor, creating a pleasantly soft surface for your feet, retains heat, and softens the look of the room, too.
Shapes and sizes
Many Victorian and early American homes have hardwood floors that are accented with large, traditionally rectangular rugs. These substantially cover the floor, leaving only a margin of visible wood flooring around the room. Today, many colonial and country-style homes often comprise traditional braided oval or round rugs placed under the kitchen or dining room table and chairs. This anchors them solidly in the middle of the room. Traditional rugs will also often be placed in front of a fireplace, and these come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Construction and Materials
Many traditional rugs are hand-woven or hand-knotted. Weavers still create high-end, antique oriental rugs in this traditional way. Colonial America gave birth to a new type of traditional rug, the rag rug or braided rug. Their weavers typically construct the rugs from long strips or rags of braided cloth and then sew them together to create a level surface. Alternatively, a weaver may weave rag rugs on a loom using strips of rags and strong fibers or yarn.
Depending on the type of rug, traditional rugs can be made from camel wool or hair, 100% cotton fabric, or other natural fibers. Lately, traditional-looking rugs have also been made from polyester and other synthetic fiber blends.
Select a rug
When looking for a traditional area rug to put in your home, you should first look at the style and colors of your home. You must select a style compatible with your style and appearance, both in materials and colors that harmonize with your decoration.
Second, think about how much wear and tear the rug will take where you intend to put it. This should help you determine your budget, meaning how much you’d rather spend on the carpet, relative to how quickly you expect to replace it and the materials that need to be made up of it.
Some materials last longer and may resist stains better than others. The method of construction of your traditional rug and the materials from which it is made will determine both its price and its durability. This also means that certain rugs will of course be easier to clean than others.
Lastly, you should measure the room you want to place the rug in to determine the best size for your rug. You need to make sure that the rug fits the room and properly matches the furniture in the room, so that it enhances your decor. For traditional area rugs, there are two good ways to arrange furniture.
The first is to lay it either flat on the rug, with part of the rug extending past the back edge of the furniture. That would resemble a placemat used to display and hold your tableware.
On the other hand, if you position the rug so that the front edges of the furniture are right on the edge of the rug, holding it down so it doesn’t move and yet frame the rug, so to speak, it creates a nice cozy area of conversation.