One of the first things you will need to do before choosing the right large Persian rug for your home is to decide on the exact shape and size of the rug. The best way to do this is to visualize the rug in your home. Once you know where the rug would go, mark the area out with a little masking tape. This will help you define the area needed for the rug and will give you a better idea of how it would look in that position. Next, take note of the measurements you have taken and head to the store.
Get the feel first
Before you set out on looking at large Persian rugs on sale, you should be prepared. Take a look at a few carpet/rug books to get a feel of which ones you want. Flicking through the pages of a catalog will quickly give you an idea of the designs and colours which appeal to you. Examine the picture with great care and in doing this you will find that a rug made in Istanbul greatly differs from one crafted in Baluchistan.
Persian Rug Shapes and Sizes
The shape of your rug will firstly be determined by your particular taste and secondly by the room and area you are looking to place your rug. The size of your rug will be determined by the amount of space you have to work within your chosen room or area. A great tip here is that your rug should at least cover at least one-third area of the floor.
* Rectangular – Rectangular rugs are the most common rugs in the world and are rectangular in shape varying in size. Rectangular rugs are suited to large areas, such as living areas and dining rooms.
* Runner – A runner rug is very long and narrow and rectangular in shape. Runners are most commonly used in hallways, stairways, and entrances.
* Round – Round rugs are equal in length and width. Round rugs can be used in living areas under round coffee tables to add emphasis to the middle of the area.
* Oval – Oval rugs are quite uncommon and have no set standard sizing available.
* Square – Square rugs are equal in length and width. Square area rugs are ideal for square rooms.
* Odd Shapes – Often some oddly shaped rugs are available, such as octagonal and hexagonal.
Handy Rug Laying Hints
If you are planning on using your rug to define an area there should be no more than two feet of empty rug extending out from behind the furniture. If you are using a rug to define the area it should be unifying and bringing together all of the elements in the room to create a sense calm and collectedness.
A rug for a dining room should extend eighteen inches to twenty-four inches beyond the table, with generally an eight- by ten-foot rug working in most living rooms and dining rooms.