In ancient civilizations, the floor rug was often considered the family's
most prized possession. Area rugs served as flooring, sitting, and
sleeping surfaces and also gave home interiors a little zing.
While area rugs today aren't needed to serve quite so many purposes at
once, they are still widely appreciated. In fact, some of the finest
handmade rugs are seen as works of art. Today, a floor rug can be a
quick interior design solution that reinvents a room, breathes new life
into dull decor, and provides warmth and depth. Functionally, an
area rug can be used to muffle sound and protect floors.
Area rugs are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles.
They come in just about every color and all types of patterns, from
traditional to contemporary. Some rug patterns show the artistic
traditions of certain regions, such as New England, Brazil, or Peru.
Area rugs may be made from natural fibers such as wool, cotton, and sisal,
or from synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, and olefin.
Area rugs are usually loose-laid, in contrast to wall-to-wall carpeting
which is tacked to the floor. Used in this manner, an area rug can
provide a dramatic accent to hardwood floors or other types of flooring.
Oriental rug designs are categorized as either Persian or Turkic.
Persian designs tend to be floral, curvilinear, and finely detailed,
whereas Turkish rug designs are usually angular and geometric.
Historically, oriental rugs have been traded in bazaars and this tradition
of bargains and discounts has carried over to the present-day area rug