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Guide to Rug Design

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Area rugs are one of the best ways to add color, style and comfort to your home. "These versatile splashes of color give a room both personality and function. Try combining different patterned area rugs. For example, a plaid area rug and a floral area rug for a very contemporary look," said Tanya Amri, Allied Trade Group Design Associate."Also, don't be afraid to change your rugs with the seasons. Try rich and vibrant colors this fall with layers of animal print to give your home an updated look".

If it's classic you're looking for, nothing is as elegant as an heirloom quality Oriental area rug on a gleaming hardwood floor, or more charming than a handcrafted braided rug on a beautifully tiled surface. Consider the different shapes, textures and quality of today's area rugs to fit your style.

Trends in Rugs

Shag Rugs

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Decorating with shag area rugs is one of the easiest ways to revitalize and update any room in your home. From adding warmth to a tiled floor to protecting hardwood, Shag carpeting can serve many purposes in your home.

Shag rugs can bring colorful patterns and designs into your room. If you are looking to add an extra sense of comfort to your living room or bedroom, a shag area rug will revive your surroundings with fashioned comfort.

Bamboo Rugs

Environmentally friendly bamboo is appearing in all sorts of products for the home these days. From bamboo countertops and bed sheets to bamboo flooring and table lamps, bamboo is one of the hottest sustainable products in the market. If you want to incorporate bamboo into your home but are not sure how, try a bamboo area rug.

"Whether you are using a large bamboo area rug to add focal depth or a smaller area rug to accent a space, bamboo is a timeless and durable decorating option," said James Tuggle, ATG Stores Design Manager.

Natural, raw materials in classic brown and coffee shades provide flexible usage and a cool, cozy feeling, and make bamboo rugs the perfect choice for your summer decor.

Selection Tips

In selecting an area rug, the rug has to first fit the room. Consider how the room is used, how much traffic the room gets, how it will be viewed and under what light. For high-traffic areas such as hallways and entries, a durable patterned rug may work best.

If you have the opportunity, you may want to start with a totally empty room. Choose a rug first, then paint or paper the walls in colors found in the rug. Choose furniture that will enhance the colors or patterns found in the rug. A rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room. In that case, you may want to choose a chair or sofa in solid or subdued patterns.

If you already have furniture, choose a rug that picks up the colors found in your furnishings. Patterns can be mixed if they are coordinated by color.

A light-colored rug will make a room look more spacious; darker colors can help make the room feel cozy.

Synthetic yarns-nylon, polyester, acrylic and polypropylene (olefin)-and the naturals-wool and cotton-are durable, soft and easy to clean.

If the rug you like has fringe, be careful when using the vacuum cleaner as the fringe can get tangled in the vacuum.

Hot Rug Designs

Retro Rugs

Whether you are feeling nostalgic or simply looking to add a splash of color to a room, natural colors in their native environment are the inspiration for this year's updated home. Watch for intense yellows, blues and reds that were popular in our parent's youth to be the hottest colors of the season.

"The vibrant and retro-inspired interior design colors of the last few years are still essential in the world of interior design - but this season, those colors are taking there cues from nature," said Tanya Amri, ATG Stores Design Consultant.

Rug designs these days range from classic Persian patterns from the 16th Century to 19th Century British Arts and Crafts works to many of the new contemporary modern pieces.

William Morris: Named for the famous English poet, designer, writer and innovator in the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th century, who lived from 1834-1896.

Kashan: This design has a central medallion, and often quarter-medallions. These medallions are sometimes of scrolls and flowers.

Herati: This name comes from the name of the pattern that repeats itself on this rug. It often uses rich reds, true blues, green, cream and yellow on indigo fields. The borders are usually adorned with flowers, and occasionally, a "fish" or "crab" pattern is used.

Tabriz: The Jahver Tabrizs, which are the older pieces of this category, have a medallion and often use pastel colors. There are also usually cartouches in the borders with Arabic inscriptions. Some Tabrizs also follow the designs for prayer rugs.

Mahal: A loosely knotted piece, with either a repetitive flower pattern, or a central medallion.

Sarouk: A Sarouk is a floral design, with a medallion and often with animal dyes.

Serapi: Similar to Herez, but more angular, Serapis contain two or three superimposed central medallions and floral borders.

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