Helpful visual tip! In large rooms, rugs should fit the configuration of the room and furniture. If a 15 x 20 foot living room, for example, is arranged in one large conversation area, you should look for a rug to cover and frame that entire area, big enough so that at least the front third of the furniture sits on the rug.
Did you know? After a rug reaches eight feet by ten feet in size, it is considered a “carpet.” Nine by eleven is another popular carpet size. After a carpet exceeds 14 by 24 feet, it is then called a “palace carpet.” If you want to purchase a carpet-size rug that covers almost the entire surface area, measure carefully to ensure that the rug doesn't touch or ride up onto the baseboards.
Oriental rugs are hand- knotted Asia, Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal. Persian rug designs may be named after the city or village in which they were woven. Tabriz, Hamadan, Heriz and Sarouk are some of the most popular designs that have kept their regional namesakes.
Are you in the market for a new rug? Before you begin shopping, accurately measure the total width and length of your room. In addition, measure the major functional pieces in the room, such as the dining table, bed, sofa or coffee table. Sketch a floor plan to show furniture placement and traffic flow. It's much easier to move furniture with pencil and paper than muscling heavy furniture by yourself!