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For spreading personality around a room, the area rug has few rivals. What could be more elegant than an heirloom quality Oriental area rug atop a gleaming hardwood floor, or more charming than a handcrafted braided area rug on timeworn pine planks. In myriad styles and prices, versatile area rugs set the mood-and more.

Beyond beauty, these stage-setters are hardworking area rug design elements. Area rugs bring softness and warmth to any hard-surface floor, instantly infuse color and pattern into a space, and make comely cover-ups for soiled or damaged carpet. Area rugs are great unifiers, sparking entire color schemes. One of the best decorating strategies is to use area rugs to define specific activity centers within a room, especially important in large rooms and in today's flowing, open-plan homes. For example, let one area rug set boundaries for a conversation area and another area rug outline a dining spot. Area rugs can be used alone or in conjunction with carpet.

Traditional Area Rugs

Rich in history and hue, jewel-toned Oriental area rugs are the aristocrats of area rugs and are prized in traditional, formal, and eclectic schemes. Authentic hand-knotted Oriental area rugs may take years to create, but can wear well for more than a century. Equally elegant and formal are French area rug classics, such as Aubusson rugs, Savonnerie rugs, and hand-stitched needlepoint rugs.

Flat Woven Area Rugs

Popular in contemporary and eclectic room schemes are wool dhurrie area rugs, produced in India for centuries.  Sumptuous colors, stylized motifs, and vivid geometry characterize these flat-woven area rugs that are durable and reversible. Kilims are flat woven area rugs with no pile. Persia, Turkey and Afghanistan offer Kilims in geometric designs, while Besserabian Kilims are floral area rugs. Other picks include Scandinavian ryas rugs, shaggy Greek flokatis rugs, and modern area rugs in bold, graphic designs.

Braided and Hooked Area Rugs

Colorful braided area rugs, hooked area rugs, and rag rugs bring, homey, handcrafted appeal to country-spirited rooms, and antique  examples are increasingly prized by area rug collectors. Many area rug reproductions are made by traditional methods and reprise historic motifs, and there are contemporary interpretations in fresh pastels. Another option is the floorcloth, a favorite of colonial America, with designs from primitive area rugs to formal painted area rugs on canvas, jute, or other fabric backing. Painted Sisal is a contemporary area rug inspired by 18th century floorcloths

Antique Area Rugs

If you're shopping- for an authentic area rugs or antique area rug, research the techniques, materials, and designs of the period and the region of origin, as well as the area rug's identifying  characteristics. For example, high-quality Oriental area rugs are made of sheep or lamb's wool yarns, hand-knotted through linen or cotton backing. The more knots per square inch, the better the quality area rug. A superb Persian area rug may have more than 500 to 1,000 knots per square inch. There are handsome area rug reproductions made on power looms, and less-costly facsimiles with designs printed on the pile surface. Antique area rugs, especially Orientals, are always expensive and often difficult to find. Although good examples turn up at estate sales and auctions, your best shopping bet is a reputable, established area rug dealer.

You might want to consider an antique area rug from a particular region:

Persian Area Rugs of metropolitan areas differ greatly from those of small rural villages. Urban area rugs are sophisticated floral designs with fine knots. Village or tribal area rugs are simpler geometric patterns of a coarse weave with bold colorations. Some of the major type

Karastan Rugs
Nothing warms up a room like a beautiful area rug. Rugs can add a dramatic focal point or the subtle blending of color and pattern that pulls a room together. For centuries, the finest homes have been graced with magnificent rugs. And at Karastan, you'll find a complete range of looks, from contemporary textures to decorative designs to classics from the Golden Age of carpet weaving. More...
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Capel Rugs
Select from the most beautiful rug designs in the world. More...
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Rhody Rug
The art of braided rug making is an old New England skill and we take great pride in following this tradition with every rug we make. We know that the discriminate buyer will recognize the detail payed to the quality and design of each product we produce. More...
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Radici Rugs
All products are produced in Italy and stocked in South Carolina. Radici USA does some finishing of area rugs (cutting and surging of runner) to accommodate our growing customer base. More...
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KAS Rugs
KAS carries over 40 different collections of fine handmade and machine-made rugs, covering a range of low to high-end price points. Sizing ranges from scatters to larger room sizes. More...
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Lotfy & Sons Rugs
USA wholesale supplier of handmade oriental rugs and carpets, produced in India, Pakistan, China and Iran More...
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Kalaty Rug
Founded by Mirza Kalaty with the aid of his sons in 1979, the company is now ready to grow into the next millennium with newer designs and innovative colors, along with a continuing commitment to providing its customers excellence in service. More...
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Nourison Area Rugs
Nourison is the world's largest importer and manufacturer of fine handmade oriental rugs. More...
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Couristan Rugs
For nearly 75 years, Couristan Inc. has been a powerful name in the area rug and broadloom industry. More...
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Masland Rugs
Since 1866, Masland insists that its rugs maintain the highest quality. More...
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Colonial Mills Rugs
From family room to kitchen...bedroom to bath... dining room to patio, braided-texture rugs and accessories from cmi offer a dazzling array of color and design possibilities. Home decorators are discovering the versatility of these braided-texture rugs which combine traditional craftsmanship with the latest trends in home fashion. More...
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Kaleen Area Rugs
Kaleen is an international vertical manufacturer of beautiful handmade rugs. With over 3,500 skilled artisans, Kaleen is committed to product quality. More...
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Safavieh Rugs
Safavieh offers a wide variety of transitional area and accent rugs of both Oriental and contemporary designs. Safavieh's award-winning original collections range from the finest antique reproductions to the most fashion forward, contemporary rugs. Safavieh also produces a variety of rug designs from American Country styles and 19th and early 20th Century European Art. More...
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Thorndike Mills Rugs
Thorndike Mills melds the techniques of yesteryear with modern day technology. Using only the highest quality NEW cloth material or yarn-spun fabric, Thorndike Mills creates authentic reproductions of Colonial Americana, as well as designs to compliment today’s country décor with their original design heirloom quality braided rugs. More...
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Orian Rugs
Orian has been producing beautiful, affordable rugs from its Anderson, South Carolina facility since 1979. Original designs, coupled with a wide range of styles and colors, up to 8 per rug, make Orian rugs an excellent choice for any consumer lifestyle and decor need. More...
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Surya Rugs
With their innovative designs, rich textures and relentless attention to detail, Surya exceeds the highest standards of quality, color, design, and construction. Today they are one of India's leading producers of fine hand-knotted, hand-tufted and flat-woven rugs. More...
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MER Rugs
Our specialty is in the area of wholesales hand knotted and hand tufted rugs and carpets both Programmed & One of A Kind rugs from: China, India, and Pakistan. More...
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Chandra® Rugs
Hand woven rugs imported from Bhadohi, India. Generations of time-proven technologies, masterfully designed and months to craft. Invite the artisans of Bhadohi into your home. Traditional and contemporary area rugs. More...
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Mohawk Area Rugs
Mohawk's dedicated rug designers are constantly striving to bring you the latest in rug fashions. When choosing Mohawk Select, you not only have the brand name that you have grown to trust, you have the latest in style, color and great value as well. More...
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Oriental Weavers Rugs
Oriental Weavers provides a wide array of products ranging from area rugs in all sizes to wall to wall carpets for domestic use to custom made orders for the hospitality industry.Design and colour variety give us the capability to keep up with the latest fashion trends world wide and thus remain the number one rug and carpet manufacturer in an ever growing industry. More...
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Milliken Rugs
Our rich history of innovation, combined with our vast commercial and residential experience, has resulted in the most varied collection of patterned rugs available. You can count on Milliken rugs to add beauty and style to your home. More...
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Fabrica Rugs
Fulfilling the promise of our corporate mission of “Quality without Compromise” Fabrica manufactures rugs for the most demanding segments of the high-end style residential market. Our distinctive broadloom carpet, custom area rugs and hand-tufted rugs have earned Fabrica an international reputation for exquisite style and exceptional performance. More...
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Feizy® Rugs
Feizy's rugs are standouts in the world of style. Each specially crafted rug boasts the most brilliant colors fashioned from the world's most sought-after dyes, the most intricate and detailed designs on the market and a style unlike any other. More...
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Momeni Rugs
Momeni. A family name, a mark of quality and an expert source of ideas for making your home come alive with true timeless beauty. Over half a century ago, Ali A. (Haji) Momeni started a family business bringing exquisite Persian. Though styles have come and gone, beneath them all is the fundamental principal that Momeni rugs are created to touch our senses. From concept through production, a member of the family is there making sure that the highest standards are being met. More...
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Stanton Rugs
Acquisition builds on Stanton’s market position as a leader in the premium carpet . More...
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Jaipur Living
Our skilled in-house designers are constantly searching for the latest trends in styles and colors. More...
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Harounian Rugs
In elegant styles, and sophisticated color palettes, the HRI collections include handmade wool and silk rugs with exquisite traditional and contemporary designs. More...
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Royal Dutch Rugs
Royal Dutch Carpets, acquired by Stanton Carpet Corporation in 1995, dominates the broadloom category with decorative patterns and tufted products at mid-tier pricing More...
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Area Rugs
Accent RugsAfghanistan
African RugsAnatolian Rugs
Animal Print / Wildlife RugsAntique Rugs (Genuine)
Antique Rugs (Reproductions)Area Rugs
Bamboo RugsBath Rugs
Bokhara RugsBordered Area Rugs
Botanicals / Florals RugsBraided Rugs
Caucasian RugsChenille Rugs
Chinese RugsCoastal Rugs
Coir RugsCustom Rugs
European / Aubusson RugsFlat Woven
Hand-Carved RugsHand-Made Rugs
Hand-Tufted RugsHooked Rugs
Indian (India) RugsIndoor-Outdoor Rugs
Jute RugsJuvenile / Kid Rugs
Kitchen RugsLeather Rugs
Lodge RugsMachine Made Rugs
Modern / Contemporary RugsMoroccan Rugs
Motifs / Novelty RugsNatural Fiber Rugs
Needlepoint RugsOriental Rugs
Pakistan RugsPersian Rugs
Prayer RugsPrinted Rugs
Round RugsRug Runners
Sea Grass RugsSerape Rugs
Shag RugsSisal Rugs
Southwestern RugsThrow / Scatter Rugs
Tibetan/NepaleseTraditional Rugs
Transitional RugsTribal Rugs
Turkish RugsWiltons Rugs
Wool Rugs
 

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