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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

Kathy Ireland™ Rugs
Kathy Ireland's rugs are beautiful, durable, machine-crafted of plush 100% polypropylene in a Wilton woven construction inspired by her travels all over the world. 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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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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828 Rugs
828 International Trading Company is driven by the desire to deliver rugs of unsurpassed quality and style.To that end, we travel the globe to employ weavers and designers who can create rugs that exceed your expectations. From our Naturally Collection of polypropylene sisals to our Sonnet Series of wool English Axminsters, 828 International defines variety with rugs that cover a wide range of fibers, weaves, designs, sizes, and colors. More...
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Capel Rugs
Select from the most beautiful rug designs in the world. 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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Trans-Ocean Imported Rugs
Trans-Ocean imports a full line of area rugs from Europe and Asia. Each rug is designed and colored by Trans Ocean to correlate with the most popular trends in home fashion and design. More...
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Masland Rugs
Since 1866, Masland insists that its rugs maintain the highest quality. 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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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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Kane Area Rugs
Kane Carpet-an established trend setter in the broadloom industry since 1947-is proud of its fashion forward philosophy, superior quality and business integrity. 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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Dynamic Rugs
Dynamic is striving to be ahead of fashion and color and make a fashion statement in the market . 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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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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Accent RugsAnatolian Rugs
Animal Print / Wildlife RugsAntique Rugs (Reproductions)
Area RugsAxminster Rugs
Bamboo RugsBath Rugs
Bordered Area RugsBotanicals / Florals Rugs
Braided RugsChinese Rugs
Coir RugsCustom Rugs
European / Aubusson RugsFlat Woven
FlokatisFloorcloth
Folk ArtFur Rugs
Hand-Carved RugsHand-Made Rugs
Hand-Tufted RugsHooked Rugs
Indian (India) RugsIndoor-Outdoor Rugs
Jute RugsJuvenile / Kid Rugs
Kitchen RugsLeather Rugs
Machine Made RugsModern / Contemporary Rugs
Moroccan RugsMotifs / Novelty Rugs
Natural Fiber RugsNavajo Rugs
Needlepoint RugsOriental Rugs
Persian RugsRound Rugs
Rug RunnersSea Grass Rugs
Shag RugsSisal Rugs
Southwestern RugsThrow / Scatter Rugs
Tibetan/NepaleseTraditional Rugs
Transitional RugsTribal Rugs
Wiltons RugsWool 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. Click here for details...