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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

Balta Rugs
Balta is the world's largest privately held area rug manufacturer. The company rapidly evolved from a small family business into the Balta Group, internationally renowed as a manufacturer of afforable, high-quality rugs from Belgium. The designers at Balta are constantly striving to make their rugs stronger, more durable and more comfortable - but also more appealing and more creative. Balta's area rug collections cover a wide range of designs, sizes, colors, materials and prices. 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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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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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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Dalyn Rug Company
Dalyn is the largest custom rug manufacturer in the world. 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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Fibreworks® Rugs

Fibreworks® is available in a variety of patterns, colors and styles.Broadloom carpets are available for wall to wall installation. Our largeselection of borders provide custom area rugs for a perfect mix of nature,elegance, simplicity & style.

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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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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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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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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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