Dining Room Rugs

Designers know that nothing spices up a dining space quite like a rug. From a small kitchenette to a full-fledged dining room, a rug makes your space complete. A few simple rules, some creativity, and a plan is all you need to transform your dining space into a beautifully designed room.

There are a few dining room rug rules, but like most other design rules, they aren’t hard. They are, however, a great place to start especially if you are new to designing with rugs. A general rule of thumb is that you want your rug to extend at least 24 inches beyond the edges of the table. That way, the legs will be resting on the rug even if you push your chairs out. In order to keep your rug from overwhelming the space, make sure the perimeter of the rug is approximately 18 inches away from your walls.

How often do you use your dining space? Who uses your dining space? And what is your dining room most commonly used for? These questions should be taken into consideration when choosing a particular kind of area rug. If your dining space is in the corner of the kitchen and your kids eat their morning cereal and snack there, you probably don’t want to use a high-maintenance shag rug. As always, choosing the right type of rug depends upon its utilization and role.

Now let’s talk about the rug-dining table duo! Echoing the shape of the dining table with the rug will bring a pleasant feeling of order to your dining space. For example, a rectangular rug goes well with a rectangular table. But in case you want to go with a round rug under a square table then take these measurements into account. A Seven feet to nine feet round area rug belongs under a square table of 4 chairs. It breaks up the harsh lines, edges and brings interest and softness to the space.

In a kitchen that is full of hard surfaces, edges, and lines, a round rug gives a defined, softened look to the dining area. Dining areas are often full of angles and lines and round rugs help your eye to move smoothly through the room and bring a sense of fluidity and peace. For a larger table that has six to eight seats, your rug needs to be 8 by 10 feet or 9 by 12 feet, depending on the size of your room. And for a small family table that seats four people, a 5 by 8 feet rug is just right. You can either match the shape of the rug to the shape of your room or to the shape of your table.

 

 

A square rug in a square room, topped with a rectangle table is interesting although unanticipated, and it will push your walls out visually, making your room appear larger. You can also customize your rug size further by using carpet tiles. You can configure them in any size or shape you want. They come in a nearly endless array of patterns, colors, and textures. One more advantage of these carpet tiles is that in case of any spill, you can simply toss the stained square and replace it. There is no need to buy a whole new rug or pay for cleaning.

The dining room isn’t just where we eat, it is a room that is used daily for homework, coffee with friends, or any other activity. It is a room that we set aside for those special family holidays, entertaining guests, and showcasing our cherished family heirlooms. Let’s take it from the top, choose your rug first following the rules for space and size, and let that be your guide for a great dining design.

How To Tell The Quality of Your Rugs

As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Nevertheless, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all art is accomplished to the same standard, right? For instance, no one can argue that an original Renoir painting and the cafe paintings down the street are of the same value just because they are both oil paintings.

Appreciating the quality of any art goes beyond personal evaluation. The same thing applies to carpets. There is a basic criterion according to which a carpet’s value and quality can be evaluated before drawing conclusions.

This list is nothing close to being complete but it will help “dilettantes” assess thousands of carpets available on the market today.

Weaving Technicians.

There are 3 main types of carpets sold in the US:

  • Machine-made carpets
  • Hand-tufted carpets
  • Hand-woven carpets.

These three classifications are the basis for selecting the perfect carpet.

Among the most beautiful carpets like Karastan are simply a production of machinery. They can be very attractive and fully enticing but they are nothing compared to handmade carpets. Furthermore, most of these carpets generally will not be considered as a work of art. You can specify if a carpet is made by a machine by examining the forelocks. If they’re sewn into the carpet, then the carpet is machine-made.

 

 

Techniques of the Weavers.

The best carpets are designed and weaved by adult weavers at the peak of their artistic play. These skillful men and women are considered true artists and in return are well paid for the work they perform. Surprisingly, however, their reputation is rarely known outside their own circle of fellow weavers, friends, and relatives. Why? Well, traditional carpets normally fall into two or more groups. The first group comes with the design and the second group brings that design to life. Traditional carpets differ from modern carpets in quality and design.

Contrary to our belief, signature lines don’t necessarily show that the carpet is of a higher quality. Actually, the opposite is true at times, we should watch out for actual quality by evaluating the design and execution rather than looking for modern signature lines of the weavers to decide on the skill of the artist.

Material Quality.

A good carpet, just like anything else, will be determined by a good quality material. It ensures a high-quality product. In the case of carpets and rugs, high-quality material means wool i.e. of raw pure silk and a handspun carpet like a shag rug. In short, the more wool or silk, the better the carpet. Good wool should have some shine or luster.

 

 

Tincture Materials.

There are three main classifications of wool used for carpets:

  • Naturally-stained
  • Chemically-dyed wool
  • Vegetable-dyed wool.

Undoubtedly, naturally-stained and vegetable-dyed wool are more preferred compared to chemically-dyed wool. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest one is that naturally-stained wool is more aesthetically pleasing and valuable in comparison to chemical equivalents.

One significant thing to look for is the carpet colorfastness test. You can check this by absorbing a paper towel in a dye and gently dropping the towel on the back of the carpet. If dye on the fabric is visible, then it means that the dyes are less colorful and need more caution when cleaning. Obviously, if the color of the carpet is not the same as the room, then probably the room won’t look elegant.

How To Tell An Authentic Persian Rug

Due to their enticing patterns and designs, Persian rugs have been an attractive element of home décor for many years. As a customer, you should read up on how to tell the authenticity of a Persian rug. You should also know their measurements and imperfections.

When customers want to buy authentic area rugs, they normally search for hand-weaved rugs made in Iran. Mostly, rugs are given names depending on where they’re coming from. So Tabriz rugs are from one of the oldest cities in Iran.

 

 

Original Persian rugs are made from natural materials like silk, wool, cotton, jute, and animal hair. Most of the hand-weaved rugs also feature different materials such as cotton and a silk. Rugs made by machine, on the other hand, may have blended synthetic materials and fiber. You should note that rugs made of silk are more expensive than rugs made of wool, but as we all know, cheap materials are a sign of inferior quality, so a low price tends to indicate an inauthentic rug.

 

 

The Persian knot (also known as Senneh knot) is asymmetrical, made by passing a string beneath one wrap, and then through the next using looms of wood. This process produces an elegant and consistent pile made in a slow motion, so once folded, the rug does not have the appearance or feel of a rigid sheet.

 

 

Check the back of the rug and make sure it’s the same as the front. If both sides are not alike, then it’s unlikely that the rug was hand woven. Nevertheless, machine-made rugs can have the same production design on both sides so it is only a simple first step before you perform an in-depth inspection.

The significance of measuring Persian rugs:

Persian rugs are normally listed by suppliers using their measurements, such as Raj or knots per square inch. Carefully check the back of the rug to ensure that the measurements are accurate. If you’re working from an image, make sure the image contains a measurement tape on the rug.

  • As noted previously, knots per square inch is used to determine the value and quality of your rugs. A higher knot per square inch implies a more expensive and luxurious rug. You can get the knot per inch square by counting the knots in one inch along the rug. On average, a high-quality Tabriz rug has over three hundred knots per square inch.
  • Raj, on the other hand, is a more ancient form of measurement only used on Tabriz rugs. Beware of rug vendors who use Raj to measure the quality of rugs that are not from Tabriz. Inferior Tabriz rugs range between 25 and 35 Raj while high-quality ones are at least 50 raj. If the rug has more than 50 raj, then it should always be a Persian rug made of silk and not a cotton foundation.

 

If the seller has many identical items, it’s an indication of mass production as it is difficult to produce identical rugs woven by hand. There should be a slight inconsistency in the design of an original Persian rug.