Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Area Rugs For Home Decorating

Area Rugs For Home Decorating
Matthew Anderson

Read how area rugs can break completely the look of any room
into your house. However, how to choose the perfect rug that
more fits with your home decoration? Keep in mind that area
rugs can start as well as finish off the fashion of your living
room, bedroom, entrance, kitchen and even your patio deck style.
You must reach a decision on the most suitable rug that
complements the overall environment scheme and color for a
room. Area rugs come in many different color schemes, basically
there are 2 or 3 to work with. Choose the one that more fits
with your desired decoration.

The Importance Of The Furniture

The kind of furniture in the room is also very important when
choosing an area rug. Most people that want to compliment any
room of their houses with a rug, know what are looking for
before start. For example, if your room features dark wood
furniture, probably your best choice might be darker colors in
the mood of the area rug. No matter what pattern you have
chosen, you will be totally surprised on how the feeling of the
room has changed. Anyhow, there exist a wide range of colors,
patterns and sizes that reflect all possible styles for
enhancing your home. Just choose the correct one and your house
will seem totally different.

The most winning rugs

There are as many rugs styles as colors or designs. However,
Oriental styles are the most demanded for current houses.
Oriental area rugs, including Persians are those compliments in
which colors are nearly dark, featuring no spots that keep the
attention of the visitor. Small rugs are also becoming very
popular. Even hang rugs, sometimes called tapestries, which are
showed on the wall to be put on view for everyone who pass
around. The most important thing for buying an area rug is to
find the most suitable as well as the one that more fits into
your own decoration.

Find Discount Area Rugs Online

Area rugs have been popular during years. They are relatively
easy to take care of, there are many styles, textures,
materials and sizes to choose from, so why don’t buy one? It’s
time to replace some old furniture, all that you need is some
creativity and money. First of all you need to establish a
budget before start searching. You can check many internet
websites in order to get an idea of the prices. There are some
net online that sell discount rugs at affordable prices.

What to look for online discount area rugs? The first and most
important thing when search online is the quality; Make sure
that you purchase good quality items as well as durable that
last at least some years, especially whether you have small
children around. If so, think about the durability of the
offered discounted area rugs. You should do a deep research
around internet before decide on your purchase.

You should study all possible affordable types of materials.
Probably, you already have a rough idea of the material that
you would like your new rug to be. No matter what style, color
or material is, area rugs are a necessity for households.
Everyone should have a great rug for her or his home. Surprise
everyone by adding a new compliment to your entrance, your
friends will be amazed with your new style, do not hesitate
about that.

Matthew Anderson writes for a decorating site
which can be found at A
guide on home decorating and how to choose from hundreds of
decorating ideas and tips. Read how to find discount area rugs
online at

Monday, April 10, 2006

Sweat-Free Rug Searches

Are you tired of searching online for your next fine-
quality handmade rug? Too many Googles, Yahoos,
and websites making your head spin?

Simplify your rug search!

Slow the 'net down a bit, grab a cup of tea, and log
on to eRug. There's nothing to it. Sure, we have
over 20,000 handmade rugs in our inventory, but you
can find exactly what you're looking for
without chasing all of the ones and zeros.

See how simple it is to do a Detailed Search by
shape, size, category & price. Or, you can just
search by category. It's your choice; Are you looking
for a Modern/Contemporary rug? Just click one
category and you're off!

eRug also has a patented visual search that helps
you to find similar rugs to the ones that you really
like. From any rug details page, just use the
Similar Rugs"
button and you'll have plenty of
rugs to
choose from in your favorite style.

Try it today. It beats the online workout!

Start a Sweat-Free Rug Search

Monday, April 03, 2006 offers risk-free handmade area rugs online for home renovations and redecorating

Online rug retail leader,, continues momentum with its new “Try It Before You Buy It” policy. This policy includes a 180-day money back guarantee and free shipping on eRug’s inventory of over 20,000 fine handmade area rugs. The policy allows and encourages customers to try a rug at home before making a final purchase decision.

“We feel that this new, risk-free policy gives customers the added benefit of seeing the beauty of a handmade Persian rug in their home without feeling obligated,” says President/CEO Farzin Kamal. Kamal says that with so many choices online, eRug sees the need for customers and redecorators to experience and try the products at home first. wishes to alleviate some of the challenges when doing a renovation or redecorating a home. Many changes and quick decisions happen during the renovation process, and eRug wants to be clear to its customers that the “Try It Before You Buy It” policy gives ample time to make a final decision on a piece that might stand out as a centerpiece in a room for many years. provides a vast array of rug styles, sizes, and selections, including traditional Persian rugs and modern/contemporary styles. Every rug in the eRug inventory is photographed using high resolution imaging, and customers have the ability to zoom in to see even the smallest details of each and every rug.

Customers, rug collectors, and home renovators who are interested in the “Try It Before You Buy It” policy may visit the eRug site to see and try the 20,000+ rugs online, or to sign up for a free membership (that includes added benefits such as free personal gallery creation) by visiting Customer Service representatives may be reached by phone: 1 (888) 611 – 7847 (toll free) between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PST Monday through Friday or by email:

Monday, March 20, 2006

Valuable Spring Cleaning Tip For Your Rugs

Happy Iranian New Year! The first day of Spring marks the traditional Iranian New Year, or Noruz. And for many it's a great time to do some Spring cleaning!

Here's a Spring cleaning tip for the rugs in your home:

Rotate your rug 180 degrees every few months depending on the extent of traffic. Rotation is necessary for two reasons:

  • First, all parts of a rug should be exposed to light equally so that the colors fade evenly. When colors are exposed to the sun evenly, they become harmonious and the rug ages nicely, but if different parts of the rug receive unequal amount of sun exposure, overtime, one side might look over faded and one side too bright.

  • The second reason for rotation is traffic. All parts of the rug should be exposed to equal amount of traffic so that the pile wears evenly.

More information about the maintenance and care for your handmade Persian rugs may be found in the Learn About Rugs section of

Happy Noruz!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Spring Cleaning Uncovers Special Offers for eRug Club Members On Selected Rugs, a leader in online rug retail, rewards members of a newly created eRug Club program with special offers on selected rugs. A random selection of rugs are now given a “Member Only” savings for a limited time.

Near the end of last year, launched a no-risk “Try It Before You Buy It” policy for all customers, which includes a 180-day money back guarantee and free shipping to customers. With the new eRug Club Program, customers, home decorators, and rug collectors alike are now offered additional incentives to become members of the free eRug Club program.

Rug fans may take advantage of an extensive inventory of over 20,000 handmade rugs that are available online, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Some benefits of the new program, which is showing early signs of success, include free design consultant services, the ability to create personal galleries of rugs, early notification of new rug arrivals, and special offers on selected rugs. provides a vast array of rug styles, sizes, and selections, including traditional Persian rugs and modern/contemporary styles. Every rug in the eRug inventory is photographed using high resolution imaging, and customers have the ability to zoom in to see even the smallest details of each and every rug.

With these new special rug offers on selected rugs, wishes to provide eRug Club members with an added benefit to try a rug at home with zero risk. In addition, plans for added benefits as the eRug Club program develops.

Customers and rug collectors who are interested in “Member Only” savings may visit the eRug site to sign up for a free membership at, email, or call 1 (888) 611 – 7847 (toll free) between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Oriental Rugs - History And Information

By: George Royal

Oriental rugs are handcrafted rugs woven in the Middle East and the Orient - mostly regions extending from China in the east, to Turkey in the west and the Caucasus in the north, to India in the south. Authentic oriental rugs are knotted with pile or woven without pile and exclusively handwoven, which makes them unique and more exquisite, precious, and expensive than the other types of rugs. Some of the most popular and best oriental rugs include the Turkish, Caucasian, Turkoman, Afshan, Donkeybags, Prayer Rugs and Kilims rugs.

Short History:

The earliest known oriental pile rugs were those found in a Scythian burial site in Outer Mongolia dating back to the fifth century B.C. The second millennium B.C in Egypt and Central Asia had already seen the evolution of the art of rug weaving so by the fifth century B.C., rug weaving had become a fairly well-developed art. When the Silk Route came into being in the 17th century during the Safavid reign in Central Asia, oriental rugs started gaining immense popularity and Europe began to import them in large quantities. The rug making art and industry in the Orient also became a lucrative, highly skilled occupation. By the mid 19th century, not only the rich but the middle class citizens of Europe also began to value and afford these exquisite handwoven rugs.

Knots and Oriental Rug Weaving:

Oriental Rugs are handwoven on looms. The pattern of the rug is created by the knot (pile). Pile knots are of two types - symmetric and asymmetric. Symmetrical knots can be tied in such a way to give the pile a left or right inclination. Knot density is measured by counting the knots vertically and horizontally within the given area along the back of the rug. The size of warp (foundation threads wrapped around the loom), warp depression, weft (thread inserted along the width of the loom) and pile threads all determine the knot density. A cartoon (preliminary sketch similar in size to the work) may be created as a guide before weaving.

The loose warp threads along the ends are knotted, woven or braided into the fringe after the weaving. The Selvage is the edge formed after a single terminal warp or a cord made of various terminal warps is wrapped with the weft threads. The side cord may also be added only after the rug has been woven and removed from the loom, and a single cord is sewn on to the side of the rug. To create a rounded finish, an overcast (warps wrapped with a separate thread in circular fashion) may be used.

Type of Materials used for Weaving Oriental Rugs:

Wool, cotton, silk and rayon are commonly used in weaving oriental rugs. Wool and Silk are generally used in the pile. Wool is the most common fiber in the Oriental rug weaving industry and silk is the most expensive. Silk, which is also the most resilient, is used for creating the most elaborate and intricately knotted rugs because of the possibility of creating unique and exquisite texture unmatched by any other. Cotton is mostly used for weft and warp. Rugs made from rayon are cheaper and less durable though they almost resemble silk.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Design Resolutions for the New Year

by: Peggy Berk of Area Aesthetics

It's that time of the year again, when we resolve to make changes that will improve our lives. Your home is a big part of your life and a comfortable, inviting space can really make a difference in how you feel every day. It seems only fitting that we should add some design resolutions to our yearly ritual.

So here's my top 10 take on the design resolutions that I believe can make a real difference in your home.

1. Designate a space for clutter and resolve to keep it cluttered. Surprised? While it's true most people would put getting rid of clutter at the top of their lists, I've been in enough homes to understand that if clutter is part of your lifestyle, it will just keep coming back. I do, however, believe that it's possible to control the impact of clutter in your home - and it's simple. Choose a spot that's not visible from the public areas of your home and designate a surface, chest or cabinet of some sort for the paper and other things that usually end up in piles all over your home. Give yourself permission to toss anything you don't want to deal with immediately into your clutter area without even thinking about organizing, filing or putting it away later.

Trust me, if you have no area for clutter you will spontaneously make one, and another, and another. If you have a designated area, it will contain the clutter and keep you from feeling overwhelmed by it. You'll have a much easier time with everything in one spot when you do decide to sort it all out and, in the interim, at least you will know where to find everything you can't find.

2. Try at least one new color in your home to break your "color habits". Be bold, do something unexpected or something you've always wanted to try. If you are really hesitant, put the color inside a closet door - somewhere where you can see and react to it. The room which makes me smile in my home is one in which the painter made a mistake and used a color that I never would have chosen for myself. As I was awaiting his return visit for a repainting, I discovered that every time I walked into the room it made me smile. The room has been repainted a few times over the years, but always with what I call "my happy mistake."

3. Pick the room or area in your home in which you find it hard to relax and do three things to make the room quieter. For example, think about replacing high contrast colors with a monochromatic scheme or toning down the color with a more muted version. Try simplifying the lines in the room and paring down accessories. Get those bookcases in shape, with all books flush to the front of the shelves in size order, and create some empty wall and tabletop space where the eye can rest.

4. Conversely, pick one room or area in your home that feels bland and the most uninteresting and do three things to elevate the tempo and energize the room. Try introducing higher contrast or bolder colors. Layer in accessories, some interesting coordinated fabrics in the form of throws and pillows, and some new textures. Replace large artwork with a grouping that will add motion to the room.

5. Make at least four changes in your home to freshen it up for the spring and summer. Change or reduce the number of layers in your window treatment to let more of the outside in. Do what your grandmother did - use lighter slipcovers on upholstery and seasonal accessories such as bowls of fresh summer fruit and vases of fresh flowers. Pick up those heavy rugs. Now is the time to send them out for cleaning. Replace them with light floor cloths or leave the floors bare for a cooling sensation underfoot.

6. Rethink the least used room or area in your home. It may be great to look at, but if it isn't serving any function, you can do better. s its formality no longer appropriate for your lifestyle? Are your college-aged kids really going to miss the playroom? Should you have retired that home office when you retired?

7. Walk through your home room by room and consciously gauge its impact on your senses by isolating various aspects of the experience. What do you see, hear, smell? What can you touch? How does it make you feel? Make adjustments in each room as needed so that the experience is always pleasant and inviting, and appropriate for the room and its function.

8. Create a space just for you. It can be as simple as a chair in which you can escape with a good book or an entire room. Surround your space in your favorite colors and textures. Make it a place you can use for your most relaxing activities and the best spot you can imagine for just sitting and doing nothing at all. Sit in you personal space at least 10 minutes every day.

9. Approach the design and decoration of your home with joy. Whether it's a little change or a major renovation, try to focus, not on the chores involved, but on the vision you have and the progress you are making toward it. Appreciate the changes, and appreciate yourself for making them.

10. Invite guests a least once a month. When we tidy up for guests, we reawaken our consciousness of all the little things that we can do to make our home inviting and comfortable, details that often get lost in the chaos of our daily lives. Your guests will feel it, but more importantly, so will you.

Happy New Year! May the year ahead bring you all that you hope for and the home of your dreams.

About the Author: Peggy Berk is an award-winning interior decorator and certified interior refiner serving both residential and commercial clients. Her company, Area Aesthetics, provides one day interior redesign, full service decorating and home staging services.