Dating back to ancient times, rug weaving has always been a popular and highly-skilled trade; Persian and Oriental rugs are made by hand-knotting the fabric, creating totally unique pieces every single time. Made in a wide range of different designs, the colours available are almost limitless and they’re also available in a huge array of sizes; the smaller varieties are perfect for studies and hallways, while the larger, space covering versions make a stunning feature in any lounge or dining room. The only problem can be finding one that sits well with existing carpets – to help with this, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to contrast your Persian rug with your current floor covering successfully.
When teaming Persian and Oriental rugs with existing carpets, it’s important to start by considering the size; a tiny rug in a large room that already has a floor covering will seem almost camouflaged, while a large rug can make the room seem crowded. The key to getting it right with regards to size is to follow the standard rule, and leave 18 inches worth of space around the rug – although in smaller rooms, this should be reduced accordingly.
One of the most wonderful things about Persian rugs is how colourful they are; rich reds, deep blues and sumptuous creams are all often featured, along with multiple shades of brown and green. As beautiful as the colours are, they can often prove difficult to match to other carpets and flooring; the obvious answer is to choose a neutral carpet underneath, or even to go for floorboards, but if this isn’t possible then there are other options. Persian rugs tend to be either dark or light in tone, so if your current carpet is predominantly dark, opt for one of the lighter varieties with lots of creams, pale blues and greys. If you have a pale carpet, you’re in luck; you can opt for the more complex patterns with some of the brighter colours and create a real standout feature for your home.
Pattern-mixing in any area of the home can be tricky, but more so when it comes to flooring; the eye is automatically drawn to print and pattern, and too much can be confusing. The key to successfully mixing patterns simply comes down to the size; by keeping both patterns on a similar scale, you automatically allow them to work together rather than against each other. Another good tip is to try finding a Persian or Oriental rug with echoes of the main floor colour in the details; so for a blue carpet, try to find a rug with similar tones, and the same for red, green and so on.