Either consciously or otherwise we’re all aware of the effect colours can have on our perceptions and emotions. Interior designers spend a lot of time working with colours to ensure the most appropriate combinations come together in one room to achieve the desired effect. The combinations of furniture types, materials and colours all play a significant role.
Oriental and Persian rugs are often varied in their colour but a number of core colours tend to make an appearance in many fine samples.
Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival.
Red is a very strong, powerful colour and has the interesting property of appearing nearer to the viewer than it actually is, making it an attention grabber. When your rug needs to be the centrepiece, red is an excellent colour choice.
It’s a stimulating colour with the distinct ability of increasing our heart rate and creating an exciting environment whilst also being cosy and promoting a feeling of warmth.
Red is a common feature in many oriental and Persian rugs and contrasts well with other subtle colours and dark woods.
Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity.
Blue is a soothing colour with stronger shades stimulating clear thought and softer blues encouraging a calm mind and concentration.
Shades of blue in the room will create a sense of serenity and wellbeing and when a calm environment is preferred, blue is the colour of choice.
Blue features in many oriental and Persian rugs and is ideal when your rug can be understated and doesn’t need to be the centre of attention. It works well alongside lighter woods and lighter furnishings.
Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support
Brown consists of combination of red, yellow and black. Consequently, it has much of the same seriousness as black, but is warmer and softer.
Although brown takes on some of the properties of red, it’s a solid and reliable colour and it’s perceived as a supporting colour which gives people a sense of nature and earthliness.
Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength
Yellow is considered by some to be the strongest colour emotionally and can lift spirits and boost self-esteem. It’s a colour of confidence and optimism. But all of this needs to be balanced as too much yellow can have a negative effect giving rise to anxiety.
As a very emotional colour, yellow can be used sparingly and is often found alongside red in an oriental or Persian rug.