The addition of a Persian rug can make a beautiful and often richly coloured and intricately patterned adornment to a room. As well as lifting the appearance of the room and creating an instant impression of warmth and luxury, a sumptuous oriental rug of any kind makes a statement about the taste of the person who has put their thought and talent into designing the room. Even guests who do not consciously look down and take notice of the rug’s beauty will appreciate the inviting atmosphere it helps to create, while those who are more observant will not fail to appreciate its visual appeal. However, as with any other feature of a room, the appearance of a Persian rug can be enhanced with careful lighting, or be sadly diminished if no consideration is given to it at all.
It is a sad fact that today many room designs fall short of their potential simply because insufficient thought is put into the lighting. Indoor lighting for Persian rugs is a particularly important consideration, as some rugs are best kept out of direct sunlight in order to preserve the richness of their colours. While many rug owners do their utmost to position them so that they are not subjected to direct sunlight or to heavy traffic areas of the room, they may not think of making the additional effort to choose the kind of lighting that ensures that the rug’s sumptuous design is lit to its best possible advantage.
As well as considering how and where the light falls on the rug in order to showcase its beauty, it is also helpful to consider whether the lamps and light fittings selected harmonise with the appearance of the rug. If you are going for a mainly minimalist look, offset by the vibrancy of the rug, light fittings in neutral colours and simple shapes can be positioned to draw attention to a beautiful Persian rug; all without competing with it for the eye’s attention. Rather than having simple lamps that make a striking contrast with the ornateness of the rug, you may prefer to complement it by featuring light fittings which draw on traditional Arabian lantern designs. For example, silver or brass lamps with ornate filigree patterns can add to a room’s luxurious and exotic ambience, while charming Ottoman style mosaic lamps, can, like the rugs themselves, add an exuberant splash of colour to the room.