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One of the accessories that can really bring a room to life is a traditional Persian carpet or rug. Whether the rug is on the floor or hanging on the wall, it serves as a focal point. Carpets and rugs are decorative items which can enhance and transform an interior immediately.

Decorating an interior with antique carpets and rugs offers the buyer/designer a myriad of exciting opportunities. Depending on the style of the antique rug being placed in a room, a designer will have a range of options.

Design and Versitality

Antique Carpets and Rugs are also highly emotive, they are often redolent with colours and  symbols which are representative of deeper, more profound cultural significance and meaning. The design of a carpet or rug can therefore have a story to tell, where one can find the tree of life, weeping willows, trefoils, vines, lotus flowers, animals, vases, hand combs and a plethora of intriguing motifs and symbols. 

The choice and use of colour are also signifyers; red is representative for wealth and  yellow represents the sun. The use of green carries perhaps the most intriguing significance of all; firstly because it is the chosen 'colour' of the Islamic faith, a colour which represents purity and salvation in the after-life; secondly because of this religious association, it is used often sparingly.

Combining all of these important elements, an antique Persian or rug will fascinate and enchant the observer, allowing one to wonder at the quality of artisan-ship.

Carpet and Rug Selection within a Setting

With so many categories and regions to choose from, persian carpets and rugs also offer an array of design that can be either curvilinear or floral in essence, designs which are more often associated with 'city' workshops. Tribal or village carpets and rugs tend to have a sparseness of design enhanced with the use of geometric, more abstract motifs. Each particular variant in design can bring a unique atmosphere and individual feel to the setting. For instance, a rug with a central medallion is usually placed so that the medallion falls in the middle area of a room in order to serve as a focal point or under the middle of a table, enhancing the symmetry within a given setting.

If placing your carpet or rug on hardwood floor, one may want to allow for a border to show on all sides of the carpet or rug. So, for instance, if the space in which one would like a rug is 12 feet by 16 feet, one might select a carpet that is 9 by 12 feet, thus allowing for one and a half or two feet of border all the way around the carpet—with less space around a smaller rug.

When selecting a rug its best not to be too rigid about the size that one requires. Instead, one should use a range of possible sizes to vastly increase the number of carpets and rugs for consideration. Having this flexibility for sizing may mean the difference between compromising and owning a piece that “works,” as opposed to a piece that 'belongs'.

What really matters in relation to the carpet or rug that one eventually selects is that the design, pattern and style should be something that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing,but something which provides a life-time of pleasure.