Area Rugs

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Long before wall-to-wall carpeting came into its own in the 1950s and 1960s, area rugs had earned a valuable place in home furnishings and decor. The general definition of a carpet is a floor covering that covers almost the entire exposed floor. The rule of thumb for a rug is that it covers a far smaller area, fewer than nine by 12 feet. Rugs are found in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Whatever your style or need, if you look hard enough--and online is a good place to start--you can find just the rug you're envisioning.

Whether in the foyer, inside the kitchen door, or at the base of a staircase, area rugs serve a number of purposes. One, in the examples just cited, is obviously to prevent dirt and debris from outside being tracked throughout the house. Small rugs, especially when carefully selected for design and weave quality, are also a wonderful way to both accentuate the beauty of hardwood floors and the rug itself.

Area and accent rugs also make interior spaces and design more flexible. By carefully selecting and placing small rugs, you can effectively make one large room into several different rooms. At the same time, the shared light from exterior windows joins those "separate rooms" into the single flowing space so popular today.

Styles of Area Rugs

Whether round or oval, rectangular or runner, area rugs come in any number of design motifs, sizes, and materials. An Oriental prayer rug or hallway runner might be just the element to round out a more classical style that incorporates antiques, whether formal Heppelwhite or informal country cottage. Maybe a contemporary southeastern desert style hooked rug or a traditional oval braided rug is more appropriate for your home.


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