Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's All About the Rug!

Saryk rugs from Central Asia

Rugs at times are an afterthought for some people when decorating a space.  They can be so damn expensive, there are so many different styles and colors to choose from, and they are going to be underfoot anyway, so why fork over the cash for that 8x12?!  I do know that so many gorgeously crafted rugs are unfortunately undervalued.  Who cares if you and you’re guests are walking all over it.  It’s meant to be trampled on, and used.  With time most rugs actually look better with wear anyway.  And, of course it should be professionally cleaned every so often, or after your best friend spills a glass of wine on it!

There is so much to know about rugs:  Their origins, the meanings in the patterns, woven vs. pile, etc.  The search for your perfect area rug can get over whelming and tedious after a while.  I know!  I experience the same thing at times.  If you are looking for a rug that will sustain its value and may increase in worth over time, then seek out a tribal rug.  These are the most sought after rugs in today’s collector market – made by nomadic peoples in Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, among other locations.  They are the most geometrical and abstract in their designs. 

Lately, I’ve had my eye on antique and vintage Saryk rugs, made by the Saryk tribe in Central Asia.  They look so modern, full of geometric patterns and bold colors.  In fact, one of my favorite artist’s Paul Klee along with Kandinsky was inspired by these particular rugs.  They are perfect for modern or even traditional or eclectic interiors.  I think this is one of the reasons I appreciate them so much – their style and color make them very versatile.

A rug can give life to a room, and comfort underfoot.  Remember; don’t let your rug be an afterthought.

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