The living room is the beating heart of a home. It’s the hub of the household, a space for fun and recreation—a room where your family strengthens bonds and unwinds. It’s a space where you relax after a long day and where friends lounge before dinner for an aperitif. With all eyes on this room, naturally, the decorating plan needs to have a great mix of room accessories that reflect your personality and add oomph to the room. And nothing does this as effectively as carefully handpicked living room rugs.
Here are the basics for buying a living room carpet
Carefully chosen area rugs can transform a living room and set the tone for the décor and other elements such as the artwork, the furniture and the objet d’art.
The most crucial decision to be made is whether you want the room to be more functional or formal. With house pets and small children running afoot, durable rugs such as Flat Weaves or Wool rugs in darker colours are advisable, the tougher fibres lending durability and protection. If comfort is high on your list, then soft fibres such as lush bamboo silk and silk area rugs’ velvety richness are the perfect indulgence for your feet. If you entertain often, pay attention to the how easily they can be cleaned, so that you remain stress-free when it comes to the occasional curry spill or the wine stain.
After you’ve decided the practicalities of the best area rugs for your space, it’s time to shortlist the size you want. A very large carpet will overwhelm the room, creating tightness in space, whereas a smaller one will be lost among the other decorative accents. The table and the furniture are a good reference point to decide. A larger rug which all your furniture fits on is a rather grand affair, or else, just let the carpet stop a few inches before the sofa. Just the right size and colour rug will be a great focal point and a conversation starter.
The most beautiful homes are harmonious blends of colours, textures and dimensions. Let your imagination run wild with brightly coloured and busy motifs in a living space with a neutral palette to create a statement. But in a living room with ornate heirloom silverware and traditional artwork, choose soft pastels and earthy tones to create warmth and depth, without overshadowing the other dominating elements.
How does a rug compliment the other fabrics and materials cladding the room? The curtains, the sofa and chairs, and the throws need to meld together cohesively with your floor covering. As typically a legacy investment, the carpet leads the rest of the décor. But you needn’t stick to the sameness year after year. To spice things up every now and then, you can layer it with a dhurrie or a rug, a clever strategy to stave off boredom.
Textures and thickness too need to be taken into consideration. You might love that silvery shaggy haired rug or the decadent thick plush velvet carpet, but they’re harder to maintain and are better suited to floors with less foot traffic.
One overlooks the importance of lighting in the mix. Certain fibres such as viscose are more reflective in the light. Thus, the look of area carpets will transform both with the amount of sunlight filtering in and even with internal lighting—a carpet’s sheen ebbing and waning with the intensity of light reflecting on them.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to consider your budget. Hand-knotted rugs, works of art created by trained artisans by a meticulous labour-intensive weaving process, are highly prized and valued. The finesse of each rug is measured by the number of knots per square inch. Depending on your budget, you can choose a unique handmade rug to adorn your floor, a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art that occupies a place of pride in your home. As with all hand-crafted pieces, there will be subtle variations in colour, due to the natural fabrics and dyes used, which enhances their desirability. In our Artisan Originals, weavers are the master designers of their own rugs—each a treasury of artistry and innovation. Meanwhile, the reversible, loom spun, flat weave rugs are more affordable and lightweight. For those seeking perfect symmetry, machine made rugs offer consistency and accuracy.
Our selection of rugs and carpets online offers beautiful pieces that suit all budgets. You can choose between a monochromatic palette or a brightly patterned rug. Or select a traditional design or a contemporary carpet according to the overall theme of your home.
The rug will occupy a central part of your hearth for years, so invest in a piece that is not only practical, but also gives you immense pleasure. A rug adds dimension and personality to your living room. You can mount it on your wall or have it underfoot—the possibilities are many for styling it. But in either case, a carpet is the thread that binds all decorative elements in the living room in a harmonious whole, helping lay the foundation of the home of your dreams.