Persian and oriental area rugs have gotten a modern upgrade with bright hues and bold designs that instantly elevate any space. As I have started my hunt for the perfect area rug and I wanted to share what I have learned. Persian rugs are from Iran made typically from wool and are woven with a single knot. Area rugs woven with a double looping knot are considered to be Turkish. Authentic oriental rugs are hand knotted and from any of the other Middle Eastern countries.
The next room that I am decorating is our front living room. It is the first room you see when entering our home. Right now there is just a sofa and a sad looking worn area rug. I would post a photo, but it is just too embarrassing that I have let it remain in this state for so long. The look I am seeking is fun yet feminine with bright colors and lots of patterns. I decided to make the rug the accent piece for the space and select the remaining pieces based on the design on the rug. Here are the options I have found.
My first choice is this Caitlin Wilson Kismet Rug in navy. But, my husband was not into the pink accent coloring. Someday I will find a suitable space for this rug because it is just stunning. I encourage you to visit her site as she has beautiful home decor items.
All the area rugs shown below have a few key features I am looking for: distressed, center medallion, wool and with a low pile. I am going for a casual elegance look, which is why I am leaning towards an area rug with an aged appearance. Since the room is small and I want the rug to be the focal point. A rug with a medallion with draw the eye in and I can still show off the rug design by getting a clear, glass or mirrored coffee table. The room is a ‘high traffic’ area a wool rug with a low pile will be more durable and last longer; however, wool rugs do come at a cost.
If you are looking for a more budget friendly option sites like Wayfair, Overstock, RugUSA and All Modern have some wonderful options (as shown below). As a discalimer, although the style of these rugs are Oriental and Persian they are not authentic, which is why they are at a lower price point.