Rugs are simple but versatile pieces that could really change the whole look of a room. Just one colourful and stylish rug can make a boring space glow up instantly without you even trying. If you feel like an area needs to be freshened up, just change the rug and it’ll look like you redesigned the entire space.
One thing you could do if you want to make your floor the centre of attention is choosing a Persian style rug.
Why Your Room Needs an Oriental Persian Rug?
You’ve probably heard the term “oriental” rugs but do you know what they are? These rugs come from the countries of the Orient and represent an important part of their culture. Maybe your mother or grandmother had one and you would think that they’re out of style but a traditional oriental rug will always be in style.
Oriental rugs that are most favoured among designers are the beautiful and intricate Persian style rugs. They are produced in Iran and are an essential piece of Persian culture.
Originally, Persian rugs were hand-made and that’s a long and detailed process. High-quality materials like wool, cotton, and silk are used. Since the making of one rug would take a long time, today’s technology makes them more accessible for wider use by producing machine-made rugs. Of course, they can’t be of the same quality and don’t have the artistic value of the original but when it comes to the price, machine-made rugs are the inexpensive variant that many people can afford.
Persian style rugs come in various sizes with a myriad of designs. There can be one design that predominates the whole rug or several patterns can be repeated. Different elements are used and one popular design is the representation of medallions. They are symmetrical and usually put in the middle. They can be made in different shapes and sizes and other similar elements are placed in the corners of the rug.
Geometric elements, floral motifs, and other cultural symbols are also used and one single element can be repeated or various elements are combined to make elaborate designs. They come in a range of bold colours such as red, blue, green, brown, and yellow, or more subtle hues. This makes them desirable and easy to adapt to any style.
Tips on How to Style a Persian Rug
With their bold colours and designs, these rugs can be intimidating when it comes to décor. But as long as you follow some simple rules, there’s nothing to worry about.
White Isn’t the Only Wall Colour That Works with These Rugs
We love white walls. They make the room look bigger, brighter, and work well with colourful furniture. When combined with the beautiful colours of Persian rugs, they’ll emphasise and make the rug the star of the area. White walls can be a great contrast to vivid colours or they can complement the more earthy and light tones. But when styling a Persian rug, white isn’t your only option.
You could choose a darker shade like dark blue or even black. Paint one wall or half a wall, even the whole room if you pay attention to how the other features are organised. Red Persian rugs usually have dark shades so they could be combined with dark wall colours. Deep yellow or orange is another great option for the wall. Since many rugs consist of these colours, they’ll blend in nicely. The most important thing for walls is to look for colours that exist on the Persian rug so they can complement each other.
Match Other Pieces with the Colour of the Rug
What we said about the colour of the wall, that it needs to match the rug in part, applies here too. Other accessories in the room can tone with certain colours from the rug. See which ones dominate it, it may be red, green, yellow, or blue, and include a few pieces in that colour. That could be frames, artworks, chairs, and plants.
You could match shapes as well. If the rug has geometric designs, include some geometrically shaped pieces of furniture or art representations. There are, for example, shelves that are shaped into geometric forms that could accompany the design on the rug. If the rug has softer lines or a floral theme, it’ll go well with objects with a round shape or a painting representing circles and flowers. As long as there’s harmony, you’ll be fine.
Who Says That You Can Use Only One?
For bringing dimension into the room, try placing two rugs on top of each other. The Persian rug needs to be smaller and on top, so its beautiful design is visible. Under it, it’s preferred that you use a bigger rug in one colour that matches the Persian one. They need to be in the same shape and you can mix different textures.
If you want to make the floor area the focal point in the room, make a patchwork. Instead of buying one, buy 3 or more rugs and arrange them so they look like patchwork. You can buy different colours, sizes, and motifs, and just experiment. It’ll look like they’re part of a whole but each one will contribute something unique to the look.
What’s the Best Flooring for Persian Rugs?
When it comes to flooring you can use such a rug on, there aren’t any restrictions. A Persian rug would fit a rustic timber flooring really well because they both could give a natural vibe and warmth to the room. On the other hand, light vinyl flooring is an excellent base for the bolder Persian rugs since they’ll bring out the colour and design of the rug. Darker floors can highlight bright-coloured rugs. Imagine the gorgeous contrast of a dark wood floor and oriental rug with light yellow, blue, or brown colours.
Keep the Furniture Simple
If you’re going for Persian style rugs that’ll make a statement in the room, you don’t want other pieces of furniture stealing the spotlight. The larger pieces need to be in neutral hues like light shades of brown, grey, or white. There needs to be a balance so the room doesn’t feel too intense. You don’t want to walk in and everything to be in loud colours that you feel like they’re screaming at you. Moreover, neutral large furniture allows the room to be redecorated effortlessly, so it would be fairly easy to change something later on if you need to.