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How to Choose the Perfect Oriental Area Rug

Updated: May 17, 2022

If you have ever been in the market for a new area rug, you know how overwhelming the hunt can be. There are thousands of different styles, designs, materials, and weaves to choose from, but don’t worry! One style that is very popular lately is oriental rugs or rugs that are made in eastern countries. Each country's rugs have a unique style and creative process. We are going to give you a simple breakdown of the different types of oriental rugs so that you can decide which one will work best for you!

Caucasian Rugs

Caucasian rugs were created primarily in Russia and stopped production around 80-100 years ago, making them difficult to find. These rugs consist of mostly bold geometric shapes and are dyed in primary colors. Caucasian rugs are dyed using vegetable-based dyes which are more durable and unaffected by light.

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Egyptian Rugs

Egyptian rugs are made of soft wool materials and have distinct Egyptian designs. They are extremely durable and come in many different color options. Egyptian rugs are also made using vegetable dyes.

Indian Rugs

Indian rugs are made using cotton, silk, and wool and usually consist of warm earthy tones with the occasional pastel tone. These rugs use synthetic dye which is fade resistant and semi-durable, lasting around 3-5 years.

Pakistani Rugs

Rugs handmade in Pakistan are usually made from wool or sometimes cotton and display dark red, beige, and blue hues. Pakistani Rugs are known for their beauty and elegance, especially in brighter rooms. In addition, they use synthetic dye which, as you now know, is semi-durable.

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Persian Rugs

Persian rugs are also made from natural wool or silk and typically consist of the same red, beige, and blue colors that are produced in Pakistan. Persian rugs are recognized not only as floor coverings but works of art. They are produced using vegetable-based dyes.

Turkish Rugs

There are many different types of Turkish rugs but in general, they are all made with high-quality wool, silk, and cotton materials. They usually display beautiful bold colors that vary in hue and patterns. Turkish rugs are typically dyed using the vegetable-based process, leaving a fade-resistant color.

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Decision Time!

Now that you know some simple facts about the different types of Oriental rugs it’s time to decide which style works best for you! It may help to ask yourself some of the following questions to narrow down your search:

  • What colors do I want to see in my new rug?

  • How bold do I want the colors and patterns to be?

  • How durable does my new rug need to be?

  • Will it be in a high-traffic area?

  • Will it be in direct sunlight the majority of the time?

Remember, shopping for your home should be fun, not stressful! Hopefully, this information will help guide you in your search for the perfect new area rug! I hope you have a wonderful day and we will see you in our next post!


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