Although Oriental carpets and Persian rugs are amazing works of art, finding the right place for them in your home could be a bit tricky. No matter where you plan to use your Oriental area rug or Persian carpet, pay attention to details of the area. For instance, is there enough of a clearance under the door if it opens over the rug? Or is the rug going to get walked on in a certain corner because it is in the path of the foot traffic? Or is the rug going to hinder air vents, cover electrical outlets, or be unreasonably exposed to direct sunlight if used in its desired placement? In most cases, careful planning will definitely help you avoid unpleasant surprises.
Smaller pieces can often be placed wherever they look their best or wherever they satisfy a specific purpose. However, finding the right place in a room for a larger rug, which will usually be the main floor covering, requires more planning. Larger pieces are used either in front of furniture, under a dining or a coffee table. Furniture can be placed around the rug giving it the looks of a centerpiece. In cases of even larger pieces, the rug can be placed either under the sofa’s front legs, or be entirely covered by your furniture. This is basically a matter of personal taste. When used under a dining table, the rug needs to be large enough so the chairs remain on it as you pull them out. As a general rule, if you are having a hard time to get the back legs of your chairs up and over the edge of the rug when sitting at the table, you know you will have to switch to a larger size. For dining tables with usual chair sizes, a rug that is about four to five feet wider and four to five feet longer than the table itself should be sufficient. If used under a coffee table, the rug should be placed so that the table will be centered between the long ends of the rug while you are still able to see enough of its colors and design. Coffee tables with a glass top will naturally have an advantage here.
In the past people would purchase a rug that would cover the entire room, but if you have beautiful tiles and hardwood flooring, you would most probably want to show some of the floor around the rug as well. As a general rule, you should allow at least ten inches of a hardwood or tile floor to be exposed around the edges of your rug. If possible, the rug needs to be placed in the center of the room with an equal distance from the wall to the sides and ends. Here, you will need to focus on the wall, and not on a closet or fireplace that may stick out into the room. For a smaller sitting area with a couple of chairs and a small table, any rug with a width of four to six feet and a length of six to eight feet would probably be good enough. In many cases, a round rug would be your best choice for such settings. The same set of rules explained above would apply here as well. Using an area rug in a kitchen can make a huge difference. However, due to frequent spillage of water and foodstuff, we do not recommend it unless you absolutely dislike the floor and can go with a less costly piece of rug for your space. With so many choices in different shapes and colors readily available to you, you can be sure to find the right rug with a bit of careful planning.