Aanchal Agarwal Gupta Gives Class on Rugs and their Role in History

Aanchalteaches 11112014On November 11, Rug & Home Director of Strategy Aanchal Agarwal Gupta led a Continuing Educational Unit (CEU) for the Interior Design Society of Charlotte on recognizing rug quality and using rugs to accent different rooms. An expert in rugs in her own right, Aanchal gave her exclusive audience a condensed history of the decorative floor covers. Covering roughly four thousand years, the historical portion of the afternoon ranged from the first hand-woven rugs created by the Mongolian empire (c. 2000 BCE) to the recent (2011-2012 CE) trend of Sari Silk rugs; these latter are upcycled by weaving wool together with the silken threads of unused saris.20141111_152948

Afterwards, attendees participated in networking while being treated to snacks and soda. Later, ISD-Charlotte held its monthly meeting right here at Rug & Home!IDS spread 11112014

Keep your eyes peeled for future events like this one, and in the meantime, why not drop by for a friendly visit with the rug experts here at Rug & Home? Those experts include our helpful and friendly staff, who will be thrilled to help you choose the rug, furniture and other home furnishings that you need to design and arrange your perfect room.

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How to Buy an Area Rug

Decide on which style suits your tastes before you go shopping for your new rug.

Going into a huge rug store like Rug & Home can be daunting. Thousands of area rugs — nearly every size, style, and color — hang from humungous racks. Without proper guidance, the rug-buying neophyte may feel intimidated and overwhelmed.

While salespeople are there to help, they don’t know your home — or your tastes — like you do. They can’t choose your favorite color or pick the right design for your living room. Only you can make those decisions.

Buying rugs, like other home furnishings, is a particularly personal endeavor. After all, you and your family have to live with the results. But don’t let the fear of making a wrong choice stop you from finding the perfect fit. With a little forethought, you can take control of your home décor and create comfortable rooms that bring a smile to your face every time you enter.

To make your rug-buying experience an exciting adventure, here are a few steps to take before you even enter the store:

  • Set a budget. Purchase the best-quality rug you can afford, even if you have to save up for it. Well-made rugs last longer, and they withstand traffic and spills better. Top designers suggest spending about as much on a rug as you spent on your sofa.
  • Measure your space. Follow the accepted guidelines to avoid buying a rug that doesn’t fit in your room. To provide adequate coverage, area rugs should be about two feet smaller than the shortest dimension. A 12×20 room, for example, can accommodate a rug that’s 10 feet at its widest point. Dining room rugs require at least 18 inches on every side past the table edge to allow chairs to slide in and out without scraping the floor. Hall rugs need about six inches of clearance on all sides after you’ve opened any doors.
  • Start with the rug. If you’re starting from scratch, buy your rug first. Pick a primary color that dominates your decorating scheme and look for a rug that embodies that tone and gives you two extra colors. Then paint the walls and buy your furniture.
  • Do your own research. Look through home magazines and websites to get ideas and narrow down the design you find most attractive. Start by deciding between traditional Oriental rugs, modern geometric designs, or transitional styles that embody a bit of both. A rule of thumb: go with your gut. Regardless what anyone says, stick with your own taste. What makes your heart skip a beat when you see it is probably the best choice for you.

Write down the sizes, colors, patterns, and designs that fit your taste, budget, and room size. Once you’ve done this homework, you can walk into that big rug store with confidence. Bring your list with you into the store. Armed with your list, you can’t go wrong because you know what you want. You may find that preparing for your rug-shopping spree makes the entire experience so enjoyable that you’ll look forward to doing every room in your house.

The Best Size for Your Dining Room Rug

Leave room to pull out the chairs when you lay a rug under your dining table.

What’s the rule for the size of a new rug? Too large and it may it seem as if you’re trying to hide the floor. Too small and it may seem as if you’re trying to hide a stain. Choosing an appropriate rug size is not an exact science, but it’s not complete guesswork, either.

While you may be able to get away with non-traditional choices in other rooms, it’s best to follow the general rules of decorating when it comes to your dining room rug. Here are a few guidelines to help you make a smart design statement in your dining room:

  • When your dining room table sits on a wood floor, a rug underneath can save your floors from unsightly scratches made by pulling chairs in and out. A rug also protects your floors from spills.
  • A rug can muffle the noise in the room, easing conversation.
  • Aesthetically, a dining room rug provides a frame for the table, adding to the overall décor of the room. You can even place a rug over carpeting to bring style into your eating space.

Make sure the rug is sufficiently big enough. While your table size and space limitations may actually dictate the size of the rug your dining room can accommodate, here are a few rules of thumb to remember when making your purchase:

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