Once you have you floor perfectly sanded, it is time to think about flooring accessories, which not only help give the room a distinct and personalised appearance, but will also help protect a freshly sanded wooden floor.

The most popular option is to purchase an area rug, and we will be looking at different rug options in future articles, but for the purpose of this post we will focus on the type of rug which is perhaps the most desired – beautiful Oriental rugs.

Differences Between Oriental Rugs

When rugs are mentioned, one of the first things many people think of are Oriental rugs and an image of a large area rug in reds and blacks and similar colours with expressive patterns pops into mind. If asked to explain further their mental image, many people will recall a short pile finish. However, Oriental rugs are much more complex than this.

Oriental rugs come from both the near and the Far East, and there are predominantly six different types; Caucasian, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Turkish, and Turkoman. Each one of the classes has its tradition, which includes distinct colours and patterns, and they all come in a vast variety of sizes. A rug-buying professional will know everything about the options out there, and can help you make the right decision. There is so much variety in Oriental rugs that you can find one to match any existing home decor. But don’t get confused on this, not every Oriental rug goes well with every home décor style. Research and shopping around is required.

Once you know what colour and pattern scheme you want in your rug, it is time to think about the quality of rug you want to invest in. If you’re looking for a better quality rug (often the more expensive rug) then look for one with more knots, a more substantial feel, and a more intricate pattern. Since there are numerous Oriental rug salespeople out there, get multiple quotes – you can use this information to gauge whether you are being charged appropriately or not.

Caring for an Oriental Rug

Antique and collectible Oriental rugs need a bit more care and tenderness that newer rugs but they do have greater value and desirability.

“Modern” Oriental rugs will last a very long time if they are hand-knotted, which is elemental when purchasing a rug. If you want to keep your rug in tip-top condition for the longest time possible, you need to give it a little extra TLC. Run the vacuum frequently over it on both sides – turn the rug over to pull the ground in dirt out of the back as well as the surface. Every once in a while rotate it to change the traffic footpath and any possible sunlight wear that may occur. Regular cleanings, other than vacuuming, are not usually necessary; only clean your rug if it is obviously dirty.

If you notice any damage, do not leave it as a rug repairer may be able to halt the damage and possibly repair the problem area. Be sure to take to a professional before it gets worse.

Whether you are looking for an investment or just a stylish rug to complement your décor and protect a newly sanded floor, there is an Oriental rug out there with your name all over it.