How to find the perfect placement for a rug in each room of your house
PUBLISHED: 18:47 15 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:55 15 April 2015
The UK’s only premier specialist fair for authentic period rugs and textiles, London Antique Rug and Textile Fair (LARTA) opens in Marylebone tomorrow.
Rugs on show at LARTA
A stunning example of a suzani, which were traditionally made/acquired for a bridal dowry as they were so valuable (an enormous amount of work goes in to the embroidery). Today interior designers love them to hang on walls, or as bed covers. This is such a fine example it should be used as a piece of wall art - and for the size, costs a great deal less than a painting. Stylistically this rug has a Moghul Indian influence. Bokhara Suzani, circa 1850. £18,000 from Aaron Nejad
Late 19th century Heriz, James Cohen
One of Pair Anatolia Turkey runners, c.1850, from James Cohen
Antique textile clothing and garments can look amazing hung on the wall from a pole or baton. This silk velvet chapan (woman's coat) is woven using the ikat technique; velvet ikat ('baghmal') was only made for a very short period between 1880 and 1910. The coat is lined with Russian roller-printed cotton, while velvet was a favoured fabric in Central Asia and denotes high status. Early European travellers to the region complained of the gaudy local costume whereas we now appreciate their superb design and colours with wonder and awe. Bokhara, Central Asia c.1900. £9,500 from Joss Graham
A kelim (flatweave) rug looks more contemporary than a classic Persian tufted rug design. The coppery colours of this example from Kennedy Carpets are very fashionable in interiors at the moment. This is an unusual, small scale Senneh kilim woven on wool warps, Persia, early to mid-19th century, 1.52 x 1.12metres
A classic Herati/Mahi field motif is used to great effect on the tomato red background. The rug is exceptionally fine in comparison to most rugs woven in the Bidjar region. NW Persia, c.1900, wool pile on cotton foundation, 2.20 x 1.45metres, Ornamentum
The current trend for folksy artefacts and accessories, and fun bright colours make this small Konya kelim a great buy. Turkey, early 19th century, £2,400 from Owen Parry
Anyone in the market for a luxury rug should head to the “souk-like” event where 12 specialist exhibitors will be dispalying wares originating from Anatolia and Turkey, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China as well as Europe and Africa and dating from all periods up to the early 20th century.
Rugs, runners, embroideries, tapestries, kilims, decorative textiles and tribal artefacts such as woven baskets and bead-work will show off the skills of woven art and tribal design traditions.
These are not casual purchases so before choosing a rug or carpet to decorate your home, it is worth considering the room you wish to display it in, the size of the rug and how and where to place it.
Bear in mind that it’s generally easier to furnish with repeat designs than with a carpet that has a central medallion design.
When looking for a rug for decoration, be sure to have your room dimensions with you.
In the sitting room
:: If you want to cover as much of the floor as possible, choose a rug that is large enough for all the legs of a sofa and the facing chairs in your main conversation area to sit on the rug. For classical proportions in an enclosed room (rather than open-plan), you want about 18 inches of bare floor left around a rug. In a small room reduce this to about eight inches.
:: A small rug should sit in front of the sofa and chairs, either with no legs on the rug, or with just the front leg or legs of the chairs sitting on it.
For a dining room
:: A rug should be large enough that all chairs can be moved back from a table without leaving the rug edge. Better to have no rug than one your guests snag their chairs on whenever they draw up to the table.
:: If you have a rectangular table, use a rectangular-shaped rug. If you have a round table, use a square or round-shaped rug. If you have a square table, use a square shaped rug.
Bedroom rug placement
:: If you want the rug to sit under the bed, extend the rug 12-18 inches around it; at least 18 inches for a king or queen-sized bed and at least 12 inches for a double or twin bed. Depending upon the size of the room, extend further if you want, but not less: the rug will look insignificant if covered mostly by the bed.
:: A smaller rug can be very effective placed at the foot of a bed. The rug width should extend beyond the width of the bed to feel balanced.
LARTA takes place from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 April 2015 at The Showroom, off Church Street, Marylebone London NW8. For opening times and further information visit larta.net
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