What Country Makes the Best Area Rugs?
Area rugs are made in several countries around the world, but you might be wondering what country makes the best ones (and in a price range within your budget). The answer might surprise you. None of them!
But don’t get us wrong. There are definitely differences in style and design between rugs made in disparate parts of the world, though not as much as you’d think. Persian rugs often use flowery motifs that you don’t always see in oriental rugs, for example -- come in to our Phoenix area store to see the aesthetic differences for yourself.
Every rug-producing country offers a range of quality when it comes to their exports. You can find poorly made rugs along with those of impeccable quality from India, Iraq, Pakistan, or any other country. When you’re trying to find the “best” area rugs for your home, what you’re really looking for is the type of rug that best suits your tastes. In that sense, there will always be a “best,” but it won’t have much to do with the country of origin in terms of quality.
But I’ve heard …
You may have heard from friends, family, interior designers, or rug dealers that only carpets & rugs from a particular region are any good, meaning the rest aren’t worth even considering. We heartily disagree.
Most of these biased opinions are not actually based on the quality of a designer area rug from a specific region. Often, a person will say the best rugs come from the country they feel most connected to, whether they were born there or they have other ties to the area. It makes sense that someone with cultural or other ties to a region might think their country’s rugs are the best looking and of the highest quality. But we guarantee there are low quality rugs coming out of that person’s favorite place along with the high quality ones they laude. They may not like the look of area rugs from other regions, but that is an issue of personal taste rather than overall quality.
Another reason someone might specify a particular origin country as being the best is if it’s a rug store or professional that specializes in a particular type of rug. Most of us know to take the opinion of such an expert with a grain of salt, but be sure to do your homework all the same. You don’t need to limit your options to just one origin country when every region has the ability to create breathtaking art you can walk on.
Where Alyshaan Finds Fine Rugs
Many of our fine area rugs come from India and Pakistan, though we also have rugs from Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkey, and Egypt.
If you need help selecting a particular style or design, Alyshaan Fine Rugs is here to help. We can help you narrow down your selection not based on a rug’s origin, but on your decorating needs. You can also bring your questions to our experts and they’ll do their best to find the right answer for you.
What You Need to Know About Rug Pads
Area rugs are an investment, and you want that investment to stay in good condition as long as possible, right? That is why we wanted to talk about rug pads. These are thin pads that are custom cut to the size of your rug and go between the rug and the floor. Here are a few of the benefits good rug pads offer when they are installed properly:
- Keeps your rug from sliding across the floor. This is definitely a safety feature! Both carpeted areas and hard surfaces benefit from this aspect of rug pads.
- Your rug will feel better under your feet.
- Prevents “bumps” in the rug.
- Reduces the amount of normal wear your rug will take.
This might surprise you. Why don’t more rug stores sell rug pads if it benefits you and your rug so much? Mostly, this is because other rug dealers consider it a hassle. There isn’t much money to be made in creating custom cut pads and it takes time. Not a great deal of time, but enough to not be worth it to businesses that aren’t invested in customer service.
Not all rugs will slip around though, so you can use your best judgement here. If you have broadloom carpeting or you have furniture anchoring it, a rug pad may not be needed.
At Alyshaan Fine Rugs, we want you to get the most out of your investment, which is why we offer this service. You can find rug pads in other places or you can even order one online to cut yourself, but be sure it’s a high quality pad. Otherwise, it may cause damage to the back of your rug or to your floor. A rug pad must be cut slightly smaller than the rug itself (not including the fringe) to hold it in place properly.
Rug pads are great for hallway runners to prevent them from slowly drifting down the hall or for rugs in your entrance way. The fine rugs that have the most foot traffic and aren’t anchored by furniture are the rugs that needs pads the most.
Other Ways to Increase Life of an Area Rug
- Store them in a cool, dry place when storage is needed. Stack rugs flat on top of one another for simple storage. Large area rugs should be wrapped around a pole. Be sure to protect them against moths and rodents.
- Choose durable materials for area rugs that will see moderate to heavy foot traffic. Wool, cotton, or bamboo silk area rugs are ideal. Natural silk is too delicate.
- Periodically move furniture on top of your rugs a couple inches so it doesn’t wear the exact same spot all the time.
- Prevent long exposures to direct sunlight. That isn’t to say you can’t have a rug in a room with a window. Just don’t have the sun beating on your fine rugs all day long.
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