Decorating with Oriental Rugs make a Flavorful Start to 2017

Instead of stepping into the new year with a new trend, we’ve decided to focus on something traditional that never goes out of style: oriental rugs.


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There’s no better place to call yours than your home. Whether it’s an apartment, house or anything in-between, your home is your home. Your household is something you can decorate, customize and fashion in any way you see fit—it’s the perfect avenue to accent what it truly means to be you. Maybe you’re someone with exotic tastes; maybe you’re someone who likes a more relaxed, tame presentation. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s an adaptable and highly fashionable item that can fit into any home: an Oriental rug.

Thanks to my friends at Fine Rug Collection I was able to learn a little more about oriental rugs and what makes them so special in the design world today.

They are a Great Way to Express Yourself

Oriental rugs are extravagant pieces that sport a distinct presentation and luxury. That’s why designers are literally drooling over Persian rugs when it comes to decorating. Keep in mind when you purchase an Oriental rug, you’re not buying just a carpet—you’re adding a creation bathed in deep history and tradition. The variety at your disposal embodies what should be expected in any sort of décor. Luscious colors; creative designs; a sense of grandeur, or tactful simplicity. No matter your taste in presentation, the options are your disposal are completely flexible.

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If you’re wondering how exactly an Oriental rug expresses each of these distinct traits, the answer is genuine in its presentation. There are two factors when considering an Oriental rug’s quality: its appearance, and its actual composition. The first aspect, appearance, is something intrinsic with any product whose display has a heavy effect on its perceived value.

Oriental Rugs Suite Every Style

Everyone has their own perception of what’s rich or poor in quality. Attributes such as beauty, originality, color, perfection—an appearance that is pristine to a relation of perfection—are normally universally accepted as an indication of quality. This doesn’t apply to everyone. Some people find luxury in a simpler presentation—one that’s muted, “low key”, and relaxed rather than something lavish. Considering myself, oriental rugs have always presented a rich and lavish decorating sense. Roll one of these rugs out, and you’re guests will be dying to know your decorating secrets!

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The fantastic thing about Oriental rugs is that it can embody either of these forms of presentation. An Oriental rug can be incredibly extravagant, with massive medallions, geometric shapes, animals or floral sprawling across its entirety. Alternatively, an Oriental rug can be lax, sporting muted colors, blended designs, or a complete lack of designs. Oriental rugs work in any room, regardless of your decorating sense and current style.

Hand Made and Built to Last

The second factor that is intrinsically important for an Oriental rug is its composition. An Oriental rug’s composition is rather straightforward, consisting of Wool, Cotton, and on rare occasions Silk. However, in terms of an Oriental rug, “composition” doesn’t only encompass materials utilized.

An Oriental rug’s composition is a blend of material and the manner of its creation. Every single Oriental rug is an original product that is handwoven day after day, month after month until its finished. The finest Oriental rugs will have an incredibly tight knotted weave, while more standard creations will have a looser weft. To clean your rug, includes special care and attention. Take a look at this article on how to care for special rugs.

BDB Tip: Though more knots are normally an indication of quality, this is not the case with every single Oriental rug. Some provide a loose weave purely due to aesthetical choices and their own choice in display.

Oriental Rugs add Life and Energy

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Do you want an object of noticeable magnificence? Do you want something that blends in with your existing layout? Do you want something that adds that extra bit of energy you’ve been seeking to spice up your living room? Do you want a piece that adds a complete and utter contrast to whatever area it’s decorating? Whatever you’re looking for to fit snug into your household, an Oriental rug has it covered!

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The Newest Tile Trends For 2017

We love tile for its stylish look and practical versatility. However, choosing the right tile for your home can often be challenging. Tile is an investment that will last for years to come, and is often a more permanent design choice than a hardwood stain or carpet color. 


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If you’re on the fence about what tile aesthetic to go for in your home — take a few minutes to consider the latest tile trends for 2017:

Patterned Tiles


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Bathrooms and kitchens are often filled with straight lines and hard surfaces — and patterned tile is an exciting way to soften up the space. Moroccan-inspired tile and painted geometric shapes add a bold statement and fun personality to just about any room, but remain effortlessly sophisticated.

There are so many different types of styles, patterns, and colors of tile. What you have to keep in mind when choosing your to tiles is how much natural light and traffic will be in that particular space. Black glossy tiles make look glamorous, but can show dirt more that lighter colored floor tiles, especially when natural light hits the floor. Lighter colors also make a room feel larger and are more suited for hallways, and kitchens. 

Colored Tiles


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We’ve spent the last several years opting for neutrals — often winding up in seas of beige, grey and white. Yet trends are starting to shift back towards colored tiles, resulting in an unexpected, yet impactful design choice. To find tiles like this, there are tons of places like RiteRug Flooring that offer beautiful tiles as well as hardwood, laminate, and vinyl flooring.

Shape Tiles


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The classic lines of subway tile will never go out of style, yet out-of-the-box shapes are feeling fresher than ever. Hexagons, triangles, arabesque and more — tiles in interesting shapes can help create high style and design with limited effort. The best way to make lighter colored hexagonal tiles look modern and chic, is to pair them with a white vanity, bathtub, and chrome hardware such as faucets, pulls, and lighting. You can also amp up the glam factor by choosing the right chandelier for your space – a chrome light fixture with clear crystals and soft lighting.

Vintage Inspired


Nowadays, the lines are blurring between contemporary and vintage design. Decor is intentionally worn, and eclectic interiors are on the rise. Installing vintage-inspired tiles is definitely one of our beautiful decorating tips that go a long way. Not to mention, they can help add character to any space without the risk of looking “dated” in a few years.

If you are afraid to take the plunge with vintage inspired tiles, you can always install it on one wall only and use this as a feature wall. For example, you can create the perfect kitchen backsplash using vintage tiles for a statement wall that looks like a work of art above your stove. You can also consider installing a few vintage tiles to create a focus in the center of your room, underneath a chandelier or dining table. This is a easy way to add interest and style, without going overboard or risking your room’s decorating.

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