Work with a reputable rug dealer

Above all, it is important to work with a reputable rug dealer who encourages an in-home trial. When a decision is made to purchase a rug, it’s wise to know if the business you are thinking of dealing with has a pattern of promotional sales or has a regular everyday method of selling. The area rug business is rife with misleading promotions; huge percentages-off events, anniversary sales, holiday clearance events, etc. The only way these events make a profit for the promoter is if the prices are marked exponentially up to accommodate the cost of the rug and all the advertising and staff involved in these events. There is no short-term shelf life for a quality area rug, so there are no justifiable reasons to sell rugs with an extreme sense of urgency. If you are making a major purchase, an appraisal for the rug you want can be done by a third party, preferably a rug repair company or a rug cleaning company. There are certified appraisers, however many are also rug dealers; hence an inherent conflict of interest. Caveat Emptor still has relevance in the twenty first century!

Determine the appropriate size
This exercise can be done with newspaper leaves forming a perimeter, or with the current blue masking tape to help visualize the size. If possible, have a minimum and maximum allowable width and length, allowing more rugs to fit in the scenario.

Choose your color palette
Based on your immediate rug environment, all contiguous colors and patterns should be considered. Savvy clients assemble a small, portable array of tile, paint samples, fabrics and leathers to carry to rug showrooms. After using these constants to select possible rug choices, it’s essential to have the rugs brought to the residence or office for a trial presentation. Our recommendation is to keep all rugs that pass your first assessment for two or three days. The rug will either “grow on you” or “grow away from you”.

Rugs should lie flat
Although hand woven rugs may be slightly irregular in shape, every rug should lay flat, have an even balance to design motifs and a uniform weave structure (assessed by turning the rug over on the back). Uneven tension on the loom causes ripples and lumps in rugs that are difficult if not impossible to correct.