Buying a rug (Colours)

(Posted on 19/10/13)

Buying a rug (Colours)

Decorative considerations (Colour) Today, rugs are an important export for most producing countries, and many weaving groups have consciously broadened their palette in order to appeal to Western tastes.  This is particularly true of India Pakistan and Afghanistan, where traditional Persian and Turkoman designs are now produced in a range of pastel shades.  In contrast, most nomadic and tribal groups still make rugs in dark reds and primary hues of their ancestors, while Persian workshop groups employ both pastel and rich shades.  Almost every design is now available in the widest possible variety of tonal schemes, and prospective buyer should have no problem in finding a rug to suit the other furnishings in his or her home. For example, a predominantly red rug with strong hints of blue can blend well into a room with some blue but no reds.  Contrasting shades can enliven a room by providing an invigorating tonal counterpoint, but care needs to be taken to ensure that colours do not clash.  This is less of a danger if the room is decorated in neutral shades, or if the rug's colours are echoed in the other furnishings; for example, a room with some pastel blues or reds can be wonderfully enlivened by introducing a rug with much richer shades of blue or reds.  Pastel shades are extremely versatile and blend with most traditional Western furnishings and interior designs.  Strong or dark shades are normally only found in nomadic and tribal rugs.  They are particularly suitable for the rough surroundings of old country cottages, but can also be ideal for studies, dens, and rooms where the dominant colours are neutral or autumnal browns.  Rich shades are perfectly in tune with opulent surroundings, but can also enhance a pastel decor.