Although the design of an Oriental rug is a less important thing to consider than the color (a dissonant pattern can still blend into a room as long as the color schemes are not clashing), choosing the right design is still important for reinforcing the general aesthetic of a room.
There are a few types of design options to choose from.
- Curvilinear designs are generally intricate and floral-inspired. A room that is ornately decorated can be greatly enhanced by a curvilinear rug.
- Geometric designs look best in a more minimalist, Scandinavian inspired room.
- Repeating designs have a single motif (or multiple motifs) that is repeated throughout the rug. Since the design is the same from every angle, you have a great deal of freedom when it comes to rug placement.
- Centralized designs have a single, central motif. Because of the symmetry of these designs, they work best when placed in the center of a room, particularly if the room also has a sense of symmetry.
- Vertical and horizontal designs run one way along the rug. These Oriental rugs usually need to be seen from a specific angle to get the full effect. The placement of these rugs is usually up to trial and error, but your best bet is placing them somewhere where they cannot be viewed upside-down.
The last thing to consider is the size of the Oriental rug. You want to give the rug enough space so that it is not overpowered by the other furnishings in the room. A bold rug will need more space than a more delicate rug. Also, a room with less furnishing can have a bigger rug without appearing too cluttered.
No matter what color scheme you are looking for, there is a good chance you will find a multitude of Oriental rugs that suit your style. Most countries that export Oriental rugs have made the conscious decision to broaden their color pallets to match Western preferences. So, whether you are looking for a traditionally colored rug or a rug with a modern twist, you are sure to find what you are looking for.
You also need to think about whether you want harmonious or contrasting shades in your Oriental rug.
Harmonious shades will reflect the over-all tonality of your room. You want to be sure one or more of the colors in the room are reflected in the rug to tie everything together.
You could also choose a rug with contrasting shades; however, be sure to choose a rug that does not clash with the other colors in the room. A contrasting rug can be an especially great addition to a room decorated with neutral tones.