Anyone looking to add vintage carpets to an interior space will find that they can drastically change the entire look of any room by using one or more rugs. Of course, there are many different styles when it comes to vintage carpets.
This can make it hard to choose from them for each space. Thankfully, there are some general rules to follow when it comes to the process. Size and placement of the rug is crucial.
Here are just some of the tips:
Choosing the Right Size
To figure out the right size vintage carpets to buy, measure the maximum and minimum length and width of the space room in question's length and width. Take into account the furniture in the room, whether you want the carpet to go under them or not., As oriental carpets have a lot different sizes, your size range will help you to find the piece that best suits the area in question. Then take away about 2-3 feet from each. This lets the decorator use a rug that's about that much smaller than the total area. It creates a more balanced and open feel to the room.
If there is already is, or the decorator plans on using a very patterned wallpaper or upholstery along with the vintage carpets, keep your choice carpet more subdued. Of course, the opposite comes into play if one desires a rug with busy patterns.
They should then keep the coloring and patterns on the furnishings and walls basic. Too many patterns can cause a stressful and hectic feel which no one enjoys.
Choosing a Material
When it comes to longevity, a natural fiber rug is the most resilient. Choose silk or wool instead of man-made fibers. Those tend to look older, faster. Further, if heavy furnishings is will be placed on top of the rug one should invest in furniture coasters.
These help disperse the weight and help avoid crushing the piles in the vintage carpets. Also, never underestimate the investment of rug pads. They will keep the vintage carpets from slipping and sliding all around, and give extra protection to the hard floors beneath.
Which is Best Where?
When it comes to vintage carpet placement it can be confusing. If placing them in kitchens and bathrooms, a long, rectangular option will set out a path. In areas where one will be relaxing, it's best to rest at least the two front legs on the rug to make the room feel harmonious.
Using a runner that's about 4 inches narrower, and 16 to 28 inches longer than the existing dimensions of a hallway will make them feel more spacious.
Placing a vintage carpet under a dining table? Best practice is to have it be two feet wider on all sides in order to accommodate the chairs being dropped out.
Small rugs are perfect at the foot of a bed, and they should be a bit wider than the bed itself. Otherwise it will make the vintage carpet look much smaller than it actually is.
Layering is a great way to bring extra color and accommodate a set budget. Place a colorful, vintage carpet over the top of a neutral colored mat in a shade that matches. Another great thing to know is that patterned rugs show less wear and tear, so if it's a high traffic area patterns are best.
Finally, consider existing doorways, electrical outlets, vents and other existing elements that may become an obstacle once vintage carpets are placed.
It's always smart to get vintage carpets appraised by a professional, but there are some things one can look for to give them a clue. A handmade carpet will be worth much more than a machine made version.
The way to tell if it may be handmade is by flipping it over, and seeing if the pattern on the back matches the one on the front. Also look for slight imperfections, and knots.