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Showroom rugs at K.A.Menendian,Cols OH

This Rug Buyer’s Guide is designed to simplify your purchase of an Area or Oriental rug to make your home more beautiful.

Getting Started
On a room-by-room basis, determine the look you want to create on your budget. There is a wide variety of rugs to choose from at many price points.

  • First determine the mood you want for a room, e.g. formal or casual. The design personality and color of the rug selected will create the desired feeling for the room.
  • Formal rugs can anchor a room with a calming effect.
  • Casual and fun elements are great for a family room.
  • Bold medallions make a dramatic statement.
  • Elegant fine lines and subdued colors have a quiet pleasing effect.
  • Vintage patterns are a traditional way to reminisce about their time and place.
  • Pure colors are more formal and elegant.
  • Abrash (blending of two or more colors) creates a broader color palette and can be easier to decorate with.
  • Rug patterns can work with the existing designs and fabrics in your room.

    Big Rugs First
  • Prioritize your rug purchases according to room size and importance.
  • Each rug acquired will lessen your choices for future rug selections.
  • Accent rugs and runners are easier to co-ordinate with the main rug than vice-versa.

  • Room Size
  • Room layout, size & walls will limit the dimensions for a comfortable fit.

  • Furniture
  • A furniture setting suggests the minimum size rug that will create an island effect to visually hold the pieces together.
  • There are no rules about on or off the edges. Simply, what feels right and functions best.

  • Traffic
  • Foot pathways should avoid pivot points at the edges of rugs.

  • Template
  • Use a tarp or sheet folded to size to determine your preferred rug sizes or mark the rug size on the floor with masking tape.
  • Some areas can use a room size rug or an assortment of smaller rugs.
  • Laying your room out on graph paper can make the design process easier.

We have miniature chipboard rug templates available in our showroom. These templates are 1/4” scale versions of many of our popular rug sizes. Bring your room sizes (see below) and we will be happy to assist you with your rug size decisions. If you prefer to take these templates home, they are available at a small charge.

There are three types of rugs to consider purchasing:
  • Handmade, Flatweave or Knotted Pile
  • Hand Tufted
  • Machine Made, Axminster or Wilton

Other factors that influence price:
  • Materials - wool, cotton, silk or synthetic fibers
  • Complexity of design
  • Number of colors used
  • Dying technique (vegetable or synthetic)
  • Knot count
  • Age and condition of antique and semi-antique rugs

  • Use of Room & Rug
  • Amount of traffic and soil
  • Are you looking for a piece of art for your floor that will last for a lifetime or a decorating accessory for the short term.

  • Texture
  • Handmade weavings from natural fibers make an inviting soft appeal.
  • Pattern clarity is achieved by using tight smooth finishes.
  • Tribal artifacts, pillows and tapestries can be components of a well-decorated room.

  • Investment
  • Area rugs are movable from room to room and house to house.
  • Quality materials and construction will insure longevity of both the look and value of a fine rug.
  • Handmade Oriental rugs will last for generations with proper care and maintenance.

Color Swatches:
Bring your color swatches and fabrics with you when shopping. Also include wood stains, ceramic tiles & counter top samples. Having these samples will help guide and make you a more confident shopper.

Before you visit our showroom, it will help to complete this form {Room Sizes Chart} with your room dimensions and bring it with you. Also, please bring color samples from the rooms in which the rugs will be placed (paint samples, fabric swatches and accessories). Photos of the rooms can also be helpful.

Standard Rug Sizes:
Handmade rugs will vary slightly.
2'x3', 3'x5', 4'x6', 5'x7', 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12', 10'x14', 12'x15'

Runners: 2'3”, 2'6”, 2'8”, 3' wide and come in lengths of 6', 8', 10', 12', etc.

Rounds: 6', 8', 10', 12' diameters

Squares: 6' and 8'

Custom rugs can be made in any size.

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