Sunday, September 18, 2011

Buying a Rug: Finding a Needle in Haystack

You want to buy a rug for your living room or bedroom but do not know where to start from. Should you buy it online or walk in to a rug store? What is important in buying a carpet? Color, size, high knot count (knot per square inch), origin, construction (wool versus silk), type (hand knotted, area rug machine made, tufted), or age? Do I need to have a designer accompany me and does he/she really know what I like or I can do the shopping and selection by myself? And if I should consider and combine all these variables, how can I  maintain a balance between them? There are many many more questions that come to mind when someone wants to buy a rug.

Knowing rugs is difficult as there are many types and in each type there are many categories, but try to know your rug dealer and see if he is knowledgeable and trustworthy. If he is, then he can safely walk you through the process with ease and peace of mind. He should not insist and put you under pressure to sell you a rug. He should work with you and let you buy a rug that fits the place, your budget, and bring warmth and character to the room in which you use the rug. He should be a part of professional rug organizations and associations both locally and nationally to know what is going on in the industry.

Although you should combine all the variables mentioned above when you want to buy a rug, but you should sometimes go buy your heart and see if you LOVE the rug you're buying or not.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

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