From crawling out of bed on a cold autumn morning to dragging your feet back in after an unusually long day at work, hand knotted area rugs nestle your feet with your warmth and indisputable luxury. When it comes to comfort there is no place like home, and no home is complete without those perfect area rugs – be it tucked neatly under your coffee table or lay out at the foot of your bed.
To today’s times, design has taken a fascinating turn, and after much back and forth it has now come to settle on the fine line between form and function; the absolute best of both worlds.
Like any other ideally constructed furnishing – poufs being another example – hand knotted area rugs are equally lavish in visual appeal and utility. Starting with the material itself – natural woolen fiber woven into thread – the level for brilliance is set. Wool is known to be one of the strongest fibers in the industry, often surpassing synthetic threads like nylon in both strength and life. Making it even more precious is the fact that it is an entirely natural fiber, soft on the skin and inherently insulating.
Matching its beauty and grandeur, the life of a hand knotted area rug is exceptional – more than hundred years in some cases – and is dependent mostly on its knot density and wool quality. This extraordinary lifespan is one of the main reasons that antique hand knotted area rugs are treasured – their value increasing with time, as they collect aspects of history and hold them tight within their knots to pass on from generation to generation.
While its quality, durability and functional value have been justified beyond doubt, a hand knotted rugs decorative role is one of majestic splendor; having a commanding presence in any space that it occupies. Newer designs blend the obvious twenty first century trends with older more subtle elements and motifs, allowing a hand knotted area rug to easily fit in with any kind of decorative atmosphere. For example, a large rug laid down in front of an old-worldly fireplace and a mantelpiece will work just as well as one under a glass topped coffee table in a Manhattan studio.
An interior decorator looks for objects not only based on colors and forms but also as an introduction of textures to a space. Ever wondered why a simple neutral colored cane weave rocking chair or a hand knotted area rug which is fundamentally monochrome makes a room instantly more interesting and visually appealing? It’s the addition of those subtle textures of the material itself that do the trick. From knots to tufts, stone-washes to embroidery, texture always makes things more tangible.
There’s nothing more left to do than to shop – set yourself free from preconceived notions and start looking at the rug displays and websites with a new eye; one that now knows that knotted rugs fit all your needs and will complement any kind of design and decor with just a dash of nobility.