Introducing a rug to a room is a simple way to add character, warmth, or create a quality finishing touch. Afghan rugs especially are a sign of premium workmanship and authenticity.
Here are just a few ways you can use these sought-after pieces in an interior design scheme.
Define The Living Space
In larger living spaces, a rug can be used to define certain areas. Patterned and textured rugs stand out and draw the eye, and are commonly used to 'invite' people into the room. Adding a rug to a seating area is a clever way to create the perception of comfort, and is a great idea to 'soften' the impression of properties with industrial interior designs.
A rug can also be used to separate areas, such as living or dining spaces. This may prove useful in open-plan rooms or city apartments.
Complement A Colour Scheme
An Afghan rug can be utilised to create consistency in a colour scheme. Too many conflicting colours will disrupt the sense of harmony, so adding a rug in an existing colour can help to assert a hierarchy.
Alternatively, a rug can help to tone down or liven up a colour scheme. If the room is quite neutral or bland, a rug could add vibrancy and interest. If the space is already visually 'hectic', a plainer rug can help to subdue the ambience.
Use As A Focal Point
If the living space lacks character, use the rug as a focal point. A hand-made Afghan rug with bright, natural vegetable-dyed designs is sure to make an intriguing feature.
The rest of the room can then take inspiration from the design of the rug – walls, cushions, and furnishings could be purchased that match or complement the rug's colour scheme. Plants may also be introduced as a continuation of the natural theme (Afghan rugs are predominantly made from cotton and wool).
However you choose to use an Afghan rug, it is important to have a liner underneath. This will keep it from slipping and sliding on hard flooring.