Things to Consider When Buying an Oriental Rug

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That’s right. It’s almost time for me to move again. I know, I know, I should be a moving expert but I’m still SO excited! We should be closing on our house next week if the electric company gets to installing the meter. One of the things I’m most excited is decorating the new house. I’ve been going Pinterest crazy getting ideas.

When it comes to decorating your home, you want to choose items that complement your natural sense of décor. Some people are big fans of oriental rugs. It’s a classic style that comes in many colors, patterns, and can be purchased from a variety of places. While I’m probably not going the oriental rug route here are some useful tips if you are:

Choosing Your Oriental Rug

Of course, there isn’t only one type of oriental rug for sale on the market. Let’s keep in mind that “the Orient” covers a great deal of ground, stylistically and geographically. There are many factors at play here, including the age of the rug, the quality it’s in, its shape, its size, and the desirability of the pattern.

Oriental rugs are subject to present day fashion trends just as surely as any other item, so be sure before you purchase one that it will complement your current home decor in a timely and presentable fashion. Don’t be overawed by the age or excellent condition of such a rug. If it doesn’t fit with your home’s atmosphere, it’s not a good purchase.

Buying Your Oriental Rug

If you’re in the market for a genuine antique oriental rug, you first need to make sure that you’re dealing with a legitimate dealer. Ideally, the person you are dealing with can present verification of the item he or she is proposing to sell you. They should also have a reputation that can be verified using the Internet. You should also do a bit of research to make sure that you aren’t getting hold of a fake, or a rug that isn’t quite as rare and exotic as its dealer would have you believe.

Cleaning Your Oriental Rug

Because many genuine antique oriental rugs are so rare and costly, it’s not a good idea to apply conventional cleaning solutions to them. Your best bet is to take the rug to a cleaner. This is especially true if the rug is rare or an antique. You certainly don’t want to risk ruining an expensive oriental rug!

So, when unforeseen accidents involving careless family members or a dog that couldn’t make it outside on time occur, it’s definitely best to bite the bullet and call in a professional oriental rug cleaner. If you happen to live in the Northeast, you’re particularly in luck. When it comes to oriental rug cleaningNew Jersey has a great many excellent locations to choose from. If not just Google your local area for rug cleaners and you should be able to find a reputable place that can help you.  out

As for me I am leaning toward a super soft rug with a geometric pattern. Hopefully once I buy it I will like it as much in my house as I do in the store. Fingers crossed!

Would you ever put an area rug on top of carpet? I’m considering it in bedrooms for more visual appeal.


Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. I have a few orientals rugs and I love them. They offer beauty, function and they last for ever if you follow some simple rules. One of those is NEVER clean them with harsh chemicals. As for my rugs? I use a professional rug cleaner when it’s needed.

    • Very good tips Susan! They can def last a real long time with the proper care. My grandmother gave me some that look like new even though she’s had them for years.

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