Making the most out of your home’s floor space with an area rug will have a ton of benefits, including:
Warming up the room/space
Reducing noises throughout your home
Adding aesthetic designs that set artistic tones for a room
And much, much more…
At Rug Source we have a seemingly endless supply of area rugs and carpets that vary dramatically in size, shape and designs; and the best part is that our online inventory will always be much more affordable than our big box competitors. We’re confident that you’ll be able to find the perfect area rug that meets your budget and aesthetic preferences, but there’s no doubt about it that you may need a bit of extra help while narrowing down potentially several top choices!
Our ability to provide an unbeatable combination of quality and affordability is what drives Rug Source’s success, but what really sets us apart is our understanding and willingness to go above and beyond for each and every one of our customers. We know that you’re likely to have a lot of questions for us, so always feel free to contact us online so one of our experts can answer your questions and help you throughout the entirety of your rug shopping process.
Common Shapes of Area Rugs
One of the first and foremost considerations every online rug shopper must have is their desired space for their new area rug, and this is primarily because you’ll need to be precise in terms of how exactly it will fit within your home’s existing furniture setup, or in a new home or office you’re about to move into!
The following are some common shapes when it comes to area rugs, and they all serve unique purposes throughout many sorts of creative home décor placements:
Oval & Round Area Rugs
Round area rugs have become more and more popular in recent years, and this may be because they break the mold of traditional rectangular rug arrangements. As you can probably imagine, round rugs provide a unique sense of focal point that is typically a wonderful aesthetic design for a sitting area. A lot of home and business owners will utilize round rugs within larger entryways to provide a softening effect on the area’s ambience.
Designs are countless with round rugs, and some will accentuate the rug’s shape while many others will provide a more abstract expression. But no matter where you’d like a round rug, it’s a great choice to liven up a room in a calming way.
Square Area Rugs
A lot of people absolutely love the perfect symmetry that goes into a square area rug, and how they tend to fit perfectly within many standard sized rooms. Many square rugs will utilize straight lines and a more minimalist aesthetic approach, which more often than not matches wonderfully with modern décor.
Rectangular Area Rugs
The most common shape for an area rug is a rectangle, making these area rugs the more traditional choice within just about any home décor ambience and style. What’s great about rectangular area rugs is that there is a seemingly limitless supply within Rug Source’s online inventory, and they come in all materials and styles!
Runner rugs are the shape of choice when it comes to long entryways and hallways, and they’re very useful in a variety of other tighter places like bathrooms, kitchens and closets as well. A lot of homeowners utilize runners to protect their hardwood flooring in high-traffic areas, so they’re extremely functional for every homeowner.
The Many Styles of Area Rugs
All of us at Rug Source understand how much style plays a factor for every rug shopper, because after all area rugs are beautiful pieces of art that provide literally whatever style you want to a given room. What’s so great about shopping online with Rug Source is that our inventory varies dramatically in terms of style, and the following is a mere glimpse into the many styles of area rugs we offer:
Modern Area Rugs
Modern area rugs typically consist of solid colors and abstract geometric patterns, and this style will utilize neutral colors and chic designs that will easily match anyone’s existing modern furniture setup. Another common characteristic of modern area rugs is that they how low piles, which makes them appear more streamlined.
Traditional Area Rugs
There are countless traditional area rugs throughout our online inventory, including the timeless styles of Turkish, Persian and other Oriental designs. It’s common for these types of traditional rugs to be accompanied by intricate, thought-provoking patterns and lush color palettes.
Transitional Area Rugs
Transitional area rugs are considered to be the convergence of both contemporary and traditional aesthetics, and they come within a large variety of patterns and overall décor. Many times a transitional rug will have the color schemes of modern rugs accompanied by traditional patterns, which simply can be the perfect blend for a room!
Antique Area Rugs
Antique area rugs are one of our many specialties, and these rugs truly are very extraordinary. They’re wonderful art pieces that can provide a more lived-in feel to a room, while at the same time transporting viewers to the past with their cultural significance.
Boho Area Rugs
What’s great about many Boho area rugs is that they offer very vibrant, bright color palettes and a very chic mix of décor variations. Many Boho area rugs will have abstract patterns and an overall eye-catching orientation that will surely provide an added element to your room’s international influences.
These area rugs are great as a stain-resistant option in high traffic and spill-prone areas. What’s great about these options is that they’re easily cleanable, affordable and are great if you have kids and pets. The styles of these rugs vary dramatically, and they’re also good for outdoor patios or anywhere you’d like a little less spill stress indoors!
Contact The Rug Source Experts Today!
We are always here to support you and your needs while you’re searching for your next area rug, and we encourage you to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-7408 with any questions or concerns you may have while going through our extensive online inventory. So if you need any help at all, we’ll be more than happy to assist you in finding your next area rug that perfectly reflects your personal preferences, desired space and lifestyle!
Gabbeh Rugs are Part of a Rich Persian Tradition
The traditional Gabbeh Persian carpet – known as gava in Kurdish and Luri and called khersak in Bakhtiari – is a simple, hand-woven pile rug traditionally made by the nomadic Qashqai tribes who dwelled in the Zagros Mountains of southern Iran, near the city of Shiraz. Other tribes, such as the Lurs, the Kurds and the Bahktiari also weave these carpets.
In Persian, the word “Gabbeh” means “fringe” or “in the rough.” Gabbeh rugs are rough cut and long piled rugs of rich color and the best quality wool. Most Gabbeh carpets are medium size – up to 3’ x 5’ – and feature abstract designs where shapes and color dance playfully with one another.
Variations of the gabbeh rug – such as the “Loribaft”, “Amaleh”, “Kashkuli” – may reflect the heritage of the tribe by which they are woven or the name of the city in which they are most often traded, such as “a Shiraz Gabbeh.”
The 19th century gabbeh rugs were very coarsely knotted (40kpi or less), often with shaggy pile. The name of Gholam Reza Zollanvari is synonymous with modern Gabbeh rugs. Zollanvari learned the rug business from his grandfather, a merchant in the Shirazi rug bazaar. Zollanvari pioneered the construction of fine-weave gabbehs with knot counts of 200+ kpi. Today, Zollanvari rugs are among the most popular styles of Persian rugs.
The Making of a Gabbeh Rugs: A Craft Shared Across Generations
Most Gabbeh carpets are made by women, and many are one-of-a-kind works of art. Some patterns are passed down thru the generations as mothers and grandmothers teach their daughters the art of Persian rug making. Many patterns reflect the weaver’s observations of the environments through which the tribe has passed. Some rugs are even made by the hands of many weavers.
Traditional Gabbeh rugs were woven on makeshift ground looms. These looms are built with materials are carried long distances by the nomadic tribes, or materials found where the tribe settled. Since each loom is unique, each rug is unique; this is how Gabbeh rugs get their distinctive irregular in shape.
Woven with the Wool of Mountain Sheep
Gabbeh rugs are woven from high quality wool from the tribe’s own sheep. As the tribe herds its sheep over hundreds of miles, the nomads reach high altitudes. In the summers, they stay in the highland pastures north of Shiraz in the Zargos Mountains; by winter they sojourn to pasture lands near the Persian Gulf. Sheep grazed in high altitudes produce more lanolin, giving their wool a luxurious softness and resistance to stain.
Rich, Colorful Dyes Give Gabbeh Carpets a Remarkable Color
The Qashqai people find the dyes used in Gabbeh carpets or purchase them in towns where they trade their finished carpets. Often, they use all-natural vegetable dyes to give the wool vibrant color while retaining its lanolin.
Hand-Knotted Rugs with Turkish Symmetrical Knots and Persian Asymmetrical Knots
Most of the wool used in the construction of Gabbeh rugs is handspun using a drop spindle. After the wool has been dyed and handspun, the weaver uses the loom to hand-knot the rug using Turkish symmetrical knots or Persian asymmetrical knots, or even a combination of the two. Because the all the Qashqai tribes use both types of knots, it is difficult to tell from which individual tribe any one rug has come from.
Gabbeh Rugs Are Small – Often Just 3’ x 5’ in Size
A typical size for a Gabbeh carpet is 3 feet by 5 feet. It can take 18 to 25 hours to weave even a small Gabbeh rug. Tribal Gabbeh rugs usually have lower knot counts compared to other types of Persian carpet. This low knot count and the high quality of wool makes Gabbeh rugs famous for their exceptional durability.
Durable Floor Coverings, Wraps and Bedding to Protect from the Mountain Cold
Gabbeh rugs are often floppy because they have wider rows of multiple wefts. This made the soft, pliable rugs ideal as wraps or bedding to insulate against the bitter cold of the mountains.
Gabbeh rugs are often not symmetrical due to the nomadic lifestyle of their creators, and color variations within a rug are common. Often, the variation in color in a rug tells a story of the tribe’s migration, the climates and environments it encountered, and the tribe members who contributed to its creation.
Where to Buy Gabbeh Rugs
Unless you plan to travel to Iran to shop for Gabbeh rugs in the marketplace, we’d suggest buying a Gabbeh rug online from RugSource.com or visiting our showroom. We’re proud to bring these highly coveted rugs to you – please contact us if you’d like to know more.