In ancient civilizations, the floor rug was often considered the family's
most prized possession. Area rugs served as flooring, sitting, and
sleeping surfaces and also gave home interiors a little zing.
While area rugs today aren't needed to serve quite so many purposes at
once, they are still widely appreciated. In fact, some of the finest
handmade rugs are seen as works of art. Today, a floor rug can be a
quick interior design solution that reinvents a room, breathes new life
into dull decor, and provides warmth and depth. Functionally, an
area rug can be used to muffle sound and protect floors.
Area rugs are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles.
They come in just about every color and all types of patterns, from
traditional to contemporary. Some rug patterns show the artistic
traditions of certain regions, such as New England, Brazil, or Peru.
Area rugs may be made from natural fibers such as wool, cotton, and sisal,
or from synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, and olefin.
Area rugs are usually loose-laid, in contrast to wall-to-wall carpeting
which is tacked to the floor. Used in this manner, an area rug can
provide a dramatic accent to hardwood floors or other types of flooring.
Oriental rug designs are categorized as either Persian or Turkic.
Persian designs tend to be floral, curvilinear, and finely detailed,
whereas Turkish rug designs are usually angular and geometric.
Historically, oriental rugs have been traded in bazaars and this tradition
of bargains and discounts has carried over to the present-day area rug
For more information about area rugs and the rug industry, please visit
the Carpet and Rug Institute
Area Rug Manufacturers
has been a trusted name in floor coverings since 1926.
distributes machine-made oriental design rugs.
produces custom tufted, fabricated, printed and machine-woven rugs.
manufactures a selection of braided-texture rugs and accessories.
Cape Cod Braided Rug
specializes in handcrafted braided rugs.
offers rugs of distinctive design and long-lasting durability.
Floor rug designer and manufacturer
offers woven, hand-knotted, and hand-tufted rugs.
features tough and durable nylon kid's rugs and children's carpets.
Nourison Rug Company
offers quality area rugs, broadloom, runners, accent and scatter rugs,
and custom rugs.
Trans-Ocean Import Company
imports a full line of fashionable area rugs from Europe and Asia.
manufactures and distributes fine area rugs, runners, mats, and
Lotfy & Sons
offers handmade oriental carpets and rugs from India, China, Pakistan,
At the Milliken Carpet & Rugs
interactive showroom, visitors can find country, traditional, and contemporary rugs and carpets.
offers wool and olefin Italian floor rugs and carpets.
Safavieh weaves beautiful
floor rugs. This manufacturer and importer of fine rugs was
founded in 1914, in the Persian rug-weaving district.
Joy Carpets features
unique carpets and rugs for children.
Octans Rugs is a Nepal-based
manufacturer and exporter of contemporary, traditional, and custom
designed hand-knotted area rugs.
Bowron Sheepskin offers
fine quality sheepskin rugs and accessories from New Zealand.
Rug Selection and Rug Care Information
Types of Fiber,
an overview of the primary natural and synthetic fibers that are
used to produce rugs and carpets.
Area-Rug-Tips.com publishes a series of
resources about rug cleaning, care, and stain removal.
Rug Supplier Directory
Floor Rugs - Oriental Rugs - Area Rugs - Persian Rugs