Moroccan rugs can spice up any room by adding in vibrant colors, detailed patterns, and a taste of far off lands.These rugs are ideal for anyone who either wants to stray away from the standard neutral color palette or anyone who wants to add in detailed designs and patterns.
Decorating with a Moroccan Rug
Moroccan area rugs come in a variety of patterns, color palettes, and designs. You can pair just about any accessory with a Moroccan rug, whether you're going for a full blown, vibrant Moroccan space or you're looking for something a bit more subtle. When using a Moroccan rug in a more modern, neutral color palette, you can choose a rug that has those bright colors, and then accessorize the rest of the room with colors that are more neutral. Remember, if you want your Moroccan rug to be the central pop of color in the room, you can still incorporate the rug's color elsewhere, such as in pillows, blankets, and wall art. Popular colors in Moroccan color schemes include black, blue, red, gray, orange, yellow, and anything multicolored.
Choosing Which Moroccan Rug Is Best For You
Because Moroccan rugs cover a wide range of rugs, it can be hard to figure out how to narrow down your search. Here are just a few ideas to help you focus in and find the perfect rug for your needs.
Position: The first step is deciding which room you want to use the rug in, and then how it relates to the other furniture and fixtures in the room.
Living Rooms: In your living room, you can decorate with a Moroccan area rug in many ways. Some people place their rug directly in front of the sofa/seating, while others will place it underneath the front two legs of the furniture. Others who have larger spaces may even have the furniture sit entirely on the rug.
Dining Rooms: Moroccan rugs can look great centered directly beneath your dining room table, extending out to the sides enough that the chairs sit comfortably on the rug. The rug can also mimic the shape of the table (rectangular rugs with rectangular tables, round rugs with round tables, etc).
Bedrooms: Rugs in bedrooms are often placed either completely under the bed, under the back ? of the bed, or elsewhere in the room, such as centered in the room itself. If your bedroom is smaller, you can always decorate with a runner rug next to the side of the bed, so you still get that pop of color and comfort without dominating the room.
Kitchens/Bathrooms: Decorating with a Moroccan rug in the kitchen or bathroom is an awesome way to add in color and style to those spaces. Since many of the fixtures are set in place, the rug you choose will often be a bit smaller, such as a 2x3 Moroccan rug in front of sinks. Look at your kitchen and bathroom for walkways as well where you can decorate with a runner.
Outdoors: You can carry on your Moroccan design outdoors by using a rug to centralize a seating area or establish a set dining space.
Size: Once you know where you're placing the rug, it's important to narrow down the size. The layout of the rug directly impacts the size you buy, since you'd buy a larger rug if it's completely under the furniture versus placing the rug just in front of the seating.
Shape: Moroccan rugs come in a variety of shapes, such as the standard rectangular and round rugs. However, you can also find them in square shapes, ovals, octagons, and more. If you decide to go with a different shape, be sure to go back and reevaluate the position and size in case anything changed.
Pattern: It's true that Moroccan rugs are often known for their busy, detailed patterns, but there are so many options out there that determine just how busy or how minimal their design is. There are some rugs that have centralized designs in the middle of the rug, while others carry a pattern throughout the entire space. Regardless of what you're looking for, there's a Moroccan rug out there that has a pattern suitable for your home.
Shades/Pairings: Many Moroccan area rugs do have bright, vibrant colors or deeper, richer tones. However, there are also many that do fit into a neutral color palette. When selecting your colors and their brightness, think about what else you're pairing the rug with and what the overall mood and tone of the room is. If you're looking for a more subdued, relaxing space, you may want to go with more muted colors. But if you want something more lively and energetic, choose colors that make a statement. Whatever mood you're going for, you can find a Moroccan rug that helps strike the proper tone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Moroccan Rugs
How can you tell if a Moroccan rug is authentic?
A real Moroccan rug will not ignite when you burn its string, while a fake one made of synthetic materials will catch fire easily.
What is a Moroccan rug?
Moroccan carpets and rugs are textiles hand-woven by indigenous people in Morocco. Known for their unique designs and are often made from wool.
Are Moroccan rugs worth it?
Yes, Moroccan rugs are extremely durable and are high quality rugs. These rugs are often used in high traffic areas.
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