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  • There is a Rug to Complement Every Floor Type

    A magical traveling carpet could be a myth straight out of imaginary fables but there sure exists an air of enchantment around handmade carpets. Whatever floor type you go with, there is a rug to add on to the great looks of your flooring and interiors. If you are dealing with more than one floor type, you stand a chance to splurge on more rug varieties - all under one roof.

    Patterned Parquet Flooring

    Parquet flooring mosaics are entirely geometric wood pieces that come in squares, triangles, lozenges and herringbone shapes. From the most expensive mahogany to much affordable bamboo, pine, maple and oak are used in the making of parquet flooring pieces. Just like their hardwood counterpart, parquets feel warm underfoot and aid in easy cleaning & maintenance.

    patterned parquet flooring

    Parquetry is commonly found in hallways and bedrooms where a handmade rug becomes much desirable. The swirly plasterwork of parquet flooring is best complemented when it is crested with a Tribal Rug that is steeped in geometric and angular patterns. The bold patterns of a Tribal rug best suit the angles present in parquet flooring.

    Timeless Hardwood & Bamboo

    Engineered wood or hardwood planks, wood flooring is an all occasion timeless addition to your home. No-hassle cleaning and effortless restoration qualities make wood an ideal addition to your flooring. An eco-friendly alternative to hardwood is bamboo flooring that is visually similar to hardwood.

    hardwood flooring

    The expert colour combination in an Oriental Kirman Rug makes it an ideal addition to harmonize the expanse of hardwood on your flooring. Since the exposed parts of wood flooring naturally age and change in colour, make sure to use UV protectant layer on your windows to avoid patches of discolored wood in your home.

    Cushiony Cork Flooring

    Cork is derived from the outer bark layer of a cork oak tree found in Mediterranean climates. The unique formulation of cells that retain gas makes cork a cushiony option for flooring. Cork is readily recyclable & biodegradable plus it is considered environmentally friendly & sustainable because cork harvest uses bark that can grow back so no tree is ever felled.

    cork flooring

    The kitchen is one place that takes a lot of standing time where you are required to stand for an extended period of time. A natural cork floor can be the best choice to make standing the most preferred experience. Add a narrow Oriental Bokhara Runner to get just the right amount of cork underfoot and also to accomplish visual beauty with a handmade rug.

    Impervious Porcelain Or Ceramic

    "The big buzz word today is porcelain tile" says Howard Pryor, a chairman of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association. Porcelain or ceramic flooring is hard and glazed flooring that is easy to clean and sterilize. This type of flooring is strong & durable that is available in a wide variety of colours and designs. The waterproof quality of these tiles makes them perfect to be used in bathrooms.

    porcelain flooring

    Porcelain feels cold underfoot so a rug becomes an essential part of your porcelain flooring even if you have radiant heating system already in place. Large Persian Kilim Rugs are just perfect to adorn an expanse of glazed porcelain flooring. Due to the bold geometric patterns commonly used in a Persian Kilim rug, it is mostly favored by decorators to adorn glazed flooring.

    Quiet Vinyl Flooring

    Vinyl is an entirely synthetic polymer flooring that brings in the beauty of nature without cutting down a tree. Vinyl flooring looks and feels like the most exotic hardwood you have always dreamt of installing. All the benefits of hardwood flooring are offered with the much affordable vinyl. The sound on vinyl flooring gets muffled and that makes it ideal to be used in apartments and multiple-occupancy houses.

    Along with the numerous benefits of vinyl, the most interesting part of vinyl is that, it is available in different styles and colors that come in an array of original look, the designer look and even the vintage look to choose from. An Oriental Jaldar Rug is a perfect rug to decorate your home since the diamond-shaped guls of a Jaldar makes plain vinyl flooring stand-out beautifully.

    Old Linoleum Floors Of The Sixties

    Linoleum is derived from dried and milled flax seeds mixed with plant-origin stuff like pine resins, ground cork and wood flour that come with jute backing. These 100% biodegradable tiles are anti-static that ward off dirt and dust making it hypoallergenic – an ideal flooring type for people with respiratory problems. High quality linoleum flooring is still used in hospitals due to their hypoallergenic quality. Among these qualities, linoleum is anti-fading and fire resistant.

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    The inexpensive linoleum is associated with high traffic areas like the kitchen and hallway. The inlaid patterns and designs are used to define specific spaces of a room. All-natural Sisal Rugs are the best rugs to use on the all-natural linoleum flooring since even the Sisal rug is used in high traffic areas just like the linoleum flooring itself.

    Natural Stone Flooring

    Stone floors are natural, gorgeous and are always in style. The naturally cool and rigid surface of stone flooring is perfect for warm climates. Granite limestone, marble and stone tiles are a few examples of natural stone flooring commonly used for flooring and wall adorning purpose. Stone flooring is easy to clean and disinfect plus it does not harbor dust or allergens.

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    Stone can get miserably cold during winters - this makes radiant heating systems and rugs essential to make your space warm & welcoming. To enhance the natural appeal of stone flooring, handmade Persian Hunting Rugs are just the thing to be used to add visual interest and get the warmth of wool. The detailed features of all the characters in this rug best complement the natural setting of stone flooring.

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  • 15 Most Expensive Rugs of ALRUG (Updated for 2017)

    Updated on 11th September 2017

    An Array of Blissful Treat for your Feet and Senses

    Since time immemorial rugs have served as an integral part of glamorous home decor impression. Be it for the high traffic living room, the seclusion of one’s bedroom or even to beautify your laundry room; rugs flaunt the dweller’s taste and personality. Rectangle, round, runner, square or wide runner, there is always an exquisite rug at alrug.com to go with every nook and corner of your abode. Treat your feet and senses to these 15 Most Expensive Rugs Available at ALRUG.

    Black Persian Kirman Rug
    15. Black Persian Kirman Rug - 4' 7" x 7' 1" (ft)

    Priced as one of the most expensive rugs, this Black Persian Kirman Rug measuring 4' 7" x 7' 1" (ft) is best suited for your living room. The beautiful floral design with a central medallion is woven with Worsted wool/silk hues on a cotton base. The sober teal, ivory and peach colours elaborated with bold colours like black, maroon and brick gives this authentic rug an aesthetic look. The traditional Persian floral design in a Kirman makes it an ideal addition to add grace and grandeur to the formal spaces of your home. This large rug is truly a pleasant addition to your collection of expensive rugs. Pick this hand-knotted elegant Black Persian Kirman Rug priced at $5,075.00; click here to check out more varieties of this grand beauty.




    Maroon Persian Mahal Rug
    14. Maroon Persian Mahal Rug

    Mahal rugs incorporate patterns that are not exactly floral or geometric; this unique feature makes them extremely versatile to be incorporated in almost any setting or decor. You are sure to fall in love with the soft colors and the simple designs incorporated in this beautiful Maroon Persian Mahal Rug. A unique palette of bright and sober colours used in the center of this rug gives it an embossed look. Every minute detail in this rug is complemented with flourishing colours; passing it for a visually and texturally rich rug. Measuring 4' 7" x 7' 1" (ft) this lovely rug costs $5,079.00 and is one of the most expensive rugs at ALRUG. Pick up this unique Mahal Rug to add ambiance to your bedroom. Click here to check out all the varieties of Mahal Rugs.



    Red Persian Isfahan Rug 13. Red Persian Isfahan Rug

    Like the traditional Isfahan Rug designs this Red Persian Isfahan Rug involves beautiful pictorial schemes that are richly ornamented with elegant arabesques and intertwining flowers across the entire field. The most common design like this beautiful Red Persian Isfahan Rug is a central medallion design with repeat corner decorations - thought to be inspired by hand-tooled book covers. This rug is an ideal choice for your home library since this rug itself replicates an antique book cover! This fine-looking Red Persian Isfahan Rug has subtle colours and repeat patterns with Red as its primary color. This huge rug measuring 8' 1" x 10' 3" (ft) and priced at $5,095.00, is categorized as one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG. Wait no more to lay your hands on this sheer charm.


    Maroon Persian Kashan Rug12. Maroon Persian Kashan Rug

    Like the majority of Kashan rugs, this bright Maroon Persian Kashan Rug has a single medallion in the center surrounded by pearl shaped motifs forming the pattern. This magnificent rug has the greatest curvature and visibility that flaunts dense patterns; ideal for brightening sober interiors. It uses a gentle teal at the edges giving it a very elegant look. The other bright colours in the rug redefine the intricate floral patterns on this rug. Measuring an ideal size of 4' 7" x 7' 2" (ft), this rug is ideal for your living room or to add life to your home office. Priced at $5,145.00, this rug is one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG. Pick up this grand beauty to bring in festivity into your living space.



    Multi-colored Oriental Gombud Rug11. Multi-colored Oriental Gombud Rug

    Gombud rugs are identified by their spectacular central medallion that replicates the Islamic artwork used mainly inside mosque domes. This Beautiful Multi-colored Oriental Gombud Rug is hand-knotted using Worsted Wool; a type of high quality lightweight wool with coarse texture. The delicate silk highlight in this rug gives this rug a feel of lavishness. This elaborate rug measuring 4' 7" x 7' 2" (ft) with a bold Gombud design ideally fits into a living room or an open patio while adding a touch of elegance to the atmosphere. Priced at $5,145.00, this Multi-colored Oriental Gombud rug is one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG - a place which has woven into the warp and weft of the carpet world. Pick up this artistic rug to highlight small spaces of your abode.



    Jaldar Rug
    10. Red Oriental Jaldar Rug

    The intricate angular designs and the fine brushed wool used in this hand-knotted Red Oriental Jaldar Rug qualify it for a luxury product. The diamond-shaped gul or the medallion-like design in this Jaldar rug uses repeat Beige patterns in a row; the bold Red background gives it a royal look. This beautiful rectangular rug measuring 14' x 21' (ft) will adorn your hallway. This fine Oriental Jaldar Rug befitting a regal household is one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG, is priced at $5,995.00 - true to our words, it is worth the investment! Go ahead and feast your eyes on some of the best collection of Red Oriental Jaldar Rugs.




    Charcoal Oriental Sultanabad Rug9. Charcoal Oriental Sultanabad Rug

    The strong Persian influence is immediately recognizable in this fine Charcoal Oriental Sultanabad Rug; a bold floral design with spacious patterns and colours is innate to this Oriental Sultanabad Rug. The material of this rug is 100% wool woven by Pakistani weavers practicing centuries-old techniques of fine weaving. The primary color in this handmade rug is beautiful Charcoal with pastel colour combinations. This Asian inspired patterned rug suits traditional home décor. Measuring 10' 2" x 14' 7" (ft), this is a rectangular rug that suits narrow spaces or your living room and hallways. Priced at $5,995.00, this Charcoal Oriental Sultanabad Rug is one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG. Find some of the best-looking historic Sultanabad rugs here.



    Beige Persian Kirman Rug
    8. Beige Persian Kirman Rug

    This Beige Persian Kirman Rug is a typical hand-knotted Kirman Rug that is adorned with a single medallion that is adorned with an arabesque form called Eski-Kerman. Bold black medallion and border on a beige wool background makes it a catchy addition to your collection of exotic rugs. The traditional Persian floral design in this Kirman Rug makes it an ideal addition to add elegance to the formal spaces of your home. This subtle-looking Beige Persian Kirman Rug priced at $6,145.00 is one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG.  Measuring 12' x 18' 1" (ft), this simple yet catchy beauty is a must have in your unique rug collection.




    Camel Persian Hunting Rug7. Camel Persian Hunting Rug

    This Camel Persian Hunting Rug features elaborate Persian hunting scenes. This exceptionally detailed carpet redefines the handsomeness and masculinity of huntsmen and wild animals. Like typical Hunting Rugs, this detailed rug depicts horses, camels, war elephants, gazelle, deer, birds, hares, peacocks and mythical creatures like griffins. As per the age old tradition, silk is used to achieve extremely fine designs, minute outlines, detailed animal’s fur and unique expressions of the huntsmen. A redefined extreme detail like fingernails, eyelids and facial wrinkles makes this rug come to life. Priced at $6575.00, this idolatry rug is one the most expensive rugs of ALRUG that measures 4' 7" x 7' (ft) in size, is ideal for your living room. Own this detailed rug be fitting the Shahs and imperial leaders.



    Red Oriental Sultanabad Rug6. Red Oriental Sultanabad Rug

    This hand woven all-wool pile rug flaunts a strong Persian influence that is immediately recognizable from its typical pattern which is innate to a Sultanabad. A bold floral design with spacious patterns and colours makes this rug ideal to highlight small spaces. The material of this rug is 100% wool woven by Pakistani weavers practicing centuries-old techniques of fine weaving. This unique Red Oriental Sultanabad Rug is truly a Unique-Patterned rug that can add atmosphere to the common areas of your home. This Asian-inspired Red Oriental Sultanabad Rug is one of the most expensive rugs of ALRUG costing $6,925.00 that measures 12' x 15' 7" (ft).



    Black Persian Kirman Rug5. Black Persian Kirman Rug - 6' 1" x 8' 10" (ft)

    Priced as one of the most expensive rugs, this Black Persian Kirman Rug measuring 6' 1" x 8' 10" (ft) is best suited for your living room. The beautiful floral design with a central medallion is woven with Worsted wool and silk hues on a cotton base. The sober teal, ivory and peach colours elaborated on a bold black background, gives this gorgeous rug a very grand look. The traditional Persian floral design in this rug makes it ideal for common spaces of your home. This large rug would complete your collection of luxurious Persian Rugs. Wait no more to pick this hand-knotted elegant Black Persian Kirman Rug priced at $9,025.00 which is also one of the most expensive rugs available at ALRUG.





    Red Persian Mahal Rug4. Red Persian Mahal Rug - 8' x 10' 2" (ft)

    This Red Persian Mahal Rug is characterized by an ornate floral motif with a classic border which is the signature pattern of a Mahal Rug. The wool used in the making of this beautiful rug is of a semi-lustrous nature with a charcoal finish in its texture. The pattern incorporated in this rug is not exactly floral or geometric; this distinctive feature makes it extremely versatile to be incorporated in almost any setting or decor. You are sure to fall in love with the soft colors and the simple designs this Red Persian Mahal Rug has to offer. This Red Persian Mahal Rug measuring 8' x 10' 2" (ft), is one of the most expensive rugs priced at $9,725.00. Check here to view more of these most expensive Mahal Rugs at ALRUG.



    Red Persian Mahal Rug3. Red Persian Mahal Rug

    An ornate floral motif with classic border is the signature pattern of a Mahal Rug that is evident in this Red Persian Mahal Rug. This Red Persian Mahal Rug incorporates pattern that is not exactly floral or geometric; this unique feature is what makes it extremely adaptable to be incorporated in almost any interior setting. This rug uses Red as its primary color giving it a very grand look. The simple designs in this Red Persian Mahal Rug are extremely intricate that is woven around a central medallion. This Red Persian Mahal Rug measuring 7' 11" x 10' 1" (ft) is the third most expensive rug priced at $16,995.00. Click here to view more of these charming Mahal Rugs at ALRUG.


    2. Multicolored Persian Bakhtiar Rug

    This Multi-colored Persian Bakhtiar Rug carpet is divided into individual squares with plants, flower vase and ‘tree of life’ pictures acting as symbols. It is a set of 3-4 compartments that are repeated throughout the field. This influential design features a decorated field with lattice designs and floral ornaments. This multicolored floral or garden inspired Persian Bakhtiar Rug best complements your patio and looks incredibly spectacular for a living room. This is the second most expensive rug on ALRUG that is priced at $17,995.00. The repeat pattern on the border also features floral pictures. Measuring an ideal size of 7' 11" x 9' 10" (ft), this rug is best suited for spacious areas.

    1. Beige Persian Mahal Rug

    An ornate floral motif with a classic border, the signature pattern of a Mahal Rug is beautifully depicted in this most expensive rug of all the rugs available at ALRUG. This most beautiful and elegant Beige Persian Mahal Rug measuring a whopping 8' x 9' 11" (ft) will be a precious addition to your most treasured handmade rugs collection. The exquisite beauty of a handmade rug is abundantly visible in this subtle Beige Persian Mahal Rug. A beautiful tinge of robust Maroons used on this antique-looking beige background makes it ideal for your bedroom and living rooms. The delicate repeat floral motif used in this rug qualifies this masterpiece for a visual beauty. Priced at $19,995.00, this is the first most expensive rug of all the rugs available at ALRUG. Wait no more to make this prized treasure yours.

  • Top 9 Mistakes While Placing a Rug

    If you are a person with a “do-what-you-want-because-there-are-no-rules-for-rug-placement” conviction, let us face it, a shoddy rug placement will look like you are skipping a part of a story that you don’t want to tell! Here are some first-hand-experience tips to help you make an informed decision as to how exactly that ideal rug in your mind should be seated in your home; gracefully or shabbily.

    1. Isolating Your Rug

    One of the favourite rug debates - the furniture legs on the rug or off the rug. Sure enough there is no hard and fast rule in this regard; just that large rugs covering most of the room with all the furniture sitting on them is a delicious sight. It gives a feeling that you did not skimp on getting an appropriate rug that is in line with the scale, proportion and harmony of your room. A rug that's too small is worse than no rug at all; this gives way to make a room look cheap.

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    2. Covering Beauty

    It sure does enhance the luxury feel if your feet can get to experience rugs everywhere. Covering the pathways made of vinyl is justified but covering that beautiful hardwood pathway flooring is a crime for sure! Instead, consider adding a continuous narrow runner to flaunt your hardwood flooring in conjunction with enjoying all the comforts rugs have to offer.

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    3. Similar-Sized Rugs Together

    It might feel like you are creating a beautiful layered look by using two rugs of the same size; but in reality, using two similar-sized rugs in the same place will slice your room into half its original size making your room look visually smaller. Always consider layers with two different sizes; colours and patterns could be similar but never the size. If you still end up with two similar-sized rugs for your home décor, you can still create a sophisticated look by placing one rug diagonal to the other - to create a visual size imbalance!

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    4. Area Rug On Carpet

    If you have moved into a house with nothing but an entire rugby pitch length of brown carpeting, you obviously want to add colorful area rugs to break the vast brown sea. Rugs on carpets can end up looking like an excess of goodness or look too tacky if you don’t add a faint distraction to the rug lying on your carpet. Use rugs diagonally to make an abstract pattern on the carpet and set-up an element of focal point like a piano, a grandfather’s clock or even an antique table instead of your usual furniture; your furniture look just perfect even on the carpet.

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    5. Disregarding A Rug Pad

    A common mistake while placing a rug is not using the right pad considering your floor type or worst still, not using a rug pad at all. A rug pad has multi-faceted utility; for your feet, flooring and your carpet. Pads add on to the cushiony softness rugs have to offer, they provide protection to your flooring by avoiding rug dye transfer and best of all, pads increase the durability of your rugs; without a rug pad, the fine fibers in your rug get crushed between your feet and the hard flooring beneath. Needless to say, rug pads prevent slipping.

    6. Floor Break-Up

    Using large area rugs for floor break-up in the common areas like the living room, dining room, hallway and kitchen will hide a way lot of your beautiful flooring. Instead, the idea of using large area rugs just for the two main common areas of your room, the living and dining areas, will reveal just the right amount of your floor in these two high-traffic areas of your home.

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    7. Erratic Hues In Open Floor Plan

    Do area rugs have to be within a single color palette when using them to define space in an open concept room? Absolutely yes or your interiors end up looking like a cluster of colorful circus tents! The rugs don't have to be similar, but staying within one single color scheme will make your home more congruous. Further, haywire rug colours will create an unanchored feel to an open floor plan. Go with varied patterns and sizes but stick to one colour scheme instead of contrasting colours.

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    8. Large Space & Orderliness

    When working with large spaces, disregard the orderly manner of decorating with rugs. A simple change in the pattern of placing a rug will enhance the element of style to your room and keep your space fuller. In a large space, placing an angular rug the traditional way will keep most of your area bare; consider placing your rug diagonally - this will occupy more of your space and also flaunts your tasteful approach in interior décor.

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    9. Too Close?

    Enjoying the natural glow of fire while treating your feet to the ultimate softness of your rug - a relishing sight for sure. But how feasible is it to render your favourite rug to the embers shot from the fireplace? Synthetic rugs catch fire very fast while wool rugs get charred. Placing rugs too close to a fireplace that has no fire screen could prove to be a pricey loss; personal safety is at peril which is a known risk. An open fireplace should never have rugs or anything flammable in the close vicinity.

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