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As with curtains, the cover you put on the floor can make or break a room. Flooring decisions are about more than looks. You should consider durability, comfort, and cost too. 

Your first question may be, rugs or carpet flooring – which is best? The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re different. Carpet is fixed to the floor from wall to wall; rugs can be moved about and usually only cover a certain area. Many prefer moveable mats as they are more versatile and gather less dust, since air can flow beneath them and they can be cleaned under. Others prefer carpets for soft stepping across every inch of a room. And since they don’t have edges, there’s less chance of people tripping over them. 

In any room, rugs can make a considerable style statement. For example, in an exotic themed room, one with an ornate pictorial design will be the most admired work of art in the space. Something with a non-traditional, geometric shape will suit a modernist aesthetic. In a spacious living room with parquet flooring and Scandinavian furniture, a design featuring rich reds will add welcoming warmth to the space. 

For heirloom pieces you can pass down, consider handmade rugs. These tactile investment pieces have been valued across the world for many years. Hand-knotted rugs, such as Persian carpets, are those woven completely by hand on a specific loom in a traditional, time-consuming process. The value of one of these cannot be over-estimated, so if you splurge on one be sure to take care of it properly. Keep it away from direct sunlight and rather have professionals come to clean it.