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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.

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 vintage furniture, a design featuring patterns reminiscent of a bygone era will add cohesion to the space. 

For heirloom pieces you can pass down, consider rugs made by hand. These tactile investment pieces have been valued across the world for many years. Handmade rugs are made according to different processes, which changes the look and feel of the final product. What’s more, how they’re made will also determine their cost, as well as how long they’re likely to last.

The handwoven rug is generally one of two types – those that are hand tufted, or those that are hand knotted. Carpets knotted by hand, such as Persian rugs, are the most labour intensive, hence they’re more costly. 

For something as beautiful but more budget friendly, go for something hand tufted. The technique involves punching wool strands into canvas stretched on a frame using a special tool. Once done, the frame is removed and replaced with a scrim fabric backing. Fringing completes the process. 

The design you choose for your hand-tufted carpet can be simple, such as a neutral grey one with textural interest. Or you can make a style statement with a bold Oriental design featuring vivid pops of colour.