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By Paul Brucker
People have been decorating their homes with rugs for at least 3,000 years. Rugs have the power to transform a room, changing the way the space looks and feels. When a rug works, it complements the color, tones and textures of the furnishings in it. When a rug is wrong for the space it occupies, it’s often painfully obvious.
Choosing the right rug is an art, according to Suzanne Sharp, owner of the London-based Rug Company. “A room will speak to you – you just have to listen,” she says. On a more practical note, she adds, the right rug “will unify a room. It will pull everything together and make it look calmer and tidier.” Fortunately, there is an abundance of high quality, affordable choices available.
Here are eight rules of thumb suggested by rug experts: