Know what room you want it to be positioned so as to know a rug's function; whether it stands as a mere floor covering or a wall décor. Pondering on a rug's function will allow you to consider the material of the rug. For rooms with heavy foot traffic like living rooms and dining areas choose a rug that is made with fibers that are resilient to dirt and stains; specifically natural fibers like wool. If you wish to use an area rug as a wall décor (like tapestries) choose rugs made of natural silk; since silk tends to last better than other natural materials because of its delicate and lustrous quality.
Oriental Weavers and Mohawk Carpet Company are two of the many companies who manufacture wall to wall carpet and smaller bound carpets in wool and other fine materials in a vast array of colors and patterns. Oriental weavers specialize in the traditional oriental carpets of bright colors and intricate designs but also make some very beautiful contemporary designs. They have hand woven and hand tufted carpets. Mohawk uses the finest machinery and modern rug making technology to turn high grade wool into rich machine made wall to wall and bound carpets.
Since many contemporary rugs make a bold statement they are great to design around. Can certainly be the focal point of the room so if you are redesigning a room completely you may want to buy your first rug and then choose other elements in space to work with your carpet. You have to choose furniture that can work with the contemporary style of your carpet. These rugs really work great with furniture and walls of solid color or print minimal.