Oriental carpets were originally woven and tufted by hand to cover the ground or floors in tents and buildings with earth or stone floors. They added warmth and color to the lives of those living in these dwellings. European castles and lesser homes often had earth or stone floors covered with things like rushes or straw and when travellers brought back rugs from the East, those who could afford them bought these carpets to enhance their homes as well. Settlers coming to America brought rugs with them, or the knowledge to make them. Soft woven or tufted flooring covers are used around the world to add comfort, color and style to homes and commercial spaces.
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.
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.