Hard floors are very popular. Beautiful hardwoods, ceramic/porcelain tile and high end laminates can create both a classic or modern look. One of the advantages of hardwood floors is that you can make your space more comfortable and personalize it by adding an area rug.
There are many types of area rugs to choose from. One of the most popular rugs are Persian rugs. Dating back to 500 B.C., these quality handmade rugs are the creation of weavers that have passed their trade down through the generations. Today the majority of handwoven rugs are Persian rugs. Made primarily in villages of Iran, these handwoven rugs are made of high quality materials such as wool and silk, and each masterpiece has a unique design. For this reason, they are more expensive. However, these rugs are considered an investment since they generally don't depreciate. There are many types of designs and patterns available in Persian rugs that have been passed down through the generations.
Handmade antique rugs are considered so if they are 50 years or older. These prized works of art are well sought after and can appreciate in value as long as they are well taken care of.
More recently there has been a mass market for synthetic rugs. In an effort to bring the cost down these rugs are made of synthetic materials such as nylon, polypropylene, or polyester. Most of these are also stain fighting materials. These commercially made carpets are generally not the same quality as handwoven rugs.
Wool has been used in rug making for thousands of years. It is fairly abundant and very durable. Most wool comes from sheep, but some are from goats and llamas. Wool rugs have great insulating properties, are resistant to dust mites and also release moisture into the air acting as a natural humidifier.
For centuries silk has been used in handmade rug making. As the most expensive rug material, silk is also the most luxurious; having a unique luster and softness about it. Though not suited for everyday wear and tear, the silk rug adds character to a room without heavy traffic. It can also be used as artwork for the wall.