Flooring styles and options is one of the home decorating and improvement decisions that often take homeowners a long time to finalize. This is partly due to the expense of purchasing and installing new flooring, and partly due to the inconvenience a household undergoes when entire rooms of the home are off-limits due to flooring remodeling. But as styles change and flooring becomes worn out, it is a remodeling adventure that most homeowners must eventually face.
Tile and hardwood floors offer long-lasting beauty and hold up well over decades, making them popular flooring choices. However, tile and hardwood floors are often cold, and can create echo effects in a room. To warm a room up and make it more inviting, many homeowners choose to add wall to wall carpet or large antique rugs. This creates a more cozy feel, and offers a soft area in the floor for children to play. Carpets and rugs also add color, design, and style to a room. For these reasons, some form of carpeting is usually necessary. But many homeowners struggle with the decision to invest in wall to wall carpet or large antique rugs.
Very often, the prices are quite similar. Wall to wall carpet must be installed, usually by professional installers, and this drives up the price. Large antique rugs often seem more expensive on the price tag, but when installation is considered, they are often equitable. Don’t just assume that antique rugs are out of the budgeted price range. Instead, shop around in local Los Angeles antique rug dealer showrooms and compare prices with delivery and installation included.
Of course, the floor under the rug must be considered, especially if any of the floor will show around the area rug. If only subflooring is present, then wall to wall carpet is really the only option. Luckily, advances in manufacturing and materials have made wall to wall carpet more attractive than in previous decades. Modern wall to wall carpet also tends to hold up better than in past years, though it still doesn’t compete with antique wool rugs in durability.
If the carpet is to cover a wood, stone, or tile floor, consider an antique wool rug. Allowing the floor underneath to show around the area rug adds visual design interest to the space. Both antique and new wool rugs boast serious durability. Wool is a hearty material that stands up well to wear and tear, including the dirt and wear of heavy foot traffic. Hand-knotted wool rugs often last generations– many are still in existence that date back to the mid-18th century. When properly cared for, these floor coverings usually do not need replacing in an entire lifetime. Whereas, wall to wall carpet usually needs replacing every five to ten years. Once the costs are added up, antique wool rugs are often the better investment.