oriental rugs come in many shapes and sizes. It's tough as a consumer to go into your local Oriental Rug showroom without really knowing what are the standard sizes available. We've compiled both some common and not so common new area rug sizes and shapes so you can prepare for your search with greater ease. While there are certainly many sizes inbetween, this chart should serve as an excellent starting point!
Notes Regarding Above Sizes
The sizes listed in our chart above are indicative of typical New rug measurements imported to the United States today. While some of these sizes are more common than others, final availability will ultimately depend on your source. Keep in mind, the measurements above exclude fringe, as all Oriental Rug measurements do. Weavers are excellent at producing a fairly precise rug size, however, washing techniques as well as final stretching or blocking may produce slightly smaller and larger sizes. A typical rug may vary +/- a few inches from the sizes listed.
A Word on Oriental Rug Sizes and Shapes
Traditionally, Oriental Rugs were woven in somewhat of an arbitrary fashion regarding sizes. Pre-1900 we see a vast array of unusual sized carpets which may have been custom ordered, however could also be indicative of a lack of working knowledge for the final application. Although sizes have become very standardized today, there was a significant tapering off of unusual sized carpets between 1900 and 1940's although some pieces from Iran and Bulgaria seemed to take a little longer. Perhaps this may also be attributed to urban sprawl, which encouraged similar sized living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms alike here in the States.
Over the last century, Oriental Rugs have undergone a significant amount of accommodation for Western Markets. We can see such examples as the camel hair Hamadan, where the thick tan borders were often removed post importation to meet size and design expectations as dictated by American markets. As demand began to rise in the West, so did a more precise form of standardization overseas.
Another example of this accommodation can even be seen in color and design preferences such as the Painted "American" Sarouk. Such rugs were often prepared post-production with additional pigmentation technique known as "painting". This painting was often implemented to please a larger array of consumers. Weavers understood they could reach both the European and American markets by producing one carpet. While America was demanding deeper and darker red fields, European and other found rosy-reds to be suitable for their decor: Rather than weaving two separate colored carpets, weavers wove one slightly varying design with the same field color. Sarouks then destined for America often had this darker dye or "paint" applied to the pile of the rug to appease demand.
A Tip on Finding Your Ideal Rug Size:
One classic way to figure out what the perfect size of your future Oriental Rug is to tape together newspaper into a standard size as seen in the chart on the top of this page. Another suggestion: Use masking tape to tape off an area. It's easier than sizing newspaper, but not as movable. Be sure to remember about height clearances needed for doors, and cooling vents built into your floor which need to breathe!
Take a look here for an additional look at an "American" Sarouk as featured on SpongoBongo.com for Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets