Rug shopping shouldn’t be complicated, but it can be an intimidating experience for some. Finding the right one requires careful study, and at times, a well-trained eye. Los Angeles rug mecca Lawrence of La Brea is a go-to for interior designers on both a local and international scale—its website makes it super simple for a designer to choose rugs for a client's home, then have them delivered and staged on-site. We spoke with primary buyer and curator David Nourafshan (whose knowledge of textiles began at 13) to get a pro's point of view on the right and the wrong way to shop for a rug. So before you drop the big bucks, here are reasons why you should go rug shopping with a designer.
Even if you consider yourself fully versed in décor trends, there is always something new to learn from the pros. Case in point: the pedigree of the piece you’re buying. “The name of the province or the country of origin is not as important as it once was, and it does not constitute a higher valuation. Take, for example, Persian rugs,” Nourafshan says. A designer can point out these factors to you, saving you from investing in a piece that may not be as valuable as you originally thought.
If you’re redecorating, you know the general gist of the look you’re going for, but a designer can help refine your big ideas. “Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, a professional designer is quite vital,” Nourafshan notes. “They will shop for the rug according to a client’s taste and make the right choices for the overall functionality and flow in and between the rooms of the house. Designers are able to assist a client in selecting the right vibe, color, design, and size of your new rug.”
Your rug choice can make or break your space, Nourafshan says: “The rug should never be the statement piece. It should be the anchor that brings the entire room together. The look, design, and colors of the rug should communicate well with the style of the house and the fabrics, colors, mood, and furniture inside.” At the very least, always consult a designer about the rug you’re looking to add to your space. It can save you from feeling regretful after all the pieces of your room come together.
There’s only so much that deep research can do. Designers have connections within the industry that can be a big help during the rug-buying process. “Design community professionals have been our store’s biggest advocates. Their word of mouth has made Lawrence of La Brea the store of choice for professionals all over the world. Our unique collection of over 6000 rugs and our impeccable service make us the go-to rug showroom in Los Angeles. We are not just a rug store; we’re a fashion house,” Nourafshan says.
Put your trust in them. They know what they’re doing. “A designer surveys the rug market on a daily basis and can select a rug for the setting much easier than an average shopper,” noted Nourafshan.
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