Sometimes in decorating, when I am stumped as to what would look best once other choices have been made, I choose the safest, neutral route. Its part laziness, part fear.
The only category that this does not apply to is rugs. While I like a good seagrass floor covering, the ones I gravitate towards are not so much neutral as versatile.
I love Persian rugs because they seemingly go with everything.
They are an obvious choice in a traditional room.
I have Hamadan like this in my entryway that is very trad.
One of my favorite places to see them is in a kitchen. They are super durable and add a bit of padding for the weary feet of the home chef. I love the way they warm up and soften all of the hard surfaces in a kitchen and in my case, help to hide ugly flooring to a small degree.
Persian rugs look like they belong even in the most modern and contemporary styled rooms.
I have been seeing them lately in nurseries and I love how they keep things from being too sweet but still cozy.
I generally prefer Persian rugs that have an orangey-red as the main color but the wonderful thing about them is the variety of colors in each make it hard to go wrong.
Newly-made versions can be had at almost every home store but if you are a snob, like me and must have the real thing, eBay is a budget friendly choice albeit with risk.
This rug still had a low bid as of Sunday morning.
My tips for buying rugs on eBay are first to only buy from a seller with a very good (99.8-100%) rating and ask lots of question about color and condition.