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Old 07-02-2018, 02:31 AM
 
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We have bland, off-white flat berber carpet in our living room and dining room. After nine years I am getting tired of it but it is still in excellent shape and very clean, so we would not think of replacing it at this point.

We also own a couple of room sized antique wool Oriental Rugs from the 1920s that are beautiful but have been stored rolled up in our basement (it is a dry basement and we have them up on shelves) since we've lived here because we have no large rooms with hardwood floors to put them in.

I started thinking yesterday that maybe we should put the area rugs on top of our berber carpet since it is monochromatic, flat, and has no pattern woven into it. However, would this look tacky and overly busy? I would love to replace the berber with hardwoods but it's not in the budget right now, especially since the carpet is in such good shape.
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:36 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We also own a couple of room sized antique wool Oriental Rugs
...maybe we should put the area rugs on top of our berber carpet
Do you have area rugs in addition to the room size rugs?
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Tricity
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Tacky? Busy? Not at all! Area rugs generally work best over short-pile or looped carpet like your monochrome barber carpet. The right rug can actually look flawless on top of carpeted floors and add a wonderful sense of softness and elegance to the space.
https://www.thespruce.com/using-area...carpet-2908732
http://theblissfulbee.porch.com/rugs-on-carpet/

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Old 07-02-2018, 05:05 AM
 
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Rugs over carpet are not at all tacky, IMO. The key is "Do they serve a purpose?" I use one under the projection wall of my media area to "ground" the screen and reduce reflections. Another inexpensive area rug lives in front of the fireplace to catch bits of bark and the occasional ember that pops out while adding logs. A third old prayer rug serves as a wear guard by the entrance, among other purposes.
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:05 AM
 
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Absolutely not. They can tie a room together. They are also good in places where you get a lot of traffic- like where you get out of bed and go to the bathroom, for example. They add some interest, but they will also help keep that area from wearing down.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Tacky or busy? Probably not.

Good for you or the rug? Absolutely not! They can become a trip hazard; and putting furniture on top on them can stretch out the fibers of the rug at the impact sight because there isn't good support underneath. And with those rugs bordering on antiques I certainly wouldn't do it.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:51 AM
 
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No problem with putting an area rug over wall to wall carpet. It sounds like you may have hand knotted wool oriental rugs if they date back to the 1920's. Not only could they be quite beautiful, they may be quite valuable.


I have a wool oriental rug that has been handed down in my family for about 100 years. When placed over carpet it "travels". You need something between the rug and the carpeting so that it will lay flat and not ripple. A place that specializes in cleaning antique oriental rugs will have the correct material that they can cut to size for your rug.


You may want to bring your rugs up out of the basement and lay them out flat to see if they have picked up a musty smell. It may be time to get them cleaned and don't trust them to just anyone if they are antiques. My 9 x 12 rug is worth about 10K and is cleaned once every 10 years by someone who specializes in antique oriental rugs. They can also give you an appraisal of the value of the rugs, do any necessary repairs etc.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Not at all. However if you can I would suggest removing the carpeting asap and if necessary, replace it with an impermeable flooring material. Carpeting is super disgusting.

Be careful about getting your rugs cleaned if they are only subjected to more or less dry dirt, then it is often a better solutions to hang them and gently beat the dirt out of them with a rug whip. Then vacuum with a powerful shop vac. If they are full of slimy effluvia, then you will need to get them cleaned. Just be aware they may come back threadbare and basically ruined.

We had a bunch of rugs cleaned at a fancy rug cleaning place. They showed us their special machines and told us how the oh so gently but thoroughly clean the rugs. We had about 9 rugs cleaned at a cost of around $3000. The smaller ones came back nice and clean and looking great. All of the larger ones were threadbare and basically ruined. Of course when they take your rugs, you have to sign a waiver absolving them of all liability if they ruin the rugs.

I am not sure what the solution is. If you have lots of rugs, when you get them cleaned, do only one at a time so if they destroy them at least it will not be all of your rugs. Our new solution is to keep anything wet or sticky off of them so gently beating them and a powerful vacuum makes them clean again.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:07 AM
 
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Never did that with the room size rugs you speak of.

Have done it with area rugs like 4x6 or so. They can be a colorful eyecatcher at the foot of a bed...with something on them like a small bench or footstool or part of a chair over them. We also had one in front of the sofa with a table on top.

BUT, it didn't take long for the area rugs to lift up at the corners or look like they were wrinkling. That's because of the carpet under them that they sunk into.

We got the idea to tape the edges down so they didn't move around. Still, items on top were then sinking into two layers of carpet so we gave that up after a while.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Not at all! We had a dining room / living room that was very open concept; one big open area. We used a rug under the dining room table to visually define the dining room as a separate ares. It actually made the entire room look larger.

Put the rugs down and enjoy them.
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