Before you begin your search for a Oriental rug, take some time to think about size and color. Measure the room the carpet will be in. In general a 2 to 3’ border of floor is nice around an Oriental. Also, know where the furniture will sit in the room; you may require a smaller rug than you think you need. For example, a standard size for a dining room table will be 8×10. This will allow for the six chairs to be on the rug at all times; however, if the table is to be extended all of the time, a larger rug may be required.
In terms of choosing color, it is always a good idea to choose the rug before anything else in a room, but we all know that is not always possible. If your room is already decorated with furniture and paint, simply collect all of the swatches from the furniture and paint to bring with you on your quest. It is also a good idea to take some pictures of the room as well.
All of this preliminary research will save you and your salespeople a lot of aggravation.