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01:20 Nov 22, 2000
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: area and accent rugs
Presumably they're rugs for specific areas and to provide "accent" to a certain location. I'd appreciate any translation into Spanish.

Martin
Martin Perazzo
Spain
Local time: 16:40
Spanish translation:See below
Explanation:
You got the right meaning, but the problem is that there is no specific words for these kinds of rugs in Spanish.

Area rugs are rugs to cover wide areas - for example, before a sofa or in a bedroom. I would translate it simply as "alfombras", though possibly you already use this word in other contexts and the text may end up being too repetitive.

As for the accent rugs, I think the best would be to give an explanation, such as "Alfombras pequeñas para realzar puntos específicos" or "Alfombras pequeñas para decorar un rincón" - it depends on context.

Well, if you are translating a book about home decoration, you may use these kind of explanations, since they are not technical books, and the people that will read it will get the meaning. If it is a book for decorators, ..., then maybe you should look for more specific, technical words used in these fields, which I do not know.

Sorry for such long explanations!!

Pere
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Pere Ferrés Gurt
Spain
Local time: 16:40
Grading comment
Gracias, Pere. De hecho el texto repitió tanto las expresiones rug, carpet, floorcoating, floor covering, etc., etc. que al final decidí cortar por lo sano y simplificar.

Martín
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Summary of answers provided
naalfombras y (pequeñas) alfombras decorativasxxxJon Zuber
naalfombras de enfoque y de zonaxxxLia Fail
naSee below
Pere Ferrés Gurt
naAgain in Latin American Spanish or US Spanish
Luz Bordenkircher
naalfombrillaxxxPaul Roige
naalfombras modelo realce y dexxxPaul Roige


  

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45 mins
alfombras modelo realce y de


Explanation:
(aprovechamiento de) espacio interior. Realce seems to be the term for "accent",-several hits-. Area may be refering to interior area, that occurs a few times too, and it's a phrase widely used in the house fittings field. Cheers and luck again :)


    Reference: http://www.conbienes.com/supertienda/Menú-AlfovencaAlfombras...
    Reference: http://www.ypasa.com.mx/otrasalfmodul.htm
xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 16:40
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in CatalanCatalan
PRO pts in pair: 666
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50 mins
alfombrilla


Explanation:
Forgot to say that rug is actually alfombrilla, which is a smaller alfombra. When something is called alfombra o alfombrilla, that varies a lot. The alfombra has got to be quite small to be called alfombrilla. Alfombrilla could also be mistaken for "mouse pads". I'd go for "alfombras (y alfombrillas)" just in case, alfombrillas optional. salud :)

xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 16:40
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in CatalanCatalan
PRO pts in pair: 666
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1 hr
Again in Latin American Spanish or US Spanish


Explanation:
Tapete de área or just plain tapete


Good Luck!

Luz Bordenkircher
Local time: 10:40
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 208
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1 hr
See below


Explanation:
You got the right meaning, but the problem is that there is no specific words for these kinds of rugs in Spanish.

Area rugs are rugs to cover wide areas - for example, before a sofa or in a bedroom. I would translate it simply as "alfombras", though possibly you already use this word in other contexts and the text may end up being too repetitive.

As for the accent rugs, I think the best would be to give an explanation, such as "Alfombras pequeñas para realzar puntos específicos" or "Alfombras pequeñas para decorar un rincón" - it depends on context.

Well, if you are translating a book about home decoration, you may use these kind of explanations, since they are not technical books, and the people that will read it will get the meaning. If it is a book for decorators, ..., then maybe you should look for more specific, technical words used in these fields, which I do not know.

Sorry for such long explanations!!

Pere

Pere Ferrés Gurt
Spain
Local time: 16:40
Native speaker of: Native in CatalanCatalan
PRO pts in pair: 166
Grading comment
Gracias, Pere. De hecho el texto repitió tanto las expresiones rug, carpet, floorcoating, floor covering, etc., etc. que al final decidí cortar por lo sano y simplificar.

Martín

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Patricia Lutteral
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6 hrs
alfombras y (pequeñas) alfombras decorativas


Explanation:
Just a thought off the top of my head.

xxxJon Zuber
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9 hrs
alfombras de enfoque y de zona


Explanation:
Accent rugs: this would mean rugs to 'accentuate' a piece of furniture for example.

Synonyms: draw attention to , emphasise, highlight, underscore

One possibility could be to use 'destacar'

alfombras que hacen destacar algo, que llaman la atención a algo,

Highlight is a good one but turns out awkward in Spanish;

Synonyms: focal point, focus

Hence my best choice above.

Area rugs would be indicated for specific but important parts of a room

Alfombras de area/de zona

xxxLia Fail
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