Choosing a rug can seem a difficult task, so let our experience help you
Many people come to us just 'looking for a rug'. However, we often that people don't quite know where to start! This is a guide we have put together so you can find the perfect rug for your home.
For a start, size does matter.
Lots of people make the mistake of compromising on a smaller rug because of the more affordable price tag. But, buying a rug that’s too small is a false economy as it will only make your room feel awkward. A rug should be big enough for the legs of all your furniture to stands on, such as a dining table and chairs. For rooms where your sofa or bed is against the wall you can get away with a smaller rug and position only the front legs on your rug. Although, aim for the rug to extend at least halfway underneath the furniture to maintain proportions.
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Practical considerations are important here. For high traffic areas such as your hallway or main living room, you need a rug that’s durable. If the rug is for your bedroom you can get away with a deeper pile that feels softer under foot. On hard floors make sure you use anti-kreep matting underneath your rug to ensure it doesn't slide.
Wool - This is the most common rug material and is chosen for its high durability, resistance to stains and dirt, and its versatility. Wool rugs are the strongest, most vibrant fibre and the most resilient when walked on. Wool adds extra warmth and is a natural product. It has a tight woven pile and is soft underfoot meaning it is suitable for any living area. All wool rugs will shed initially this is because they are from a natural fibre source. Also, Wool also has a natural moisture repellency.
Natural Materials - Materials such as jutes and sisals are made from plants and grasses around the globe. These types of rugs are hard under foot but strong and durable. Great for providing organic look and feel to a room through calm shades and natural tones. They are always the most popular choice for kitchens and hallways because they are usually short in height, meaning they are harder to trip over, and can be brushed or vacuumed.
Synthetic Materials - Materials such as polyester, acrylic & polypropylene come in a variety of long and soft or short and dense pile heights, with some designs handcarved to create a 3D effect. The rich and vibrant shades available on the market lend themselves to intricate designs that make a statement piece to any living space. They are easy clean and well-suited for use in high traffic areas around the home. Unlike some wool rugs, they do not 'shed' their fibres.
Any statement piece will be most successful if it’s not made to compete with other elements of your room, whether that’s in terms of colour, pattern or texture. In a room that already has a lot of pattern, opt for a rug in a single bold colour to pull the patterns together. Or if the room already has a striking colour scheme, use the rug to add a hit of graphic pattern picking out one or two key accent shades. In neutral rooms, or if you’re picking your rug first, you have the freedom to go wild and choose a really striking rug that will be the focal point of your room. If bright colours are too much for you, you can still make a statement with a textured rug made from a material such as jute or sisal.