Many of us are opting for hard surface flooring in our living spaces such as woods, laminates and tiling for practicality and style, but sometimes we want to feel the softness and warmth underfoot of carpet. Rugs give us the perfect solution for this, and also provide the opportunity to create a statement, and unify a room’s layout and design scheme – even used to layer on top of fitted carpeting.
Why do I want a rug?
Rugs can serve many purposes and deciding which are most important for you and your space will help you choose the best rug. Are you using it to bring together the room – tying together pieces of furniture or zoning an area? Do you just want to add carpeting to the room, but not wall-to-wall? Is it about creating a colour or design statement? You will also want to consider whether you want a shorter pile or a shaggy rug for a cosier feel.
What size and shape rug should I get?
This all depends on the room and needs, but for living rooms and larger rugs, where this is where this question is often wondered, the main thing to consider is centralising the rug so that it is balanced with the furniture. You also want to consider balance of floor covered by a rug in a room with a similar area covered by the rug as is uncarpeted. Of course these are not universal rules, open plan living would mean that bigger areas will be uncarpeted and asymmetrical designs can be exciting.
Always measure the space your rug is going and even mark it out and put your furniture in place. If it is too small a rug will make the room seem smaller and spartan or even look out of place and silly.
Rectangular rugs work in most situations and bring uniformity in open plan settings or irregular room shapes, but round or other shapes such as sheepskin rugs can be used to good effect for focal points or to soften a space.
Faux Sheepskin Rug - Honey
What style should I choose?
This is always a matter of taste, but also depends on the room that the rug is going into, consider other elements, whether you want to contract or complement, if you want the rug to anchor the room – in which case a darker colour or bolder pattern may be chosen, or be more neutral. The reason for getting the rug will also influence this. If you want to sink your feet into the rug you may yearn after a shaggier rug, or sit on the floor or do yoga- then a thicker pile may be for you. Practicalities will also be a big consideration - how much wear will the rug get – is it in the hallway with a busy family and going to need lots of cleaning and therefore a pristine long fibre rug won’t be suitable – but the same rug may be just perfect for the private master bedroom bedside.
Palm Leaf Rug
Which material is best?
While we often want to make choices for our home based on appearances, what a rug is made of is important to consider to ensure it is the right choice for you and your home – performing as you need it to. There are multiple options, but these are some of the main ones and those seen within our range which will help you choose based on your needs.
Polypropylene: This fibre is at the forefront of rug technology! As a synthetic (man-made) fibre this makes the rug most resistant to stains and wear. It also means that it can be cleaned with a part-bleach solution. It can be made in to shaggy rugs, colourful rugs, or fine classic looks and is soft to the touch.
Polyester: another synthetic fibre polyester is fade resistant and is quick and easy to dry due to its low absorbency, which also makes it resistant to water based stains. It is often blended with another fibre, but can be very similar to wool in how it looks and feels. This makes it ideal for many busy areas of the home.
Acrylic: a super soft fibre acrylic holds dyes well allowing vibrant colours if needed. It is not as hard wearing as other materials so not as suited to high traffic areas.
Viscose: Super soft and shiny, viscose brings a luxurious look due to it’s sheen. It is moisture absorbent and has low stain resistant so more suitable for lower traffic areas.
Wool: wool is hardwearing and warm, and generally easy to clean. It is also flame resistant so can be a good choice for in front of an open-fire. It isn’t resistant to spillages and can be difficult to clean. All wool rugs will shed fibre over time, although this should subside over time depending on traffic, and should be minimal after 20-25 vacuums.
Cotton: a soft yet strong fibre, cotton holds dye meaning you can have richly coloured rugs. It is relatively easy care and low maintenance and give a lighter construction.
Jute: Jute rugs are a popular, eco-friendly material and work well in all types of interiors form rustic to modern. Jute is the least hard-wearing of the natural fibre rugs but is the softest style of natural fibre to choose from. It is highly absorbent so not suitable for kitchens or bathrooms.
Leather: Leather is very hardwearing, and will often improve in appearance with age. It is relatively easy to clean with a damp cloth and suitable for many areas of the home.
Mixed-material: It is common for rugs to be made of mixed fibres to use the properties of different fibres to achieve the best rug – for example, increasing durability by synthetic fibres to natural fibres.