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Guide to Buying a Rug

A rug can add warmth, style and interest to a room, helping to reduce wear on the floor while adding another dimension to your interior. They come in a wide variety of styles and materials, not to mention shapes! Choosing the right rug will come down to practicality and budget, taking into account your interior decor. From discrete hallway rugs to luxurious woollen piles, there’s something to suit every home.

Size & Shape

Large Rectangular or Square

These make great feature rugs that take up the centre of a room. They are most likely to be found in living rooms and dining rooms, and usually fit underneath furniture with some overlap.

Medium Rectangular or Square

These are the ideal shape for hallways and entranceways, making runners that protect your floor from wear and tear. This size rug is also great for filling up a section of an empty floor space, such as in the centre of a living room or in front of the fireplace.

Circle

Round rugs make great central features underneath coffee tables and in the centre of rooms. They add depth to angular rooms in more modern houses.

Rug Material

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs are attractive and durable, withstanding dirt and staining. They usually have a thick pile and are lovely and soft underfoot. Great insulators, they trap heat and help keep your home warm. Wool rugs are also eco-friendly , as they are biodegradable and come from a renewable source.

Jute Rugs

These rugs are very hard wearing and are great in areas where there is high foot traffic. They provide a casual, rustic look to your home, although they are coarser than natural and synthetic fibre rugs.

Cotton Rugs

Cotton rugs tend to be woven into beautiful and eye-catching patterns that liven up your space. Like wool, cotton is a natural material, ideal for rural and Scandi styles. However, cotton tends to be less durable and often can't be wiped clean, making it less suitable for use in kitchens or dining areas.

Synthetic Rugs

These mimic natural fibres such as wool, providing a more affordable alternative. They are extremely durable, and can be found in almost any design. They are a popular choice for many homeowners, but can be more prone to staining than natural materials.

 

Rug Patterns

Traditional Rugs

These are oriental and persian in design, featuring intricate patterns in earthy tones and neutral colours. Natural rugs in traditional patterns are often investment and heirloom pieces, designed to last for a lifetime. They are usually a low, thick pile.

Contemporary Rugs

Rugs with a modern design often feature bold patterns in bright colours, with a variety of textures and weaves. They usually feature geometric and oversized prints.

Floral Rugs

Classic in design, floral prints can come in a variety of styles and colours to bring a vibrant, fresh feel to your space.

Plain Rugs

Offering a world of choice in texture and colour, plain rugs are timeless and can work in any home decor.

 

Now that you have a better idea of the type of textile you're after, browse our selection of sumptuous rugs and mats to add some lush, lavish, or laid-back texture to your home.

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