To ensure you buy the perfect rug for your needs we have put together this buying guide.
The Benefits of Rugs
There are a number of benefits that area rugs offer from splendour and comfort to safety and sound reduction but there are a number of factors to consider before you buy, such as material, pattern, size and price.
Adding an area rug to an existing floor covering, carpet, tiles or wood will help protect areas where traffic is high e.g. hallways, as well as provide an easy way to give your home decor an update.
Rugs vary in size enormously, from small door mats to very large area rugs. Smaller rugs can be used to break up a room whilst larger rugs give an impression of space.
Area rugs can also vary in shape; round, oval, square and runner are available. Look out for our designs that offer these alternative shapes.
For our area rugs we use the common sizes below:
|Small||80cm x 150cm|
|Medium||120cm x 170cm|
|Large||170cm x 230cm|
Below are some terms we often use in describing our rugs:
- Tufted rugs are made by pushing yarn through a mesh base. A backing then secures the tufts (loops).
- Cut Pile
- Rugs whose tufts have been cut are known as cut pile.
- Flat Weave
- Rugs consisting of no pile which are often reversible.
- Hand Tufted
- Rugs which are made by hand.
- Looped Pile
- Tufted rugs which have their tufts left intact.
|Bamboo||A great choice for heavy traffic areas. Bamboo is strong, durable and an eco-friendly material.|
|Cotton||Make soft lightweight area rugs and are available in many colours.|
|Jute||Provides excellent versatility. Jute is soft, resilient and an eco-friendly material.|
|Wool||Wool is considered to be the most effective material for area rugs. Wool is soft, resilient, versatile and is available in a multitude of colours.|
|Acrylic||A cheaper alternative to wool. Acrylic rugs can achieve the look and feel of wool rugs. Strong, lively colours are possible using acrylic .|
|Nylon||An excellent choice for heavy traffic areas due to exceptional resilience combined with the ability to be cleaned easily.|
|Polyester||Hard wearing and long lasting, a good choice for medium/heavy traffic areas.|
|Polypropylene||Polypropylene is highly resistant to moisture, is very strong and abrasion resistant. Heat Set Polypropylene has a soft wool-like-feel, has less sheen than standard polypropylene but is generally a little more expensive.|
|Viscose||Has a soft silk-like appearance and will often be referred to as 'faux silk'. The advantage of using viscose is to increase affordability and durability without losing the wow factor.|
How To Care For Your Rug
Prolong the life of your rug with our useful care tips.
Once a week we recommend using a cylinder cleaner to vacuum rugs, if using an upright do not use the beater bar as this can damage the pile. Perhaps use the tools for a lighter job.
Stains and spillages should be blotted up and not rubbed.
Some rugs may require specialist care i.e. Wool, Sheep Skin, Cow Hide.
Some rugs will have creases when new due to being rolled for transit, in general these should remove themselves one laid out for a few days. You could try laying the rug face down to aid the process.
Please Note: Rugs with long pile yarns and those made of wool will shed fibres when new, this should reduce during the first few weeks of use. However, some rugs will continue to shed lightly throughout their life cycle.
The use of our universal rug gripper you can increase the durability and comfort of your chosen rug. Gripper as the name suggests also prevents rug slipping on hard floors and helps to prevent rug corners from rolling. Rug gripper can be cut to any size so it is suitable for most sizes and shapes.