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How to Choose a Rug

Tips and advice for choosing a rug

Choosing a rug isn't a task that should be rushed. The rug should be the defining piece in a room, fusing together colours and designs to make the room more comfortable and homely. How a room is portrayed greatly depends on how well you utilise the colours and patterns that you decide upon. The designs and colours should call out to you, you should be passionate about the rug that you buy. After all, you are going to see it every day and you're going to want it to look right. You shouldn't worry about the length of time it takes, you should take as much time as you need when buying the perfect rug. We have put together this short guide to point you in the right direction on how to choose a rug.

Learn how to choose a rug with our expert advice - Room shot Image of a rug

Take your time to choose your rug

Take some time to think about the construction that would best suit the area that the rug is going into. A hand knotted rug made from 100% wool will last a life time, whereas a hand tufted acrylic rug will last years and cost considerably less. For a children's room you would want a hand tufted acrylic rug that you can take with you when you move house or when you redecorate a child's bedroom.

Wool or man made fibres?

There are pros and cons to every material that rugs are available in, wool is beautifully soft, but it sheds little fibres of wool which does eventually die down. A wool rug probably wouldn't be best for a child's room, you would need an acrylic rug, which is also more durable because you can scrub the acrylic fibres. If you tried to scrub a wool rug you would ruin the pile and the rug would be ruined.

What kind of pattern should I have?

Always try to build the room around the rug where possible, it's easier to match samples to a rug than it is to match a rug to samples. This leaves you open to options when it comes to patterns too. With the pattern, you would want something that corresponds to the existing pattern in the room. Sometimes it's better to add a statement to a room, so if you have a rather plain room, you could probably spice it up with a vibrant design.

How much will it cost?

To fully get the best rug buying experience you would need to understand the reasons that rugs are priced the way they are and how much they are going to cost. Rugs that are made by hand are generally the most expensive, but it also depends on the material that they are made from. The most expensive materials are New Zealand wool which is the best quality wool available, and silk which is the most expensive and softest material available.

Image of a rug that shows how easy it is to use a strong design in a plain room

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