Rugs Buying Guide

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.

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Size Guide

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

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Common Terminology

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.

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Material Facts

Natural Fibres:

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.

Synthetic Fibres:

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.

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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.

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Rug Gripper

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.

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