Choosing the Right Rug

Rugs can come in either patterns or solid colors. They can be bought ready-made or customized in different forms and they come in different materials. Handmade rugs are often known for their quality, though they are also generally more expensive. If you’re on the hunt for a rug and have a few questions, continue reading this guide to find the answers.

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  • How to choose the ideal rug?

    In order to choose the ideal rug, focus on its size, shape, material, color and patterns—all of which depend on the location where you will place the rug. Measure the area of the space where you’ve decided to place it; this will determine what size of rug you should buy. Rugs of all shapes exist; rectangular, round, oval and irregular forms—so have fun looking. After selecting the size you will need to choose the material, color and design. In this guide, we will also discuss different techniques used to produce rugs and offer tips for maintenance.


    • Location
    • Size
    • Shape
    • Material
    • Color and patterns
    • Techniques
    • Maintenance
  • How to choose a rug for the living room?

    Choosing a rug for your living room depends on the intended location. The size for a rug really depends on the size of the room and where you decide to place it. It can fit nicely either in the center or in the corner of the room but can also cover a larger portion of the area. If the main furniture in your living room is a solid color, a patterned rug is a good idea. If your furniture is upholstered or has an elaborate design, a plain rug will work well.

    Patterned rug by BY LONGHI

    Patterned rug by BY LONGHI

    Plain rug by OBJECT CARPET

    Plain rug by OBJECT CARPET













    • A living room with patterns: Consider a solid-colored rug
    • A living room with few to no patterns: Consider a patterned rug
  • How to choose a rug for the bedroom?

    Choosing the rug for your bedroom will depend on the size and style of the room. The bedroom is an intimate space and the color and style of your rug can establish the mood. Choose a rug with dark rich colors made with soft materials such as fur or wool in order to generate a more intimate atmosphere. Select a large rug if you want it to extend from underneath your bed or use small area rugs along each side of the bed.

    • Fur or wool: To generate an intimate atmosphere
    • Large rug: To extend from under the bed
    • Small area rugs: Place on either side of the bed
  • How to choose a rug for the bathroom?

    Choosing the rug for your bathroom will depend on the size and style of the room. If your bathroom is small, choose an area rug with light colors to make it appear larger. Moisture is the enemy in the bathroom, so it is best to pick a rug that is less absorbent and will dry out quickly. Rugs made from synthetic fibers, like nylon and polypropylene, are stain-resistant and do not accumulate mildew.
    Never use a rug made of wool for the obvious reason that it does not dry quickly and is very absorbent.

    • Light colors: Ideal for small bathrooms to enhance size appearance
    • Synthetic fibers: Stain and mildew resistant
    • Stay away from wool: Absorbs liquid, does not dry quickly
  • What are the different materials used for rugs?

    We have covered a few of the different materials depending on the room, but there are more. Rugs can be made from fabric, plastic, natural fiber, leather, animal skin, metal, wood, composite and other materials. Bear in mind that wool is a popular material for indoor rugs, while nylon, jute and natural fibers are popular materials for outdoor rugs. You can use outdoor rugs inside your home, but it is not advisable to place indoor rugs outside as the material can be easily damaged.

    • Popular material for indoor rugs: Wool
    • Popular material for outdoor rugs: Nylon, jute and natural fiber materials
  • What should I know about color and patterns?

    If you need some help selecting the color or design, look at the elements in the designated room and pick a color found in the room that inspires you.
    Choose a solid color for rugs that will occupy a room filled with furniture that is patterned, colorful or elaborate in design. If the room is rather plain, get creative and select a rug with an exciting pattern.

    • Busy rooms: Consider a plain rug
    • Plain rooms: Consider a patterned, colorful or elaborately designed rug
  • What should I know about the hand-knotted technique?

    Keep in mind that industrial machines can be used to produce the knotted style so if you’d like a handmade rug, include this in your search.
    The hand-knotted technique involves a number of knots, tied and woven individually. To make a hand-knotted rug, the warp threads run vertically and become the rug fringe on the loom. The weft threads run in a horizontal fashion and they form the selvages of the rug, the edges which hold the rug together. After the loom is threaded, the weft threads are woven in and out of the warp threads, creating the foundation of the rug. Strands in wool or silk are tied by the weaver then cut, knotted and tightened.

    • Possible number of knots: 40 to 2,000
    • More than 1,000 knots: These can be more expensive
  • What’s the difference between tufted and woven techniques?

    The tufted technique requires a tuft gun and a frame. Loops of yarn are pulled through the rug’s backing material with a tuft gun, then they are sheared to create a smooth cut-pile surface.

    Woven fabrics are created by the interlacing of warp and weft thread on a loom. The technique requires weaving materials with a needle, if done by hand, or a machine.

  • How to choose between loop pile and cut pile techniques?

    Loop pile is made from uncut loops of yarn; this technique leaves the rug rather smooth, its yarn tightly fixed. The cut pile is made up of loops of yarn that are cut; this technique leaves the yarn loose.

  • How to properly maintain your rug?

    Regular vacuuming is recommended to properly maintain the cleanliness of your rug. A good vacuum cleaner will suction the dust trapped in the rug. Avoid using products that contain chemicals which will damage the material or erase the colors of your rug. Handle fragile fringes on rugs carefully. For outdoor rugs, maintenance is low compared to indoor rugs, but you should always vacuum and clean your outdoor rugs as well.

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