A great floor rug adds to a room more than just colour, pattern, or texture. Visually, it helps define a space and functionally, it helps protect floors, provide comfortable padding underfoot and can even help absorb noise.
Nowadays you can choose to buy floor rugs online or on local retailers. But before you visit an online or offline retailer, it is important that you understand that choosing the right type of rug involves more than the way it looks or feels underfoot. To get the most of your floor rug purchase follow our tips.
1. Select Floor Rugs to Fit Your Room
Whether you decide to buy floor rugs online or on your local rugs retailer, you will come across a variety of sizes and shapes. To find a rug that fits in your space, take measurements and decide what shape your prefer.
- Taking measurements: Do you want to place your furniture entirely on the rug area in the living room or just want them to be out of the rug area. Remember that you can also have the front end of your sofa on the area rug and the back legs on the floor. If you want your rug to cover the entire room, measure the width and length of your room. To have your furniture off the rug, measure the maximum length and width between your furniture.
- Select the rug shape: When it comes to family rooms and living rooms, people tend to choose rectangular or square floor rugs which are measured in width and length. However, there are also round and oval floor rugs that are measured on a diagonal and also look good under tables. Different shapes of floor rugs, like octagonal rugs can also be found when you shop online.
2. Determine Which Style of Floor Rug You Prefer
- Persian – feature bright colours and elaborate designs that usually fall into geometric, floral, and pictorial designs.
- Oriental – these rugs are hand-knotted and can have over 1,000 knots per square meter. Know that an authentic Oriental rug is made in Asia and is classified in a certain level of quality.
- Braided – authentic braids weave four to twelve of the outermost strands over and under various mixes of inner strands.
- Tibetan – usually found in ‘tiger’ pattern, contemporary Tibetan rugs can also be found in vibrant geometric shapes.
3. Choose What Kind of Material You Want
The material the rug is made from is what determine its value and longevity. Common materials include.
- Wool – a widely used and resilient material used in floor rugs. Rugs made from this material have greater durability than rugs made from natural and synthetics material, and can resist dust mites which are known to exacerbate allergies.
- Cotton – rug manufacturers often use cotton in conjunction with wool to produce a rug that provides a nice “foot feel” and typically cost less than all-wool rugs. The downside of these rugs is that they tend to wear more quickly than wool.
- Silk – high-end rugs, such as Oriental and Persian floor commonly include silk for luster and shine. Rugs made from silk requires special care and should only be cleaned by professionals.
- Nylon – rugs made from this material have excellent strength, uniformity, and stain resistance. They are usually more affordable than rugs made of natural materials, but do not stand up for quality like wool and silk floor rugs.