Rug Buying Guide - RugKnots

Buying rugs demands a lot of things to consider prior to choosing one. The size, material, and color are the basic things to look for before finalizing a rug. It can be a tricky business. The right rug can pull a room together while a wrong rug can tear it apart, making it look disjointed and unfinished. In this guide, you’ll be introduced to certain basic things about rugs, so it will come in handy while choosing the right rug for the right space. 

 

Rugs Materials: Choosing The Right Material

Wool and Silk rugs are the most popular materials for manufacturing a good quality rug. The blend of wool and silk provides an extra resilience to the rug, where the double qualities are mixed to give the rug both the properties of wool as well as silk, meanwhile keeping it light-weighted. 

Wool

The good wool comes from sheep, and the most popular origins of this wool are Alpacas, New Zealand and Argentina. The wool is a top choice for making top-quality rugs. Wool has an incredible resistance so the rug retains its shape for decades. They require less cleaning than that of synthetic rugs. They act as noise absorbers as well and help in moderating home temperature. 

Silk

Silk is made from cocoons of silkworms and they are very demanding in their manufacturing process. Silk is one of the most expensive fibers. They add a luster to the rug for a luxurious appearance. Silk is one of the strongest fibers, so the rug made from silk has good strength. Silk rugs are resistant to mold and fungus growth. They are often blended with wool to keep them affordable. 

Jute

They give a warm texture and give a comforting feel to the rooms where the rug is placed. They come in a huge variety of colors and design patterns. 

Sisal 

Sisal rugs are the most durable rugs and they are ideal for areas such as living rooms, hallways, and other high trafficked areas. It gives a feeling of warmth to space. 

Seagrass

The roughest material to date, which is among the natural flooring range and is perfect for the busiest areas of the home such as hallways. But they are not ideal for bedrooms and hallways. 

Synthetic 

Nylon, polyester, polypropylene are the materials that can be woven into area rugs. Also, acrylic and viscose are used to make them too. They are excellent substitutes for wool rugs as they are strong and easy to clean. However, natural rugs last longer than synthetic rugs. 

 

Area Rug Construction

There are certain techniques that are used to manufacture rugs. Many of the rugs are made by machines today but still a great amount of rugs are made by the hand of talented craftspeople.

Braided rugs – Braided rugs are also what we know as hand-knotted rugs.

Hand-knotted or braided  - These rugs are unique in designs and how the artisans construct them.

Hooked rugs – These runners are usually soft. We use yarns and push them into the fabric base, creating a rounded, looped, and springy texture.

Hand-woven rugs – These are usually flat-woven rugs, hand-knotted without knots, and hence have a Kilim like those you will see in flat-woven rugs.

Natural Fiber rugs – We make these using Jute, which is a natural fiber that comes from the stalk of the same plant that is used to make burlap. These rugs are very soft in texture, though not as soft as jute is, and they are made from the agave plant. These rugs are durable.

Rugs Sizes - Right Size For The Right Space

The rug must come in a fitting size. A well-chosen rug will transform your abode in a positive way, and the wrong size will bring the opposite effect. You need to calculate the perfect size so they can feel comfortable while they are placed in a room. 

The knowledge of size comes in handy in the right placement of the rug at the desired location. 

Below insight into the placement guide will help you determine the size of the rug required for each location.

Area Rug Floor Plans - Placement of the Rugs

A size too small or too big can just give the opposite effect to the whole idea of placing the rug to enhance the interior. Each location has its own requirements. Go through each one to get a better idea of choosing the right rug.

Living Room

The rug should be big enough to cover the whole seating area. A rug under a table(if separate)  should be bigger than the table but must leave a blank space between its edges and surrounding the furniture. 

Dining Room

The shape of the dining table determines the shape of the rug. However, the same rule applies here as that in the living room regarding the coverage of the rug. The rule of thumb is to get an area rug that extends four feet from all sides of the thing under which it is placed.

 

Bedroom

The bedroom has four flooring plans. In the first one, you can choose a big rug to accommodate all of the furniture in the room. In the second one, a small rug can be used which can only peek out from the foot of the bed. Which will not cover the whole floor. In the third one, the flooring can have two runner rugs beside the bed. The third one is economical, meanwhile ensures that the style is not compromised. In the fourth one, a rug can be placed under the bed with 18 inches exposed from all sides.

Hallways

Hallways require rugs which will only expose 12” to 18” of bare floor showing around the rug. Heavily trafficked area rugs should be ensured to be wide enough so that you avoid your one foot off as you're walking through an area constantly.

Rug Colors - Choosing The Right Color And Design 

The choice of color of your rugs follows your personal choice. The color of the rug should be a wise selection, as they will make or break the whole makeover of the space. 

Existing Furniture

Furniture echoes darker colors in the rug and also enhances the light colors in the rug. The larger the item, the more bold color of the rug will be enhanced.

Considering the Colors Of Walls

If the walls of the space are bright then the color of the rug should be dark and the opposite is true if you've dark colored walls.  The rug shouldn’t have the dominant color which the walls of the space have. It can either be blended or either close up to the colors of the wall.

Considering Size Of Space

For small spaces, darker colors are not preferred as the color tends to look more intense when they are in small spaces. A fairly light color will do in a small space.

Considering The Kind Of Room

Colorful outdoor rugs will be great for kids’ spaces. As they use playful color combinations and shapes. 

In outside spaces, the color of the rug is usually chosen accordingly to the nature that will assist you in the background.  Solid color area rugs can add splash color to make the space more lively, tones down the decorated room, complement a home décor, and so much more. 

Area Rug Styles

Traditional Rugs

 They don’t only look extraordinarily beautiful but also last longer. They are appreciated worldwide for their beauty and a touch of antiquity. They are among the world’s top-ranking categories of rugs. While purchasing a traditional rug, one must be sure that it is handmade or not. Nowadays they are also made by machines.

Modern Rugs

Modern artwork influences all these designs. A typical rug collection ranges from sophisticated geometric rugs, contemporary rugs to fancy coastal ones and so much in between. In simpler terms, modern area rugs are characteristically ‘more Western’. However, most of them are made in Asia and the Middle East.

Other Styles Of Rugs

Runner Rugs are designed for the narrow spaces of the home. They are usually beneficial for adding an accent to those spaces of the home which are considered as secondary spaces, such as hallways and corridors. Round Rugs come in a broad selection of material. They are a valuable tool for designing your home interior, which ranges from bold shags to warm wool and in many designs such as Oriental Rugs and Braided Rugs. Quick to dry and can hold water easily, so they are great choices for a room. Also, they give extraordinary effect when placed under tables or other small furniture. Bokhara Rugs are mostly found in red, maroon, and rust tones, and are based on double knit patterns with complex designs. Other colors include red, rose, blue, and beige. They are suitable for any kind of space from bedrooms to hallways. Kilim Rugs patterns are unique and are used in many other kinds of fabrics as well.  

South Western Rugs are in various colors, with each one in different depictions and characters.  



Customize Your Own Rug

Chances are that you might not be able to choose the right rug on a website that perfectly suits your space. So, you can always customize your own rug just by conveying your requirements to the store. 

We have a wonderful selection of rugs to choose from as well as a custom-design service. Can’t decide between different materials, shades of textures? Simply call us on (301) 660-7046 or email at info@Rugknots.com