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Buying Guide: How to choose a rug

Buying Guide: How to choose a rug

Rugs are an investment piece and can totally transform your room, so picking the right one can feel daunting. Size and colour are key considerations, and there are also material choices to be made – like natural versus synthetic – and the care that comes with it. If you're not sure where to start, our rug buying guide will help you find your feet.

What type of rug should I choose?
Tufted rugs are formed from tufts of thread pushed through a pre-made backing. This is then secured with latex to give the rug its pile. Wool's most commonly used in this rug type, and the finished product can either be soft and plush (if the pile is cut) or hard-wearing and durable – great for heavy-traffic areas – if left as a loop pile. Because of the way they're produced, tufted rugs can be intricately patterned.

Flatweave rugs originate from India, and are often still woven according to traditional methods, using a shuttle loom and a mix of cotton and/or wool. This technique means they're durable and, as they're typically small, they're perfect as hallway runners or in kitchens.

Knotted rugs are created by twisting individual threads around the warp – by hand – and tightly knotting them to secure them in place. It's no mean feat, and because of the hand craftsmanship involved, they're a real investment piece. Dense and durable, these rugs lend themselves well to a cosy room. 

Machine-made rugs are crafted in Belgium, and because of the advanced technology and high-quality fibres used, they're extremely durable and easy to clean. The use of synthetic fibres makes them good for allergy sufferers, too. They're a cost-effective pick when you want to cover ample square feet.

Rug material
When it comes to picking the right rug material, it's a matter of taste as well as tactics – balance how you want it to look with how often you're able to clean it, and how much it'll get walked over. Work out exactly where your rug's going to live, and what purpose it needs to serve.

Wool rugs are the most popular. And we can see why they're a hit: they’re durable, have a soft pile, and hold colour well, so they lend themselves to lots of interior styles. Most of our rugs are a blend of New Zealand wool, which creates a plush, dense pile.

Cotton is often used in flatweave rugs due to its hard-wearing nature. And because cotton rugs are easy to clean and lightweight, they're a brilliant choice for kitchens.

If a natural look's more your thing, a jute rug is the way to go. They're tough, lightweight and durable. And because they're less expensive than wool, they're a thrifty way to cover a large area. A budget-friendly, natural beauty.

Allergy sufferers rejoice: synthetic rugs are here for you. Typically made from polyester or polypropylene, they shed less than natural materials, and are durable and easy to clean.

What size rug should I choose?
Along with choosing the most suitable material for your rug, getting the size right is key. First, give thought to its function: is it there to make a statement, unite your room's furniture, or protect hard floors? Once that's narrowed down, you'll need to measure your space – it's a good idea to do this with any furniture roughly in-situ, so you get a more accurate idea of the space you need to cover.

Our standard rug sizes are:
Small: 60 x 90cm
Medium: 120 x 170cm
Large: 160 x 230cm
Extra-large: 200 x 300cm
Runners: 66 x 200cm