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Buying Guide: how to choose a rug

Buying Guide: how to choose a rug

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. If you're a bit of a nomad, flatweave rugs are a great option – they're lightweight enough to be picked up and moved when you do.

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. 

Our 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.

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 in striking colours.

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. They're just as good in bathrooms and hallways, and have a softer look that suits laid-back spaces.

If a natural look's more your thing, a jute or sisal 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.

There's no right or wrong way to style your rug. But it's important to give it some thought before you click 'checkout' – how you arrange furniture on your rug will affect the size you need. Do you want your sofa to sit half on your rug, or for the rug to fill the entire space under your sofa? The same goes for beds and dining tables. Then there's shape to consider – circular or round rugs work best with dining tables and side tables, and you'll want your furniture to sit centrally.

How to clean a rug

If your rug's made from wool, it's best to call in the professionals. But check the care label first, as some styles can be spot cleaned. Here are our general day-to-day care tips for keeping your rug looking its best:

- Most new rugs, especially tufted ones, will shed for a period of time after you bring them home – regular brushing or vacuuming should keep this at bay. Use the nozzle or a brush fitting 

- Keep your rug flat as much as possible, and always avoid folding. If you need to move it, roll it with the backing facing the outside to avoid damaging the pile

- If storing your rug, keep it in a dry, temperature-controlled and ventilated area to prevent fading 

- Never pull loose threads – instead, cut them if you spot them