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How to Choose a Rug

Rugs are a great addition to your home serving as decorative and functional purposes. It is important to buy the right type of rug to fit your space and taste preferences. If you are in the market for a new carpet, here are few tips that will guide you in the selection process.


modern-bedroom with contemporary rug Manufacturers use different types of materials to make rugs. Sometimes, the choice of the fibre depends on the background of the weaver. Case in point, Persian weavers would use textures and patterns specific to their tribes. If you are looking for high-quality carpet, consider rugs made from wool. Wool rugs are easy to clean and maintain, making them perfect for a home with young children. On the other hand, of you want to grace your home with a touch of luxury, silk carpets are the way to go. Silk rugs are shiny and very appealing to the eye. Sisal is another option.


Similar to wine, old carpets are better that machine made rugs. Early weavers from Persia made high-quality rugs that lasted for generations. Grab a corner of the carpet and see how it folds.


Before deciding what style of carpet to buy, look around your home and observe the shapes of the rooms and type of furniture you have. The carpet should blend cohesively to give a polished look. If you are looking to create a cosy living room atmosphere, try a wool rug in a muted palette. Seeking professional advice from an interior decorator is noble, but stay true to your personal style. After all, it is your home, so it better make you happy!

Modern or traditional

After hearing rave reviews of traditional rugs, you may want to get yourself one. Identify a reputable dealer and find a rug that will work for home.

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The colour of your floor rug should complement your furniture and other pieces of d├ęcor present in the room. If you have young children, avoid brightly-coloured rugs as they tend to show even the slightest traces of dirt. Go for neutral colours instead so you have some breathing room between rounds of hoovering. If you are decorating a bachelor pad, try synthetic rugs as they come with a wide array of colours.


After determining the type of material you want, look at the different sizes of carpet available. In most cases, buyers want to decorate common areas like the living room, bathroom, and hallway. Take the floor measurements of the area you wish to decorate and share these details with the sales assistant. They will suggest viable options for the various rooms. Be careful not to buy oversized carpets for a small apartment. If you want a rug for your dining table, buy a slightly bigger rug to leave enough room for your dining chairs. The same concept applies for your bedroom rug. It is pointless to have your beautiful carpet completely hidden from view. Leave a few inches of carpet exposed so that you can place your feet on it.


The choice of rug we buy highly depends on personal taste, the purpose of the mat and the size of the budget. If your budget is limited, start with one rug then buy other rugs later on. If you are not sure of which rug to pick, ask for the sales attendant to help or bring a friend along for a second opinion.

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