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Rugs Buying Guide

Looking for a rug that will sweep you off your feet? Good. Because we're nice, we've done the hard work for you and have put together the ultimate rugs buying guide, so you can hit the ground running on your never-ending quest for the perfect rug. (*Spoiler alert: your quest ends here*) We believe there's just 4 simple steps to master when buying a rug, so follow those and you're laughing. Oooh we're good to you.

What material should you go for?

With an array of rugs on offer, deciding on the one can be tricky business. From hand woven to hand knotted to jute, cotton and wool galore, there's a multitude of materials to choose from. But don't stress, why do you think we're here?

  • Wool

    Renowned for its longevity and natural resistance to wear, wool rugs make for the perfect floor filler for high traffic areas of the house, such as hallways and living rooms. Minimal cleaning required, bonus!
  • Cotton

    Durable yet soft, a cotton rug is a fail-safe option, suitable for all areas of your home. Cotton allows for tightly woven designs, making a cotton rug the perfect place to start if a statement piece is what you're after.
  • Polyester

    If convenience is what you're after, then a no-fuss polyester rug might be the one for you. Easy to clean, quick drying and cost-effective, polyester rugs are the perfect colourful addition to any hallway or bedroom.
  • Jute

    Known for its delicate fabrication, jute rugs are best suited to the bedroom or home office. Place one at the end of your bed for maximum comfort.
  • Sisal

    Strong, hardwearing and minimally designed, a sisal rug will slot perfectly into your living space or hallway. Opt for a large scale sisal rug to protect your flooring and tie the room together.
  • Viscose

    If a luxe look is what you're after, then you might want to experiment with viscose. Boasting a high shine finish, viscose rugs are easy to hoover, making them ideal for bedrooms and living rooms.

Big or small?

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. Are you wanting to fill the room, or simply define a specific area within the room? Discover our floorplans intended to inspire you to get it right the first time...

  • Living room

    Spacious living spaces with floating seating areas go hand-in-hand with supersized rugs. Small living spaces however, do not. Opt for a compact rectangular rug to add a bit of comfort in a space-restricted living room.
  • Dining room

    Ideally, you want to ensure that your dining furniture sits generously on top of the rug, even when chairs are pulled out. The shape of the rug you pick should be determined by whether you have a rectangular or circular dining table.
  • Hallway

    Narrow, long and durable should be your hallway criteria. Opt for a runner with eye-catching appeal, as after all, this'll be the first thing your guests see when they enter your home. Make sure it's a good sight.
  • Bedroom

    The world is your oyster when it comes to bedroom rugs. For smaller bedrooms, opt for 2 runners either side of the bed. For spacious bedrooms, choose a rug that's large enough to hold both the bed and bedside tables.

Those all important finishing touches

Now you've nailed the most important part and are smugly awaiting the arrival of your dream rug, it's time to bag some seriously stylish finishing touches to give your room that chic overhaul it so deserves.

  • Cushions

    "I have too many cushions", said no-one ever. Pick out one dominant colour from your rug and play matchy-matchy with your soft furnishings. Cushions will tie the whole look together.
  • Throws & Blankets

    As soft as some rugs may look, sadly you can't snuggle up in them, so that's where soft furnishings come in. When shopping for throws, pick shades that match your rug and drape over your sofa to tie the whole room together.
  • Side tables

    A side table is a living room must-have, so snap up a statement piece that'll compliment your chosen rug perfectly. Top it up with coffee table books and a candle (or five) and et voila.
  • Furniture

    Now for the pièce de résistance to really complement that new rug of yours... a posh piece of furniture (minus the posh price tag). From pouffes and stools to stylish storage solutions, we've got it all.

Taking care of your rug (the boring bit)

We regret to inform you that unlike cats, rugs aren't actually self-cleaning. Follow our no-fuss rug cleaning guide and incorporate these 3 simple steps into your cleaning routine for a sparkly clean showstopper...

  • Wash it

    Rugs should always be cleaned when flat, using a water-based shampoo. Blot spills with a clean towel, never rub. We repeat, never rub. Always allow your rug to dry fully before returning to the floor.
  • Vacuum it

    Regular vacuuming of your rug is recommended. Simply flip your rug over, hoover the back, shake it out and return to the floor before hoovering the front thoroughly.
  • Brush it

    For handwoven and hand-knotted pieces, regularly brush your rug to maintain its fibre lustre. Once a week should do the trick.

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