Shopping for a new rug should be a fun and exciting experience. However, with so many different styles and qualities to choose from, one can easily become overwhelmed. The following tips will help to simplify the process and make rug shopping enjoyable.
You will want to measure the areas to be covered and, if possible, draw out a rough sketch of the area(s) including major furniture placements. We, at World of Rugs will help you with the correct size rug for your space. Common rug sizes are 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, and 10x14. Common diameters of round rugs are six and eight feet.
After size, the next item is color. Bring fabric swatches and/or paint chips to the store. You are not necessarily trying to “match” colors, but rather attempting to pull one or two colors from your palette.
When the fabric has a pattern or design the rug pattern should be 3 to 4 times larger. If the fabrics are bold the rug design can be subtle and vice versa.
What's your style?
Area rugs can be broken down into four styles:
These rugs are generally more curvilinear with a definite field (center) and a contrasting border. They may or may not have a center medallion. If you are searching for a dining room rug to go under a wood rectangular table, then an all-over design in the field would work best.
Decorative rugs work great in eclectic interiors. The design of these rugs is modeled after a more traditional rug but with larger patterns and more modern colors. These rugs fit well into casual or formal spaces as well as traditional or contemporary interiors.
These rugs are more geometric in nature with generally bright, bold colors. They work quite well in a more casual setting.
These are “fun” rugs that include animal prints, geometrics, and random swirls in a variety of color ways. These rugs are suitable for all areas and allow you to “think outside the box.”
After you have seen several styles, your favorite style will be apparent to you. Then you may make a choice of quality based on your taste and budget. All of the above styles are available in the following qualities:
- Hand knotted
These rugs are produced by hand on a vertical loom with strands of wool or cotton called warps stretched from top to bottom. The weaver makes horizontal rows (wefts) weaving in and out between the warps. Tying the warps together with a piece of wool creates the pile knot by knot. A 6x9 rug could take up to six months to produce.
A tufting gun that looks like an oversized needle is used to push and pull yarns through a scrim which is a pre-woven grid foundation. With a hooked rug the loops are left intact for a knobby pile. In a tufted rug the end are sheared for a softer denser pile.
- Machine Made
These rugs are woven on a mechanical loom with each having specific capacities for different styles and textures. Continuing advances in technology have expanded the fashion and quality of this category.
There are several different yarns and blends used in today’s rugs. The primary types are as follow:
Wool is a natural and renewable fiber that is the benchmark of rug yarns. It has great texture retention and resists stains, static and combustion. Cool, moist climates like New Zealand and Tibet produce superior, long staple, and lustrous wool. And this is where almost all wool for fine rugs originates.
Silk is an accent fiber used in hand made rugs from the Middle East and India. Silk rugs are delicate and more susceptible to wear, but work well in combination with other durable yarns.
Jute, sisal, and sea grass are natural fibers that are generally flat woven and manufactured in their natural colors as they do not dye well.
Nylon has many of the attributes of wool built into the yarn including wear and stain resistance. It is sometimes added to wool for increased durability.,
Polypropylene or olefin is popular for indoor outdoor rugs and is often is used in level loop (no pile) rugs. It is less costly than nylon, but more prone to matting.
What determines price?
A combination of the size, yarn, quality, and quality of yarn all factor in to the final price. Generally the hand knotted rug made of wool or wool and silk woven tightly (more knots per square inch) will be the highest quality and price. Hand tufted rugs are less labor intensive and when made of the same quality and density of yarn will be less than a hand knotted rug.
Machine made rugs can be made of wool, nylon, polypropylene, or some combination and would be priced accordingly.
The staff of World of Rugs is available to assist you with your purchase and answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at any time.