The addition of a rug is one of the easiest and simplest ways to instantly update a space.

With numerous styles, colours, sizes and shapes available, choosing the perfect rug can be tricky, that’s why we’ve put together this handy buying guide to help you make a decison. This guide covers topics including:

1. Different styles of rugs

2. How to choose a rug

3. How to clean a rug

4. Does sunlight cause rugs to fade?

5. Rug safety advice

1. What are the different styles of rugs?

Modern Rugs

A number of different types of designs and colour schemes make up our collection of modern rugs. From simple but quirky stripes to minimalist floral patterns and bold abstract shapes, modern rugs can feature a neutral palette or provide a hit of bright colour.

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Traditional Rugs

Traditional rugs evoke a feeling of luxury and decadence. They feature intricate details and rich colours. Our range takes inspiration from classic Persian and oriental styles, making them authentic in appearance with an antique feel. They make an ideal choice for period properties but can also introduce some traditional elegance to a more modern home.

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Shaggy Rugs

This style of rug is best for adding texture and creates an inviting, warm space. Shaggy rugs are great for living rooms and bedrooms because they feel gorgeously soft and luxurious.

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2. How to choose a rug

The best rug for you will depend on a number of factors:

Where is the rug going to go?

The type of rug you need depends upon the room you intend to put it. For example, a rug placed in a busy area of the home needs to be durable, whereas a bedroom rug can be much softer and indulgent in texture.

It’s important to make sure that your rug won’t be obstructing anything like entrances or doorways, and it should be put somewhere that it won’t become a trip hazard.

Why do you need a rug?

You may be buying a new rug to protect an area of flooring, or just to accessorize a room by injecting some colour and style into your interior design. If a rug is a practical purchase, then the material it is made of is the most important thing to consider. However, if it’s for aesthetic purposes, ensure that it fits with your existing decor and colour scheme.

How do you choose the right rug size?

Rugs really vary in size so there’s an option for every space; big or small. It’s important that you know how the rug size you choose will affect the appearance of the room. Choosing a rug which is too small can make your room look bare, while choosing one that is too big will make the room feel smaller and cluttered.

Small rugs can be great for highlighting pieces of furniture such as a coffee table so you should also consider whereabouts in the room you intend to place your rug. Make sure you’ve accurately measured the area you want to cover before making a purchase and ensure there is a suitable amount of space left around the rug to allow it to fit in the room comfortably.

What are the different types of rug materials?

Rugs can be made from a range of natural and synthetic materials, each with different qualities and advantages. Heatset polypropylene is a luxurious soft feel synthetic that is hard wearing and stain resistant, whereas a traditional rug in pure wool has excellent elasticity and a natural resistance to dirt, wear and tear.

Can you place a rug on laminate flooring?

Rugs are an ideal addition to laminate flooring but it is important that you choose rubber-backed rugs or use them with non-slip pads to prevent trip and slip hazards in your home.

Rugs work well with laminate flooring as they help prevent the surface from getting scratched, scraped or dented. This is particularly practical in heavy-use rooms and can also add a feeling of warmth to your laminate flooring.

3. How do you clean a rug?

All rugs should be regularly vacuumed but exact cleaning techniques will vary depending on the type of rug you have.

Shaggy rugs are delicate and should be shaken to loosen grit and loose fibres from the rug before being vacuumed on your machine’s most gentle setting.

For natural fibre rugs, use your vacuum in suction-only mode without a beater bar for the best results. Machine manufactured rugs should have as much grit and dirt as possible loosened using a beater bar while keeping the rug pile upright.

To deal with a spillages or stains, blot the affected area of the rob with a dry, colourfast cloth. Do not rub the surface of the rug. Sticky spills can be scraped gently with a blunt knife to remove the bulk of the damage with all spills and stains requiring cleaning with a carpet shampoo or powdered cleaner afterwards. Always check the cleaning solution you use is safe for your rug’s material and pile.

4. What happens to rugs placed in direct sunlight?

If you make the decision to place your rug in an area that receives direct sunlight then it may experience some fading. This is not always the case, but the likelihood of discolouration is increased when carpets and materials are exposed to direct sunlight. You can prevent against this damage by keeping your rug away from such areas or by using suitable blinds and curtains on windows and doors in the room.

5. Rug Safety Advice

Depending on the surface it’s being placed on, rugs can be a potential slip hazard. This is particularly true in the case of wood, tiles, synthetic vinyls and laminates so always use non-slip pads or rubber backings to prevent this.

You should also ensure rugs are not placed in areas where they will pose a trip hazard or block entrances or doorways. Ensure rugs sit flat on the floor with no upturned corners and place any surrounding furniture in secure positions.

View our rugs online, or use our store locator and find an abundance of stunning rugs in a branch near you!