Rug Buying Guide

Rugs have been the heart and soul of interior decorating throughout time. You’ll see that carpets and rugs are a running theme – and for good reasons too. After all, they are plush, exquisite, and a stunning reflection of craftsmanship. But the thing with rugs, especially in today’s modern world day and age, is the wealth of choices on the market. And that means navigating your way to find the best area rugs online. To help you make the right rug choice for your home, here’s e-Rugs advice for buying the best area rugs online.

Basically, a rug is a perfect addition that can bring a room together or makes a statement. The choice of color to design or pattern and of course the durability. When you buy a handmade and ethical rug made of real wool and acrylic is fairly an important investment, so you should make sure the one you are going to buy serves its purpose for many years to come. Our range of rugs is made of latest designs using different skilled techniques. Rugs with rich fibers brought from various part of the world come in an array of colors. This buying guide aims at helping you pick the best rug for your beautiful home.

Consider the area

Now before you decide on a style of rugs, one of the more crucial things you have to consider is the condition of the room. Factors like humidity and foot traffic are essential aspects that will ultimately dictate the rug’s durability and suitability.

Areas like the hallway and kitchen, for instance, tend to receive much higher foot traffic than say the bedroom. So durable materials and styles should be at the forefront of your mind when choosing the best carpets for your space. Flatweave rugs with low pile in either wool or other natural fibers like sisal are a great choice that can withstand wear and use.

Rug size matters

The general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a quality rug is that the bigger is better and measure! Measuring your space and understanding the dimensions you need for the room is a necessary step in your carpet buying process to avoid creating the ‘floating’ rug look. As the name suggests, the floating rug look happens when carpets or rugs do not touch any furniture and are too small for the room.

Unconventional shape rugs

While most would tend to opt for standard rectangular carpets and rugs, know that unconventionally shaped rugs may suit your space just as well. Consider buying unique shapes from the e-Rugs style collection for a bold yet understated appeal with its graphic, architectural form or match a large circular rug to an open-plan space to make an effortless styling choice.

Color Co-Ordination

These days, striking colors are the trend in the world of rugs. In terms of hue, there’s bright and zingy, deep and earthy and even pale and plain. To buy rugs that are uniquely yours, consider your tonal preference and where it sits as it will likely become the main focal point. Showcase your personality with bold patterns and colors or blend in beautifully with rugs in light hues.

Think of the aftercare

Depending on the type and materials used, some rugs are easy to care for, while others require high-maintenance and upkeep. For starters, flatweave rugs and low pile handmade rugs need simple maintenance, whereas deep or high pile are the opposite. Take the time to consider all aspects and be honest because you’ll need to commit to the aftercare to make the rug last for years to come.

Always you get this question while buying rug the right rug material?

How to decide the right rug material?

Rugs are perfect anchors to the design of your living space for the most part – between figuring out the right sizes, colors, and styles – textures are often overlooked, but this feature holds the key to create a modern, liveable space.

Where Will You Place Your Rug?

Your selection may have a lot to do. Where you will be placing the rug? Will the rug be placed in an entry hallway, or will it be placed in a corner of the living room? Will it be displayed on a wall? Where you place your rug will determine how much use in terms of foot traffic it is going to get that decides the lifetime a rug.

Placing a very expensive wool or delicate silk rug in the entry might not be a good idea, however, these will add a very luxurious look to a protected part of the living room or the bedroom. Bamboo rugs, while they don't offer a very soft feel underfoot will last a long time in high traffic areas such as entries. To help you decide on the best rugs for your home, here are the many different materials in the world of e-Rugs and when to use it.

 

 

Material

Why we love …

Things to consider …

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Care

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Wool

(Natural Fibre)

Cosy under foot, wool rugs are strong, excellent insulators and have good stain and water repellency.

They are long lasting and retain vibrancy of colour and pattern over time.

As a natural fibre, some shedding may occur but this should lesson over time.

Any living area

(Living rooms, dining rooms, high traffic areas …)

Take Special Care

May be carefully cleaned with a hand brush or nozzle attachment on your vacuum. Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/wool-rugs

Polyester & Acrylic (Synthetic/Man-made)

Easy to clean, highly durable and well suited to high traffic areas in the home.

Acrylic blended rugs have a different feel than natural fibres - still soft but less dense.

Polyester shaggy rugs can flatten over time.

All rooms

Easy care

Can be brushed or vacuumed.  Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/acrylic-rugs

 

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/polyester-rugs

 

Viscose (Semi-Synthetic)

Super soft with a beautiful sheen and a silk-like feel.

Susceptible to water/moisture damage so not suitable in high traffic areas.

Living rooms and bedrooms

Take Special Care

May be carefully cleaned with a hand brush or nozzle attachment on your vacuum. Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/viscose-rugs

 

Nylon (Synthetic/Man-made)

Very durable, easy to clean and often with a latex non-slip backing.

Feels more lightweight than natural materials.

Ideal for bedrooms and playrooms

Easy care

Can be brushed or vacuumed.  Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/nylon-rugs

Polypropylene

(Synthetic/Man-made)

Hardwearing, practical with minimal shedding and the most stain resistant material.

May not be the preferred choice of choice if you prefer natural fibres.

Ideal for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways

Easy care

Can be brushed or vacuumed.  Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/polypropylene-rugs

Natural Fibres (jute, sisal, seagrass, kanaf)

Strong and durable, natural fibres are made from eco-friendly plants and grasses

Feels harder and flatter than a rug with a deeper pile

Suitable for kitchens, dining rooms, hallways and conservatories

Easy care

Can be brushed or vacuumed.  Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/sisal-rugs

Chenille

(Can be made from cotton or synthetic fibres)

 

Designed to mimic silk, chenille rugs have a luxurious pile with a soft scrumptious feel

Due to the softness of chenille, it’s not suitable for high traffic areas.

Ideal for living rooms and bedrooms

Take Special Care

May be carefully cleaned with a hand brush or nozzle attachment on your vacuum. Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=chenille

Cotton

Frequently used to make flat weave rugs, cotton rugs are usually thinner in appearance but soft to touch and don’t shed as much as other materials

Not as longlasting  than other materials, meant to be replaced from time to time

Kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms

Easy care

Can be brushed or vacuumed.  Visit … to find out more

https://e-rugs.co.uk/rugs-by-material/cotton-rugs

 

 

Material

  1. Wool:

The most common type of material used for making rugs is wool. It is durable and soft too. Other features are:

  • Strong, stain free and water repellent, cozy underfoot and excellent insulating benefits
  • With a tight woven pile, our most wool rugs are either hand tufted or woven
  • Wool can add that extra warmth because it is a natural product
  • Our wool rugs are suitable for your living area
  • Initially they may shed as they are made of natural fibre source
  • Our wool rugs ranges are Sherwood, Illusion, Botanical and many more

 

  1. Jute & Natural Fibre

Jute and natural fibre are basically plants and grasses like jute and seagrass.

  • They are hard under your foot still strong and durable
  • It provides an organic look and feel to your room
  • They are the best choice for hallways and kitchens
  • Easy to clean by brushing or vacuum it
  • Our natural fibre rugs include Natural living and Retreat

 

  1. Polyester and Acrylic

Polyester and acrylic range of rugs comes in a variety of pile heights. Some are hand-carved to give a 3D effect to them.

  • Polyester and acrylic yarns offer warmth and softness to handle
  • They come in rich and vibrant colours with intricate design which make them the style statement piece of rugs for your living space.
  • Durable and ideal for high-traffic areas of your house
  • In our range of polyester rugs range from Infinite to Verge, Pearl and Grande vista

 

  1. Polypropylene

Polypropylene is actually a synthetic fibre made by man. It is hardwearing, durable and practical made of modern technology is extremely soft and gives a warm feeling.

  • Machine loomed rugs are made by skilled machine handlers
  • The fibres used are renowned to shed minimal that make it ideal for those of high traffic areas
  • Such rugs come in ranges of dense pile or soft shaggy pile
  • Excellent and vibrant colour combination with intricate design
  • Its edges are thread bound means whipping means create a neat finishing to the design
  • Durability makes it an ideal choice for any location

 

  1. Nylon

Nylon is called manufactured fibre, which can transform into a variety of colour combinations.

  • Nylons rugs are non-slippery and washable
  • Such rugs are said to be the best in durability
  • Easy to care, wiping and wash clean
  • Lightweight and fashionable material rugs come in brightly printed and no shedding
  • Ideal choice for playrooms, kitchen conservatories and heavy traffic area of your house

 

Room Type

A rug for a living room, for example, will differ from one for a kitchen. Both need to be hard wearing, but in different materials to suit the living style. Our shaggy range offers deep pile rugs that add softness to a room and dampens sound. Our plain range contains beautiful wool rugs for warmth and style. Kitchens favour a flat woven rug for simplicity in being easy to clean. This is the reason flat-woven also work for home offices wheeled chairs can easily move over their smooth surfaces. Flatweave designs give strength and durability and can be wiped clean easily.

Size

Do you want to fill the floor or define or zone a space within it? For example, a hallway can look smaller if the rug within it pushes right out to the skirting boards. Meanwhile, an open-plan living room/playroom/ dining room setup can be subtly subdivided with three different designs or textures of rug. These should tone in with or compliment one another so they don’t battle for attention.

This chart shows the most popular sizes that we sell:

 

Design

The design of the rug you choose is of course entirely up to you. We offer everything from plains to Handcarved florals, shaggy warmth to hardwearing polypropylene and durable flatweave designs. It is worth considering other pattern and colour within the room’s decor before you make your selection. If your pictures or textiles are busy, a neutrally- patterned or block coloured rug will sit better among them. For rooms that are minimalistic in look, or plainer and more pared back in their design details, texture, pattern and a mixed palette can add interest.

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