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A Beginners Guide To Rugs

A Beginners Guide To Rugs

So you’ve read our blog on why you should buy a rug, but where do you begin? Here at Rug Mountain we have thousands of rugs to choose from, all varying in style, material, production style, colour, and suitability to different environments. To help, we have outlined the advantages and disadvantages of each, so whether you are a beginner buyer or just indecisive, you can make a well-informed decision.


The most logical starting point for those who aren’t rug connoisseurs is the type of rug. At Rug Mountain, we sell modern, traditional, and shaggy rugs. Modern rugs are generally the most popular in comparison to the other varieties, especially as there is more variety in their style and design and their versatility to different environments. They can be recognised by their incorporation of modern art-like patterns and designs, as well as use of bold colours and absence of borders. This makes them unique and therefore gives a personal touch to any room. Similarly, traditional rugs, despite instead having strong busy patterns, defined borders and warm colours, are also known for adding a hint of personality to the room. They are often a focal talking point and represent aspects of the owner’s personality. Traditional rugs can be mostly identified by their inspiration from Moroccan or Persian cultures for example, or an intentional old fashioned and worn style. The final style – shaggy rugs – are practically beneficial as well as aesthetically pleasing. The long pile material is what makes them shaggy and recognisable from a distance, and is used to add texture, depth or physical warmth on the floor. These are the type of rug that feel heavenly to walk on in bare feet, but become easier damaged than other varieties if placed under furniture or experience large footfall.


For longevity, hand made rugs tend to last longer due to the quality and time put into the production process. This is not to say that mass-produced rugs are bad however, but that they are more inexpensive and wear slightly quicker if not looked after. This is also why it is important to consider the environment the rug will live in – a home with children or pets would be much more likely to reduce longevity of a rug due to the increased likelihood of footfall, dirt buildup and staining. Here, a recommendation would be the incorporation of a dark, non-shaggy rug to hide dirt and not drastically affect quality.  


A final consideration before making a purchase is a room’s dimensions and usage. Smaller rugs may better suit smaller rooms, as they create an illusion of more floor space, whereas a large rug could potentially dwarf the area. This is not always the case however – if laid correctly, a large rug in a small room would be what is known as an ‘area’ rug that covers almost the entire floor and creates the illusion of a clean-cut border. This would also hide any unsightly floors and insulate the room to make it cosier. If you are trying to use a rug to accentuate a particular feature, again, small rugs are the best option to draw attention to that part of the room. To accentuate large furniture, a large non-shaggy rug could be placed underneath with its edges exposed – again the size all depends on what you want to achieve, as well as the room itself. For example, a bathroom may need a mat purely for insulation and its non-slip qualities, so a small shaggy rug would be recommended. Rugs in children’s rooms may be utilised as a play area but will wear quickly, so a round modern rug would be the best option. Finally, a living room or open plan space may need large plain neutral colours, or even a traditional style to show personality. As you can see, there are many things to consider and positives and negatives to each alternative, so think carefully about your room’s appearance, usage, and dimensions before deciding on rug type, colour, shape or size.

We understand how important it is to make the right decision on what will be a long-term feature in your home. That’s why we are happy to answer any further questions you may have on 0333 577 6694 or by contacting info@rugmountain.com.


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