Putting an area rug down is such an easy way to transform your interior. Especially if you are renting your property, a rug can hide a multitude of sins such as stains on carpets and can improve the aesthetic appeal of the room. It’s also an item that you can easily roll up and take with you when you move.
The high street and online options for area rugs have improved drastically over the past few years. Previously the offerings were mostly made from synthetic fibres with dated designs.
Here are 7 things to consider when buying an area rug online:
The Style of Rug
There are many different styles of rugs available such as flat-weave, tufted, shaggy and jute rugs to name a few. Even if you aren't planning to spend a lot, you are still investing in an interior item that will last a long time so be sure to choose one that suits your personal taste.
The Size of Rug
Measure the size of the rug in the area that you want to lay it. Mark it out with masking tape to help create a visual impression of how much space the rug will cover. Read our Rug Size Guide to select the right sized rug for your area. Remember in spaces such as the dining room, you will want to ensure that the rug is big enough to house the chairs even when they are pulled out.
Composition of Rug
What the area rug is made from is very important as it will dictate how it holds up against house hold traffic and spills. Jute is particularly hardwearing and is great for entrance hall runners. Wool is soft and hardwearing so makes for a foolproof choice for living areas and bedrooms.
Jute/Sisal/Hemp are very durable but not the softest option so they are best used for entrance halls and formal areas. These natural fibre rug don't offer the best insulation but do add great texture to an area.
Synthetic is durable, inexpensive and easy to clean. The drawback is that it doesn't have a natural feeling such as wool and jute.
Wool is probably the most popular as it is warm, soft and easy to maintain. It's slightly more expensive than synthetic options but has a much longer lifespan.
Cotton is an affordable option and a popular choice for rugs. It is very easy to clean but not as durable as it's wool and synthectic counterparts.
For more information click on our post on The Best Wall to Wall Carpets for Your Interior, where we delve further into detail about carpet and rug compositions.
Caring for Rugs
The maintenance of your rug is important to know and understand. We have included a paragraph at the end of this article discussing the care of your rug but in general regular vacuuming is required and stains can be spot cleaned with carbonated mineral water.
Pattern of Rugs
Consider what pattern or design you would on your rug. Do you prefer plain pieces in one colour, an abstract design or maybe a more intricate pattern? There are also vintage options on the market, these are new rugs that are treated to look aged and worn. These type of designs often have traditional patterns paired with modern colours.
Natural Fibre Rugs
Rugs made from natural fibres such as jute and sisal may vary in colour from the image displayed on the website. This is down to the natural variation of the product and is part of the beauty of buying a naturally made item.
Its important to read the returns agreement from the retailer, so that in the event you are not happy with rug you can return it and get a refund. Usually retailers will offer this, however you may face transport fees. Rugs can be difficult to send back to an online retailer, so ensure that you measure your area and that you are buying a rug in a material that you know and like.
Underlay for Rugs
We strongly recommend buying underlay to put under the rug to stop it slipping out of place. Especially when laying an area rug over a hardwood or tiled floor, without a non-slip underlay you will be realigning it on a daily basis. Most retailers will offer underlay but you can also buy very good underlay from amazon.
Here are my recommendations for rug underlay:
Foxi Underlay. Carpet fitters that I have worked with use this underlay when installing flat-weave stair runners to keep them in place. It’s sticky on both sides but will not cause damage to the flooring it’s laid on.
Rug & Stuff Underlay. Which is 100% latex, made of natural rubber, so it's plastic-free and environmentally friendly. Latex rug underlay is also perfect for stopping larger carpets from sliding out of place or puckering.
Now, let's have a look at the online area rugs we've curated.
Hemp is an extremely durable natural product and is used in the production of items such as rope, textiles and shoes to name a few. It able to withstand heavy traffic from everyday life making it perfect to use in an entrance as a runner or in the living room. The hemp fibres in this rug are weaved over the jute warp to increase strength. The Sankra rug has been handwoven in India. The undeyed wool at the ends complements the hemp and makes it aesthetically pleasing.
With an earthly colour palette, the Mada is the perfect option for that essential piece to bring your space together. This rug has a low pile but can still stand up to heavy daily traffic and its handwoven cotton composition makes it soft underfoot. The lightweight nature of the rug means it's easily moveable, making it a versatile option for any room.
Subtle yet chic, the Scrape rug is made from pure new wool and features an abstract design. The perfect modern statement piece in a bedroom or living room. This rug has an excellent composition and is a steal for the price.
A hip, contemporary update on a traditional design. This rug is a flat-weave design with a washed look to add to the vintage feel. This traditional Venetian pattern is brought to life using naturally dyed yarns.
This beautiful kilim style, flat-weave wool rug in gorgeous black, cream and red colours, will sit effortlessly in any interior. Handwoven India using traditional methods. Wool is extremely hardwearing and easy to care for which makes it ideal for busy households.
Give your interior a simple but effective refresh with light rug. Featuring a basketweave pattern, the rug is finished in beautiful neutral tones. Made with renewable vegetable compounds and is ideal for high traffic areas of any home, it’s easy to clean and versatile.
100% Pure New Wool
160 x 230cm
Brighten up your floors with this Lola rug made in pure wool. The hand tufted design features geometric shapes and stripes in blush tones.
Made from 100% wool with a recycled cotton base, it features a short pile with extra short pile horizontal rows, contrasting colour line and fringed edges. Adding a sophisticated and timeless element without overwhelming the existing home décor.
This rugs feels soft and cosy underfoot and it’ll make a perfect addition to any room of your home.
Decorated with marble swirls, this rug has a low pile finish and a silk-like sheen. In shades of grey, it’s made from a durable viscose blend so it can even be used in high traffic areas.
Decorated with a painterly stripe design, this rug is in soft grey hues to suit any interior. Made from a luxurious wool and rayon blend, it’s been expertly hand tufted.
Caring for your new rug
New rugs tend to shed in the beginning, don’t be alarmed by this, it’s simply a new product that is ‘settling’. Vacuum your rug regularly in the same direction, not back and forth as you do on wall to wall carpet. Rotate the area rug every few months to avoid uneven fading and wear.
Sometimes, especially with wool rugs, there might be a slight smell when you unpack it, this usually fades in a short space of time.
Be careful when placing furniture on your rug that there are no sharp edges which may cause damage to the rug.
You can find furniture protection pads that can be adhered to your furniture legs to help protect your area rug, these are hand for wood floors too.
I hope you have found this article informative and if you would like further advice on choosing a rug for your interior, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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