Most rooms need a rug – a room without a rug can appear unwelcoming and unfinished. It will transform a room, introducing a sense of luxury, particularly if it is of good quality and a high standard of craftsmanship. The colour, pattern and texture of the rug lend a feeling of comfort and personality to the room.
Always opt for a good quality handmade rug over a tufted one because not only do they look so much better, but they also will last for much, much longer.
Don't be afraid of colour or pattern; choose a rug as you would a piece of art. Most of all, you must love the rug – unlike cushions, curtains or a sofa, it is something that should last forever so you must be happy to have it in any room or even a different house.
Before choosing a rug, you must first understand its purpose. Do you want a rug that will be a real statement piece, or a more neutral design which will blend seamlessly into the space, giving an overall tranquil appearance? Do you want it to unify a room or to define a space? If you are attempting to break up a room into different areas, a number of smaller rugs can do so beautifully.
Size & Fitting
Go for the largest size you can afford as it gives a generous, calming effect to the room. It’s great to be able to place furniture such as the sofa half on a rug (Living Room A), to give a wonderfully luxurious and flowing feel to the space.
Small rugs can look bitty and mean in the wrong space. A common solution is to have a rug that sits within the furniture, in front of sofas and chairs. In this case, the rug should be slightly longer and wider than the furniture, and not too far from the seating (Living Room B).
If you want to unify a room, a large rug will do this effectively (Living Room C). In this case, leave sufficient extra space around all the furniture so it does not appear ‘perched’ on the edge of the rug.
Furniture around the perimeter of the room, such as sideboards and cupboards, are generally best left completely off the rug.
For a dining room, a large rug under the table will deaden the sound in the room and bring colour, pattern and texture. Ideally, the rug should be in proportion to the table, and larger than it so that there is sufficient space to pull out a chair and sit down without the back legs coming off the rug. The minimum that allows for this is 75cm (29”), so that the ideal size is generally at least 1.50m (59”) larger than the table in each direction.
Remember that the centre of the rug will mostly be obscured by the table and chairs, so the most important part of the design becomes the border.
For a bedroom, the rug is best placed underneath the bed, framing it but stopping short of the side tables (Bedroom A). This allows for rug underfoot when one gets out of bed.
An alternative option is to have a smaller rug on either side of the bed (Bedroom B).
For a hallway, it’s usually best to order a custom piece so that we can create a rug in the precise dimensions, however we do also carry some runners as stock.
Staircases & wall-to-wall
With some careful planning, hand knotted rugs can be used as wall-to-wall carpet and staircase runners, though the installation should only be carried out by a specialist carpet fitter. In such cases, it is essential to order the rug slightly larger than the space, up to 200mm (8”) extra in each direction to allow for the fitting.