Rugs Buying Guide

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Rugs Buying Guide

You'll be surprised at the difference a rug can make. An easy way to create a focal point and brighten up a room, warm a cold floor, and give your pets somewhere new to snuggle up, unrolling a rug can give your decor a refreshing lift.

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Materials

How our Rugs are Made

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How machine made rugs are made

  • We import machine made rugs from Turkey, Belgium, China.
  • Made using polypropylene, wool, polyester, viscose, acrylic, and nylon.
  • Our wool comes from sheep in India and New Zealand and sometimes alpacas.
  • Made on power looms using an automated system of bobbins set with coloured yarns. The yarn is fed into jute backing before latex and heat are applied to secure the fibres. The rugs are made in large 4-metre-wide rolls which are quality checked before being cut to size, hand carved and having their edges bound.

Benefits of machine made rugs

  • Stain repellent
  • Machine made rugs are often manufactured with synthetic yarns (such as polypropylene and nylon) which do not absorb stains or moisture.

  • Colour Fast
  • Polypropylene yarn starts life as plastic chips, so the colour is incorporated within the fibre itself. This makes machine made rugs completely colour fast and fade-resistant.

  • Wipe clean
  • Animal hairs, dust and lint will not cling to the rug fibres, making it easy to vacuum regularly or blot clean if you spill wine or food.

  • Long life span
  • Machine made rugs are more resilient and hard wearing.

  • Great value
  • Machine made rugs often cost less than handmade rugs as they can be made faster and have lower manufacturing costs.

How handmade rugs are made

  • Hand Tufted: The design is hand drawn onto graph paper, then printed onto cotton backing cloth. The yarn is dyed in drums and air dried, then the hand tufting begins. The rug is finished by hand-sewing the edges and shearing the surface with scissors or an electric blade.
  • Hand Loomed: The yarn is spun by hand and put onto bobbins, which are then threaded onto the yarn loom. The loom is operated by two people to manually loop the yarn around metal rods. This method only works for plain or striped designs, but is the fastest handmade option.
  • Pit Loom: A horizontal weaving process that allows one weaver to create an entire rug by operating two peddles on the floor and compressing the yarns with their hands. Pit loom rugs are so densely woven they do not need any backing.
  • Punjab Loom: Similar to the pit loom, but upright instead of horizontal, the punjab loom requires single person use and can be used to create more complex patterns than the pit loom.
  • Handknotted: Made on a specialist loom and knotted completely by hand, the rug weaver places lots of carefully knotted pieces of yarn into the foundation of the rug to create the pile. This is a very time-consuming process, so depending on the size of the rug they can take months or even years to make.
  • Table Tufted: Tufted by hand using an electric sewing machine with up to 12 needles. Two people are needed to operate the sewing machine and control the tension of the yarn and foundation.
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Benefits of handmade rugs

  • Individuality
  • Each rug reflects the rich weaving traditions of the area in which it is made and the specialism of the individual weaver.

  • Wide colour selection
  • Hand made rugs are available in a wide variety of vibrant and rich colours, patterns and designs, as each yarn is dyed individually.

  • Energy efficient
  • If your handmade rug is made from wool, it will help to keep your home warmer. Wool is naturally insulating, so it’s warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, making your home cosier as well as reducing heating bills.

  • Sound insulation
  • Wool rugs can also reduce sound and help to minimise noise from room to room. The soft pile cushions the impact of footsteps or furniture movement by absorbing and muffling sounds.

How to position your rug

Living Room

Supersized

280cm x 370cm and above

In a large room with a floating seated area, choose a rug big enough for all of the furniture to fit on, including both front and back legs.

XL

200cm x 290cm

XXL

240cm x 340cm

In smaller rooms where the sofa is up against the wall, choose a rug that seats neatly under the front two legs of the sofa as well as the coffee table.

Small

90cm x 150cm

For a bit of comfort for your feet while you’re watching TV, a small rug is a compact and cost effective option that goes great with a coffee table.

Bedroom

XL

200cm x 290cm

XXL

240cm x 340cm

For a spacious bedroom, choose a rug that is large enough to hold all furniture or sit just below the bedside tables.

Small

60cm x 230cm

Another option (which also works if your bed is against a wall), is to place a runner rug under your bedside table so it runs the length of the bed.

Small

90cm x 150cm

Medium

120cm x 170cm

Small to Medium sized rugs can also be placed at the end of your bed, however avoid placing the end of the bed over the rug as this can make the bedstead uneven.

Dining Room

Supersized

280cm x 370cm

Pick a rug that fits the scale of the room as well as the size of your table. A supersize rug will suit a room with a larger dining table with six or more chairs.

Large

170cm x 240cm

Choose a rug that generously holds your tables and chairs even when they are pulled out.

Medium

120cm x 170cm

A dining room rug that's too small can make the space look cramped. However, a smaller rug won’t swallow up the area if you’re working with a more compact space.

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