2021 Rugs Guide is one of the most important interior design guides you will read this year! And why? Because rugs most of the times play the role of being the foundation of the room, decor-wise. Hence, the first item you have to choose is a rug and then build the rest of the room design around it.
First things first – the terminology: if you are not familiar with how rugs are made or what kind of rug you should opt for, here are some terms that will help clarify you in your search:
- Pile – the raised surface of a textile; pile height refers to the length of the material that makes it pile, thus the higher the pile is, the thicker and plusher the rug will be.
- Yarn – a strand of material comprised of fibres, used in weaving.
- Warp – the vertical yarns that make up the base of a woven rug.
- Weft – the horizontal yarns which are woven through the wrap to make a woven rug.
- Backing – the fabric at the back of the rug that helps keep its structure.
One of the most fundamental things you should consider when buying a rug is its material; rugs can be made from natural or synthetic fibres, with several options inside each material category.
And what is the difference between natural or synthetic fibres you may ask; we also have the answer for that! Natural fibres ensure that a rug is durable and long-lasting as well as beautiful. Some of the popular fibres in this category are:
- Wool – this fibre is a favourite among rug designers for not only is it durable it is also super cosy and has scales on the fibres that make it easy to clean.
- Sisal – these type of rugs have a beautiful beachy, boho look, being ideal for high-traffic areas for they are tougher and more resistant to wear; however should be avoided in dining or kids rooms since sisal rugs tend to stain easily.
- Silk – silk rugs are soft, shiny and are also made with the strongest natural fibre there is; they are ideal for main bedrooms or a formal living room since they are stain easily.
- Cotton – cotton rugs are soft and easy to clean, however, they wear quicker over time.
Synthetic fibre rugs are ideal with households or projects with children and pets for they are super easy to clean! Synthetic rugs are made in:
- Polyester – these rugs are moisture, stain and abrasion-resistant, retain colour and are easy to clean.
- Polypropylene – this synthetic fibre is probably the most durable of all synthetic options.
- Viscose – viscose is the synthetic option for silk, being used as an accent fibre mixed with another synthetic or natural material.
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Once you have the material chosen, it is time to choose the fabrication, or construction, of the rugs – this greatly impacts how the rug looks, feels and where it should be placed.
- Flat-weave Rugs – these are made on a loom by weaving the warps through the wefts; flat-weave rugs are durable, easy to clean.
- Knotted Rugs – these rugs are handmade on a loom, where the weaver knots yarn around the wefts, which creates the rug’s fringed pile.
- Tufted Rugs – tufted rugs are made with loops of yarn that are pulled through the rug’s backing, then sheared; that shearing gives them a soft, fluffy pile, this being more prone to shed.
- Hooked Rugs – hooked rugs are made with loops of yarn which are pulled through the rug’s backing, giving them their signature knobby, embroidered look.
And now the size! The size of the rug is dependable on how you want to place it, the type and size of the room and how it is going to work with the rest of the furniture.
For bedroom rugs, take in consideration the size of the bed; as for placement, the most preferred way is to place the rug partially under the bed, laying the rug perpendicular to the bed and pulling it under – this places the rug around hallway under the bed, with the bed centred on top.
Dining room rugs should be big enough to fit the whole table centred on top of it as well as have plenty of space around the edges for the chairs to sit, even when pulled out.
When it comes to living room rugs there are several suggestions: with larger rooms, frame the while space with a large rug that can fit all the furniture on top with enough room along the outside to comfortably walk on the rug when going around the furniture.
For mid-sized living rooms, the rug should go with a later rug to place the sofa around it, so that the front legs are on top of the rug and the sides of the rug extended beyond the sofa. For smaller living rooms, choose a small rug and place it in from of the sofa and under the coffee table.
Aside from these guidelines, there are some general rules to follow when it comes down to choosing the size of a rug – be mindful that there is leftover space around the rug, between the walls and the rug as well as the furniture and the rug.
Nevertheless, it all comes down to what you like and how you want for your home and what it feels right for you, your aesthetic and lifestyle!
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