Choosing the right rug

The right rug can transform a room. Only you know the ambience you wish to create whether it be tranquil, traditional, minimalist or jazzy. Fortunately, at the rug centre there is a huge and varied stock from which to choose.

All the rugs are handmade. This means that every item is unique. Of course there are traditional designs which recur but being hand spun and hand knotted there are always subtle differences. Owning such a rug rather than a factory made one is the difference between an original painting and a mass produced print.

Ideally, one should start with an empty room but as that is not always possible, it’s a good idea to take a colour sample, e.g. Curtain material or a cushion so that your selection is focused.

Maximum and minimum dimensions are vital. If you have a beautiful floor it would be a shame to cover it completely just as it is wrong to smother a lovely rug with a large piece of furniture.

You won’t know if the rug you like in the shop will be happy in your home so it is important to home trial it – or indeed a selection- to try in situ. You should view the rug/s in daytime and artificial light – and – as handmade rugs have a directional pile, you should turn it round, end to end when you will see that from one direction the rug is light and from the other direction appears darker.

You are bound to enjoy a visit to The Rug Centre. The small team is friendly, informed and non-pushy. If you ask for advice it will be given, for example if you seek a runner for your hallway and there is heavy traffic (teenagers, big dogs and the rugby club) you will be steered away from soft piled pieces and towards something more robust.

Handle the rug you like to experience the feel of it. A long-lasting rug is tightly knotted and when you look on the back of it the rows should be even. The smaller the knots are the longer it took to make and the more you should expect to pay.

Your final choice, and it may take some time to find the right piece, will give you a buzz of pleasure when you enter the room. It will convey your personality and individuality to everyone coming into your home, and should you move house you can take your lovely rug with you.

How to choose the right rug

Choosing the right rug involves getting the right size, colours and tones as well as rug design for your setting be it home or work. Our experience working with customers for more than 25years constantly re-affirms this. When you do have the right rug it will almost sing to you as if it has always been there. To be honest there is quite a lot to consider when buying a rug.


Lounge :

Is the rug going to sit inside the sofas, partially under the sofas or beyond them?  Always leave a frame of your flooring around the rug. Not only does this enhance the rug but it would be shame to cover all of the floor.


If you are buying for a bedroom with a double bed, it may be better to think of 2-3 related rugs rather than one very large rug.

You could buy a runner for either side of the bed and if you have the space a smaller rug at the foot of the bed.

Alternatively, your rug could be placed half way under the bed with enough showing at the foot end and sides.

If you buy one large rug remember that the border patterns will be seen more than the centre of the rug, so choose a rug where you love the border patterns.

Dining room:

A rug under you table whether it is square, oblong or round needs to be big enough for you to pull your dining chairs out from the table without the legs of the chair passing over the edge of the rug. If the rug is not big enough, eventually with the chairs being pulled in and out over the edge of the rug, wear and damage will occur.

Once you have decided which size option suits your room take the smallest and largest measurements the rug could be, giving you a range to work within.

If you are within a 25mile radius to our showroom we are happy to help with measuring, as well as bring a selection of rugs to try out in situ. Home trialling rugs with no obligation to buy can ensure your final choice is the right rug.

If you live close enough, a visit to our showroom will enable you to see the rug(s) with all its/their qualities rather than a flat image on the website.  You may prefer to borrow a selection to try in your home. If the rugs are very big we can help with this.

If you are not able to visit you might like to send photographs of the setting and colours you need the rug for. We can then make suggestions for rugs which will enhance your room, some of which may not have occurred to you.