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HOW-To

How to shop for a rug  

A rug will provide beauty and interest in a room by defining the overall design and unifying the space as an anchor for furnishings. Determining the following factors will help to narrow your search for the perfect area rug. 

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  1. Size and shape is often the best place to start since they will remain the same regardless of style and color.
  2. Determine the style, whether that's traditional, transitional or modern.
  3. Consider the range of colors that will work in the space.
  4. Decide if you will be decorating to match the rug, or if you want the rug to match the existing décor.
  5. Although it's important to have a budget, don't let cost alone dictate the rug you choose. Look at other important factors like construction and material to help guide you to make the best decision for your space.

Should All the rugs in a house match?

No. If you have multiple rugs in your house, they do not all need to match. Think of rugs like fine art in that you want a variety throughout your home. If multiple rugs are visible from one spot in your house, though, the colors should complement each other.

Can a rug be too big?

Yes. Picking rug sizes is a lot like the story of Goldilocks because you want it to be just right. A rug that is too large can overpower the room, making it feel cramped and small. As a rule, keep a bare minimum of 12-24 inches between the edges of the rug and your walls.

Does a rug make a room look smaller?

Not if you pick the right size. If your rug is too large, it can make your room feel smaller. But if you choose the correct dimensions, a rug can make your room look bigger.

How do you determine the size of a rug?

Measure your room carefully and use a placement guide to determine the size of rug you need. Ideal sizes change from room to room and with different furniture layouts. But a good rule of thumb is to keep a minimum of 12-24 inches between the edges of the rug and your walls.

Construction

There are several construction techniques used to create area rugs. Although many manufacturers today use high-speed, accurate machine looms, a great many popular styles are still carefully made by the hands of talented and highly experienced craftspeople.

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Hand-Knotted

Handknotted Rugs

The base for a hand-knotted rug is created when columns of yarns, called the warps, are run vertically on a loom. Tufts of wool are then tied around these warp yarns from side to side to create knots. The ends of these knots become the pile of the rug. Once a row has been completed, yarns called the wefts are threaded horizontally through the warp yarns to tighten the knots and build the foundation.

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Hand-Tufted

Handtufted Rugs

Tufted rugs and loop-hooked rugs are created by pushing yarns into a fabric base. The back of the rug is then glued to keep the tufts in place. The difference between a tufted and hooked rug is in the pile on the face of the rug. For tufted rugs, the surface pile is cut to produce a dense, plush pile. For hooked rugs, the yarns are left uncut to retain their rounded or looped appearance.

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Hand-Hooked

Handhooked Rugs

Hand-hooked rugs are made by tufting loops of yarn or fabric through a woven base such as linen or burlap which has been stretched over a frame. The rug design is printed on the base farbic and the loops of yarn are pushed through the fabric. You can distinguish a hand-hooked rug by looking at the backside of the rug. A canvas backing is applied to hooked rugs with an adhesive to hold the yarns together.

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Flat-Woven

Flatwoven Rugs

Flat-woven rugs (sometimes referred to as flat-weaves) can be constructed in a number of ways. In general, the yarn is tightly woven along a foundation structure of warp yarns. As a result, the yarn is flat and without knots, covering both the top and bottom of the rug, making most flat-woven rugs reversible. Traditional Persian kilim rugs are the best known flat-woven rug variety. Kilims can be strictly decorative or can be used as prayer rugs. In recent years they have become popular as floor accents in Western households.

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Braided

Braided Rugs

Braided rugs were almost universal in early, Colonial American homes. They are constructed in a variety of ways including a banded braid construction, cloth braid construction, flat braid construction and yarn braid construction. Braided luxury rugs are usually made of 100% wool and offer an appealing, thick look. A unique feature of most braided rugs is that they are reversible. By periodically flipping a braided luxury rug over, you can effectively double the longevity of the rug.

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Power-Loomed

Powerloomed Rugs

Typically made of synthetic fibers like polyester or polypropylene, power-loomed rugs are machine-made on large electrically powered looms. The machine is computer driven and runs continuously to maximize efficiency which makes this one of the more cost-effective rug constructions. A power-loomed rug has a latex backing to secure everything in place.

Construction Key Features Durability

Hand-Knotted

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qualitylong-lastingvaluable

20+ Years

Hand-Tufted

$$$$

durableaffordable hand-knot alternative

3-10 Years

Hand-Hooked

$$$$

plushheavily texturedetailed pattern

3-10 Years

Flat-Woven

$$$$

long-lastinglightweightreversible

20+ Years

Braided

$$$$

long-lastingfabric woven in a concentric pattern

20+ Years

Power-Loomed

$$$$

Budget friendlykid + pet friendlydurable

3-10 Years

Material

Selecting the right size by room

Finding the right size rug for a room can feel complicated -- but it doesn't have to be! With some simple guidelines, we have the answers to all of your rug size questions.

Entryway

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Make a great first impression with the perfectly sized entryway rug. Whether your foyer is small, narrow, or large, we have the perfect entryway rug size for you.

Standard Sizes

2x6 runner | 2x3 | 3x5 | 5x8

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Living Room

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Rugs make your living room seating areas inviting and help create visual flow in the room. It's notoriously difficult to choose the best size of living room rug, but we've got you covered.

Standard Sizes

5x8 | 8x10 | 9x12 | 10x14

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Kitchen

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Kitchen rugs can save your floors and your joints while adding much-needed style. Picking the right rug(s) hinges on the layout of your kitchen. Be sure to look for a material that can handle cleaning and moisture.

Standard Sizes

2x6 runner | 2x3 | 3x5 | 5x8

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Dining Room

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A well-chosen rug can bring color, style, texture and definition to your dining room. No matter the size of your table, make sure your rug extends atleast 24 inches on all sides to make sure your chairs have enough room to scoot out.

Standard Sizes

6x6 round or square | 8x10 | 9x12

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Bedroom

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Give your feet a place to land every morning with a cozy bedroom rug. From twin beds in the kiddos room to a king in the master suite, we have rug sizing tips for any bedroom layout.

Standard Sizes

5x8 (twin) | 8x10 (queen) | 9x12 (king)

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Office

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Get the job done in style with office rugs. Whether you have a small space for a desk or a whole room dedicated to your workspace, we have the office rug for your needs.

Standard Sizes

5x8 | 6x9 | 8x10

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Bathroom

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Create a spa-like space with a soft and luxurious bathroom rug. Depending on your room size and layout, the bathroom has a plethora of rugs to choose from.

Standard Sizes

2x6 runner | 2x3 | 3x5 | 5x8

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Outdoor

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Bring the indoors out with a colorful and soft outdoor rug. From keeping dirt and debris from going inside with a small mat to providing color and softness underfoot under a large dining room table,

Standard Sizes

5x8 | 8x10 | 9x12

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Styles

From traditional to modern, and everything in between, we have the perfect rug style for any space.

Rug Cleaning & Care

To keep your rug looking its best for years to come, it will require a little cleaning and maintenance. For the best tips on how to keep your rug looking as beautiful the day you purchased it, visit our How to Clean a Rug guide.

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Rug Pads
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Premium

Intended for interior use only.

  • Thick rug pad at ¼" high, this is best choice for maximum added cushion
  • Keeps rug safely in place, and prevents bunching and slipping. Makes vacuuming easier
  • Reversible for use on carpet
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Low Profile

Intended for interior use only.

  • This is the to-go choice for added cushion and to secure the rug firmly in place
  • Reversible for use on carpet
  • Optimal for use on tile and uneven surfaces, including wood, laminate, vinyl and marble
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Standard

Intended for interior use only.

  • Slimmer pile at approximately 1/8" for a lower-profile silhouette; optimal for use in the Dining Room
  • Ideal for securing your rug safely in place to prevent slipping, especially on hard surface floors
  • Recommended for rugs of all sizes, especially runners and smaller rugs
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Outdoor

Intended for outdoor or indoor use

  • Designed for both wet and dry applications
  • Resists moisture, mold and mildew
  • Keeps rug safely in place, and prevents bunching and slipping
  • Thin netting allows outdoor rug to air-dry
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Now that you have all of the tools for how to choose the perfect rug for your space, you're ready to shop!

Decide what attributes are the most important to you, whether that's size, color, style, material, or construction, to start narrowing down your choices.

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