How To Choose A Rug

When choosing a rug look at the properties of the room, its final resting place, has it got high ceilings, is it a regular shape, is there plenty of natural light or is it rather dark. What are the rooms dominant features such as the fireplace, ornamental ceiling. Whatever the main characteristics the decision has to be made do you want the rug to harmonise with the decor or contrast with it. In general richly patterned rugs compliment with antique or reproduction furniture as also dark or pastel colours. A modern decor will look its finest with bold, abstract, tribal rugs usually in vivid colour. if the furniture is a ultra modern, funky, an antique looking rug will look shabby in contrast.

When choosing a rug to blend in with your decor it is vital to establish the dominant colour of the room before you shop for your rug. Viewing in natural daylight, view the room through half-opened eyes. Your vision being impaired, this allows the blocks of colour to be indentified rather than specific pieces of furniture or object of art. Make a note of these colours and then the decision to harmonize or to contrast with your intended new rug needs to be taken; for a traditional effect or to contrast “that is the question”. To contrast is ideal for that contemporary look to harmonize is for that traditional look. It is unwise to buy a rug because it goes with the curtains or the drapes. Curtains tend only to have a life-span of 10 – 15 years but a quality rug or carpet can last a lifetime or you may choose to move house etc. The safest way to buy a rug is to choose one which you really like. If you are a gentleman perhaps you need to seek higher advice or even permission.

The design and colour are important, it is also important to consider how much and how often the traffic will need to be taken by the rug. If it is a place in the houses’ main thoroughfare it is pragmatic to choose a rug which is woven with sturdy wool or even a budget runner. The experts advise that silk rugs and carpets must not be avoided. Silk, yes it is beautiful and actually very hard wearing and they ate the evidence that parachutes as well as most museum carpets are made of silk. (Perhaps it is not their money are spending!) Many people prefer to use silk rugs and carpets in the bedroom to evoke that undeniable feel of opulence.

In a modern society which is used to buying and fitting wall to wall carpeting many customers make the mistake of buying a rug which is too large for the room. Rugs need to be framed just like a painting leaving sufficient space around all four sides to enhance the rich contrasting colour or to illuminate the rich pattern. Against a heath is acceptable but if the rug is antique or very expensive a fire guard is vital and care should be exercised when cleaning the fire grate or lighting the fire. With electric or gas fires the above caution is inappropriate. If the sizes of your rooms are large beware of buying large carpets because if in the future you down size the rug or carpet may not fir. If the rug is intended for the dining room and will form a centre-piece under the table the rug must accommodate not only the table but also the chairs when they are drawn out from the table without catching the edges of the rug causing harm to your rug and more importantly possibly your guests. The size of the table and dining chairs “pulled out” must be ascertained before purchasing the new rug. Rugs look “absolutely fabulous” on wooden floors but make sure that the rug does not impede the walk-around space of the dining table, otherwise some poor unfortunate soul may have the soup course down his or her back!

If furniture is to be placed on a rug the quality rug will be able to withstand the force of compression without damaging it. Although naturally the pile will be compressed with time. In the event of a piece of furniture compressing the rug’s pile it is advisable to periodically move the  piece of furniture slightly from time to time. If however anything sharp penetrates the pile the rug may suffer damage and so perhaps a caster and/or its protective cup may be used to protect the rug from sharp edges. If a highly decorated rug is to be placed under a table the colours and designs may well be obscured from view. A solution which may appear O.T.T., is to have a glass top dining table or coffee table! Similarly a large piece of furniture on a rug may well obscure the balance of its design it would be wise to choose an all-over design. To create harmony within the household is to move either the furniture or the rug before world war III breaks out!

If the rug lies on uneven floorboards, concrete flag stones etc the rug will wear unevenly in patches reflecting the unevenness of the surface it rests upon. Well padded backing strips will help alleviate the problems along with regular turning of the rug which will even out the pattern wear. The easiest solution is to make the floor even!

Polished floors of wood or stone make a fantastic background for modern and traditional rugs but it is vital to use good quality non-slip rubber underlay or a propriety non-slip carpet material which we can supply, which will prevent the rug moving under tread. Many households lay their rugs on the wall to wall carpeting which provides the perfect backing but the non-slip material will provide friction to be safe especially for the elderly members of the family. Wall to wall patterned carpets should use plain colours and not patterned rugs. Deep piled carpets do not provide a firm backing and the rug is likely to creep and crinkle when this occurs the anti slip material may be the solution. If the rugs edges begin to curl a leather or rubber strip to the reverse sides’ edges need to be sewn to encourage the curl to be flat. A competent carpet fitter will no doubt do this small undertaking.

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