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Finding the Rug That’s Right for You

One question we’re often asked is this: how do I find the right rug? Granted, the question is not always literally phrased this way, but basically what customers want to know is how to select a rug that they can be sure is of the highest quality and can be enjoyed for years to come.

With that in mind, the following blog post offers some guiding principles to help guide one’s rug search. Of course, no two people have the exact tastes or needs, but these tips are generally applicable to anyone looking to purchase a new or antique rug.

Tip #1: Look Online, But Buy in Person

This first tip is less applicable for people buying a new, factory manufactured rug. In such cases, the piece comes pre-wrapped, thereby reducing the chances of wear and tear, and can be returned if it is damaged (or if it isn’t as appealing as first envisioned). But when it comes to older rugs, particularly those from a private owner, it can be difficult to determine if the version of the rug seen online matches the reality. Therefore, we recommend inspecting the rug in person to determine the quality of the rug fibers and colors before committing to a purchase.

Tip #2: Find the Rug That Best Matches the Space

The right rug should complement the room in which it is placed. For instance, a square room is best matched with a square rug since it emphasizes the shape. On the other hand, a circular rug can be the ideal solution for those looking to create a bold, playful look. Similarly, the colors and textures a rug introduces should ideally suit the room in which it’s been placed. While we advise that at least some thought be paid to these issues beforehand, ultimately the choice should be in the hands of the individual rug owner.

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Tip #3: Use Different Rugs for Different Needs

This point is somewhat related to the second tip in that it focuses on matching the rug to the room. But whereas the point above focused more on the aesthetic aspects of rug ownership, this tip is about the practical concern of reducing rug damage. For example, we suggest that rugs made of wool, nylon, and polyester are best suited to high foot traffic areas of the home such as the living room. Conversely, silk and animal skin rugs are ideal choices for low traffic areas such as bedrooms. In all cases, the rug should be set securely in place with a rug pad in order to prevent skidding and long-term damage.

Tip #4: Protect Your Rug Investment

Last but certainly not least, it’s vital for all new rug owners to take care of their rugs on a regular basis. This includes not only regular vacuuming and spot cleaning, but also professional rug care services such as rug washing, rug cleaning, and rug repair. Among their benefits, these services rids rugs of pests and mends minor rips, tears and holes before they spread. For more information about our professional rug care services, contact us here.