Within our huge range we carry area rugs made from several types of fibre, both in machine made and handmade varieties. Natural fibres in rugs might be great for areas where you want to add some warmth, or if you don't really like synthetic rugs. However new synthetic fibres are now very soft and often made from recycled materials, and can have a stain resistance far above that of a natural fibre. Plus a natural fibre rug like wool rugs will also usually shed, as the fibre lengths in them are always shorter and not continuous like synthetic fibres. Foot traffic is very important here too, as heavy foot traffic will cause a natural fibre rug to shed more frequently at first, although it will slow over time. Heat-set polypropylene or 'Frise' is certainly the most commonly used fibre as it's hardwearing and easy to clean. Polyester is used for a rug with a softer finish, still easier to clean but not quite as hardwearing as polypropylene. A high quality rug like some Persian rugs will have a very dense pile, and this will be the best rug for longer lifespan.
Maintenance is an important consideration when buying floor rugs. The perfect rug for a dining space would have to have some stain resistance, as there are often spills that need to be taken care of. Living rooms are likely to get the most use, so a new rug would need to be easily cleaned too. Certainly the best area rug for easy cleaning is a polypropylene fibre rug. There are many types of rugs online, but several of these would be polypropylene so it won't be hard to find the right rug for your home. Patterned rugs will add to hiding any marks, so in a busy area perhaps consider this when purchasing. Shaggy rugs are really only indoor rugs, as they are wonderful and soft, but when it comes to cleaning and vacuuming these can be very difficult to maintain. The denser the pile (closer together), the less easily a rug will be stained or marked. Most importantly you should always vacuum and rotate your rug frequently in order to lessen wear and maintain cleanliness.
Modern rugs are so varied in style and type, there are now vast ranges of choice for your home. However the choice you make can really have an effect on the floor you have. If you have carpet, there's a good chance the rug might ripple, or 'walk' across the carpet, especially if the carpet and underlay are thick. Smaller rugs are likely to move around on the carpet much more, so rug size is an important thought. A dining room rug may be great on tiles or timber floors, but when a dining table sits on a rug on carpet, it's very likely to make it lift around the legs as the rug is pushed into the carpet. Your new rug may also be hard or coarse on the back, so if you're placing a rug on Hardwood Floors or other soft timbers, perhaps consider a rug underlay to stop it from harming the floor. Runner rugs are great in hallways, but have a much defined walking path, so with any softer floors in a hall an underlay of some kind is very important to protect your floor.
Choosing the perfect rug for your living space will have a lot to do with the rug size you choose. Our range of rugs caters for almost every rug size you'll need, but there are common dimensions in manufacturing of machine made rugs worldwide. Rugs are most commonly rectangular, and in a ratio of 2 to 3. E.g. 200cm x 300cm. We also carry round rugs and runner rugs, and these are also common in size. For a large floor space, we carry rugs in a 3m x4m size or similar. Bold colours in rugs in a large size can change the entire look and feel of a room as it can add so much colour. Bedroom rugs are often a choice of 'do we want it under the bed, or just at the end'? Choosing the best size floor rugs for your home is much easier using our size guide. This will help show you ideal sizes for living spaces, and help you make a choice on what you'll need to suit your home.
Outdoor rugs have become very popular lately as area rugs in patio spaces. Finding the right rug for outdoors is much easier now as most companies with their own brand rugs list them as suitable for outdoor use when they are. The key factor in choosing an outdoor rug is the type of material it contains. Rugs made entirely from plastic fibres will not 'rot' if they are become wet, and this is key for an outdoor space. Natural fibres are not suitable for outdoor use as they will rot if left damp. This is an important factor, as many machine made rugs made from polypropylene are woven with a 'jute' weft fibre for strength, and that is a natural fibre. So it's important to choose a rug that is listed as an indoor outdoor rug so you know it's ok for the space. Keep in mind in outdoor areas in sunlight, even with modern UV treatments rugs are still likely to fade much faster.
Actually, every type of rug is in style now. Every year rug manufacturers from around the world get together to offer new collections and styles to the market, but even now rugs that have been made for many years are still on offer, and still chosen by customers around the world. Some of the newer trends are 'transitional' style rugs, and these are where traditional and worn looks are blended with modern colour and faded areas to produce a softer comfortable feel. Where rugs were predominately bold colours in the past, now they are softer with more greys and other easily blended colours so as not to be intrusive in a home's colour scheme. Rugs in the past were often available as plain colours where now that trend remains predominately in shaggy styles, as these are much softer feeling looks that add a little colour but in a warm soft way. But remember, if you find a rug you really love and aren't sure if it will suit, you can always find similar colours in a cushion or other furnishings to help add this rug to the decor of your room. Ultimately if it really doesn't work, that's why we have a return and refund policy. Happy rug shopping!