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A room without a rug can appear unwelcoming and unfinished. Rug will transform a room by introducing a sense of luxury, particularly if it is of a good quality and a high standard of craftsmanship; the colour, pattern and texture of the rug lend a feeling of coziness, comfort and personality to the room. Always opt for a good quality handmade rug over a tufted one because not only do they look so much better, but they also will last for much, much longer. Most of all, you must love the rug – it is not like cushions, curtains or a sofa, but something that should last forever so you must be happy enough to have it in any room or even in a different house.
Before choosing a rug, you must first understand its purpose. Do you want a rug that will be a real statement piece, or a more neutral design which will blend seamlessly into the space, giving an overall tranquil appearance? Do you want it to unify a room or to define a space? If you are attempting to break up a room into different areas, a number of smaller rugs can do so beautifully.
Go for the largest size you can afford as it gives a generous, calming effect to the room. It’s great to be able to partially place larger furniture pieces such as the sofa on a rug (Living Room A). This will give a wonderfully luxurious and flowing feel to the space. Small rugs can look bitty and mean in the wrong space. A common solution is to have a rug that sits within the furniture, in front of sofas and chairs. In this case, the rug should be slightly longer and wider than the furniture, and not too far from the seating (Living Room B)
With some careful planning, hand-knotted rugs can be used as wall-to-wall carpet and staircase runners, though the installation should only be carried out by a specialist carpet fitter. In such cases, it is essential to order the rug slightly larger than the space, up to 200mm (8”) extra in each direction to allow for the fitting. If you are considering a wall-to-wall rug, please contact us.
If your rug is to be fitted into a recess in the floor, the rug must be made larger in each direction and it is essential to consider how the pattern will be cropped. Please contact us for further information.