What Type of Rug is Best for Hardwood Floors?

What Type of Rug is Best for Hardwood Floors?

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Hardwood floors are a popular choice for their enduring beauty and when paired with the right rug, their appeal and functionality can be significantly enhanced. Rugs create a focal point and add interest to your home while also providing a protective layer for your floors. Offering versatility and warmth, they also provide comfort underfoot and help to define spaces within larger, open-plan areas.

Here, we'll explore why opting for high-quality rugs, particularly those crafted from natural fibres like wool, are the perfect choice for hardwood flooring.

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Benefits of Rugs on Hardwood Floors

Protection for your floors: one of the most practical reasons to add a rug to your hardwood floors is protection. Rugs act as a barrier against scratches, scuffs and stains—common issues in areas with high foot traffic. They're particularly handy in preserving the finish of your floor, helping it to look newer for longer. Whether it’s from pets, or simply moving furniture, a well-placed rug can help to keep those unwanted marks at bay.

Warmth and comfort: hardwood floors are stylish and easy to clean, but they can feel cold and hard underfoot, especially in the cooler months. A rug introduces a layer of warmth and comfort, transforming your living space into a cosier haven. 

Defining spaces: Rugs are excellent tools for zoning, helping to distinguish between the living room, dining area, and other parts of the house. By choosing the right size and shape, you can create distinct spaces within a larger room, adding to the functionality and flow of your home.

Enhanced appearance: beyond practicality, rugs are a powerful element of interior design. They can complement the existing decor, introduce new colours and patterns, or serve as a focal point in a room. A thoughtfully selected rug can tie together various design elements, enhancing the overall appearance of a space and making your hardwood floors stand out even more.

Choosing the Right Materials

When it comes to selecting rugs suitable for your hardwood floors, the material is key. High-quality, natural fibres are typically the best choice, offering durability, comfort, and a gentle touch on your floors.

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs stand out as an excellent choice for homes with hardwood floors, offering a blend of durability, aesthetic appeal and comfort. They are naturally resilient, making them suitable for high-traffic areas without compromising their look or feel. Additionally, wool's stain-resistant properties mean these rugs maintain their beauty with minimal effort, a perfect match for the low-maintenance nature of hardwood flooring.

Our diverse range of wool rugs cater to various tastes and design schemes. For instance, the Panorama wool collection provides a selection of plain and ombre styles, allowing you to add a subtle touch of colour or a gentle gradient to your space. These rugs blend seamlessly with the natural tones of wood, enhancing the room's overall warmth and atmosphere.

Texture plays a significant role in the appeal of wool rugs. Our Landscape range, for example, offers options with rich textures that add depth and interest to a room while still maintaining a cosy atmosphere. These textured wool rugs are particularly effective on hardwood floors, as they contrast beautifully with the smoothness of the wood, adding an element of tactile warmth to the elegance of your flooring.


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The Value of Handknotted Rugs

Handknotted rugs are great examples of craftsmanship, quality and enduring style. Opting for a hand-knotted rug is particularly fitting for homes with hardwood floors, as both share a commitment to longevity and aesthetic appeal. Here’s why handknotted rugs are an investment worth considering for your space.

Timeless craftsmanship: authentic Persian and Oriental handknotted rugs are the product of traditional weaving techniques passed down through generations. Each handknotted Persian & Oriental rug is meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, with countless hours dedicated to creating intricate designs and durable weaves. This level of craftsmanship ensures that each rug is unique, with its own character and story, making it a personal and meaningful addition to your home.

Durability and longevity: these rugs are typically made from high-quality wool, making them incredibly resilient. The tightness of the handknotted weave contributes to the rug's durability.

Aesthetic and style: beyond their practical benefits, handknotted rugs bring a level of sophistication and style that complements the natural beauty of hardwood floors. They are available in a variety of patterns, colours and sizes, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home's decor.

Investment piece: while handknotted rugs come with a higher price tag, they are an investment in your home. Like hardwood floors, they are designed to last, and stand the test of time. Choosing a handknotted rug is a statement of appreciation for quality, artistry and timeless design.

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Selecting the Ideal Colours for Your Rug

Creating a contrast between your rug and hardwood floor can enhance the beauty of both. If you have dark hardwood floors, consider lighter or brighter-coloured rugs. Traditional patterns, like those found in Persian rugs, or vintage styles pop beautifully against darker woods, creating an eye-catching focal point. Lighter shades such as greys and creams can also work well, brightening the room and providing a soft contrast to the dark wood.

If your flooring is on the lighter side, with hints of yellow, gold or orange, opting for a rug in blue shades can provide a stunning contrast. Neutral colours, as well as black and white, can also complement light floors, maintaining a balanced and cohesive look.


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The Importance of Underlay

We always recommend using a rug underlay to help keep the rug in place on the floor. This is particularly important for hardwood floors where rugs often bunch up and move on the smooth surface. 

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