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  • Rug maintenance: How to save time and prevent damages by choosing the right rug for you

    We all lead busy lives, so it’s always nice when we can spend less time cleaning and more time relaxing. This includes maintaining our furniture, and especially our much-loved rugs! In order to reduce the amount of time spent maintaining your rug, consider these questions to choose the perfect one for your household and lifestyle.

    1. Where will you be placing the rug? Not only is it important to choose a rug which matches your interior design, but it is also necessary to think about where you will be placing the rug.

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    For instance, if you're constantly walking through the front door with muddy shoes/a bike/a pram etc, then perhaps your hall runner is better placed in an upstairs landing area, rather than by the front door.

    In addition, you can protect your rugs from sun fading by placing them away from windows and other areas where they're in contact with direct sunlight.  If this is unavoidable, try closing your curtains when you're away from the room to minimise contact as much as possible.

    This may seem obvious, but it's also necessary to consider the size of your rug. If you buy a rug which is slightly too big for your floor space, the edges might begin to curl upwards against the wall. To avoid this, make sure you measure your floor space accurately before purchase.

    2. What is the function of the rug?

    If you're looking for a rug with a specific purpose, it's really important to ensure that you choose a rug which is practical for the role.

    For example, if you're looking for a rug to support furniture, such as a dining table or a coffee table, consider both the size of the rug and the pattern. You want to make sure that the rug is large enough for both the table and its chairs, but you also need to decide if the furniture is the statement piece, or the rug.

    The pile is also a key factor when deciding upon a rug. If you're choosing a rug to go beneath a dining room table, it's probably not a good idea to go with a shaggy pile. The density of the rug means that it's tougher to clean than rugs of a thinner pile, so food spillages are likely to cause more damage. Top tip: picking a patterned rug can be a good way of disguising said food stains!

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    3. Who will be using the rug?

    Keeping houses clean can be tough enough when you live alone, but adding children and pets to the equation can make it even more difficult! For these homes, choosing a low-maintenance rug is the easiest way to save time.

    Consider a fibre such as jute; it's environmentally friendly, fashionable, and usually only needs a quick vacuum to be kept clean. If you do choose wool, opting for a rug with a low pile will give you the soft texture without the extra fluff.

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  • 5 rugs to warm up your home this autumn

    Even though we've been trying to cling to summer, it's safe to say that autumn is officially upon us. As the outside world turns a gorgeous shade of copper, you too can make subtle interior changes to match. Warm up your home with some of our favourite rugs for autumn.

    1. Patchwork Chenille Terracotta Rug

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    Our Patchwork Chenille Rug is just perfect for covering up bare kitchen and dining room floors, as its thin pile means that it's suitable for use under furniture. This rug was inspired by the classic tapestry style and combines a number of deep orange and gold tones to bring a certain warmth to the room. Introduce this gorgeous rug to your home to keep you cosy even as the colder months approach.

    2. Woodstock Rug

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    Floral, with splashes of vibrant reds and oranges, the Woodstock Rug is full of life. It's woven from an enhanced Heatset Polyproplene fibre, meaning that it feels almost like wool and is therefore also very soft. As a statement rug, this is a great choice if you're looking to add a little warmth whilst maintaining your minimalist decor.

    3. Winslow Rust and Corn Stripe Rug

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    Our Winslow Rust and Corn Rugs are individually loom knotted in India and dyed a subtle blend of autumnal tones. Its classic stripe pattern means that it complements a range of decors, and its thickness makes it a fantastic addition to any living room or bedroom. Both this rug and the gorgeous Winslow Autumn Rust Rug are available in a range of sizes including the hallway runner style, so why not make it the first thing you see as you step through the front door?

    4.  Nomadic Copper Rug

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    The shaggy Nomadic Copper Rug is the perfect thickness to curl your toes into as you relax, and its diamond design complements a variety of interior styles. This rug looks great in all rooms, but especially as a living room centrepiece as depicted in the photograph above. There are a number of colours to choose from, with the red version also a brilliant option for autumnal decoration.

    5. OPS Terra Wool Rug

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    Wool rugs are excellent for injecting warmth to a room, and the 100% hand-tufted OPS Terra Rug is particularly soft. The rug's unique pebble design brings a contemporary twist to its classic rectangular style, and the fusion of terracotta and chestnut tones makes it a fantastic decorative piece for the later months.

  • 5 rugs which add life to office spaces

    Offices can sometimes feel a little bare, so adding a rug is a great way to brighten up your work space. Not only do rugs add a burst of colour, but their 'homey' feel can really transform the atmosphere of a room. Here are 5 office rugs to make your work an inspiring place to get down to business!

    1. Woodstock Rug

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    With its splashes of neutral colour, our Woodstock Rug adds a bohemian feel to spaces without being too 'loud' for the office. It's also incredibly durable and stain resistant, meaning that it's the perfect rug for areas you want to keep low maintenance. Revamp your office with this contemporary pattern and create a space that's both comfortable and motivating.

    2. Arlo Chevron Rug Blue Cream

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    The geometric patterns of our Arlo Chevron Rug are designed to complement minimalist areas by enriching bare floorboards and plain walls.  An almost duck-egg blue and cream, the rug manages to inject a little colour into a room whilst remaining perfectly understated. Knitted in China and available in a range of sizes.

    3. Cream Vintage Style Rug 

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    Our Cream Vintage Style Rug is a classic choice for those looking to add charm to a room. It's available in a range of sizes, with similar styles in blue, greenchocolate ivory and more, meaning that there's a variation to suit every office.

    4. Canterbury Red Black Rug

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    Introduce a contemporary twist to your work space with the red and black stripes of the Canterbury Rug. Perfect for brightening up bare floorboards or layering with existing carpet, this durable rug makes a fantastic addition to homes and offices. If this combination of colours doesn't quite match your colour scheme, why not take a look at the beige, grey, green, or purple variations?

    5. Cascade Rug Taupe Colour

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    Reduce the corporate feel of your work space with our fluffy Cascade Rug. The taupe colour fits in with the grey, white and black colour scheme typical of offices, yet its silky texture brings a level of comfort to the room. With 7 sizes and 14 other colours to choose from, the versatility of this rug means that it's perfect for all room and floor types.

  • What to avoid when choosing a rug

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    When you’re choosing a rug for any room in your home there are plenty of do’s and don’ts to keep you busy! To save time and money, you want to get the perfect rug first time. In order to help with your decision we’ve put together this quick cheat sheet on what to AVOID when choosing your new rug:

    1. Choosing a rug that isn’t big enough

    A rug which is too small will make a room look smaller. Rugs work well to set boundaries and ground your furniture. In a living room, your rug will work to mark out a conversation area. Try to make sure it’s large enough so at least the front legs of the furniture are on it.

    2. Being afraid of layering

    The main reason people choose to have a tiny rug is because of price. Smaller rug = smaller price. Get round this with a bit of clever layering! Why not try buying a neutral jute rug and place a fun patterned rug over it. The jute rug will create the space that your rug needs to fill and this will leave you with more budget and sizing options for the top layer rug.

    3. Leaving your wall-to-wall carpeting bare.

    A rug on wall-to-wall carpet can have just as much benefit as a rug straight onto floor. You will still create boundaries in a room as well as having fun with designs!

    4. Leaving your rug until last

    If you're decorating your room from scratch, choose the rug first. It's the big, dramatic piece that ties a room together, and if you wait until you've placed the final throw pillow, you could search for months before the perfect rug come around. Although, if you don’t have the luxury of starting from scratch and you are choosing your rug last -  you could go with something neutral to tide you over until the perfect rug appears.

    5. Avoiding pattern.

    Some contrast is necessary to create a happy space. If you’ve got one colour across your walls, curtains, furniture and rug that you’ll be left with a very bland 2 dimensional space. Putting in pops of colour will allow you to have a lot more fun and leave your room feeling much less sterile.

    6. Forgetting about underlay.

    If you’re choosing a new rug for a wooden, laminate or tile floor then you will not want to forget the underlay! It prevents slipping and sliding and keeps your rug safely in place whilst stopping anyone falling over it.

  • Vacuuming your rug - top tips

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    Regular vacuuming is essential in maintaining your rug’s good looks and lifespan as ingrained dirt and grit can seriously damage rug fibres in addition to affecting colours and general appearance.

    • Use a vacuum with strong suction to penetrate the pile and remove particles

    • Vacuums with beater bars are not recommended for shaggy rugs, handmade rugs, wool or rugs with fringes.

    • Cyclonic vacuums should be used with caution on some wool rugs, please ask if in doubt.

    • Keep vacuum brushes clean and look out for rough edges on the equipment which might damage the pile.

    • Wool rugs should be vacuumed (low suction, no beater bar) at least three times per week. N.B. All new wool rugs shed some fibres for several months, this is normal and will eventually stabilise overtime.

    Some top tips for vacuuming your rug:

    1. Vacuum in both directions. If you only vacuum your rug in one direction you risk missing a lot of the dirt and grit which is easily picked up by simply changing the angle.

    2. Empty your vacuum before it gets too full. If you’re using a vacuum cleaner with a bag, you’ll need to empty the bag before it gets overfilled and loses suction. This way you’ll avoid wasted vacuuming time and keep your new rug clean more easily.

    3. Don’t rush! Whilst running the vacuum quickly over your new rug seems like it does the job, in reality it’s better to take your time. Those bits of grit and dirt might take a bit of coaxing.

    4. Vacuum before your rug is visibly dirty. This is a good way to keep the dirt and dust from causing damage to the fibers of your rug and you will be able to keep the rug clean with much less effort than if you leave it too long.

  • Coffee Rugs - Choosing the perfect shade

    Colour schemes are one of the most important factors of any interior design endeavour. Coffee colours and neutral blushes are some of the most popular shades in the design world at the moment, with good reason! Ranging from rich, luxurious roasted coffee right the way to to cool, sophisticated cappuccino; creamy coffee colours just scream modern home.

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    One of the benefits of neutral coffee shades is their versatility. They’re not picky about lighting and are very forgiving of very small spaces as well as very large ones. Another important point about choosing coffee colours for your walls is that you are free to make a statement with curtains, cushions or an interesting, colourful rug.

    The nature of the coffee colour scheme is that you’re not limited with accenting colours.

    Pair it with pink: If you want a more gentle, feminine feel you could couple your neutral tones with a pale pink statement rug. Mushroom or coffee colours tend to have slight levels of pink and purple running through them so pairing with a pink rug could bring a different light to colour of the walls.

    Cool it off with something blue: A calm, grey blue rug will give a neutral room a rustic, beachside house feel. The blue will bring out the stormy side of the coffee colours. This will have the effect of making a room feel colder but this isn’t a bad thing! If you love driftwood picture frames and white comfy sofas this could be the finishing touch you’ve been waiting for.

    Go vintage with sage: Sage green is a classic and calming colour. It has the benefit of being interesting without being too dramatic. It is also a versatile colour; a sage green rug can compliment a classically furnished room but can also complement a more modern, minimal decor.

    If you want your home to feel a bit more modern and quirky you could go for a more vibrant shade of green than sage. For example a bold, lime green rug will make a statement and feel quite new age. However, if you want something a bit more subtle, then sage is better bet.

    Have fun with orange: Muted coffee colours can be brought to life with an exciting orange statement rug. Orange can be a challenging colour to work into a design as it clashes with so many shades. However, if you get it right you can add a nice “pop” to any room.

    At land of rugs we have a great range of coloured statement rugs that could pair with coffee walls to great effect! We also have lots of different shapes and sizes to fit in with any space.

    You can find the pink rug pictured above on the Land of Rug site here.

  • How To: Introducing A Rug To A Large Space

    Rugs are paramount when finishing off a beautifully decorated room. Often empty floor spaces feel incomplete and bare without them. This is especially true with larger rooms. Choosing the perfect rug for your large space can be tricky and you want to make sure you’ve made the right choice. Rugs are more of a long term investment than other decorative items, such as cushions or wall art, so you will want a rug that is suitable for the needs of your space but also has some level of versatility for future use.

    The first step is planning. Will the rug have a practical use? Is the purpose of the rug to make a surface easier to walk on? Or to keep a space warm? If this is the case then picking the right texture of the rug is important. The thicker and fluffier the fabric - the more it will keep a space warm. Generally aim for wool or shaggy rugs if you can.

    With larger spaces rugs can be a clever tool for getting more than one function from a room. A well placed rug can divide a space into multiple areas, working to create different sections within a room and allowing you want to make the most of the available space. This is a perfect technique for large living areas as you can use a rug to separate out designated seating or conversation areas. It also works with large bedrooms, placing a separate rug with a dressing table or desk, for example, will create an area for working or getting ready.

    You will also need to think about colours and patterns. Colours are hugely important with any interior decorating, especially with larger spaces, as they control the feel of a room completely. The colours of the walls will have a huge effect on the mood of a room and using a strategic rug will really help to finish off the ambiance. If you want a rug that is in keeping with a room then harmonious colours are crucial. However, if you’re brave you could try making an interesting or modern statement with colours or patterns that clash.

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    The next thing to consider is how your rug will interact with the furniture. This largely comes down to size and placement. One solution is to choose a rug that is small enough to be contained by furniture. Meaning that it is surrounded by sofas, chairs or cabinets and doesn’t go underneath anything other than coffee tables or bedside cabinets. The alternative solution is to purchase the largest suitable rug you can find and place it relatively centrally, underneath a bed, sofa or dining table. This option will feel more luxurious and grand than the smaller rug choice, but will probably require a more expensive rug

  • Zoning with large rugs

    Zoning is a tried and tested method of dividing spaces to achieve individual character and purpose. In living spaces it offers great flexibility for designing and decorating in a contemporary context, whilst incorporating individual style and taste from any period. It comes into its own perfectly in open plan settings where lounge, dining, kitchen and conservatory areas are combined. Equally, in homes with reduced open plan spaces, for example, lounge and dining or kitchen and dining combinations where integration has been used to maximise available space, a benefit of zoning with large rugs is that it can effectively turn a space into classy comfort zones that are hard to leave.

    Separating physical spaces into zones generally makes them more interesting and the use of themes is helpful. Zones can be unified with visual links through the selective use of soft furnishings, wallpaper, paint, prints etc. However, an alternative to visual coordination of themes is the introduction of contrasting furnishings, decor, and even floor materials such as wood or tiles to give a more discreet and individual feel.
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    Rugs should suit the desired mood for different zones and also be functional. Flatweaves made of polypropylene are ideal for kitchen areas. They have no pile so trip hazard is reduced; they are also hardwearing and spills and stains from cooking and breakfast bars can be easily blotted away. Rugs in kitchen areas look trendy and reduce the clinical look common to many modern kitchens, whilst at the same time warming cold floors.
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    A versatile way to set the stage – and tables too – for elegant daily dining is to zone using fabulous polypropylene rugs to create dining islands. There are masses of good looking polypropylene rugs available and the yarn is very durable and stain resistant, making the low cut pile varieties in particular, ideal for positioning under dining tables and chairs. However, where looks are preferred to functionality, long pile polypropylene and wool rugs, especially the shaggy varieties, make stunning dining islands.

    Wool rugs tend to pile more quickly under furniture, but as luxury accessories for lounge and relaxation spaces, they are really great for placing between sofas and corner sofas to transform the space into inviting, sumptuously soft zone blocks with a modern edge.

  • Our top 5 reduced price rugs for summer

    On our Sale page you can find all of Land of Rugs reduced price rugs. These rugs have been reduced to sell, some are one offs and many are discontinued items. Some of the bargains are simply because we have over stocked them so get in quick as we are unable to guarantee these sale prices for long. Once they are gone, that’s it – there gone!

    To help you on your search for a bargain rug for the summer, we've put together this quick list of our top 5 sale rugs for summer to help with your shopping.

    1. Kelim Red Rug

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    Our Kelim Red Rugs have been woven by skilled craftsmen with a blend of cotton and chenille, this produces a soft but durable yarn allowing a thinner floor rug. With intricate braiding carefully finished by knotting to each corner, Kelim also has the benefit of having matching cushions available if required. This bright and colourful rug is perfect in most rooms, and due to the thin weave they are well suited to dining and kitchen areas where low or thin pile carpets are advised because of a lower likelihood of trips or falls.

    2. Midnight beige aspire wool floral rug

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    Natural beauties in bloom featured in this floral design brown and beige rug, handmade in India with 100% wool pile. Also hand carved for luxurious textural effect.

    3. Extravagant Rug Silky Shaggy

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    Introduce a contemporary twist to your special space with this smart multi-toned shaggy rug with stylised rainbow design. The pile has soft and silky texture, made from heat set polypropylene and polyester yarn mix. Super to step on. Is colourfast, stain resistant, anti-shedding and easy maintenance.

    4. Remix Impression Rug

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    Scintillating trendy wool rug with a splash mark design, suitably styled for today’s modern homes. The Remix Impression rug certainly creates one with the vivid colours and striking design. Made from soft thick wool and hand carved for maximum effect Remix incorporates style, quality and durability into a contemporary floor dressing.

     

  • Keep Summer alive with Rugs

    We are well into our British summer, however we have not had the sunshine we wished for.  But why feel down-hearted when you can still enjoy the odd warm sunny day in the comfort of your own home. This is the perfect opportunity to extend that great summery feel indoors with the simple use of rugs. It’s easy to give floors in main living areas a summery makeover from the fantastic range of rugs available on the market, using colours, themes and textures as starting points for achieving the look.

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    To decide what colours rug you want in your rug, just glance outside your window and note the spectrum of colours in the garden that were chosen by you to make it beautiful; even if some are a little faded now, think back to what they looked like a few weeks ago and select your favourites, be they in vivid or subtle shades or even in combinations. Just remember that paler shades of rugs give floors a real uplift and better reflect light.

    For your summer theme and to bring the outdoors in, try floral rugs in oversized or bold blooms, or go for leaves, stems or vines. And for ultra-contemporary tastes in rugs, there are bright, stylised designs that mimic botanical themes. Add matching ornaments – and potted plants for a garden theme – and place strategically to skilfully coordinate the theme.

    If your summer theme is based around a love of foreign travel and holidays in very hot climes, evoke those fresh memories and bring them to life in your living space by looking over the holiday snaps and choosing the colours in them, perhaps rich and exotic shades or cool blues and aquamarine. Rugs featuring abstract designs in dazzling landscape tones or faux animal prints and hides are another good idea.

    Rug piles and textures are important in increasing warmth and in giving the appearance of warmth. To complete the warm summer theme in your chosen space and banish the prospect of winter blues entirely, carefully pick out a rug from the great variety of quality shaggy or wool rug piles and textures that simulate the wonderfully soft and tactile feel of warm, lush grass or sand that is always irresistible to walk on barefooted.

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