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  • 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.

  • Choosing the best rug for your conservatory

    At Land of Rugs we often get asked for tips on choosing the best rug for your conservatory Conservatories have been popular additions to buildings for many years, the earliest in England probably dating back to the 17th century when, as largely glass structures, they were used to store and nurture specimen plants brought in from other parts of the world. Victorian England saw an increase in the use of conservatories not just as places to display plants, but also as spacious additions to be enjoyed by well-to-do householders. Today, modern technology has ensured that in enlarging a home, a conservatory extension is a highly popular option for many people. Glazing and heating design systems mean that they can be used all year round and they are increasingly affordable in price.

    And it appears that the size of a house is no longer relevant in influencing the choice of a new conservatory over a brick constructed extension; you can find two bedroom and five bedroom homes alike all boasting their own desired conservatory design. It is simply that people love a bit of extra space, along with the additional light flooding in to keep the home looking cheerful on the dullest of days, as well as the flexibility of a conservatory to fulfil different functions. For example, it might become a new kitchen, dining space, the kids’ play space or just a relaxing sun room linking the garden to the house.

    Once erected, planning the furnishing and decorations for conservatories is no different from planning other rooms. But whatever the style chosen, a real must for softening the appearance of conservatory structures and achieving a real lived-in feel in general is a statement rug.

    Rugs in conservatories should have an anti-slip backing placed underneath to prevent movement. Flatweave rugs are low lying with no pile and limited trip hazard, making them safer for busy areas such as conservatories performing as kitchens. Flatweave polypropylene rugs such as Greek Key, with plain design and border, are a smart accessory for both a traditional and modern setting. Alternatively, Lodge and Cottage rugs inject a retro feel

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    Polypropylene flatweaves are also very popular in conservatories that are designated as garden rooms as they are hardwearing and respond well to foot traffic moving in and out of moist gardens. They tolerate dampness and are easy to clean, with most stains being removable by blotting.

    At home or in a restaurant, everyone loves to dine with a garden view if possible. This is one of the reasons why conservatories are designated as dining areas, and what is more satisfying than to sit at a well laid table with a gorgeous rug underfoot that can complement the table and the setting.  Choices include rectangular, round, plain or patterned rugs. Large area rugs are ideal for allowing for movement of chairs without the legs snagging on the edges, and polypropylene rugs are easy to care for where crumbs and spills are likely. Ranges such as Heritage, Galleria and Woodstock would suit traditional or modern conservatory themes.

    A floor covering for conservatories designated as kids and teenagers play spaces and dens should be ultra-comfy to allow for time spent playing and lounging. Shaggy rugs are ideal for this purpose and the thicker they are the more luxurious. Plush rugs are simply tops. For a bright and trendy look to a conservatory den, several small shaggies in a bright mixture of different colours, placed side by side to fit the space, will guarantee that it will be a favourite space that envious adults will want to share too!

    A conservatory can be classic or chic, contemporary or cosy with the simple use of rugs, whatever the function it has to fulfil.

  • Bathroom Rug: Pros and Cons

    Of the many interior design trends that have developed over the years, a potentially controversial trend, is that of bathroom rugs. Unless you have a vast bathroom with plenty of floor space away from the “danger zone” of being next to a bath, shower or toilet, most would not put much thought into the idea of having a bathroom rug. However, there are some people, that envision the warmth of a nice fluffy pile under their feet after a shower. It can also bring some fun design elements into an otherwise limited space.

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    We’ve put together a quick pros and and cons list for having a rug in your bathroom:

    Pros

    • Distinctiveness – Having a rug in your bathroom is a sure way to make a statement! A well maintained bathroom rug could promote a plush and luxurious appearance. As well as providing a bit of focal interest.

    • Comfort – The only way to improve a nice shower after a long day would be stepping out onto a lovely, soft rug. This is probably one of the most obvious and agreed upon benefits of bathroom rugs. Even if you aren’t taking a shower, is a good alternative to a cold, hard tile or laminate floor. Another reason still, is that you will reduce the chances of post-bath slips.

    • Cost – If you like to redecorate parts of your home frequently, the bathroom is a good option, as it tends to be smaller than other areas of the home and can suffer wear and tear more frequently. With a rug you can easily - and inexpensively - make quick design changes.

    Cons

    • Hygiene – This is quite possibly the most obvious reason for not having a bathroom rug. As opposed to small carpets, which are much trickier, small rugs are easily washed or replaced. You do need to keep an eye out for mould, mildew or spills.

    • Damage – Most rugs are not designed for extended exposure to water and other forms moisture. Over time, the padding will likely become damaged and begin to erode. This is another issue which can be avoided by keeping an eye on the state of your rug and taking action before anything gets too serious.

     

    Regardless of your stance, these are surely points to consider when deciding to purchase a bathroom rug. Are there any other factors to consider? Share them with us.

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TYPES OF RUG?

    A common question that we get asked here at Land of Rugs is 'What is the difference between the types of rug?'. With various different types available, we have produced this blog to help you identify the difference between each of the types.

    Hand knotted rugs: These types of rugs tend to be the most expensive due to the labour and time it takes to make their superior finish. Each rug is created by looping yarn through the backing cloth and then knotted by hand. This is considered a real investment piece.

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    Tufted rugs: These follow a similar process to hand knotted rugs, however after threading the yarn through the backing cloth, latex glue is applied to keep the pile intact. Overall these types of rug do have a similar appearance to hand knotted rugs but are a lot cheaper. Although rugs with a longer pile may look more luxurious, those with a shorter and denser pile are much better quality.

    Flat woven rugs: These types of rugs are typically made from woven wool or cotton and don't have a pile to them. Flat woven rugs usually benefit from being reversible, durable and affordable.  Popular styles include dhurries (Indian) and kilims (Turkish).

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    Rag/Hooked rugs: The appearance of hooked rag rugs tends to have looser looping. Both are made by weaving strips of cloth or rags through a Hessian back cloth. They tend to be cheap and you can often make your own at home.  They can be a charming and resourceful statement piece.

    Braided, coiled and crocheted: These include various styles, from delicate cotton mats for a nursery to luxurious hemp rugs that add a rustic feel. They come in all different shapes, styles and materials, making these types of rugs excellent for adding texture into a room.

    Embroidered Rugs: Embroidery is a very skilled old craft. Instead of being created using a loom, embroidered rugs were hand stitched onto a cotton or linen backing, held upright by a frame. Some designs were very realistic, creating a faux three dimensional look. These intricate designs meant that these handmade embroidered rugs can be very pricey. However, this embroidery has been including into many of our traditional rug designs, which are affordable for all price ranges.

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