There’s no denying the power of a perfect rug. This soft flooring solution has the ability to add colour, texture, and pattern to your home, and with winter just around the corner, there’s no better time than now to start considering this cosy warmer. Here’s a round up of the need-to-know details when it comes to choosing the right rug.


Ensuring you have the right size in mind for your chosen room is key to successful rug shopping. Start by sizing up your space and determining the result you’re after. Are you looking to fill a whole space or define an area in a larger room? Once this is established, you can shop with confidence. Consider 250cm x 350cm on average for large rooms, 160cm x 230cm on average for small rooms, and generally 300cm x 80cm for hall runners. ‘You’ll never regret a large rug,’ says The Home’s resident rug buyer, Emma Blomfield. ‘Even if your rug runs a little big, you still have the option of placing your furniture on top.’


For an expansive feel, choose a large rug that allows all furniture to sit atop. Alternatively, simply rest the front legs of your seating on the rug to unify and frame the space. And for a pop of colour or pattern, consider a smaller rug that floats in the centre of your living room.


When it comes to the dining room, rugs need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in its pulled out position. Generally you’ll need 30cm to do this. A flat weave rug is a durable and easy-to-clean option for this space, and it’s also the smoothest for sliding chairs.


Position a rug halfway or two thirds down your bed so that it pops generously out either side. Alternatively, mix and match runners along the sides and/or foot of the bed for cosy underfoot comfort. If you have floor boards, this is especially luxurious in winter to avoid a cold surface when you step out of bed.


Flat weave
Flat weave rugs are relatively affordable and come in an array of bold patterns and colours. They’re woven on a loom as opposed to knotted, which ensures a slim profile and low pile design that benefits allergy sufferers. Materials include: wool.

Pile rugs
Commonly referred to as hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs, these flooring solutions boast a more dense and plush pile than that of flat weave rugs. Yarn is looped around warps to form a pile on hand-knotted rugs, whereas hand-tufted rugs are made with a tufting gun that essentially ‘tufts’ the yarn into a canvas to form the pile. Materials include: wool and polypropylene.

Natural fibre rugs
Natural and durable materials such as sisal, jute, hemp and seagrass complement a variety of decor styles and are often featured in contemporary and coastal hubs. Their classic look and timeless palette is easy to work with and adds visual warmth and texture to a room. Natural fibre rugs are versatile and look great dressed up, dressed down, or layered for a relaxed look. Materials include: sisal, wool, hemp, and hides.

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Hide rugs

Cow hides boast a contemporary look and tend to be thick, supple and soft, allowing for a durable touch to high traffic spaces. No two hide rugs are the same, which creates a charming, unique feel to each piece. Despite their statement look, the natural shape and design of a cow hide is not intrusive and can seamlessly fuse with already existing decor. These rugs are hypo-allergenic and easy to clean with a damp sponge.

Outdoor rugs
Choosing the right outdoor rug can extend the feel and look of your indoor/outdoor living space, and reinvent an often overlooked exterior room. This flooring accessory will most likely be made of synthetic materials that are durable and easy to clean. Most are mould- and mildew-resistant, and some are treated to resist fading from exposure to UV rays.

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