If it’s your first time buying a rug, you might have a lot of questions about what to look for, how to combine it, what materials are best, and how to care for it. The good news is, once you know the basics, you’ll have a good background to start making informed choices about the rugs you buy.
Here are some common questions first-time buyers have when shopping for a rug:
What is pile?
The term ‘piles’ refers to the density and length of the rug’s fibers. Shaggy rugs are long-piled, and flat-woven rugs are thin-piled.
I found the perfect vintage/antique/handmade rug. Is it real or a fake?
If you’re specifically looking for valuable rugs, like collectible vintage, antique, or handmade rugs, your safest bet is to buy it from a reputable vendor. Still, you want to have a rough idea of what to look for to avoid any misunderstandings about what you’re buying.
These types of rugs are usually made out of natural fibers like wool or silk. They don’t have any extra fabric, plastic or glue on the back, and the fringes are not sewn to the foundation. The colors shouldn’t bleed or transfer, and the patterns should be clearly visible on both sides.
What’s the best rug shape for a rectangular room?
The shape of the rug will depend more on your furniture than on the shape of the room. As a good rule of thumb, pair square table with square rugs, and round tables with round rugs.
For example, choose a rectangular area rug to go with a large dining table to accommodate the table and its chairs, and a round rug looks best with a round coffee table in a living room or a stool in a bedroom.
Of course, you can break this rule, but it takes more planning to make the design work. If you want to combine a rug and a piece of furniture of different shapes, make sure the rug is large enough to accommodate it comfortably.
How do I care for my new rug?
Regular vacuuming and cleaning keep your rug in top form for a long time. As a general rule, clean the rug weekly, and keep the beater bar off when vacuuming the front of the rug. You should also air the rug every week to prevent odors, and rotate it a couple of times a year to avoid uneven wear.
There are commercial cleaning products you can use on your rug, and the type of product you need depends on your carpet’s fiber and length pile. Make sure to follow your rug’s instructions, or consult a professional cleaner to assess the best way to care for your rug.
Do I need to buy an expensive rug?
Not necessarily. Handmade rugs are pieces of art that bring style and beauty to your design, but you don’t have to break the bank to decorate the way you want to.
There are commercial rugs of good quality that may last for many years. The large variety of rugs in the market make it easier for you to find the one you need, and the lower costs compared to handmade rugs means you can replace them more easily.
As you can see, buying your first rug doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. Evaluate your needs and your budget, take a close look at all your options, and you’ll find the perfect piece for your space in no time.