Rug Types Explained

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There are many different types of rug on the market and the one you choose will depend largely on factors such as your budget, your personal taste and the room the rug is destined for.

Rug Types
Oriental rugs give a formal appearance and usually have bold and finely detailed designs and patterns. Oriental designs include Turkish, Indian and Persian rugs and vary greatly in price. Some oriental rugs cost thousands of pounds and are often passed down through the generations of a family. If you are looking for a more informal rug you might choose one of modern design or a tribal rug with a geometric design running through it. These usually cost less, but price can vary depending on the size of rug you choose. The pile on a rug can also vary greatly with most Oriental style rugs having a lower pile. If you are looking for a rug that offers warmth and comfort, choose a rug with a longer pile.

Rug Materials
Rugs come in a wide range of materials including wool, cotton, and even silk. Wool is the most common rug material and is chosen for its high durability, resistance to stains and dirt, and its versatility. Most wool rugs are made from sheep's wool, but some rugs are also made from goat wool. The cost of your rug will vary greatly depending on the quality of wool that has been used. Wools that have a high lanolin content are very favourable as they will last longer than dryer wool types. If you are looking for a really luxurious rug, look out for Angora and Pashmina wool rugs. These are made from some of the finest wools in the world although it is worth nothing they come with a price tag to suit!

Cotton yarns are also used to make rugs and these are often used when a bright white colour needs to be achieved as cotton manages this so much better than wool. Cotton rugs are very affordable and easy to keep clean. Simply hoover them regularly or pop them in your washing machine if suitable.

Silk rugs are at the top end of the rug price range. This expensive and luxurious material is spun into some of the finest rugs in the world. The luminous qualities of silk create beautiful effects and great care needs to be taken of silk rugs in order to ensure they stay looking their very best. Unlike wool or cotton they have a much lower level of durability so are best placed in areas where they can be appreciated rather than walked on constantly.

To help you to find the rug style to suit your home and your needs, we have listed the various styles that are most popular for use in the home. We are always on the look out for new rugs and go out of our way to ensure we give you the best choice across a wide range of beautiful rugs.

Modern Rugs
Modern rugs often feature abstract designs, bright and bold colours and on-trend patterns. If your room features contemporary furnishings or art, a modern rug can look absolutely stunning especially if in a contrasting colour. Don't be scared to go wild when choosing a rug. A shock of colour in a neutral room can add drama and a stunning focal point as well as the warmth and cosiness that is created by a rug naturally.

Budget Rugs
Rugs don't need to cost the earth. It is possible to buy rugs online at a fraction of the price you would find them in department stores and rug shops. Whilst you may not get a rug that will be passed down through the generations, you will certainly get a rug that does the job of adding interest and warmth to a room without blowing the budget.

Hand-tufted Rugs
Hand-tufted rugs have always been popular. This popularity is mainly down to the different designs and colour ways that are available with this type of rug. Choose from modern or traditional styles in a wide range of materials including acrylic, synthetic or wool pile.

Bespoke Rugs
The main benefit to ordering a bespoke rug is that it will be tailor-made to your exact specifications. If you need a rug to fit an awkward area or a large room, having a rug made can get around these problems and also allows you to choose the exact colour and style of rug to suit your needs and personal taste. Of course, there are cost implications with choosing a bespoke rug so if you can find a ready-made rug that suits your requirements it will save you a substantial amount of money.

Wilton Rugs
Wilton rugs are very popular thanks to their versatility and durability. These rugs are made by machine and offer an easy to clean and hard wearing solution that is especially suited to any high traffic areas such as hallways and living rooms. Available in a wide range of colours and designs these rugs are available in traditional wool, modern wool, and traditional synthetic materials.

Wool Rugs
There are many wool rugs on the market. Because it is a natural material, wool is very easy to maintain and clean ensuring they stay looking and feeling their best for a long time. A wool rug when looked after the right way will last for many years especially if you choose a good quality wool rug. Thanks to its versatility, wool is the perfect material from which to make rugs and there are many different types available on the market.

Synthetic Rugs
There is a wide range of synthetic rugs on the market. The great thing about synthetic rugs is that they are designed to withstand staining, fading and wear and tear making for a great solution for those high traffic areas. These rugs are often a lot less expensive than wool rugs and provide excellent value if you are on a strict budget. Synthetic rugs are also very easy to clean and will stay looking great for a very long time.

Traditional Rugs
Chinese, Turkish, and Persian rugs are some of the most beautiful rugs in the world. Featuring lavish and intricate patterns, these rugs are handwoven and offer beauty and quality that is hard to match. Usually carrying a higher price tag, these traditional rugs are often passed down through the generations of a family and held in very high regard.

There are many types of rug available on the market. With so much choice you can choose the rugs that best suit your home, specific living space, usage requirements and personal taste. Your are sure to find the perfect rug at Rughouse and we would be delighted to assist you today.