How to Choose the Right Rug for your Space

Rugs, the cushion for your feet. The piece that pulls the design together or the one that just blends in. Whatever the case may be, selecting the perfect rug can be a challenge. There are so many things to consider, such as how it is made, what the contents of the rug are, how it will wear, what colors are appropriate, what size is appropriate and what texture the room needs.

When it comes to construction, Hand-Knotted rugs tend to be the most desirable, as they are crafted by artisans and are the most labor-intensive rug available. No two of these rugs will be exactly the same! Hand-Knotted rugs tend to be good for more formal gathering spaces such as the dining or living room. Hooked and Tufted rugs are another rug option. A tufted rug is created without knots, but instead loops. These loops are then sheared to create a smooth cut-pile surface. Less work is involved in this type of construction, thus even high quality tufted rugs can be produced quickly and inexpensively. Tufted rugs shed more than other rugs and may require more frequent vacuuming. Hooked rugs are created with loops that are not cut like Tufted rugs are. Hooked rugs create a knobby embroidered look. Tufted and Hooked rugs are great for bedrooms, living rooms, and family rooms. Lastly, a Flat-Weave rug is created with no pile, as they are woven on a loom. These can be made by hand or machine. They are not woven onto a backing like the other rugs discussed here are, therefore you can reverse this type of rug. Flat-Weave rugs are great for high-traffic rooms such as kitchens, playrooms, or entries.

Content of rugs is significant when considering how the space will be used.

Rugs with Wool content are the best, prized for their durability and softness wool repels stains and water, not to mention it is soft to the touch. They are subject to fading so rug location in conjunction with non-shaded windows is important. Next are Silk rugs, which are very soft and luxurious. They are more fragile and can show footprint tracks. Silk rugs also show indentations from furniture which is mostly permanent, as the fibers are fragile and crush easily. These rugs most often require professional cleaning. Similar fibers such as art silk and viscose are made to emulate silk for a lower price point, but they carry the same maintenance issues. Cotton rugs, often used for flat weave construction, are generally more affordable than wool or silk. They are easy to clean but do not wear the best over long periods of time, so if you tend to change decorating styles often, this may be a good choice. Lastly, natural fiber rugs including Sisal, Jute and Seagrass are a renewable yet strong choices. Being a natural material, they are more susceptible to pest infestation. The texture tends to be very dominant which is a heavy consideration for the design of your space.

Rug size can only be determined with a good space plan. A good area rug can help anchor floating furniture in a large room, or can help section areas in smaller rooms to define the way the space is used. Consult our Interior Design Kayla Beavers today to determine what size rug your space needs. Kayla can help you plan your space to function and fit your unique lifestyle and tastes. Contact Silver Fox Gallery, a furniture store in Hendersonville to learn how we can help create a home that is uniquely yours.

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