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TOP 10 TIPS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A CARPET

Buying a rug for your home is a difficult task considering the number of factors involved in the decision making process. But, it is fruitful as the rug plays a vital role in your room. Just consider changing an old area rug with a new one and see the change yourself. This is the power of rugs and how they can revamp your interiors in seconds.

This is the rug which can really tie the room together. All your scattered decor elements will fall into sync if properly managed and coordinated with your area rug.

Personal preference matters the most

It’s your room, your money and your rug. Chances are you may invest a lot of money in buying your beautiful rug and it may remain with you in your room for a long time. This has to be a thing of your choice.  Your own sense of style should reflect into the decor elements you chose for your room. As you go out to buy your favourite carpet, think of the major categories like traditional or contemporary and bring one which soothes you best.

You might also have a unique taste of colours. Since the market is full of amazing coloured rugs, you may want to choose one which suits your personal interest and off course your existing colour theme.

Well, the possibilities are huge since these carpets are available in colours like blue, green, red, silver, orange, cream and many other exciting ones. You may want to have a look at our latest new arrivals like orange rugs in UK.

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How to keep it clean and new throughout the years?

Well, this is of top priority, not just for rugs, instead for any new thing you plan to bring in your house _ its maintenance, the ways to do it and how much is it going to cost you?

Be careful about the maintenance of your rug. You need to check for the manufacturer’s label regarding the exact information about the care and take of it. Usually, the ones which are high in quality require extra bit of care and it becomes even doubled when they are placed in a high traffic area.

The usage will be a defining factor

A lot depends upon how you intend to use your carpet. If all you require from a flooring solution is an element of visual appeal and aesthetic beauty, then a high end and luxurious shaggy rug is fit choice. Shaggy rugs are a good choice for low traffic areas.

If it’s going to be exposed to a high foot-fall in a busy area, then low pile or flat weave rug is a good option. You also need to take into account children and pets and a low pile rug is a perfect fit here.

The room where you are going to bring it in

The choice of your carpet will be dependent upon the area you are going to bring it in. Just think about the place and you will find a different befitting rug appropriate for it.

For hallways and entry ways, it’s going to be a long runner to entice a welcoming feel for your guests.
If it’s for a family room or living area, you will require an extra-extra large rug to submerge the entire furniture set over it.

Think about your bedroom, you will find a floor piece which is just two-third of the size of the bed smartly placed underneath for an added visual appeal while maintaining the symmetry. Two long runners running on both sides of your bed can also work well.

Your lifestyle is also an important deciding factor

Your lifestyle and daily routine is one another important factor to keep in mind while buying a carpet for your living space. If you have got children and pets, then this will be taken into account. Generally, an easy to clean and a low-pile rug which can stand well to spot cleaning are considered to be ideal for such requirements.

You may also be of the nature who likes constant changes. So, if you like to keep changing your decor elements constantly, then opting for a high end expensive rug is not a good idea. You may want to switch to cheaper options.

The texture and feel you want to bring in

 

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It’s the amazing texture and feel to your underfoot which is another key factor for these adorable floor decors. Think of the kind of texture you love and then make a decision. A lot of people opt for posh and sumptuous shaggy rugs to feel soft underfoot.

Wool rugs have their own luxurious texture, though you will have to splurge a lot to have it in your room. The idea is to feel the cosiness and comfort while walking over it.

One great way to achieve cushioning for your cheap and low pile rugs is to lay down rug pads underneath them.

Beautiful patterns for an enhanced visual appeal

The pattern and design of your rug will lead to overall beauty of your room. The simplest of designs with appropriate colour infusions can go a long way in giving your room a desired uplift. Though the design part is something more inclined towards the personal preference, still it is recommended to opt for a design which can infuse well with the current decor theme of your room.

How about, you choose from amongst the most popular designs available and give your dull room a chance to look amazing again?

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Ideally, if you are investing in a high end rug, it is advised to opt for a design pattern which is timeless. Something which wouldn’t age with time and can sustain the ever changing modern day designs _ traditional rugs with a touch of modern designs to it. Technically, they are called vintage or antique rugs. Unlike modern day rugs, these are made with high quality wool fibre which will pass to your next generation, if appropriately maintained. Though modern rugs do look great but they require replacement sooner or later.

Size will always be the key

Size has been and will always be one of the most important elements to consider while choosing a floor cover for your room. For some, it is so paramount that they will go down to smallest of units to measure the preciseness and purchase one (custom-made rugs) which fits in perfectly.

Size is considered to be the primary requisite and you should measure your room properly before going to purchase your rug offline or online. Few common rules to keep in mind could be_

1.    The size of your carpet should be in appropriate ratio with the size of your room. Too small a rug for a large living room and too big a rug for a tiny kid’s room _ I guess you can imagine how inappropriate it sounds! You may want to leave some white space to avoid any clutter or mess. We are talking about the breathing space around your rug.
2.    It is a golden rule to bring in the large area rugs for living rooms as they are the perfect fit for these big rooms. The bigger the better! It will not only make the place more appealing but will also deduce to create an illusion of a larger space. You room will look bigger and spacey. (Click here to learn how to perfectly place a rug in your living room _ create a cross hyper linking to another blog with heading “How to place your rug perfectly”)

Considering moving to a new house

Well, you may have always heard to always think ahead and plan well for your future. This is exactly what applies here as well. If you have a plan to shift to a new place in the coming couple of month or so, you might not want to splurge heavy on a rug which specifically suits your current home.

The best option would be to wait till you move in to your new house and buy one which fits in there. There is one more thing you can do if you are aware of the property you are going to buy. If you already know your home, have got your blueprints and the design ready, you can buy one which goes well with your new home and does a so-so job in your current one. After all, compromising for a couple of months when buying an expensive rug seems a better choice.

If you don’t feel the above mentioned options to go well with your lifestyle, then you can always go out to get a cheaper rug which can you your job for couple of months and then you can replace it with a new and expensive one for your brand new house.

We hope that you enjoyed reading it and learned some important tips to consider before buying a rug for your room.  We would love to hear back from you. Let us know if you feel we missed any point. Just put your thoughts in the comment section below.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR NEW RUG WISELY?

When it comes to deciding a floor decor element for your room, it is customary that you choose the right one which gels well with the already existing elements. Not just the theme, there are number of factors to consider before jumping into a buying phase.

A lot of people are confused with so many questions and options around, so here we are with all your solutions.

Before venturing into the complicated decisions, there are three simple yet most important questions _

What size you are looking for?
What colour is going to suit your decor?
Do you have a personal preference for any specific type?

Contemplate over these above mentioned questions first and half the battle is won. We have done some ground work for you and have come up with genuine queries listed down keeping in mind the above mentioned key points. The list below touches the surface for the key points while digs deep to further follow up queries and confusions while buying a suitable carpet as per your need. Once you are done with these basic requisites, you will be able to bring home a beautiful befitting to your floor decor.

First determine the exact or probable positioning of your carpet (it could be under the dining table, pool side, aside your couch or for an outdoor purpose) and then consider the following questions in mind.

Collarge-1.21.    What size is suitable for my space?
Once you are certain about the place, then first thing you need to do is to measure the area where you want to lay down your new rug. You can either work it out with the traditional method of measuring with the tape or you can do it using a bed sheet. All you need to do is just place the sheet in the desired area and see how it looks. You can adjust the sheet by folding to achieve the desired size.

Always keep in mind that you might not find the exact size you are looking for so, it’s better to have a minimum and maximum window which can work well for you. For measuring hallways, the bed sheet option will fail so; you will have to rely on measuring tape only.

Note: A tip of advice here _ Always leave out at least 40cm space from your couch to avoid or minimize the wear and tear.

2.    Which colour to opt for?
Choosing the right coloured rug for your room is going to be an important decision to make. This can be a defining factor for your room as your floor decor has to match with the existing decor theme of your room.

Figure out first the colour theme of your room and then choose the right rug for your room. If you have neutral colour shades on your wall, then anything in the lines of black, silver, grey or charcoal will go well with your room. If your walls feature vibrant colours, then it is recommended to go for a carpet with at least one tone to match the walls.

Just in case, if you haven’t decorated your room yet, then go for a carpet of your like with one colour shade which you plan to bring in to your room. In this way, you will be able to achieve the unity in your decor theme.
Always remember the colour psychology and the impact they can create in your surroundings. Light colours can make your space look big and spacey while dark and deep colours like red and burgundy can bring in cosiness to your room.

Click here to explore the latest designer red rugs online.

23.    Shaggy, modern or oriental _ which one is a perfect fit for you?
What style is suitable for your room will again depend upon your already existing theme and your personal preference. It could be wool, sisal, modern, oriental or any other type.  For a modern day decor theme with modern furniture in it, you will need a cheeky floor rug with a contemporary touch to it. Another good option for modern decor theme is Persian carpets as they go well with modern day elements in a room.
You may want to explore our latest collection of cheap traditional rugs which are infused with a modern patchwork to give them a cheeky look. (Link hint: it needs to go with rugs which have patchwork designs)
Well, if you are not a big fan of designs, you might want to opt for a simple carpet with no design imprinted over it. These can serve well if you have curtains with busy designs. Most of the shaggy rugs are simple with no design over them, but keep in mind that they lack practicality.

4.    What if you have a love for two different rug types and you want to place them in one room?
It’s fine if you want to play along with two different types at one place. But there are certain things you want to keep in mind while experimenting with two different varieties. First is to match the tone of your carpets. Both should exhibit similar colour shade or tone for a unified look and feel.
Though you may experiment with different rug types in one room, but it is recommended to opt for similar types if you want to place them in one place. Two shaggy rugs, two Persian style, two flat weave carpets; all these can come out more appealing than going with different styles.

5.    Should I opt for cheap rugs or high end carpet? Will it survive high footfall?
The quality of the pile will decide if it can sustain the wear and tear and cope with heavy foot fall. You have to choose your carpet wisely depending upon the place where you plan to lay it.
Will your cheap shaggy rug survive the heavy footfall in an extremely high traffic area? Think about these important questions before investing blindly on any rug type. Whether it’s a modern or traditional style; the pile type, its density and the fibre will make the difference.
One piece of advice is to frequently rotate the carpet in order to balance the wear and tear.

6.    Do I need to evaluate the rug buying decision based on my floor type?
The type of floor you have in your room will have an important impact on the decision making process. For hardwood floors, it is recommended that you opt for a heavy and thick piled rug which can stick to the floor due to its weight to avoid any movement over it. The major problem to overcome while dealing with the hard floors is the slippery surface. Wool carpet may be a great option for such floors though it may be on the expensive side.
If you have a budget issue and want to go for the cheaper rugs, you can buy them as well but movement across the surface will be a problem. Don’t worry! There is a solution for this problem.  Use rug grippers or rug underlay to avoid the unnecessary movement of your carpet on slippery surfaces.
If you have a floor with a lot of noise problem, then considering a thick, heavy and deep piled rug is a great option. High end wool carpets are known for sound absorption capability. Another great option is a luxurious shag rug.

7.    What about the cleaning process? Is there any option which requires little or no maintenance at all?
The care and maintenance of your floor area rug is an integral element while deciding a rug for your room. Ultimately, the care and maintenance will increase your carpet’s life. The cleaning method will be solely dependent upon the type of fibre used in the construction process. The easiest of all is synthetic yarn but it has to be heat-set.  So far, heat-set is considered to be the easiest for cleaning and vacuuming. Heat-set polyester followed by heat-set polypropylene rugs are best as far as cleaning spills is considered.
Though wool is considered to be one of the best materials in the industry, its cleaning process is dependent upon the quality of wool chosen for the construction. So, you may want to look at the manufacturer’s label for cleaning guide before making a purchase.

8.    Pre-shopping is an essential factor before you move down to actual business
Once you are done with all the essential requisites, it’s time to get down to the actual part of the business. Before going to the physical store, it is a great idea to have a look at the store’s online website and explore the entire collection there. This is going to save you hours of time and hard work in deciding the correct and suitable carpet for your home. The greatest advantage of digital world is that the shopping experiences of the customers have gone miles on top.
It is extremely disappointing to drive all the way to the store just to find out that the carpet you want to bring in to your home is not available at the store.
Though it is always recommended to keep in mind that pictures you see on your desktop may not be true to the real life image of the product. It is the display setting of your desktop which can create a variation in what you see on your computer and what exactly is the product.

9.    Key factors to consider while buying your rug online
Since nothing is perfect and so is with online shopping as well. Though it comes with a lot of advantages making the consumer experience awesome, it also has a dark side. Online thefts and cyber crimes can make you its victim in no time. Here is a list of the key things to cross check while making a purchase online.
a.    First check if the company with whom you are going to do business is a locally owned business or a fly by night bogus company. You can easily find this information in their about us section. Though it is paramount that you cross check its credentials.
b.    Every online store today prioritises the security above all, which is why, all of them should have a SSL (secure socket layer) secured transaction gateway. This means that your transaction is safe and secure and there is no threat of online theft or fraudulent during the transaction or at the payment gateway.
c.    Make sure that the online company does not store any of your credit card’s information. You should be able to find this information in their privacy policy section.
d.    Check if the provided contact details like phone number and email address are valid or not.
e.    Always read full terms and conditions thoroughly before accepting to it. Key thing to look after is the return policy and the window provided. Also check the terms and conditions for returns.
f.    Read full descriptions of the rug carefully. The material and care instructions are the key things you want to know. Also if possible, try to know the exact pile height and the density of your carpet as this is something you will never be able to figure out from the image.

We hope that we helped you in your quest of finding a perfect rug for your living room, bedroom or kitchen.  If you think that we missed any important and key point, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to get back to us in the comments section below.

HOW TO CHOOSE A RUG FOR MY KITCHEN?

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Kitchen and rugs, it’s not an unusual concept and a lot of families are doing with grace and the result is phenomenon. For some, it may be surprising as kitchen is a place with the highest possibility of spills and food drops which can damage your rug badly, if not chosen wisely.

Why do you require a rug in your kitchen in the first place?

It is even more important that you lay down a beautiful and colourful carpet in your kitchen to give it some life and beauty. Normally, it’s just blocks of cupboard and drawers with nothing to cherish in there. The space around it could become very boring and monotonous.
The greatest challenge while choosing a flooring option for your kitchen is the practicality factor
without compromising the visual appeal and warmth and cosiness. You may want something which does not comes in the way of your cooking but rather should make your working convenient. You spend a lot of time cooking in your kitchen, so it is always good to have a cushioning for your toes.

We will here help you understand what type of rug to choose for your kitchen and how they can dowonders in your kitchen if chosen and used appropriately. The kitchen is in its own time, one of thebusiest places with lots of foods and drinks around. You may always feel the danger of spills or fooddrops if you have got a rug placed in your kitchen.

Worry Not! Just keep reading to understand how to choose your perfect rug for your kitchen which is going to withstand the long time frame while maintaining the look and feel of the space.

Best fibres for kitchen rugs

First and foremost, look for the best fibres ideal for the kitchen like conditions. It’s always on top of the mind that there couldn’t be any material which could make a befitting floor carpet for a kitchen but to your surprise, there are many.
We are going to list down the best fibres you should look after while making a purchase for your kitchen.

Nylon

It is one of the most popular fibre types, typically because of its solid reputation of being durable and relatively easy to clean when compared with other fibres. This makes it a good choice as you may want something which can be cleaned easily.

Nylon rugs are very strong and can stand well to abrasion. The fibre is also highly resilient and can maintain its original appearance courtesy of its good texture retention quality. So, you don’t need to worry about heavy foot fall as the fibres will retain its original texture in no time.

One of the biggest challenges for a rug in kitchen is their ability to resist stains which is where nylon rugs are so effective.

Polyester

Polyester rugs are soft to touch, very resistant to fading and can easily and quickly dry. The fabric requires little care and maintenance. Due to its low level of absorbency, it is resistant to water based stains but is susceptible to oil based stains, so keep in mind this thing.

Polyester rugs come at a lower price point while offering similar appearance and feel to that of
wool. You will definitely love its presence in your kitchen as it is going to offer a relaxing zone to your toes.

Polypropylene

The most resistant to staining, strong and very tough; polypropylene rugs can be your perfect
companion for your kitchen. Polypropylene rugs are tough and they can even be treated with partial bleach though we would strongly recommend you to check for manufacturer’s cleaning instructions first you do it.

When it comes to stains, polypropylene rugs are less susceptible to them, which mean you don’t
need to worry a lot about dropped food and spilt drinks.

Seagrass

Seagrass is an amazing natural fibre which is suitable for your beautiful kitchen rug. These rugs are strong, hard wearing and resistant to stains which makes them a good choice to place them in kitchen.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a natural fibre which is extremely hard wearing and durable. This makes it suitable for a high traffic area. They also come with an amazing lustrous sheen which translates into an eye- catching rug feature.

What exactly are you trying to achieve with a rug in your kitchen?

Well, this is something interesting as just like a usual standard room, you have to consider few key factors while deciding and placing a rug in your kitchen. As a matter of fact, how about going with the precise dimensions of your kitchen and then deciding the size and shape of a floor carpet?

If you are considering a kitchen rug to cover the entire flooring area, you should leave some space around the corners for an enhanced aesthetic appeal. Though there is no such hard and fast rule, but leaving about six inches to two feet space around the corners will ensure that the area doesn’t look cramped up.

Just in case you want to go for the runner, the same rule applies for it too. The runner should also leave the equal amount of space on either side of it for a balanced view. Though there is no strict rule for the end corners, but going with a balanced approach is always going to add more value to your decor. It is always recommended to measure the entire area precisely before making a purchase.

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A lot of experts suggest to use your kitchen rug as a centre piece with other elements falling
together to create a sense of unification. One great way to achieve it would be placing furniture or a dining table over your kitchen area rug. This creates an amazing visual statement while adding to the practicality and furthermore keeping your rug at bay from heavy traffic.

The rule of thumb here is to leave around 24 inches around the table as this will allow the chairs to comfortably sit within the area rug and thus making the entire set look gorgeous.

Similar to what you do in a standard room for extra cushioning, the same can be done in kitchen as well with kitchen rugs. You can use rug grippers or rug pads and lay them underneath the rugs for a more comfort and luxurious feel to your feet. You need to choose some selective spots in your kitchen where you stand a lot. Place small rugs at these spots with rug pads underlying them to provide utmost comfort during your working hours.

What type of household you have and how you wish to use your rug?

Practicality is of prime importance when it comes to choosing a rug for sensitive areas like kitchen where you constantly deal with hot and boiling liquids. You can’t afford to hurt yourself with a boiling bowl while handling hot dishes in your kitchen.

Some of the key points to consider are what the space is going to be used for and who will use the space in order to maintain the rug as a permanent fixture in your kitchen.

Since the space is a high traffic area with a lot of foot falls, you need to look for a hard wearing and durable rug. Though the requirement is for heavy duty rug, but you can’t ignore one more essential factor which is easy to clean and quick dry feature as kitchen can have high probability of spills and drops at any random time.

It is always recommended to opt for flat weave rugs for your kitchen as they are practical while
offering minimum window to hold any drops and spills. As mentioned, these rugs are easier to clean and more durable when compared to thicker piled rug.

Darker vintage patterned rugs can come in handy in places with high risk of spillages as the prints in these rugs have the ability to hide the stains.

Always keep non slip pads placed underneath the kitchen rugs as this offer cushioning to the feet while adding a safety measure in the premises. Like mentioned earlier, kitchen is a place with high risk and you want to keep yourself at bay from any slips and trips in there. A non slip rug pad will keep the rug stuck to its original position and thus in rush hours when you are trying to transfer food items to your family, you are safe from any slips or trips.

Note: If you have hardwood flooring in your home like vinyl flooring, keep in mind that the latex
backing from your rug or rug pad can discolour your flooring.

Your space will determine how to move forward with what type of rug?

It is of paramount importance that you decide your carpet flooring based on the type of space you have around. Considering your space, opt for correct size and shape and even the colour choice should be in sync with the existing colour theme of your kitchen.

Not just the welcoming warmth but a kitchen rug is known to bring in the added style quotient to your otherwise clinical and boring space. Just in case if you have a hardwood flooring, then opting for a carpet floor is going to add a warming insulation while adding a perfect cushioning for your feet in cold wintery season.

For narrow and small kitchen, it is advisable to bring in a runner as this will help in widening the
space and creating an illusion of space.

Your personal style is always going to be a driving force in the decision making process

It’s critical that you decide a rug which you like the most as you are the one who is spending and
who is going to be around it. If you don’t have a positive feeling about the rug you are bringing in, you may want to rethink about it. Having said this, you also need to incorporate your existing decor theme when deciding a rug for your kitchen.

Let’s say you have a rustic style kitchen, the best rug for such a theme would be a kilim carpet with
warm colours in it.

Just in case if you have a simple and minimalistic theme in your kitchen, then you might want to opt for a modern day cheeky rug which should go well with the decor.

The rugs are the best ways to add a touch of creativity to your otherwise dull kitchens. It’s a good idea to choose exciting colour themes, patterns and textures to pop some vibrancy in your kitchen.

For narrow or small kitchen, try to be creative and smart in making your space open and appear
bigger. Geometric or striped pattern rug are perfect choices to create an illusion of a bigger space as the pattern guides the eye through the length and thus making your kitchen look longer.

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We hope that we have covered all the important aspects which can help you buy a perfect rug for your kitchen. Just in case if you think we missed anything important, feel free to put your query in the comment section below and we’ll try to revert with an answer as soon as possible.