Choosing the perfect rug for your home can seem daunting, but with the right guidance, it becomes an exciting journey to enhance your space. Rugs are not just practical; they are key design elements that define and beautify any room. In this blog, we’ll explore essential tips for selecting the perfect rug, focusing on materials that elevate your home’s aesthetic and functionality. Whether you’re looking for luxury or durability, these insights will help you make an informed choice.”

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Luxe and Sheen: Choosing the Perfect Rug for Elegance

If you’re aiming for a luxurious, sheen-filled look in your home, then rugs with a high-quality nylon content will be the perfect rug. Alternatively, viscose and silk can achieve a similar luxe appearance, but they come with a maintenance challenge. High quality nylon rugs, on the other hand, are a practical choice, requiring only regular vacuuming and occasional spot cleaning to maintain their beauty. Their resilience makes them ideal for high-traffic areas like living rooms, hallways, and entryways.


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Honest with Wool: The Perfect Rug for Natural Comfort

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Wool, on the other hand, is a fantastic choice if you prefer an honest, earthy vibe in your living spaces. Wool rugs are known for their durability, excellent fade resistance, and relative ease of maintenance, especially when treated with products like Microseal. Wool’s unique structure allows colour to penetrate deeply into the fiber, creating a molecular-level bond that ensures long-lasting vibrancy. Wool’s high protein content naturally absorbs dyes, resulting in unmatched depth of shade and colour clarity. Wool is also thick and has coarse fibres, making the rugs hard-wearing and durable. Its natural fat coating repels dirt, allowing your rug to withstand the test of time. Moreover, wool doesn’t burn like other fibers, making it the perfect rug for areas with special fire requirements, without the need for flame retardants. Additionally, wool rugs pose a low risk of triggering allergies, as they trap dust and dirt particles effectively.

The Perfect Blend – Wool and Nylon: Durable and Stylish Rug Choices

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I absolutely adore mixing the easygoing feel of wool with the lavish gleam of silk, nylon, or viscose. It’s all about that comfortable, everyday luxury, and here are some of my absolute favourites.

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Rug Edging: Detailing Your Perfect Rug for a Finished Look

When you have a project that needs a large rug, or a custom-sized perfect rug, I love edging them with fabric. Especially when you’re aiming for a rug with a lodge-style elegance. I specify a 50 to 70mm linen, fabric or leather border. We use Artisan Flooring – simply choose a broadloom carpet, specify your desired size, and they will expertly edge it for you. Here’s a pic of a custom sisal runner we’ve recently done with a 50mm black leather edge for the perfect finishing touch.

Favourite Rug Suppliers: Where to Find the Perfect Rug

Now that you’re armed with knowledge about rug materials and edging options, you might be wondering where to find the perfect rug for your home. Look no further; we’ve compiled a list of our favourite go-to rug suppliers to help you on your quest for the ideal rug:

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