Buying guides

Rugs

RUGS

So much more than a way to protect flooring, rugs are an easy way to instantly brighten up your home décor. They can be a work of art for your living space as well as a practical addition to your home.

This buying guide covers everything you need to consider before choosing your rug, such as size and material, right through to ordering and caring for your new purchase.

TYPES OF RUGS

Think about what you want your new rug to do. Do you want it to lengthen a space? Complete the look of a room or simply protect a carpet or floor?

Mats

  • Protect carpets and floors
  • Provide a shield against dirt carried in from outdoors
  • Natural fibre and synthetic mats are great for landings and hallways

Runners

  • Update transition spaces such as hallways, landings and stairs
  • Break up areas of open-plan spaces
  • Create a themed look with matching rugs

Sheepskin or hide

  • Add a luxury element, texture and warmth to a room
  • Tactile and cosy
  • Ideal for living rooms and bedrooms
  • Great for providing a soft surface in nurseries for children to play on

Traditional

  • Choose a handmade rug for a truly unique piece
  • Many are crafted using artisan techniques passed down from generation to generation and made with a high-density knot for an intricately detailed design
  • Rugs sourced from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are often carefully constructed over a matter of months
  • Create a striking centrepiece for living rooms and dining rooms

 

Door Mats

  • We sell a range of door mats for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Many of our indoor door mats are machine washable
  • Many of our door mats are made using coir which is a natural and durable fibre made from coconut husks.
  • Our outside door mats ensure dirt is left at the front door

 

WHICH MATERIAL?

The look, feel and quality of a rug is also dependent on the type of yarn fibres used.

Wool

Pros

  • Warm and durable
  • Naturally flame-retardant
  • Easy to clean
  • Reduces heat loss and noise
  • Sustainable

Cons

  • Not hypo-allergenic
  • Not compatible with acid stains (juice, wine etc)

Ideal for...

Living room, bedroom, hallway

Wool mix

Pros

  • Reduced shedding
  • Strong
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Less durable than pure wool 

Ideal for...

Living room, dining room

Polypropylene

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Highly stain resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Good colour fastness

Cons

  • Flammable
  • Heavy furniture may leave a dent

Ideal for...

Hallway, landing, utility room

Polyester

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Good colour fastness
  • Quick-drying
  • Cost-effective alternative to wool

Cons

  • Not resistant to oil-based stains (butter, cosmetics)

Ideal for...

Hallway, bathroom, bedroom

Nylon

Pros

  • Very strong
  • Durable
  • Doesn't flatten as easily as polypropylene or polyester
  • Highly stain-resistant and easy to clean


Cons

  • Doesn't retain its appearance as well as wool

Sisal

Pros

  • Strong
  • Hardwearing 
  • Available in a choice of muted colours

Cons

  • Stains easily
  • Difficult to clean

Ideal for...

Living room, bedroom, landing

Seagrass

Pros

  • Naturally textured
  • Stain-resistant

Cons

  • Slippery surface, especially when wet

Ideal for...

Living room, bedroom

Jute

Pros

  • Softest of all natural floor coverings
  • Fine texture 
  • More stain-resistant than sisal

Cons

  • Not hardwearing

Ideal for...

Bedroom, study

Coir

Pros

  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Prone to shedding
  • Poor colour fastness

Ideal for...

Hallways, utility rooms

RUG CONSTRUCTION

Many of our rugs are constructed by hand, giving variants to the texture, feel and quality of each one. 

Hand tufted

  • Wool is injected into the backing with a tufting gun. The tufts are sealed firmly in place with latex and then covered with a backing cloth
  • Some natural shedding will occur at first but will stop with time
  • Not suitable for rooms with underflooring heating as these rugs are latex backed
  • Medium durability

Hand loomed

  • Rugs are created using a traditional shuttle process by hand on a loom
  • Material is laced together to create a strong weave
  • Durable construction

Hand knotted

  • The oldest and most individual way a rug can be made
  • An intricate process of weaving by hand on a loom
  • Yarns are tied one at a time
  • Durable construction

Hand woven

  • Materials are woven together by hand to create a strong construction
  • Flat finish making them ideal for busy, high-traffic rooms

Responsible sourcing

We're part of the Ethical Trading Initiative, with sustainable trading being at the core of our Partnership values. We ensure our handmade rugs are responsibly sourced by only dealing with suppliers who mirror our opposition to child labour.

HOUSEHOLD NEEDS

When considering your new rug, think about how it will work with your lifestyle and the rest of your household.

A great way to visualise the size of a rug is to mark out the space on the floor using a tape measure and newspapers or masking tape. This will really help you picture the size of the rug you are considering and how it will fit into your space.

Have a large family or entertain a lot?

Then consider a flatweave or low-pile rug that can withstand the wear and tear of heavy traffic.

Have young children or pets?

Then consider a wool-mix option that’s easy to clean.

Spend more time relaxing on the floor?

Then consider a thick-pile rug that offers extra padding.

Concerned about trip hazards?

Then consider a thick-pile rug with anti-slip grips underneath.

ORDERING YOUR RUG

DELIVERY OPTIONS

Standard delivery

Standard delivery is free for orders over £50, or £3.50 if you spend less. This can be as little as 3 working days, but you’ll be offered delivery slots at checkout.

Click & collect

Click & collect is free for orders of £30 and over, or £2 if you spend less

Next day delivery

Next day delivery is available for most of our rugs.

Delivery by our approved supplier

Delivery by our approved supplier means the rug will be delivered directly by the manufacturer, or their chosen courier, and they will arrange delivery with you.

CARING FOR YOUR RUG

  • Turn regularly to help prevent uneven fading
  • Vacuum regularly to avoid shedding
  • Use a low-suction vacuum setting for tufted rugs to prevent pile loss
  • If you have an upright vacuum cleaner, use the brush tool rather than a regular brush
  • Beat loop pile rugs gently rather than vacuuming
  • Speak to our Partners about specialist care for traditional or oriental rugs

 

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