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BUYING GUIDE

RUGS

Rugs and mats are an easy way to brighten your décor, and add a vivid focal point for any room. This guide will help you with deciding on, ordering and owning the right rug for your home.

TYPES OF RUGS

Think about what you want your new rug to do. Do you want it to lengthen a space? Bring a room together or simply protect a carpet or floor?

MATS

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

Runners

  • Update transition spaces such as hallways, landings and stairs
  • Create zones in open-plan spaces
  • Many have matching rugs

Sheepskin or hide

  • Add a luxury element to a room
  • Add texture and warmth
  • Ideal for living rooms and bedrooms

Traditional

  • Handmade
  • Sourced from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • A wonderful centrepiece in living rooms and dining rooms

YOUR HOUSEHOLD

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

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.

WHICH MATERIAL?

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

Wool

Pros

  • Warm & 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 hard-wearing

Ideal for...

Bedroom, study

Coir

Pros

  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Prone to shedding
  • Poor colour fastness

Ideal for...

Hallways, utility 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.

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
  • Speak to our Partners about specialist care for traditional or oriental rugs
  • Use one of the tools If you have an upright vacuum cleaner, rather than the brush
  • Beat loop pile rugs gently rather than vacuuming