wool rugs

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Which Material do I Choose?

With so many rug styles and fibres to choose from, it’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed when browsing for your ideal rug! Especially in large stores such as RugZone which offer so much choice and variety, it can be difficult to know which rug will look good and be most practical in your home.

Well, look no further than this blog post to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. We’ve put everything you need to know in simple terms, to make shopping for a rug an enjoyable experience instead of a stressful one!

Firstly there are the practical things to consider: whereabouts in the room will the rug be placed, and will it get high traffic volumes? Will children and pets be frequent users of the rug? Will it be subject to any moisture volumes, such as people wiping wet feet? All these things need to be taken into consideration before choosing the material of the rug.

Rugs intended for the bedroom may not need durability at the top of its list of qualities – you’d probably just want a gorgeously soft texture with a design to match the décor. Here is the lowdown on some of the most common materials used in rugs:


Wool is an all-round good choice for a rug material, as it feels and looks great. They offer great heat insulation and additionally repel stains – an ideal child-friendly rug. The only negative effect of choosing wool is it tends to shed fibres for a period of time. They are also not suitable for damp rooms.

Red and Green should never be seen, unless it’s in a traditional rug

The combination of red and green is one which makes you think of Christmas – so it’s not the best combination for other times of year. Except that is, when it comes to stylish traditional rugs for your home! Traditional rugs add a certain cosy appeal, especially when it’s in the year’s most festive shades – whoever said that red and green should never be seen should definitely think again!

Lord of the Manor

If you’re looking to channel a little upper-class style into your Victorian semi, why not opt for an English Manor rug. These classically styled rugs are available in a variety of sizes to suit even the most palatial drawing room, and will add an air of sophistication to your home. Muted shades of brick red and olive green give a subtle no to your favourite time of year whilst keeping things understated.

Rock the Kasbah

Spice things up with a Persian runner or traditional Kazak rug – these beauties add an air of exotic mystery to any home, and are hand knotted. The vibrant colours in these rugs are thanks to the vegetable dyes used by Iranian rug makers – when left to dry in the sun the colours fade slightly, leaving you with the deep, rich tones you see today. Vibrant red and earthy green are popular shades which remain bright even after drying, adding a pop of colour to a neutral room and bringing a hint of the world of spice markets, snake charmers and belly dancers into your living space.

Feminine Florals

Pride of Place for economy rugs and runners

If you are feeling that your home is beginning to look a bit tired and gloomy, don’t go to the expense of a complete makeover or – even more expensive – move. Just take a slow walk around and see if in fact it is just a few places that need a little bit of a smarten up. We bet it will be your hall, landing and possibly the living room.

Were we right? Thought so – and we can help you with the solution. All you need to make these slightly tatty areas bright and breezy again is a new rug or hall runner. And you don’t have to worry about the cost either because at we have loads of economy rugs and runners that will look just great in your home.

Taking the hall first, it is an area that often gets overlooked when it comes to decor which is a bit of a shame because it is the bit that everyone sees first. In fact, if you take into account the number of people you open the door to who never get beyond the front step, the hall is seen by far more people than any other part of the house. Many halls these days have laminate flooring of some description and although this makes it easy to clean up this kind of surface can look a little dull and unwelcoming. An economy runner, carefully chosen to pick up a colour from the walls, curtains or furniture can be given pride of place and no one will know it didn’t cost very much money.

Hawaii Rugs styled with a floral tropics design

At a recent exhibition in Harrogate I stumbled upon an interesting floral rug design concept. While the design was by no means unique it did have hints of North American trends and the botanical essence of tropical Hawaii. The floral rugs designed with bold flowers much like the Hawaiian shirts and the colouring are subtly and tastefully contrasted to bring the tropics to your home. I can tell when good quality wool has been used to make a rug by the clarity of the yarn colour, cheaper yarn produces duller colours. The carving has been painstakingly etched by hand into the rug to bring floral rudiments of the design to life. As the rug is hand tufted the backing is jute.

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