Choosing the Right Rug

Choosing the Right Rug

The right rug can make all the difference in the world. Whether you want wall-to-wall or a custom area rug, it is all about looking for the type of rug that works for your home.

Most of the carpet companies can make custom area rugs out of any of their rug patterns, be it Persian style or the more popular modern styles with geometric shapes or interesting textures. Karastan, Shaw, Mannington and others provide custom rug making services. Many will send a sample to try in your room before you have the area rug created. Or, if you prefer your rug wall-to-wall, you can still make sure your choice works with the rest of your design.

Picking the right rug for you and your lifestyle can be confusing, as rugs vary in both cost and in composition. It needs to fit your personal style, color scheme, and budget. Knowing a little about the making of rugs can help. Here are a few things that affect pricing and quality.

Manufacturing of Rugs

You can find an eight-by-ten-foot area rug in a range of prices from $80 to $8,000. The number one thing that defines cost is the material from which it is made.

Hand-knotted top of the line rungs are usually made of wool and silk. Because it is all hand-loomed, it can take months to complete. Most of these rugs come from the Middle East and are referred to as Turkish or Persian. Others come from China.

Wool rugs can also be made with a machine. These are less expensive, but do not hold up as well. A hand-knotted rug can last for generations, most machine-loomed versions will last 10-15 years. They are typically less expensive. You can find many for less than $500 because less labor is involved.

Fabrication of Rugs

Another element that determines the cost is what the rug is made from. While the best rugs tend to be made out of wool. Most rugs today are made from synthetics – nylon, olefin, and polyester. Synthetics make durable rugs that are easier to clean and less likely to fade and stain.

Blending synthetics with wool and/or silk give them the beauty of a fine rug, but with some of the best synthetic qualities, like easier care and more stain resistance.

Natural fabrics like cotton and jute are also being used to make inexpensive rugs that are stylish, but they are not as easy to clean. Some even soak up fluids like a sponge and spread them out into a larger stain than the spill. These stains don’t like to come our either, so these rugs are often used with a layering of smaller more expensive rugs.

Design of Rugs

Craftsman design rugs are going to be more expensive than designs created by a large manufacturer. In design magazines where they refer to a rug as a piece of art, it will cost more because it has more than likely been created by an artist. The more high-end the artist, the more high-end the rug. However, more and more large run manufactures are adding more artistic designs to their lines.

Buying of Rugs
Where you buy makes a difference. Buying direct from the manufacturer via an on-line seller will make the purchase more economical, but buying from a well-informed carpet store sales person or designer, like what can be found at City Tile in Murfreesboro, is worth the time.  Their designers can make sure that you are making the right purchase for your space, which will define your room, work with your furnishings, and will last.

Once you choose a rug, the next step is rug care. If you’re wondering how to remove nightmare stains , check out our blog on rug care.