Five Tips for Purchasing a Rug

Five Tips for Purchasing a Rug

Designer: Becky Nielsen
Here's our five to know before purchasing a rug:
1. Consider the rug being the first purchase for your space! Often a rug sets the tone for your space. This allows you to build the rest of the room around its colors.  Why this isn’t the hard and fast rule, we have found this to be beneficial in helping create a cohesive space you love!
 
2.  Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. For example, it’s important to know if the online image was taken with natural sunlight in order to see the true colors. However, remember every rug whether being purchased online or in a showroom can look different once it is placed in your space due to the light your room receives. For this reason, don’t be afraid to ask the retailer about their return policy. 
3. Measure! 
 Hand made rugs can come in odd sizes so measure the space and know the smallest and biggest you can go. If you are looking to find the perfect size rug for your space, read our suggestions HERE. 
Designer: Colleen Waquespack
4.  Understand the materials and process that make up your rug. Hand knotted rugs made of wool and silk require months of work to weave a single rug. There’s a tremendous difference in appearance and quality between a hand knotted rug and one that is made by machine or hand tufted. Hand knotted rugs are most durable and created to be unique and last for generations. Remember when purchasing a vintage fading can be normal and considered to be part of the history and charm of the rug. 
5. A good rug pad can extend the life of your rug. We often are asked if they are necessary or why they’re important and we believe they are essential! For one, they keep the fibers from being crushed. Be sure to select a felted version, which adds extra cushion and locks the rug to the floor for safety. Often you will need to trim your pad to be just slightly smaller than your rug. 
Designer: Missy Steffens