Ideas for choosing the best rugs for your unique style
Refreshing your space with unique rugs creates visual appeal and comfort. By protecting your floors and making style a statement all at once, large area rugs add warmth and color to a space and add a touch of elegance and personality to your home. From distinctive and unique wool area rugs to small accent rugs with unique comfort and flair, a selection like ours is truly made for happy feet.
Unique area rugs
Traditional area rugs
Looking for style tips? A good place to start is by choosing between unique modern rugs with avant-garde details and traditional rugs with more classic motifs. From the world of transitional rugs, a wool area rug with ornate designs, creative geometric patterns and subtle elements of nature in both neutral and powerful tones can add a lot to a space. Contemporary wool rugs also push your aesthetic into the world of modern design, with the power to update any room with familiar yet reimagined designs. Always popular, traditional rugs with Persian motifs, hand knotted artistry and classic details can summon the past and sprinkle in some Old World charm.
Wool Area Rugs
Something for every style
Wool rugs boast softness, beauty, durability that is unmatched in the world of rugs. With the added benefit of developing a opulent patina over time, the attractiveness and charm of wool rugs only grows with time. A naturally elastic fiber, wool is extremely resilient making it desirable for high traffic areas like living rooms, dens and dining rooms. Not to mention wool naturally repels water. This makes it extremely desirable for maintenance and easily blotting up spills and stains before they dry.
It's no wonder why people continue to buy wool rugs generation after generation. Wool rugs, especially when hand knotted, are rugs that will last for generations. Boasting heirloom quality, wool area rugs will be a welcome addition to any home, adding character, texture, tactile allure and a breadth of styles that is unmatched. If wool isn't the right choice for you, a wide variety of other fibers are available in both the natural and synthetic categories.
If you've chosen your style and material, your next stop is size and shape. When choosing between large and small area rugs, you have to consider style, scale and the purpose of the rug. Will it be placed under a round dining table? Then round area rugs are naturally a smart choice. Will it cover a large stretch of wood floor in your living room? Perhaps choosing a large area rug or a smaller accent rug topped with an accent table will do the trick. Above is a quick visual glimpse for buying the best rug for you based on general shapes and sizes. For a much deeper dive, our rug buying guide will take you on a journey through the truly nuanced world of rug sizes, types, construction, materials, maintenance and more.
The best rugs for different needs and uses
Thinking rug maintenance
Thinking rug construction
Rug maintenance and construction
When choosing a unique rug, your lifestyle in the space will really drive your purchasing decision. Think about traffic patterns, seating arrangements, and rug construction for starters. For high traffic areas, darker colors and coarse materials won't show dirt as easily and will hold up better against the rigors of heavy foot traffic. Darker wool area rugs are just one option for such spaces. Also consider whether the rug you've selected is machine washable or if it even needs to be for your specific placement. If you will be unable to wash your rug, other maintenance elements to consider for longevity include water-, fade-, and stain-resistant materials. These are often made with colorfast dyes – a term for characterizing a material's resistance to color fading and running. This level of product detail will be included in the product specs where applicable.
When thinking about rug construction, also consider the differences pictured above in clockwise order: hand knotted rugs, flat woven options, hand hooked designs, braided patterns, machine woven rugs, and hand tufted features. Hand knotted rugs feature exquisite detailing where each knot is hand tied to the foundation for an increasingly strong and intricate pattern. Flat woven designs are designed on looms in a basket weaving pattern. Moreover, hand hooked options are looped on a grid or canvas whereas braided designs are constructed as their namesake suggests - in repetitive braids of cloth, cotton, wool or burlap. For more rug ideas and specifics, we invite you to read more in the buying guide linked above.
A: Hand-knotting is an ancient rug making technique, but it's still used today. The more knots per square inch, the better. Hand-tufted rugs are the next best thing because that means they're half man-made. The best way to see if these techniques were employed is to check the underside of the rug. If you see the pattern in reverse, it's hand-knotted; if you see a backing, it's hand-tufted. The best rugs are made by hand by skilled artisans. Online you don't always have access to the underside of the rugs photos. But on Bellacor.com product pages we can help you with product specifications that answer that question and more.
A: This follows the same general formula for vacuuming carpets. Vacuum daily, time allowing, in high-traffic areas or ones frequented by pets. Think twice weekly in medium-traffic, and weekly in light-traffic, using attachments on the edges.
Q: What size rug does one need under a queen or king bed?
A: Measure 30 inches on each side of the bed to create a border. The rug should be at least 4 inches from the wall. Plus, make sure it doesn't cover any vents, of course. For a king or queen, 8x10 and 9x12 rugs are probably sufficient to cover that space.
A: Like many things, your rug's durability is likely determined by the quality of the material and construction, plus the amount of traffic in a space. Finally, your daily upkeep is a determining factor. High quality, well-cared-for rugs can last 20-50 years. On the other end of the spectrum, you're probably looking at 5 years.
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