Refreshing your space with unique rugs creates visual appeal and comfort. By protecting your floors while also making a style statement, large area rugs bring warmth and a pop of color to a space. From distinctive and unique wool area rugs to small accent rugs with comfort and flair, the selection of Bellacor rugs is truly made for happy feet.
Popular Rug Materials and Types
Color is just one qualifier to consider during rug shopping. There are several rug types and styles to choose from and it's largely dependent on how you use it and where you place it. It's imperative that you carefully consider the traffic pattern of the room, the rug's construction, the rug's cleaning and maintenance requirements, the rug's texture and the general lifestyle of your family.
Rugs can be made from synthetic materials or natural materials. The most common rug materials include: wool, cotton, polyester, jute and polypropylene—though there are several others you can shop for. Wool rugs come at a higher price point, but for good reason: like a good wine, a wool rug gets even better with time. It's extremely resilient and naturally repels water making it a top choice for high-traffic areas and low-maintenance care. It's not uncommon for wool rugs to last for generations. Less expensive, cotton rugs are made of natural fibers and are durable and washable. Jute is similar to cotton rugs in terms of maintenance and durability. Polyester rugs are also easy to care for, inexpensive and durable.
Buying an area rug is a significant investment for your home so it's worth taking the time to do extensive research while considering your options. Read our buying guide to learn about each type before making a purchase.
Once you've chosen your rug style and rug material, your next filter is to shop by size and shape. If you're trying to decide between large and small area rugs, you should consider style, scale and the purpose of the rug. Will it be placed under a round dining table? Then a round area rug is naturally a smart choice. Will it cover a large stretch of wood flooring in your living room? Perhaps choosing a large area rug or smaller accent rug topped with an accent table will do the trick. For living room area rugs, the typical size is a 8x10 area rug. The same could be said for bedroom area rugs; shop for an 8x10 area rug or larger if you are looking for a rug to place beneath a bed. Alternatively, a 5x7 area rug might be a better choice for you if you're simply looking for an accent rug.
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.
Rug Maintenance and Construction
When you're shopping for a unique rug, your lifestyle will really drive your purchasing decision. Traffic patterns, seating arrangements and rug construction should all be taken into account. 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.
For more rug ideas and specifics, we invite you to read more in the buying guide.
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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