RUG

Rug

 

 
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 Choosing A Rug

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When looking for the right rug, the following questions will help to direct the decision-making process.

 

Where will I use it?

 

Room traffic – heavy traffic areas need more durable rugs

Indoor or outdoor – some rugs are specially made to endure the elements

 

Why do I need it?

 

To create a focal point – brighter colours and busier designs draw the eye

To protect the floor – harder wearing fibres offer greater protection

To insulate a room and muffle sound – certain fibres offer better insulation than others

To add comfort underfoot – softer fibres are more comfortable to coarser ones

 

What is my budget?

 

Entry-level to luxury – some rugs (e.g. hand-knotted) are more expensive than others (e.g. flat weave)

 

What is my current décor like?

 

Current style – does the décor of the room require a specific kind of rug?

Color palette – what colours already exist in the intended space?

 

 


  Colour Variation  
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The industry-standard Pantone TPX Color Tool for consistency throughout the manufacturing process. Working with hand processes, however, means that there can sometimes be variations in the way a rug’s colour is perceived.

 

Hand-Made vs Machine-Made

 

Hand-made rugs are one-off pieces of functional art, and because each one is unique, there can be subtle variations in colour due to the natural fibres and dyes being used. Machine-made rugs are usually more consistent and accurate in their colour.

 

Lighting Conditions

 

Some fibres are naturally more reflective than others, so rugs can appear lighter or darker in a photograph than they do in real life. Similarly, the lighting of the space where the rug will be used can affect the appearance of its colour. This is particularly true of fibres like viscose, where the natural sheen is more evident under brighter lighting conditions.

 

On-Screen and Printed Images

 

Colours can vary from screen to printed page to dyed fibre. So while Jaipur’s website and catalogue are great for getting a feel for a rug’s appearance, we recommend that actual rug samples be used to make a final decision.

 

Dyeing and Colour

 

Rug dyeing is a traditional art that allows artisans to create decorative effects. To obtain different colours, artisans use either natural dyes (derived from plants and naturally occurring mineral compounds) or synthetic dyes (the product of chemical processes). For both types, the process of dyeing is the same. First, the dye is added to boiling vats of water, followed by the yarn. The yarn is left in the boiling water until the desired colour is reached, after which it is removed from the vat and left to dry in the sun. Once it is completely dry, it is stored until it is needed by weavers.

 

Abrash/Antique is color variations sometimes seen in hand-made rugs and is caused by factors such as subtle differences in dye lots, wool ageing and raw material preparation. These are not seen as defects, but part of the character of the hand-made process and contributing factors to the individuality of each rug.

 


  Sizing  
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Measure before you start

 

Before you start looking at rugs you need to measure the dimensions of your room to work out the approximate space you have for a rug and any constraints you have (door openings, etc.).

 

Bigger is usually better

 

A small rug can make a room look small and its elements disconnected. When in doubt, go for a bigger size to help tie everything together.

 

The 18-Inch rule

 

Most interior designers will tell you to leave around 18 inches of bare floor around a rug to get the right proportions. For small spaces you can tweak this, however.

 

Don’t be afraid to experiment

 

You’re allowed to bend the rules a bit when choosing a rug – they’re only guidelines after all. shed. These are either trimmed or untrimmed (or sometimes a combination of the two) to produce the required designs in a rug.

 

Sizing Guide

Shape Size in ft Size in cm Ideal For
Rectangle

3'x5'-4'x6'

5'x8'-6'x9'

75'-95'

8'x10'-9'x12'

10'x13'-12'x15'

190x150-120x180cm

150x240-180x270cm

230x290cm

240x300-270x360cm

300x390-360x460cm

Living Rooms

Bedrooms

Entryways

Offices

Square

4'x4'

6'x6'

8'-8'

10'x10'

120x120cm

180x180cm

230x290cm

240x240cm

300x300cm

Living Rooms

Dining Rooms

Runner

6'x8'

3'x12'

180x240cm

90x360cm

Bedrooms

Hallways

Circle

4'

6'

8'

10'

240cm

180cm

240cm

300cm

Living Rooms

Dining Rooms

Entryways

Oval

6'x9'

8'x10'

180x270cm

240x300cm

Living Rooms

Dining Rooms

Octagon

4'

6'

8'

120cm

180cm

240cm

Dining Rooms

Entryways

Semi-Circle 2'x4' 60x120cm Entryways
Kidney

3'x5'

4'x6'

90x150cm

120x180cm

Living Rooms

 

Living Room

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9' x 12' 8' x 10' 5' x 8'

 

Dining Room

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9' x 12' 8' x 10' 8' Round

 

Bedroom

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9' x 12'
8' x 10'