Selecting a Rug

Choosing the perfect rug can transform a room, adding warmth, personality, and a touch of luxury underfoot. To select the ideal rug for your space, consider your lifestyle with respect to the options noted below. By considering these factors, you can confidently choose a rug that enhances your space, adding comfort and style for years to come.

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    Determine the size of the rug based on the dimensions of the room and the furniture layout. A rug should anchor the seating area or define the space without overpowering it.

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    Style and Design

    Reflect your personal style and complement the room's decor with the rug's pattern, color, and texture. Consider whether you want a bold statement piece or a subtle accent that ties the room together.

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    Choose a material that suits your lifestyle and the room's function. Wool rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant. Synthetic fibers like polyester are easy to clean and budget-friendly.

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    Pile Height

    The pile height affects the rug's look and feel. Low-pile rugs are easier to clean and ideal for high-traffic areas, while high-pile rugs add plushness and coziness but require more maintenance.

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    Care and Cleaning

    Consider the rug's care requirements and choose accordingly. Some rugs may need frequent vacuuming, while others require professional cleaning to maintain their beauty.

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    Set a budget and explore options within your price range. Remember that investing in a quality rug can be a long-term asset for your home.


Did you know that floorcovering accounts for almost thirty percent of a room’s color? If your area rug is going to be the dominant element in your space, choose a patterned rug with distinctive color combinations. Use shades from the rug to select paints and accessories, and carry those color themes into adjacent rooms with coordinating Karastan rugs. If your rug is going to play a secondary role, keep the color fairly neutral to complement other furnishings in the room.

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What matters most about pattern is how it makes you feel. Whether you tend to favor traditional or contemporary patterns, the best decorating always reflects the personality of its owner. Use patterns to create conversation areas in large rooms, or to separate a dining area from a living area in an open concept floor plan. Patterned rugs also work well under tables, where spills are likely to occur.

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Texture is all about how something feels when you touch it. In fact, everything in your home, whether rough, soft, nubby, or smooth, makes a textural contribution. Texture can be enhanced in a space by layering rugs, selecting a rug with a shaggy, plush pile, or by selecting a rug that plays on existing patterns in your artwork, curtains, pillows and other decorations and accessories.

Measuring for a Rug

Measuring for a rug is crucial to ensure it fits perfectly within your space, complementing your furniture and enhancing the room's aesthetic appeal. Follow these steps to measure for the ideal rug. By following these steps and taking accurate measurements, you can confidently select a rug that fits perfectly within your space, enhancing its beauty and functionality.

Define the Space

Determine the area where you want to place the rug. Whether it's under a dining table, in a living room seating area, or a hallway, knowing the space's dimensions is essential. Area rugs should approximate the same length and width as the furniture within the space.

Consider Furniture Placement

If the rug will be placed in a seating area, measure the area covered by the furniture. For a dining room rug, ensure it extends beyond the table to accommodate chairs, even when pulled out.

Account for Traffic Flow

If the rug will be in a high-traffic area, leave enough space around furniture for easy movement. This prevents tripping hazards and ensures the rug stays in place. In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most of it. Think about creative placement of consider smaller equal-sized rugs aroung the bed.

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Consider Rug Shape

Depending on the room's layout and furniture arrangement, you may opt for a square, rectangular, round, or runner rug. Measure accordingly based on the desired shape.

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Factor in Rug Pad

Karastan Rugs recommends using a rug pad under every rug. Investing in a high-quality rug pad is a small yet significant way to enhance the comfort, safety, and longevity of your rugs while preserving the beauty of your floors. Be sure to account for its thickness when measuring the space.

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