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The Ultimate Rug Buying Checklist: Tips for Choosing the Right Rug

When it comes to decorating your home, choosing the right rug can make all the difference. Not only does a rug add warmth and comfort to a room, but it can also tie together your overall design aesthetic. However, with so many different types of rugs available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect one for your space. That's why we've created the ultimate rug-buying checklist to help you make the best decision for your home.

  1. Consider the Size

The first thing to consider when choosing a rug is the size. The size of your rug should be proportionate to the size of the room and the furniture that will be placed on top of it. A smaller rug will look out of place in a large room, while a large rug can make a small room feel cramped. Measure the room and the furniture you plan to place on top of the rug to determine the best size.

A birds eye view of a luxury living room with a handmade gray rug with a large rug sectional couch sitting on top. There is a large wooden coffee table in the center with magazines and a black bowl on top.
  1. Think About the Shape

Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional rectangles to more unconventional shapes like circles and ovals. The shape of your rug should complement the shape of the room and the furniture that will be placed on top of it. For example, a circular rug can add a sense of softness to a room with sharp angles, while a rectangular rug can help to define an open space.

View of a luxury interior living room with a light gray couch on top of a blue circular rug with tan abstract design and a fireplace in the corner.
  1. Consider the Material

Rugs are made from a variety of materials, including wool, cotton, silk, and synthetic fibers. Each material has its own unique properties and benefits, so it's important to consider the material when choosing a rug. Wool rugs are durable and easy to clean, while cotton rugs are affordable and versatile. Silk rugs are luxurious and elegant, but require more care and maintenance. Synthetic rugs are affordable, easy to clean, and often resistant to stain.

Five different rug samples with a floral design in yellow and gray. Each sample is made with different weaving techniques and materials.
  1. Think About the Color

The color of your rug can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of a room. A neutral-colored rug can add a sense of calm and serenity to a room, while a brightly-colored rug can add a pop of color and energy. Consider the existing colors in your room and choose a rug that complements or contrasts with them.

luxury dinning room with bright purple rug and a table with white chairs.
  1. Consider the Pattern

Rugs can also come in a variety of patterns, from geometric to floral, and abstract. The pattern of your rug can add visual interest to a room and help to define the overall design aesthetic. Choose a pattern that complements the existing patterns in your room or opt for a neutral pattern if you want to create a sense of calm.

View of a modern dining room with a black table and white chairs on top of a handmade rug. The rug is blue with a light gray and blue tape like abstract design and a pink abstract painting on the wall.
  1. Consider the Quality

When buying a rug, it's important to consider the quality. Higher-quality rugs will be made from better materials and have a denser pile, which will make them more durable and longer-lasting. Look for rugs that are made of New Zealand wool or hand-knotted, as these are the best quality rugs.

Black and pink Christopher Fareed rug in a luxury living room with big window view of lake.


If you can't find a rug that is just right, reach out to our design team and we can work with you to create a custom rug that will fit your space perfectly.

By following this ultimate rug-buying checklist, you'll be able to choose the perfect rug for your space. Whether you're looking for a rug to add warmth and comfort to your living room or to tie together your overall design aesthetic, these tips will help you make the best decision for your home. Be sure to check out the Modern Designer Rugs online shop to find the perfect rug.

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