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Rugs 101


Design: The Hills Design Co.

1) Living Room

Arrange your furniture so that it either all rests on the rug, or place the front two legs of all the furniture on the rug- so that it is half on, half off.

When choosing a rug for your living room, make sure you leave 12"- 36" between the rug and the wall. This will make the space feel covered and anchored but not crowded.

Wool rugs are great because they are durable, naturally stain resisted and good for higher traffic areas. Jute and sisal are great layered underneath something softer underfoot.

Layering Rugs:

-When layering rugs make sure the layered rug is close to 2/3 the size of the first rug

-When possible have end tables on rug to avoid stability issues

-Typical sizes for layered rugs are 8x10, 6x9, 5x8

Design: Studio McGee

2) Dining Room

All of the chairs should be on the rug. Ideally you would have at least 2 feet of extra space on all sides, so guests can pull back chairs without tripping over the edge of the rug.

Material choice is important in this space, especially if you have a family. Washable or scrubbable materials, or a busier pattern will help hide stains, spills etc. Honestly, an indoor/outdoor rug works perfectly for a space like this. There are some really beautiful ones like this, this, and this.

Design by: Alison Koch of@outfithome

3) Bedroom

For a Queen bed, choose an 8' x 10' rug and be sure to leave about 8" of breathing room between your nightstands and the start of the rug + about 8" on either side of the bed.

For a King, a typical rug size is 9' x 12' and also gives about 8" between the nightstands and the rug. Make sure it extends past the end of the bed by at least one foot.

Photos by: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

4) Vintage

A rug is considered vintage if it’s less than 100 years old. If it’s more than 100 years old, then it’s an antique and usually pretty pricey. Vintage rugs are typically unconventional sizing so be sure you double check your space before purchasing.

  • Oriental Rug: This is just an umbrella term for a knotted-pile rug from North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and northern India.

  • Kilim: A flat-woven carpet or rug usually made in Turkey.

  • Beni Ourain: Shag Moroccan rugs that are are typically very soft and made from high-grade wool. The colors are neutral and the designs are simple and geometric.

  • Boucherouite: Usually color and hand-loomed from “clothing fabric scraps” by the women of the Moroccan Berber tribes.

  • Tabriz: A type of Persian Rug from the city of Tabriz. They are very intricate and made from either cotton or silk.

  • Overdyed Rug: This is a treatment of a rug you’ll see throughout vintage and antique dealers. These rugs have been dyed one consistent color and are very saturated where only a hint of the pattern comes through.

  • Oushak: Their designs are usually geometric with a central medallion or smaller scattered medallions, typically with a border design of a similar medallion or scroll/vine pattern.

Where to buy vintage rugs?


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