Rugs are equally functional and beautiful. Not only do they protect flooring against scratches and daily wear, but they also bring a tactile element into a room. Available in a wide range of styles – including patterned, printed, and monochromatic designs – contemporary rugs instantly add warmth and texture to any space. If you’re curious to know the difference between a patterned and printed rug, here’s how to tell. A patterned rug indicates that the design or color scheme is woven into the rug, while a printed floor covering indicates that the designed has been stamped onto or imprinted upon the rug after it has been woven.
Centuries-old weaving techniques are employed to produce many rugs. Hand-knotting is an ancient technique whereby skilled artisans weave the rug entirely by hand on a manual loom. Hand-knotted rugs are exceptionally durable and long-lasting. Hand-tufted rugs are produced partially by hand and partially by a mechanized tool. Whether knotted or tufted, contemporary area rugs can be used throughout the home, on both carpet and hard flooring. Contemporary runner rugs are ideally suited to hallways and doorways. Discover the many different types and styles of rugs below.
Rug Types and Styles
Living room area rugs and accent rugs are available in a wide range of materials. Look for natural fiber rugs, which are durable, long-lasting, and easy on the environment. Often, these types of rugs are woven from wool, cotton, jute, and silk. Some rugs also include viscose, which adds luster and softness much like silk. Outdoor welcome mats are typically crafted of jute, which will withstand the elements. Many people assume jute rugs are rough or have an unpleasant feel. While jute is not as soft as wool or cotton, it’s still comfortable underfoot and offers texture. Hand-knotted wool area rugs are durable and suitable for high-traffic areas. Similarly, if you’re looking for a hallway runner rug, opt for one with a high wool content that can stand up to heavy foot traffic.
How to Choose Rugs for Your Home
The size of an area rug depends on the size of the room and the room’s seating arrangement. Here’s how to measure for an area rug. For a living room, an area rug should be one of three general sizes: 1) It should be big enough for all furniture to be placed on top of it, 2) It should extend beneath the front legs of the pieces of furniture within the seating arrangement, or 3) It should ground the center of the seating arrangement. Colorful area rugs are an easy way to introduce bright hues or bold patterns into a room. HAY offers a wide selection of high-quality rugs in a range of sizes. Choose a pair of runner rugs to flank a master bed. Opt for a large wool area rug to ground a living room or children’s’ playroom. Select a colorful front door mat to welcome guests inside. No matter what type of rug you’re looking for, HAY rugs are crafted of natural materials, making them durable and long-lasting.