Rug buying guide

Rug buying guide

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There are lots of things to consider when choosing which rug is best for your home including material, colour and size. In this guide, we look at the different rug options available and where they each fit best into your home.

Buying a rug is a tricky business: the right one can pull a room together, while the wrong one can make a room feel disjointed and unfinished.

There are lots of things to consider when choosing which rug is best for your home including material, colour and size. In this guide, we look at the different rug options available and where they each fit best into your home.


You’ve made the decision to buy a rug made from a natural and sustainable material, but which is best for your home? Sisal, jute, coir or seagrass? Each of these materials have their own features and uses in the home. Here’s an overview:

Natural rugs

Jute rugs

The warm, natural tones and soft texture of jute gives it give it a luxurious and comforting feel that is ideal for living rooms, children’s playrooms and bedrooms. See Jute swatches here.

Sisal rugs

Sisal weave is the most durable natural flooring making it ideal for areas of with high footfall such as stairs and hallways. It’s also ideal for creating heavy-duty warmth in family living areas. See Sisal swatches here.

Coir rugs

Coir rugs exude warmth thanks to their comforting golden hues. They’re hardwearing making them ideal for hallways. See Coir swatches here.

Seagrass rugs

Seagrass tends to be the roughest material within the natural flooring range making it perfect for busy areas of the home such as hallways but less ideal for living rooms and bedrooms. See Seagrass swatches here.

Wool rugs

A diverse material that is renowned for its longevity, wool can be made in a range of colours and textures. This, along being naturally resistant to wear, makes it an ideal floor covering throughout the whole home. See Wool swatches here.


Rugs come in a wide variety of sizes and made-to-order rugs, like those designed in our Rug Creator, can be constructed to any size.

The first thing to decide on is do you want to fill the room or define different areas within it? If you choose to define different zones in your rooms by using multiple smaller rugs, ensure these complement one another so they don’t battle for attention.

If you’re looking for one large statement rug, there are some basic floorplan rules you should follow.

Area rug floorplans

The key to adding style to your interior through the use of a rug is by choosing the right size. A rug that is too small can have the opposite effect and make the room feel disjointed.

It’s very common to choose a rug that is too small for the space. However, the floorplans below should give you the guidance you need when measuring up. 

Living room

A rug should fit the size of your seating area and be as large as possible within it. Ideally, all the furniture will sit on the rug, but front-legs-only is a good and common compromise.  This option is perfect for uniting a room.

living room rug plan

Dining room

As with the living room, you want to ensure that all your dining furniture sits on the rug. With enough space to be able to pull the chairs back and still have them sitting on the rug. The shape of rug you pick will be determined by whether you have a rectangular or circular dining table.

dining room rug plan


When it comes to bedroom rugs, there are three classic floorplan options. 

The first, is to choose a rug large enough to accommodate all your bedroom furniture, therefore leaving only a border of bare floor showing around the edges of the room.

The second is to select a smaller rug that will peek out from the foot of the bed. The rug won’t extend all the way to the head of the bed and the bedside tables will not sit on the rug at all. 

The third option will keep your rug budget to a minimum whilst not compromising on style. Instead of using one large rug, use two runners to lie beside the bed.

bedroom rug plan

As a general rule, if in doubt always choose the larger option. It’s more stylish to have a large rug than one that is too small for the room.


Whether you’re designing a room around your chosen rug, or adding the rug to an existing scheme, remember that a bold pattern or print will become a focal point, whereas a more neutral rug will blend in with your existing decor. 

Texture is probably the most overlooked aspect when choosing a rug, but it shouldn’t be, especially when choosing a natural material. A room with a complimentary mix of different textures feels rich and layered; an easy way of achieving this Is through using the largest piece of furniture in the room, the rug.

If your walls or textiles are busy, a neutral or single-colour rug with a simple border will sit better among them. Hand-knotted and flat-woven styles are both ideal for this.

For rooms that are more minimalist or neutrally designed, textured and patterned rugs can add interest. Think hand-tufted or patterned rugs in these cases.


When it comes to choosing the colour of your rug you should be guided by four things.

The colour of your carpet or wood flooring

If you’re looking to make a statement in your room, you want to create contrast between your rug and current flooring. A black or dark grey rug will not look as good as it would against a lighter carpet. Just as a cream or neutral coloured rug will not stand out on a light wood or pale carpet.

Your existing furniture

Make sure you choose a rug that’s colour scheme complements your existing room’s décor, not conflicts with it. A stylish choice is to subtly pick out the key colours of your room within the rug. For example, if you have ochre furniture and grey walls, choose a rug that combines these colours.

Alternatively create complimentary contrast by combining colourful rug borders with key pieces.

The space

Dark coloured rugs make a room feel more intimate, whereas a lighter rug makes smaller spaces appear larger.

The room

If you’re looking for a new hallway rug and have young children or pets, a white woollen rug would not be ideal. However a hard-wearing material such as Sisal in a darker colour would be more suitable whilst still being stylish.

Choosing the right rug borders & runners 

Remember that colourful borders can create just as much impact as a colourful rug itself. Colourful rug borders are a great way to introduce bold colours to natural rugs. The same style rules apply here; either choose a border that matches your furniture or pick a bold colour that compliments your key pieces. 

Rugs with matching runners

If you’re looking for a new hallway rug you may also consider matching runners for your landing and a stair runner. Remember that rugs and runners don’t have to match exactly but again you want to choose complimentary colours and patterns to create unity.

Rug Shapes

Retangular rugs 

A rectangular rug is perfect for larger rooms and often comes in a wide variety of sizes, from runners to large area rugs, as standard making it the most traditional choice.

Square rugs 

Square rugs are more commonly used in square rooms or when defining different zones within a room.  

Circular rugs 

Round rugs are ideal in smaller rooms or rooms with key pieces of similar shape. For example, if you have a round dining table, a circular rug is a perfect addition.

Looking for a more unusual shaped rug? Give our team a call on 0117 370 2762 to discuss the different custom-made options available at Knotistry.


Living room rugs

As one of the busiest areas in the home, living rooms rugs need to be comforting but also hard-wearing, especially if you have young children or pets. Sisal makes an ideal choice due to heavy-duty warmth and variety of colours and patterns.

Bedroom rugs 

Being the first thing your feet touch in the morning, bedroom rugs should be cosy and warm. Consider a 100% wool rug to bring sophistication and comfort to your bedroom. From block-colour rugs to patterned and textured styles, there are options available to compliment all decors.

Dining room rugs

The warm-tweedy look of jute makes it the perfect material for a dining room rug. Just remember to blot any spills immediately to reduce the chance of marking.

Rugs for kitchens

When it comes to rugs for kitchens, seagrass is by far the most suitable of the natural flooring range as it is less prone to water-marking. Be wary that all rugs are a trip hazard and can be especially dangerous in the kitchen. Ensure your kitchen rugs are stuck down securely using high-quality rug tape.

Hallway rugs

Coir hallways rugs are an ideal choice. They are incredibly durable meaning that they can be used in high traffic areas where other natural carpets might not be tough enough to withstand the footfall.


With more and more people taking an interest in interior design and home furnishings, there is more choice than when it comes to buying flooring. If you prefer to shop for rugs in person, there are numerous chain and independent stores available up and down the country. However, shopping online gives you more choice and more flexibility.

At Knotistry we understand the importance of choosing the right natural carpets and rugs for your home. That’s why we offer a wide selection of affordable, pure wool rugs and natural floor runners, as well as a custom-made rug design service.

By selling online we can offer the highest quality flooring for your home at excellent prices. 


If you have the ideal rug in mind but haven’t been able to find it, designing your own rug is ideal. Our online rug creator allows you to design bespoke custom-made rugs in a variety of materials, styles and sizes.

We offer free samples to ensure that your chosen material fits your décor, before you place your order.


Rugs for hardwood floors

Hardwood floors paired with complimentary rugs exudes style. Ensure that your new rug is secure by using a non-stick rug pad or rug tape.

We have a wonderful selection of natural rugs to choose from as well as a custom-design service. Can’t decide between different materials, shades of textures? Order 2 free samples and get them delivered to your door with same day dispatch. Our friendly and expert team are on hand for advice. Simply call us on on 0117 370 2762 or email [email protected]