Rug buying guide
Rugs can be used to add style, practicality and comfort to the home. Use our guide to find the right rug for you.Shop all rugs
Let's lay down the terminology...
Pile: If you were to stroke a rug, you'd be stroking the pile. The longer the pile, the shaggier the rug.
Hand-made: Part of the rug is crafted by hand. It doesn't necessarily refer to the whole rug - machines may be used for some parts of the process.
Hand-tufted: A popular and affordable method of making a rug where yarn is stitched onto a backing and fixed in place by a layer of durable material.
Hand-carved: Describes a technique where the pile of the rug is cut to different levels to produce a decorative pattern.
Heat-set: A heating process that can be applied to the synthetic material polypropylene that creates the appearance and texture of wool.
Choosing a style
A good place to start is by considering whether you want a plain or patterned rug as this will narrow down your choice of material and finish. If you're really stuck on what style you want, we've picked out a few rugs that best fit with popular decor themes.
Texture & materials
Material and length of pile will affect the look, feel and durability of the rug you choose.
Rugs by room
Looking for a rug for a particular room? We'll help you find the right size, material and construction to suit the space.
Measuring for your rug
Measuring correctly for your rug makes ordering easy, and prevents taking home a rug that's unexpectedly too large or small. The dimensions of each rug we sell are shown in the product information.
Grab a tape measure...
...and some newspaper or masking tape, mark out the size of the rug you want to buy where you will position it. This lets you see how the rug will fit with the rest of your furniture. Clever eh?
Many rugs have a non-slip backing sewn into them to prevent the rug moving on wooden flooring. Some woven rugs don't have a backing, but you can purchase a separate underlay to stop movement and wrinkling.