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How to Lay Out Your Rug

Laying It All Down

First, ask yourself where the rug is going. Your space should determine the size rug you choose. Take measurements. Then, decide how you'd like your new rug to interact with your furniture: should it go under, or beside? There's no wrong answer here.

Rug Care


For all rugs, we recommend only using Woolite or other compatible carpet cleaners. To clean, apply the cleaner with a soft bristle brush, rinse with water, and extract with a vacuum or extractor. The rug should then be dried by air or with a low temperature hair dryer.


Proper care of your rug can greatly increase its longevity. Make sure you use a rug pad underneath: this will dramatically reduce wear and tear. You can shop rug pads here.

Rug Care

Vacuum regularly. Do not use a beater bar attachment. If you cannot remove the beater bar, raise it as high as possible and vacuum carefully. When vacuuming, use the lowest available setting to prevent fibers from being pulled out of the rug backing. Sprouts that appear on the surface of the rug should be snipped at level. Do not pull the fiber out. If you own a natural fiber rug, be sure to vacuum the area underneath the rug periodically. Spills should be cleaned immediately using a clean white cloth. Avoid rubbing, as this may push the stain deeper into the rug. To promote even wear of the rug surface, rotate regularly.

Rug Materials

What We're Made Of

Different rug materials have different strengths–it's all about finding what's right for you. Wool is one the easiest materials to clean, but it's known to shed. Synthetic materials barely shed at all, but don't have quite the same feel as cotton or wool.

Selecting The Proper Rug Size


Finding the right bedroom rug is both an art and a science. Start by making sure it's parallel to your bed's headboard. For 5x8 rugs, the rule of thumb is to place them about halfway under the bed; bigger rugs can go about 3/4 of the way.

Dining Room

First things first: make sure your rug is bigger than your dining room table. You'll want a couple feet extending from the edge of the table, so something that's at least eight feet wide.

Living Room

The living room is home to all the creature comforts: chairs, sofas, tables, and of course a beautiful rug. The rug you choose is up to you: an extra large area rug to cover the entire floor space, or smaller area rugs your furniture will partially cover. Choose the biggest piece of furniture–likely your sofa or loveseat–and place your rug parallel to it.


Go for a smaller square or round rug for your kitchen. Material and cleanability is crucial: things can get messy in there.

Rug Styles

All The Rugs In The World

A rug selection so vast it wouldn’t fit in any store. Our rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and in a huge variety of colors and designs from around the world. Browse our list of rug styles to find one perfect for your home.


These heavy, often hand-knotted rugs are beloved worldwide for their stunning designs and rich history.


They're classics for a reason. Add some class to your space with traditional styles that never go out.

Modern & Contemporary

These rugs are the real trendsetters of the pile. Find contemporary looks to perfectly accent your room.


Wool, cotton, jute, silk: humans have been making rugs with natural fibers for millennia. They're as soft as they come, but shed a bit more than their synthetic counterparts. For allergy sufferers, the fibers themselves usually aren't the problem, but rather the allergens such as dust and pet dander that get caught in them. As with all rugs, the key to creating a "sneeze-free" zone is careful, regular cleaning.


Who says you can't have a rug outside. These ones are made from a variety of materials to withstand the elements.

Seasonal & Novelty

Transforming a room is as easy as changing the rug. We've got all seasons and occasions, covered.

Pile Height

What's a Pile?

The density of fibers in your rug determines its pile height. The longest piles make fluffy, shag-type carpets while very short pile height makes a flat rug. Most rugs are somewhere in between. Shorter pile rugs typically last longer and are easier to clean. Thicker pile rugs are softer but can be crushed by heavy furniture.

Rug Weaves


Thin rugs with no pile that are often reversible. Rug pads are especially important here to prevent slipping.


High-quality rugs that take a long time to produce. Most traditional rugs are hand-knotted.

Machine Made

Made on machine looms, these rugs typically feature short piles and are an economical alternative to hand-crafted options.


Made of long cloth braids, woven together in intricate, often dazzling designs.


These rugs are handmade by pulling loops through canvas, giving them a soft feel and medium pile.


The longest pile available, shag rugs are known for their long, wild weaves and soft feels.

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