Choosing your rug size
Think about the space you are defining with the rug. Are you using a rug to fill a whole room, or are you using it to define a seating or dining area within a larger room? Once you’ve decided, you need to measure the space. If you’re measuring a furnished area, measure a rectangle (or square) around the outside edge of the furniture (make sure you’re happy with the furniture placement, of course!). Write the measurements down. If you’re feeling a bit Virgo, draw a plan of the room or space to scale, including the furniture.
Which size do I need?
If you’re placing a rug in a small room and using it to cover most of the floorspace, as an alternative to fitted carpet, make sure you leave a reasonable gap (at least 20 – 30cm) between the rug and the walls on all sides.
If you’re placing a rug under a dining table, it should be wide enough that the chairs are completely on the rug even when the chairs are pulled out and guests are sitting at the table. This usually means the rug needs to be around 120cm wider than the table to allow an extra 60cm width on each side.
If you’re using a rug in a seating area with sofas and chairs, it gets slightly trickier. The rule of thumb has traditionally been that the legs of an occasional chair should be all on the rug, or all off the rug, while a sofa can have just its front legs on the rug. Having the furniture all on the rug anchors the rug effectively to the furniture and feels more expansive. Make sure there is around 20 – 30cm of rug behind each piece of furniture so it doesn’t look mean.
If you’re trying to create a smaller, more intimate space, use a smaller rug as an accent, but try to make sure it’s anchored by the front legs of the sofa and perhaps a coffee table too.
Once you’ve chosen a rug design, mark out its size on the floor with masking tape or string. Virgos will definitely use newspaper to create something the same size as the rug – nothing beats visualising the size this way. Check how a bigger size will look too – rugs always look smaller once you get them home!
Remember that “rules” like these can always be successfully broken as long as you pay attention to the proportions of the room and the furniture.
Care for your investment
Woollen fibres are a protein-based fibre containing natural lanolin oil. Lanolin in combination with the natural constructions of wool, make it very resilient to stain.
Rug pad or underlay
A non-slip rug pad/underlay is highly recommended when laying your rug on a hardwood, carpet or tile floor. This will keep your rug in place.
To ensure even wear, be sure to rotate your rug once a year.
When placing your furniture, lightly set it down and then move it slightly in the direction of the pile at least once a week.
Vacuum your rug using a low-powered vacuum cleaner. Should long ends of yarns appear on surface do not pull. Use scissors to trim yarn evenly with the rug surface.
When storing your rug do not fold or put in airtight plastic bag. It is advisable to roll with the rug backing showing and wrap it with cloth for protection.
For surface cleaning: Using a sponge, wipe a mixture of a mild dish soap and water lightly over the entire surface of the rug. Remove by wiping again using a clean cloth and water. For deep cleaning: Your rug should be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years or when you notice the colours to be less vibrant. Rugs in extremely high traffic areas may require more frequent cleaning.
• The best way to remove any stain is to treat it IMMEDIATELY.
• Using a clean, white cloth or paper towel, cover the area and press down several times with your hand or foot.
• Continue to blot the area until the stain is removed.
• DO NOT RUB – this will only work the stain into the fibres much deeper.
• If the stain persists, contact a professional rug cleaning specialist immediately.