Area Rug Buying Guide
How to Choose a Rug
Choosing a rug can be overwhelming. You have many options to choose from in a rug’s construction, the size, the colour, and more! Not only that, but you have to take into account the room you are outfitting and its existing furniture and colour scheme. Our team of experts at Alexanian will walk you through the rug-buying process from start to finish with this area rug buying guide.
Area Rug Shopping Options
Alexanian carries a huge selection of hand-knotted, hand-tufted, Persian one-of-a-kind rugs and machine-made rugs from the most renowned weaving areas of the world. Each Alexanian store carries an individual selection of oriental and area rugs. We recommend a visit to one of our stores to let one of our experts help you in choosing a rug. Or you can shop for a rug through our online rug store. Order from Alexanian's inventory of thousands of rugs and your rug will be delivered directly to your home. We can even arrange delivery to an Alexanian store located nearest you.
- Shop by Size -
Once you have a room in mind, choosing the rug size is up next! Let us help you make the right decision for each of your rooms to make them feel luxurious, comfortable and cohesive with your decor.
Complementing your Space
When looking for a rug for any room in your house, it’s important that the rug choice complements not only the existing furniture in the room, but also the room’s vibe. When it comes to how to choose a rug colour, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices. No matter the room or the furniture that’s in it, we will have the rug in the colour you’ll need.
- Shop by Design -
There are a few crucial decorating tips to keep in mind when selecting your rug: flexibility, functionality, and fashion. An area rug can define the overall design of a space while anchoring existing furnishings and decor. Decide if you are decorating to match your existing decor, or if you will decorate to match the rug.
Finding the Right Fibre, Natural or Synthetic?
Choosing the right rug material for you depends on where you’ll be placing the rug and texture preference as each material offers different levels of softness, stain resistance and durability. Read on to learn the difference in rug materials to help you choose the most functional and fashionable piece!
- Shop by Construction -
How a rug is made dramatically impacts its look and feel — as well as its durability and quality. Rugs today may be hand-knotted, hand-tufted, braided, spun or machine-made. Choosing the right rug construction depends on the type of room you are upfitting as well as the style of the room.
- Pile -
Pile references to the density of the rugs fibres, while pile height references to the thickness of a rug measured from it's surface to its backing.
Pile heights vary from, less than 1/4″ (low); 1/4″ to 1/2″ (medium); 1/2″ to 3/4″ (plush) and shag rugs may be even longer.
- Under Pad -
Rug under pads not only provide extra padding and prevent slips by keeping rugs properly positioned, but they also extend the life of your rug. Reduce noise, wear & tear and make vacuuming easier by having an under pad under every rug in your home.