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Rug Guide

Selecting a Rug

Selecting A Rug

Selecting the right color, pattern and texture is a personal choice. However, Karastan can help narrow down your choices with practical design and decorating advice.

One of the best places to start is by asking yourself a few questions. Is your room formal or informal? Do you want an area rug that defines your decorating scheme or one that supports the décor? Are you looking for bright or subdued colors? What shape best fits your space?

With those thoughts in mind, let’s dig a little deeper to explore the wonderful world of color, pattern, and texture. You’ll find valuable advice on each topic, along with room-by-room measuring tips and custom-sizing options, by continuing to read.

Make color work for you

Color is an elusive and complex medium. Nothing can change the look of a room more than color. From paint to floorcovering, it is what binds the room together. In fact, some consider color the pivotal element that can make or break a room’s design.

Since floorcovering accounts for almost thirty percent of a room’s color, it is important to determine the role it plays in your decorating plan. If your area rug is going to be the dominant element, choose a patterned rug with distinctive color combinations. Use shades from the rug to select paints and accessories; then carry those color themes into adjacent rooms with coordinating Karastan rugs.

If your rug is going to play a secondary role, then keep it fairly neutral. It can still be patterned, but in subtle tones that complement other furnishings and fabrics in the room. Should you decide to use your rug as a backdrop for other furnishings, selecting a textured rug—with a ground color slightly lighter or darker than your walls— helps it quietly blend into the décor.

The power of pattern

Selecting the right rug is a very personal one when it comes to pattern. Whether traditional or contemporary, what matters most is how the pattern makes you feel. The best decorating always reflects the personality of its owner.

Patterned rugs bring an air of richness and intimacy to larger spaces. They also provide instant personality and character, allowing you to create a certain style. A traditional, floral rug may conjure up an English country garden, while a geometric rug creates a modern mood. Mixing patterns can be tricky. Remember, if the patterns are related by form, color or texture, the mix is more likely to succeed.

When used together well, complementary patterns are excellent at defining spaces. Use them to create conversation areas in large rooms or to separate a dining area. Don’t be afraid to use them under tables where spills are likely to occur. Patterned rugs are much better than solids at disguising spots and stains.

Add texture to your floor

Color can be used to achieve drama and impact, but there is nothing like texture to elevate a room that lacks pattern. Texture is all about how something feels when you touch it. Everything in your home makes a textural contribution—be it rough, smooth, nubby or silky. A room decorated with chrome furniture, glossy paint and slate flooring might be described as “hard-edged and cold”. Warm, cozy textures, such as wool, are linked with comfort of home.

Blending textures can help balance a room. Cool surfaces such as leather, glass, and stone can be offset with the warm textural effect of a Karastan rug. A wool-loop from Karastan’s Woolcheck Heather Collection can be paired with a rich wall color to bring warmth to a room that doesn’t receive much sun.

Sizing your rug

Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern. To start, simply measure your room; then follow our room-by-room measuring guide to find the best fit. Keep in mind that we also offer custom-sizing for hard-to-fit areas.

Dining Room

Dining Room

In a dining room, measure the length and width of the table. The rug needs to be large enough to allow chairs to be pushed back from the table without falling off the rug. This means that any of the chairs can be in a more conversational position before and after the meal without moving off the rug. Allow 30 inches on each side for side and armchairs.

Living Room

Family Room

The general rule for sizing a rug is to allow 12 to 18 inches of flooring to “frame” the rug. For a small room, 12 inches may be more than enough space. One large rug works best in a large room because it does not visually divide the room. However, if the room has several furniture groupings, each can be organized with rugs compatible in size and color but not necessarily matching.

Bedroom

Bedrooms

In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most of it. Smaller equal-sized rugs used around the bed are another option. The soft comfort of a rug is most appreciated when stepping in and out of bed.

Hallway

Hallways

In hallways, the length is optional. Try to place a runner rug so it does not end in the middle of a doorway. In a very long hall, several small runners can work. They do not have to match but the colors should coordinate.

Kids and pets

Since pets, like children, are prone to accidents, you’ll want to make sure your area rug is easy to clean. The best, most natural, choice for combating everyday mishaps is wool. Karastan wool rugs are naturally superior because they have built-in stain resistant features. The scaly structure of the wool fibers hold dirt high on the pile, making vacuuming more efficient and effective.

In addition to fiber type, color choice can make a difference as well. Multi-colored patterns are an excellent option if you have pets or small children because they mask spills as well as everyday wear and tear. If you’re looking for solid-color carpet, remember that light colors show dirt the most, while dark shades show more lint, dust and pet hair. In fact, if you have a shedding pet, you may want to match your pet’s hair to the carpet color. Although it sounds ridiculous it can help make you home feel a little cleaner.

Noise is another factor to consider when you have kids and pets. Expanses of hard surface flooring can reverberate household noise. Using plush textiles, such as Karastan area rugs, along with fabric upholstery and window coverings, can help absorb sound waves and make your home a more peaceful and relaxing place.

Custom Sizing

Many Karastan rugs can be custom sized to virtually any length and width in our hand-seaming workshop by artisans especially trained to do so. The result is an incredibly strong seam that lasts for decades and carries the same 20-year warranty as the original rug.

Most rugs from the following collections can be custom sized: Original Karastan, Antique Legends, Ashara and Samovar. Consultation and quotes on custom work are best coordinated through your Karastan retailer.

Rug Planner

Rug Planner

Our Rug Planner allows you to visualize how the Karastan rug of your choice will look in your room. With this great tool, you can arrange furniture, test different rug sizes, and see rug designs to scale.

Create professional floor plans with the best online space planning tool for interior design and home renovation projects.

Click here to Launch Interactive Rug Planner

Measuring For a Rug

Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern. To start, simply measure your room; then follow our room-by-room measuring guide to find the best fit. Keep in mind that we also offer custom-sizing for hard-to-fit areas.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Finding the Right Size Rug for Your Dining Room

First measure the length and width or diameter of the table. The recommended allowances are 30" for side chairs and 36" for armchairs. Rugs should extend beyond the chairs in the pulled out position.

Living Room

Living Room

Define Spaces Within Your Living Room

The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings as well as intended areas of use, such as conversation areas.

Multiple rugs can link one room to another. Furniture can be centered on the rugs or positioned off the rug depending on the size of the room and feeling you are after. Companion rugs can be of different patterns, but should share a similar color palette.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Guest and Master Baths

Dress up guest powder rooms or master suite baths with accent rugs or runners in front of double sinks, garden tubs, a vanity, or walk-in closet.

Bedroom

Bedroom

The Art of Angling in a Bedroom

An unexpected perspective makes a dramatic difference in any room. Instead of arranging the bed and rug in a traditional alignment, a new twist might be to angle the rug underneath; or angle the bed and rug to match. Angling would work in a living room or home office, as well.

Bedroom

Bedroom

Multiple Rugs in a Bedroom

In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most of it. Smaller equal-sized rugs used around the bed are another option. The soft comfort of a rug is most appreciated when stepping in and out of bed.

Hallway

Hallway

The Beauty of a Hall

In hallways, the length is optional. Try to place a runner rug so it does not end in the middle of a doorway. In a very long hall, several small runners can work. They do not have to match but the colors should coordinate.

Fibers

The type of fiber used in a rug plays a key role in how it feels and how well it performs. Basically, there are two fiber types: natural and man-made. The predominant natural rug fiber is wool. Other natural materials such as silk, linen, and cotton are sometimes blended with wool, but rarely used alone. Most rugs on the market are made from synthetic fibers such as nylon, rayon, acrylic, polypropylene and polyester.

Nylon

This man-made fiber provides a less expensive option than all-wool rugss while maintaining durability and softness. Karastan uses Invista Tactesse® Nylon in many of its rugs for added crush resistance and stain protection.

Acrylic

Acrylic has good resilience, but can be less durable. Taking full advantage of acrylic’s benefits, Karastan blends acrylic with wool in its Cobble Hill and Cobble Road rugs. The combination brings richness and resilience together at an affordable price.

Polypropylene

Also known as olefin, polypropylene is a thermoplastic resin made from propylene gas. rugs made from polypropylene have good abrasion resistance, but tend to flatten quickly.



Polyester

Polyester has good color clarity, colorfastness, and resistance to water-soluble stains. All of Karastan’s staple polyester yarn comes from the company’s state-of-the art plastic bottle recycling facility. This “food” grade PET Polyester fiber might be considered to be better quality than “rug-grade” polyester fiber.

Smartstrand

The amazing innovation of SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® renewable sourced polymer allows Karastan to style for today while saving for tomorrow. rugs made with SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® help conserve and protect the earth’s limited natural resources – another reason to celebrate.

Wool

Wool is the most beautiful, luxurious, and durable of all the rug fibers. It is a natural fiber that is highly regarded for its strength, durability, crush resistance, cleanability, and comfort. Visit Karastan Wools to learn more about this superior fiber.

Signs of Quality

Trying to evaluate the huge amount of Rug types on the market can feel overwhelming. It is easy to be misled when comparing woven to tufted and cut-pile to loop. What you need to take into account when buying a quality rug are the identifiable signs of quality:

Backing

While you are looking at the label, also examine the backing of the rug. Make sure the backing has a tight weave. This ensures quality and wear.

Finishes

Stain-resistant treatments, like those from Karastan, Solutia and Stainmaster, are often applied to nylon rugs to make them easier to clean. Since wool is naturally soil resistant, it does not require further treatment.

Craftmanship

Most rugs are either woven or tufted. Weaving is the superior method as it locks each yarn into the backing, creating a highly durable rugt. Tufted rugs are less expensive because they can be made faster.

Pile Density

Density refers to the amount of pile yarn used in the rug and the closeness of the weave. In general, the denser the pile, the better the performance. Take the sample and bend the face-pile away from you. Can you see the backing? The denser the pile, the less backing will be visible.


Face Weight

Face weight is the amount of fiber used on the surface of the rug expressed in ounces per square yard. This should not be confused with total weight, which is the face weight plus the weight of the backing. Do not buy a rug because it has a high face weight. Other qualities, like density, fiber, and weave are more important. Keep in mind: a lighter weight woven rug will outperform a higher weight tufted product.

Twist

rug fibers are twisted together for harder wear and a defined look. The tighter the fiber twist, the longer the rug will perform.