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Wooden or tiled floors look great, there is no denying it. Maybe it’s the sharpness and the definite edges where the floor meets the walls or the minimalistic atmosphere they create. Flooring in your living room is something that is often overthought. While most would opt for hard floors in the kitchen or bathrooms and floor that is softer underfoot in bedrooms, the living room is almost in between the two.
Although you may still entertain people in the living room, it’s not as frequented as the kitchen or dining room with guests so do you go all-out comfort and have a soft shaggy carpet underfoot.
If you’re into your hard-wood living room floors but you’re missing the comfort of a carpet, particularly in the colder months have you thought about a large living room rug? Depending on the size of your living room it can sometimes almost look as though you have a carpet down anyway. You can easily remove the rug if you are entertaining a few friends or you have a particularly boisterous nephew.
Most large rugs are easily cleaned and can be flipped and rotated if that red wine just won’t come out.
WHAT COLOUR SHOULD I CHOOSE?
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Rugs come in all shapes, sizes and materials. The colour you choose depends completely on preference and what theme and overall design you are trying to achieve in your home. We believe that rugs are there to be celebrated and shouldn’t just be a neutral underlay to keep your feet warm. A bright and bold large rug really can alter the feel of your living room and when it is matched with a couple of other living room accessories like a candle or lampshade can deliver the look you are going for.
Alternatively, if you have a fairly bright sofa you may want to opt for a large rug with texture and patterns. A green velvet sofa for example works really well with a black and white striped rug.
WHY CHOOSE A LARGE RUG?
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Large rugs are the perfect way to bring colour and warmth into your living room. Whether you opt for a pink rug to make your tiled floor pop or you’re feeling the cold and trying to create a more cosy vibe. A large living room rug can solve all of your problems.
HOW LARGE DO I GO?
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Every living room is different. If you have a fairly small living room, don’t be scared to buy a rug that is too large for your open floor space (the area of your floor that isn’t taken up by sofas and furniture, minus coffee tables). Sliding the rug underneath your sofas can create a unified space that makes the rug feel like a fitted carpet.
On the other hand, if you have a large living room and would like the rug to lay on its own then we would recommend measuring the total area of your open floor space and take away 40cm from each side so the rug doesn’t sit flush to the walls and your sofa. Check out our guide on finding the right rug size for your home here.
MY LARGE RUG KEEPS SLIPPING
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Depending on the material and the type of floor that the large rug is laying on, sometimes the rug may slip. We recommend purchasing an underlay for the rug that acts as a grip. These come in many different materials. We found that rubber works quite well as it grips most rugs and can be bought fairly thin. Contact us for a quote on the underlay we supply.
WHAT ARE THE SIZES OF LARGE RUGS?
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Rugs do come in all sizes. Woven Rosa rugs are all handmade on back-strapped looms, they are unique pieces so the lengths and widths are all different. They range from Large (290-430cm Length to 190-320cm Width) and X-Large (430-320cm and above).
CAN YOU CLEAN A LARGE LIVING ROOM RUG?
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Rugs can easily be cleaned. Depending on the material there will be different guidance. If you have a stain on a wool rug it can be cleaned by first hoovering the rug to rid of dust and then using cold water or an organic carpet cleaner to scrub the stain. We offer professional restoration and cleaning services at our London warehouse.
CAN YOU DYE A LARGE RUG?
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Many of the rugs that we showcase on our website have areas of fading; this adds to the character of the rug as many of the dyes used in traditional rug-making are locally sourced natural dyes. Although they initially have bright and bold colours similar to the synthetic dyes we are used to now, they sometimes fade more easily, creating a wonderful vintage look that works perfectly in a Mid-century Modern style home. In saying that, we would always recommend that you do not dye your rug, at least not yourself - there are professional services where they can do this for you.
In recent years, a new trend has been emerging in the rug industry that has seen old rugs being given a make-over to complement the modern home. Overdyed rugs also known as distressed rugs came into fashion a few years ago and you’ve probably already seen this style championed by interior magazines, stylists, designers and home bloggers.
At Lilla Rugs, we don’t just sell Persian and Oriental Rugs; by reducing our impact on the environment we are committed to supporting local artisanal communities in preserving their traditional craftsmanship. What we love about the ‘Overdyed Rugs Collection’ is that we can give new life to rugs that are now out of fashion.
Here are some of our favourite rugs from the Overdyed Collection: