Let's be clear, I am incredibly biased when it comes to rugs, but I really can't say it enough, a good rug will completely and utterly transform your a room. That said, I really do appreciate the fact that they are one of the most tricky items to navigate when selecting items for your home. Aside from hoping you will fall for one of Lilla Rugs' beautifully curated rugs, I also aim to be a trusted source of knowledge and someone who can help you get started on the exciting journey that is finding a rug for your home.
I hope to share more and more useful content and guides, but as to not overwhelm, today I'm going to simply share three tips to get you started.
1. Start with the size
Handmade rugs are one-of-a-kind, so you want to make sure when you start looking at designs and colours, you're looking at what is out there at the correct size for your room. Please try not to get something too small for a space. Less is more with rug sizing, and a rug that is too small will simply make the room look teeny tiny. I completely understand that sometimes budget a tricky one when you want a bigger rug, but there are plenty of creative answers to this, such as placing a jute rug underneath to frame the area.
Check out my sizing guide to get started on measuring your space. Hot tip: get the masking tape out and mark it down on your floor to help visualise.
Starting with the size will also immediately narrow down what could otherwise be an overwhelming amount of choice.
Know where the rug you're purchasing is going to live in the home. Is it for your dining room? It might be important you look for a flatter pile and something darker in colour expecting food spills. Is it for your bedroom? You may want something softer on the foot to step out onto each morning. Deciding your function will help dictate the style of rug you are opting for. For example, heavy piled Berber or Gabbeh, vs a mid-pile Persian Tribal. This is one that I can help you decide, if you share the function and sizing needs, I can pull together recommended collections.
3. Shortlist & Trial
Once you have decided on size range and function, you can start to browse and pull together a shortlist. The fun part! It could be that you see something you just know you love and will work in the room. It could also be that you feel torn between a few designs, unsure on colour. If it is the latter, I would recommend going to see the shortlist in person or booking in a house visit. The house visit service is such magic, as you get to see the rug in situ, realising what looks most cohesive in the space and adds the level of comfort your rug should give.
Bonus Tip: If you have wood/tile/ any flooring that is not a fitted carpet, you will more than likely need underlay for your rug. There are many options out there, but our preferred and designers choice is Foxi, which we stock direct on our website.
I hope that helps! Always love hearing direct questions from you, so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org