It is vital to know the difference between a rug and a carpet. Conventionally,  a rug covers about 40 square feet. It has a bound edge and can be moved freely on the floor. A long narrow rug is called a runner. A carpet is different from a carpet because it stretches from wall to wall or fixed in one area.

Home designers usually begin decorating the area with the rug first. From the carpet’s pattern and size, they choose colors for the walls and furniture pieces. Mats are used to embellish the room for artistic design because it adds color, texture, and pattern. Here are the relevant factors to be considered in choosing a rug:

Select the Appropriate Size  – Size is also an important element in selecting a rug. The size of the area, the furniture, and the carpet should harmoniously match.

Consider the Appropriate Pattern – Choose a design that suits the space.

Find the Texture and Shape of the Rug – You can experiment with velvet to enhance the look of the space or with different shapes such as circle, oblong, rectangle, etc.

Get Some Information About the Location -Determine the area where you are going to put it and who are usually using the area.

Choose the Appropriate Color – Color also plays an important part in selecting rugs. Consider the color of the floor and wall in the choice of a carpet.

Choose the Right MaterialOne of the important factors to consider in the selection of a rug is the material used. Rugs are either made of natural or synthetic fiber. Natural fibers are more durable than synthetic fiber, environment-friendly because they do not release hazardous gases to the environment. Here are some of the examples of natural fibers:

  • Cotton Rugs – Cotton rugs are softer than sisal or jute rugs, can be dyed easily, durable, less expensive than wool rugs, and often machine-washable.
  • Wool Rugs – Wool rugs are durable, widely used by homeowners, can be dyed easily and allows various color options. It is comfortable on your feet and suitable for families with little children running around.
  • Viscose and Silk Rugs – Viscose and silk rugs are easy to dye, absorbent, very soft, and not very durable.
  • Sisal and Jute Rugs – Sisal and Jute rugs are very durable, rough on your feet, and an alternative if someone is allergic to wool.

Synthetic rugs are machine-made. Since they are machine-made rugs, sizes, patterns, colors, etc. be customised by simply entering into a computer the necessary details. Here some of the examples:

  • Polyester Rugs – Polyester rugs are difficult to dye, not oil-resistant, inexpensive, very durable, very resistant to bleaching, fading and other wear and tear.
  • Nylon rugs – Nylon rugs have a silky appearance, limitless numbers of colors, very durable, resists dirt, and easy to clean.
  • Olefin Rugs – Olefin carpets are affordable, soft like wool, stain-resistant, repel moisture and stains, permanent, and often used in outdoor settings.

A Right Rug for a Right Place – Here are some tips to get a perfect choice of carpet for each area of the house:

  • Entryway Rugs – The first thing that visitors notice when they enter the room is the entrance. To give a proper expression to the visitors, we can opt for a rug that is welcoming. If the house has a small opening, choose rugs with significant patterns as they can make space look large. Sizes of the rug should match the width of the door to avoid a tripping hazard.
  • Living Room Rugs – TThe rugs for the living room should synchronize with the lights, space, and the family’s personality. For example, if there are lots of natural lights in the chamber, use rugs with interesting patterns to make the room look lively. If there are kids and pets in the house, use easy to clean, soft, and stain resistant rugs.
  • Bathroom Rugs – Water-absorbing rug is appropriate in the bathroom. Green rugs will give the bathroom a feel of a spa.
  • Staircase, Balcony, and Terrace Rugs – Rugs used on stairway, balcony and terrace can preclude slips and falls.
  • Bedroom Rugs – Choose a bedroom carpet that makes you feel relax. Play with colors and textures. For a kids’ bedroom, use colorful rugs because they can help stimulate learning.
  • Dining Room Rugs – Rugs can eliminate the noise of dragging chairs. Spills are often inevitable. So stain resistant rugs are appropriate for the dining area because it is easy to clean.


Rugs play a paramount role in interior design. Home designers need to choose the most suitable rug for each room of the house. Rugs help set the tone in every space. They can add character and set the mood.