Browse our new flatweave rug range. Safe and hardwearing these rugs are great for high traffic areas. Flatweave rugs rather than being of knotted composition, are made on a loom, which creates a flat, smoother, non-tufted rug pile. This style of weaving creates slim flatweave rugs which can be used in multiple areas around the home.
We have been curating our rug collection for 19 years and have hundreds of styles to choose from. Our collection has been selected with quality in mind and you can rest assured that we have chosen rugs from only the best manufacturers. Browsing our site you will find every rug type, from Modern Rugs to Traditional Rugs, Shaggy Rugs to Flatweave Rugs! Rugs make powerful design statements and they have the ability to completely transform rooms. They can act as artwork for the floor, such as a centre piece lounge rug may do, or they can fade into the background and speak texturally only, as a plain rug would do. It is important to select the right size and shape for your room; with just one simple switch a room can go from traditional to modern, classic to contemporary, or bland to bold.
So the question is, how do you decide which one is the right one for you? Here are some things to think about.
There are as many rug styles as their are room styles, meaning there's an almost unending variety of options. Options have moved on from traditional Persian rugs or classic European styles to modern and contemporary digitally produced alternatives. Bold florals, strong geometrics, simple jutes and sisals, and even novelty rugs, new printing techniques have opened up the design possibilities. Before settling on a style make sure to think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your room. And remember that a rug doesn't need to match everything in a room, but it should work with the textures and tones of the existing furnishings.
Colour is a natural starting point when choosing a rug. Obviously you need to think about what colours you like and what colours you'd like to live with day in and day out.
But that's not all. The colour of your area rug will set the tone for the entire room so it's an important decision. If you already have furniture consider how different colours will work with your existing items. If you already have a lot of colour and pattern you might want to consider something neutral, or least something that's a single colour.
If you don't already have furnishings consider how different rug colours will work with the tones of the flooring, walls, and ceiling. Rugs can either stand out or blend in, so think about what effect you want to create when considering colour.
Plain rugs v patterned ones - if your furniture and walls are all solid colours a patterned rug can really bring your room to life. Likewise, if you have patterned furniture a solid rug can have a grounding, calming effect. It's all about balance. If your room is already furnished take this into account before choosing a rug. However if the rug is one of the first items you're purchasing, think about what pattern is right for you. Do you want something eye-catching or a little more subtle? The effect a pattern has on a room is closely tied to its colours, so consider how the two will work together.
For some reason having a rug that's too small for the room it's in is still one of the most common decorating mistakes. For most average-sized rooms, there should be about 10" - 20" of bare floor between the edges of the rug and the walls of the room (depending on the size of the room you can go as low as 8” and as high as 24”).
Make sure the rug is centered in the room and the distance between the rug and the wall is the same on all four sides. You can also use rugs to define spaces. So if you have an open concept space, or you want to layer rugs, the rules can be a little different. Think about the area you want to highlight and choose a size based on that - but remember that it's better to go too big than too small.
High Pile Shaggy Rugs VS Low Pile Flatweave Rugs
When choosing a rug it's important to think about what kind of pile you want - low, medium or high. Low pile modern rugs are generally sturdier than high pile rugs and are easier to vacuum and keep clean. They're also less expensive than high pile rugs. Rugs with a longer pile are softer, more luxurious, and very comfortable underfoot. They can help make rooms look more cozy and inviting.
As a general rule a room that gets a lot of foot traffic will benefit from a low pile rug such as a dhurrie or kilim rug, while a thicker rug will last longer in a room that doesn't get a lot of traffic.
Your lifestyle should be a big determining factor in what rug you ultimately choose. Do you have children? Pets? If so, a white shaggy rug with a high pile is probably not the best choice. If you expect that your rug will have to deal with a lot of wear and tear, a flat weave rug with a pattern that hides marks is worth considering. It will be easier to maintain and keep clean. However if you want to create a sense of comfort and luxury a flat weave rug probably won't do the trick. Instead you'll want something softer with a higher pile. Just be aware that it will not stand up to high traffic as well as something with a lower pile.
Choose a rug with the right level of maintenance for you. For the majority of rugs you'll need to regularly vacuum and rotate it. Modern Flat weave rugs are easy to vacuum, but you can also take them outside and beat out the dirt and dust. High pile rugs are more difficult to clean, and some will have to be either sent out, or professionally cleaned in your home. No matter what type you choose, be sure to use a non-slip rug pad, don't leave it in direct sunlight if you can avoid it, and definitely do not let stains set.