1. Select the perfect size first!

The most important first step is to decide upon the size of a rug. Measure up and select the optimal size before moving on to design, colour and material preference.


PRO TIP: Use a measuring tape and masking tape to outline common rug sizes on your floor to get a sense of the footprint.

The size of a rug is vital for connecting a room and tying everything together to create a balanced space. In an open plan room, a rug can define an area and enhance the overall aesthetic of a room.

Go for the largest possible size that fits, as it will unify a room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that is too small, will make the room look smaller and can also make furniture appear disconnected.

Most popular rug sizes are 70x130cm,120 x 180cm, 160 x 230cm, 190 x 290cm and 230 x 320cm

2. Think outside the square (or rectangle) and consider the shape.

The most popular shape is rectangular for living, dining, bedrooms and narrow hallway runners. Our natural fibre rugs include wool, bamboo, leather, cotton, denim, jute, and straw rugs. 

However, a round rug is a delightful choice in bedrooms or can add a point of interest to a living space, playroom or study. The Bungalow and Circus are great circular rug choices spanning 120cm or 200cms in diameter. 


3. If you feel there’s too many choices or want a rug that will outlast trends, opt for a timeless texture or durable flatweave.

Flatweave rugs are the most popular as they are durable and perfect for high traffic living and dining areas. The Byron and Dante are among our best sellers creating a casual, relaxed look that will suit most décor options. Both these rugs have been made using reclaimed denim making it a super eco-friendly choice. Styling tip; don’t forget to add our matching cushions to complete your look.


When you think wool, imagine luxury, warmth and beautifully soft underfoot. The Ezara is the perfect luxurious rug that ticks all the boxes.


For the ultimate upcycled designer rug, I introduce to you the Hunter denim leather label rug. This one is your one-of-a-kind rug. Every piece is unique, made from reclaimed leather denim labels. Combined, it creates an incredible patchwork of denim from designers from all over the world. Check out our leather ottoman and cushions as well if you love this patchwork look.

4. Treat your rug with a little love & it will increase its lifespan.

Rotation of your rug in high traffic & sunlit areas is recommended every 6 months to extend the life of any rug. Light vacuum clean regularly and ensure to remove spills immediately. Blot any liquid with a clean cloth or a paper napkin.


 5. Define your space. Below are several room layout and size guides.

LIVING ROOM FLOATING LAYOUT – For open plan living

In open plan living rooms, a rug should be big enough to fit under all four legs of each couch, sofa and arm chair. It will define the space and be in proportion with the size of furniture and surrounding space, whilst creating a relaxed and casual feel to a space.

CLASSIC LIVING LAYOUT – For classic living

In rooms where furniture is up against the wall, a rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all lounge suit items. For a more formal look and feel, opt for the legs to be placed off the rug completely.

IN THE DINING ROOM – Scale and proportion is key

For dining rooms, a rug should always be in proportion to the table. It is best to leave enough space on either side of the table to avoid ‘catching’ the back of the rug with a chair. The back chair legs should always be sitting on the rug, even when being used. 

IN THE BEDROOM – Cosy, soft and luxurious

A rug in the bedroom will warm up and soften a room with hard flooring. A rug adds colour, pattern and texture to make a room feel luxurious and cosy.

Make sure the rug is underfoot when you get out of bed. The rug should be large enough to sit underneath the bed and side tables. Another option is for the rug to sit underneath the bed, stopping short of the side tables

For those who don’t want a large rug under the bed but still want a soft place underfoot when getting out of bed, you can opt for a set of two runners placed either side of the bed.

6. Choose ethically.

We make a point of ensuring that all of our rugs are Oeko-Tex certified against harmful substances are approved by the GoodWeave organisation, but what does this actually mean?

The GoodWeave label means that no child, forced or bonded labor was used in the making of a certified product, and that your purchase supports programs that educate children and ensure decent work for adults. Click on the video below to learn more.



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