Can you really buy a rug online – and be happy with the outcome?!

July 28th, 2014

We think so! But log on to the internet and take time to brows various forums and you will find horror story after horror story about online rug purchases that have gone horribly wrong. You will want to avoid this and we think we know how you can…

We all live busy lives. Working full time, balancing the work and play as well as all the other things that come along with a busy lifestyle and family, taking hours to trawl around shops looking for the perfect rug is a luxury that many of us can ill-afford.

As a result, like many other purchases, we turn to online rug stores like us – – to see the current trends in terms of style and colour, as well as researching prices. Buying rugs online can be done and here is how…

pattern rug

Think about what you want and need – then research to find examples!

People often have very little idea of what it is they want, exactly for their home. They may have ideas about colour and style, as they will undoubtedly be matching the rug to their décor which, according the various home interior designers is the wrong way round

You also need to consider the construction of the rug too and know what hand-tufted, hand-woven, hand-knotted and machine made all mean so that you can see why the rug is the price that it is. Likewise, you need to have an idea about the materials that are used too; from natural fibres through to all manner of synthetic materials, some you may not have heard of!

All of these manufacturing techniques and materials have pros and cons, with some being more suited to some areas of your home than others. It may look like a bargain, but will it function to the best of its ability?

Getting the sizing right

The nest big step is to know your sizing, and not get your inches and your centimetres all in a knot! If you are looking for a certain size rug, then measure the space where it will sit and make sure it will fit – too big, and the area will be swamped. Too small and it will look lost. After all, you do not want to make the expensive mistake of buying a brilliant silk rug, only for it to arrive and be the size of a postage stamp…

Fibre density – another technicality

There may also be some quality online retailers who operate a support service and can discuss with you’re the finer technicalities of their rugs wither via a phone line, online chat facility or by email. Density of the fibre relates directly to the perceived durability of the rug. The denser the pile, the slower the rug will wear is the general rule of thumb. If you investing a lot in your rug, getting the best density measurement your can is fairly essential for it to be a lasting investment.

Bear in the mind the footfall

Also known as the ‘traffic’ within the home, where you intend putting your online rug purchase should influence your decision. Anything that looks flimsy will simply not last the test of time in the hallway with muddy boots, the dog and cat padding in and out as well as the several trips in and out of the front door we do every day.
In order to make the best online rug purchase, check the rug description – where has the manufacturer or retailer suggested is the best place for the rug? Getting one recommended for the bedroom will not give the same performance in the dining room…

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High quality online rug retailers will spend time and care getting good photographs of their products so that consumers can see a faithful colour reproduction of the actual product. If you are looking for a specific hue or shade of a colour it is probably best to check that the colour is what it says it is; many people have opted for the golden yellow only to find it is far more golden than what they thought. Again, contact the retailer as they could help with this. Don’t underestimate the impact of colour in your interior décor

And don’t forget – research the retailer

Reviews are everywhere online and an online retailer of rugs will take care of these reviews – in other words, their customer service will be second to none as they know that consumers buy from companies who have excellent reviews. Consumers, just like on the high street, are turned off by online retailers who seem to have let their customers down.
Now all you have to do is choose the rug…

Manchester United Legend Paul Scholes Visits The Rug Retailer

July 24th, 2014

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

Manchester United Legend Paul Scholes outside The Rug Retailer with owner Christopher Bond.

Aesthetically pleasing and brilliantly functional – the ‘science’ behind choosing children’s rugs

July 22nd, 2014

Let’s be honest, decorating the bedroom or play room is a nightmare. On one hand, you want it to be warm and inviting, but yet on the other, it needs to be able to withstand the onslaught of the children, their boisterous play and they visiting friends.

No other room in the house is asked to withstand so much and provide so much and so the thought of adding a rug to the room seems, to some people, an idea that is simply inviting trouble!

But it can be done but take a look at online retailers such as ourselves and you will see the choice is vast, as well as fairy bewildering. Should you opt for a shaped rug or will they ‘grow out of it’ too soon? What about educational rugs, with maps and solar systems? Or may those that encourage play along ‘themed lines’?

Kids Rugs

Confused yet? There is no need to be as we have some great ideas about making sure you understand the science behind choosing the right rug for the children’s play room or bedroom…

Multi-functional – we have already alluded to the fact that a child’s bedroom or play room is a multi-functional space; one minute it could be a swamp with man-eating crocodiles, the next it can be haven of clam and tranquillity, followed by a battling Roman soldiers. The possibilities within a child’s play is endless and you need a rug – or rugs – that can not only handle this pounding but also fit with it. It is a tall order, but it can be done…

The sizing of it all – many people tend to opt for rugs that are simply too big. On one hand, you want a rug that warms the room underfoot or adds textured warmth to the room but there again, get it too big and it simply swamps the space.

*HINT – measure the room and then decide on the maximum size you want the rug to be*

Movability – not many people give consideration to the fact that children’s rugs can be moved. For example, messy play time in the playroom or maybe there are a series of scientific experiments happening that see the rug under threat from spillages and stains can all spell disaster for the rug… so why not roll it up? OR, maybe you invested in a themed rug and the children are a bit bored of it? They say absence makes the heart grow fonder so why not hide it away or change it for another one for a short time?

Natural material or man-made fibres – there are all manner of pros and cons to using rugs made from either of these fibres. Some children are unable to deal with the fibres and natural shedding from natural fibres, and yet some synthetic materials can also cause a problem. The important aspect of choosing the right material comes down to your child’s likes and dislikes, as well as ease of cleaning (and not just vacuuming, stain removal is important too), along with getting the right rug within budget. However, keep one eye on the quality – you want one that will not fade or be threadbare in only a few months.

And, then we add personal tastes…

And just when you think you have the science of choosing the right children’s rug, your have one more addition to your list of considerations – your child’s likes and dislikes. This can be the nightmare scenario with one child liking one rug, but the other not… the soap opera of what a child will like today, can change tomorrow causing you no end of angst and frustration.

There are many different shades, colours and shapes of children’s rugs that even when you have narrowed it down using the above criteria, you are still left with a hug array from which to choose. A good approach is to choose by age – not a sure fire winner when it comes to every choice, but worth a punt!

Older teens for example, like the look, feel and sophistication that comes with some of the shaggy rugs, as well as block colours that complement the décor of their room. Younger children sometimes like character rugs, but there are also some shaped or themes rugs that they are attracted to as well. Again, bear in mind the décor and the fact that most children’s room are rarely neutral in colour or shade, so getting the right colours and patterns is fairly essential or it will simply look out of place.
Childrens Rugs

Children’s rugs are a great addition to any bedroom, play area or den but don’t get lost in the hundreds of rugs on offer; apply the science of rug choosing and your children will have great rugs that will last for a very long time…

The Worlds Most Expensive Rugs – Infographic

July 18th, 2014

Expensive rugs infographic

Expensive rugs infographic

Have you ever wondered what the most expensive ???? in the world is?
Well, the answer will probably be yes. So here’s our contribution to the most expensive rugs in the world.
Thanks to Helen Weaver for producing this and for sourcing the information.
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The Art of Buying a Rug: how to source and buy the best quality rug you can… at the price you want

July 12th, 2014

Rugs are great; they add interest, warmth and texture to a room, as well as sectioning off larger rooms into smaller portions, creating natural eating space and relaxation zones.

Rugs can be used all over the house, from runners in the hallway to fluffy ones to warm your feet as you leave your bed in the morning. Even the kids don’t get left out; they can choose from bright character rugs, to shaped rugs as well as those that help them play.

Rugs are seen as the ‘art of the floor’ and if you are looking for a new one, then you need to know how to make the right choice. Refining your search will help you look in the right places BUT, cheap rugs are not easy to find…

Set your budget

Without a doubt, setting your budget BEFORE you start looking for your rug is essential. You can pick up incredibly cheap, small rugs made from synthetic fibres but in all honesty, you may find that the quality for high traffic areas, such as a hallway, is rather dubious. Hence, when setting your budget you do need to be realistic about what you can get for your money.

Not sure how high or low to set your budget? Some designers suggest that the highest quality of rugs will cost on a par with a sofa – bear this in mind when looking for your rug!


There is no doubt that the way the rug is made will influence its price, as well as in most cases how long it will last and where it is suitable for. Those rugs that are constructed using the most labour intensive methods, such as hand-weaving, will have a higher prices tag. Tufted rugs – which can be handmade or machine made – could present a better option for those looking for a cheap rug.


Another common factor in how much your get for your money when it comes to rugs, is the material from which it is made. This is one area where you may need to compromise.

On one hand, the purchase of natural fibre rugs is once again gathering pace simply because we are becoming more aware of our impact on the planet, as well as supporting home industries such as the British Wool trade. But on the other hand, technologies and manufacturing techniques have made a wider range of synthetic materials open to consumers, meaning cheap rugs are an option.

The benefits of wool as a sustainable product are being celebrated once again in the UK, with more people opting for this great natural product


Not only is it the construction of the rug that adds to the cost, but also the size. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes and generally, as a rule of thumb, the bigger the rug, the higher the price. However, this can depend on what it is made from and how the rug has been made. In the end, you may find that you will need to refine your search, opting for a smaller rug if price is an issue.


But, all is not lost as many people think that looking for a cheap rug means opting for plain, safe and boring! What does come to your rescue is the fact that many rugs are now shaped, which adds interest to a room, as well as being a great piece of art for your floor. There are many differing shapes, so why not take another look at how a shapes rug could really add pizzazz to your room.

Shaped Rugs


Looking for a cheap rug does not mean compromising on style; there are a huge number of colours, patterns, florals, two-tone rugs and block colours… the list could go on and on. The great news for those shopping on a budget is that this range and choice does not diminish with the less money you have to spend!


Neither does the fact that rugs can be cleaned, dry-cleaned or shampooed! All rugs, even in low traffic areas within the home, take a battering throughout their lives and unlike hiring heavy wet vacuums for cleaning fitted carpets, rugs can be rolled up and either taken to a specialist cleaners or given a shampoo or clean in the garden.

Many people worry that shopping on a budget will mean that the get the cheap rug they need for their pad will effectively mean compromising in everything, but here at The Rug Retailer we know that this is not the case.

Clean rugs can be simple when you know how but always take time to do your research first

If you have a small budget, we can help. We have hundreds of great rugs in stock, in all shapes and sizes suitable for every part of your home – and every budget!

Dwight Yorke Visits Tour X Golf & The Rug Retailer

July 10th, 2014

Dwight York at The Rug Retailer
A surprise visit from Dwight Yorke made our day today @ The Rug Retailer

Win A Voucher Worth £1,000 To Spend At The Rug Retailer

July 10th, 2014

Win a rug up to £1000

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The shaggy rug – still popular and still perfect in so many ways

July 7th, 2014

Colours and materials are not in short supply when it comes to choose the perfect shaggy rug for your home. But what is a shaggy rug exactly and why do so many people still love them?

The rug of distinction

There are two factors that make a shaggy rug different from other rugs and carpets – the most obvious is the length of the yarn (the fibre, in other words) used to construct the rug in the first place. Other rugs have shirted yarns hence you get a soft a feeling under foot but not the delicious ‘in-between-the toes’ lusciousness associated with shag pile rugs.

This longer thread or yarn also gives it its second distinct characteristic – the loose, soft pile that so many people love.

Created by either a hand-tufting or hand-knotting technique, many customers are surprised to learn that there are three styles from which to choose – the long shag, the short shag and the mini shag. The long shag rug, for example, was a popular interior design pieces in the 1960s, and is still fondly remembered by people today. And so if you want to unmistakable softness underfoot, take a look at how these rugs are being used today–Shag-Rugs-Stage-a-Comeback and how the long shag is most definitely the rug for you…

The modern shaggy rug

There are now a range of materials when it comes to choosing your shag pile rug, including both natural and synthetic fibres:

Bamboo, wool and cotton and three natural fibres that are proving popular especially in these days of looking to ensure we use as many sustainable materials and products as possible. As they are naturally occurring and growing resources, these three materials are true giants of the eco-friendly world.

However, technology and manufacturing techniques still make materials that are fit to rival the qualities and benefits of the three natural materials just mentioned. Acrylic, nylon and polypropylene are three materials that are hardwearing and cheaper in terms of price too.

Of course, many shaggy rugs are also available in a mix of natural and synthetic fibres so that you get the best of both worlds.

Cotton shaggy rug

So much choice – how do you choose?

Colours, shapes and sizes of shaggy rugs are such that the choice seem almost endless and a little daunting. Clearly, these are personal choices but whatever style of rug you would like that complements the décor of your home, you will surely find a shaggy rug that will fit right in!

Great for kids rooms too!

Many parents realise that children’s bedrooms sometimes need an extra addition or layer of texture and warmth within them and an increasingly popular choice is the cotton shaggy rug.

In fact, one of the great things about cotton shaggy rugs is that they are a relatively inexpensive way of adding colour, and much-needed texture to a room. Kids love sitting and playing on the soft surface; with their casual appearance they can be cleaned too, should spillages occur…

Soft Shaggy Rug

A note of opulence with the flokati shaggy rug

The flokati rug really does sound the top note of luxury and opulence. Originating in New Zealand, there are now many suppliers of this style of rug in the UK.

Made entirely from wool, this off-white rug really does add an amazing sense of opulence to a room. Many people say they find it hard to walk on, it is so beautiful and soft! Recent modern twists on this rug now means it is available in a range of colours but the rug is not for high traffic areas.

Bamboo is another material that has become popular in many ways for products within the home; again considered an eco-friendly product, it can be used to make shaggy rugs as well as other more conventional rugs, with many designers advocating that bamboo is worth another look

The shaggy rug is making a comeback – although some people maintained that its popularity never waned. Just like feeling warm sand under foot, the fee of a soft shag rug can evoke memories and pleasure. Common in bedrooms and low traffic areas in many homes across the UK, don’t you think you should have a look at the growing range of shag piles rugs available?

We have a range of both shaggy rugs – – and flokati rugs that can make all the difference in your home – take a look!

Functional AND Stylish – the best in children’s rugs

June 26th, 2014

How many things can you think of in your home that are functional, yet stylish? Take the humble can opener – no matter how hard designers try, this essential piece of kitchen kit never really gets beyond its basic design.

On the other hand, there is one item, essential for cosmetic and design reasons that really can be stylish, and as far away from boring as you could possibly imagine…. rugs for children.

We all want the best for our children and this includes a nice decorated play area or bedroom. As technology and manufacturing processes have become more intricate, accessories and items we now have at our disposal to decorate children’s rooms is ever-growing, with rugs being one of them.

Fun and educational, take another look at the best in children’s rugs…

Map rugs

A firm favourite with both boys and girls, map rugs can offer endless hours of play, from toy cars to building houses and skyscrapers with interlocking bricks. Designs have come on leaps and bounds too, from the city landscape to a countryside theme. Later additions include under the sea scapes but whatever design you opt for, this is a perfect example of a functional rug also providing play. Also coming in a range of sizes, there is a rug for every play room or bedroom floor.

**Added bonus – rugs do not have to be a permanently laid feature in a room. To add interest, why not have a stash of different map rugs, changing them to keep interest in the rug and games?**

Character rugs

But a new and emerging trend for many children’s rooms is investing in the latest character rug – great for fitting into any room – but with the addition of fun, imaginative games. There are some children’s rugs of this style currently available that incorporate a spinner or dice, for example, so that the rug can form the basis of play and games.

Educational – numbers and letters

There has been a huge amount of research within early years education that links play and learning, with rugs just one way of enhancing and supporting these formative years. There are a number of rugs available with letters, numbers or both, as well as other formats such as clock faces. These styles of rugs use bright, bold colours, usually from the primary range of colours to reinforce the fund of learning. They are no longer just in the English language! Many of the letter rugs can now be purchased in different languages and many styles of rugs also come with graphics and cartoon characters to aid learning.

**Make up your own games to use with these kinds of maps. Numeracy and literacy can be reinforced with simple games that require children to physically move around. Ask them to add or subtract two simple numbers and jump on to the answer or why not ask them to spell out their name by jumping on the letters? The options for interactive play are endless!**

Bringing outdoor games, in!

There are just some days that we cannot get outside; playing in the rain may be fun for a while, but having soaking wet children and buckets of mud sloshing through the house is not a welcome thought. There are times when children need to entertain themselves and when they cannot do this by running off excess energy in the garden, game themed rugs that allow them to play these games inside are a brilliant way to bring the outside, in.
For example, hopscotch. A long, runner style rug, in bright bold colours with the hopscotch grid marked out on the rug. Children simply need to roll out and use! There is an ever increasing variety of these types of rugs coming to the market.

Shapes rugs, stepping stones and other themes

There is no need to shy away from using rugs in play areas or children’s bedrooms. There are means of securing rugs in place if safety is an issue but there are so many possibilities with these kinds of rugs it can be difficult to choose!
Older children may have outgrown the play rugs mentioned above but they still enjoy the colours and options that rugs can bring to their rooms. Different block coloured circular rugs for example, can provide interest and appeal in any teenage room, as well as acting as stepping stones for smaller children.

Need more ideas? Take a look at Shaped rugs are also a great way of adding layer and texture to a room, as well an injection of colour. Play and learning go hand in hand – could play rugs enhance your child’s learning?

Simple, quick and stylish – updating your home with rugs!

June 23rd, 2014

Not sure where to turn when it comes to choosing the style and design of rug? Not surprising considering the number and range of rugs available to today’s homeowner!

But, like all aspects of interior design, there are trends and 2014 is a spectacle of fabulous designs, colours and textures. Take a look and see which would suit your home…

Flowers – but modern

Floral rugs are great and are the ‘in’ trend for this year BUT, stay away from the floral masses that you would find at grandma’s house! Bright floral rugs are the style to have in your home with the must-have rug for the coming year being big, bright and bold flower motifs.

There is almost a nod to the tropics too, with gracious flowers adorning deep piled, luxurious rugs; the fauna and flora of the tropics are unlike anything we would see here. Bright, almost garish combinations of colours – the purple and golden yellow-orange combination of the ‘bird in paradise’ flower, prevalent across warmer, hotter climes is one example – are welcomed into the home to add a splash of summer colour, even on the dullest of days.

Feeling brave? Go for the ‘modern art’ poppy rugs making their way onto the rug market

Floral Rug

Heritage and tradition – with a bit of up-cycling help

Traditional styles and rugs are making a comeback too, with people falling in love all over again with heritage, tradition and vintage. BUT, there is a twist – rescuing and restoring old rugs is the way forward.

This is not to say that buying new is not a possibility, far from it but the penchant of modern day society to start ‘mending and making do’ is not just confined to distant memory of the older relative. The need to recycle is creeping in to many facets of life; it is not just about putting the plastics box for recycling once a week. It is about taking an older item, cleaning, repairing and breathing new life into it.

Did you know…? Many rugs were made so well that they were expected to stand the test of time long beyond the first generation to own them. Handcrafted and made rugs from across cultures we so tightly made, weaved and knotted that they can be repaired and gently cleaned (but seek professional advice).

Geometric patterns

Characterised by regular lines and shapes, many people see this pattern as a throwback to the ‘80s but they are making a comeback with a vengeance. Some people like colour and like to add great splashes of it. Some designers have recoiled from this, attempting to introduce a more neutral colour scheme but not everyone likes or opts for this.
2014 rug trends in geometric rugs is one great way of adding the colours and shades into your interior design scheme that you want.

Match you – not your room!

A great design thought for 2014 is to match and decorate your room not so IT looks at its best but so that it tells YOUR story. In other words, you buy that rug that matches you and your personality.

Seems an odd combination or idea, but designers for many years have striven to get their design to fit their customers but, in 2014 someone has given this a label. Calling it the ‘folk and craft’ approach, it is one way adding the style of rug to your room that suits you. In this sense, anything goes; opt for you like or takes your fancy at the time and add it to your collection of accessories for added ‘personality glamour’!

A British classic – tartan and checks

Every now and then, tartan and check makes it was either back into key designer clothing pieces or into our homes; this time, it is the turn of the rug to have tartan and checks added to its every expanding range of patterns and styles.
But, as always, there is a twist, an addition or a subtraction from the classic ‘pattern’ and neither tartan nor check escapes this – 2014 see pink, yellow, green and blue become the colours of the tartan on the rug. It seems that the more it clashes, the better…

And finally…

For years we have been told to match and complement items; patterns need to be matched, colours need to work in harmony, remove anything that jars or grates on the main player. But now, in the interior design schemes of the ultra-modern it really does seem that the more if clashes and bangs together, the better.
Patterns are good but mixing them is even better. Fancy a bit of paisley? Great… twin with a ditzy floral pattern and you are really 2014 hot! Add a rug pulling out the main colours, and you have it all!