The beginner’s guide to rug styles

The manufacturing process and the materials used are a few factors that play a role in the quality of a rug. There are many types of rugs out there, and they are made from various materials, such as acetate, nylon, cotton, and wool, to name a few.

The quality of the materials does not necessarily define the quality of a rug. However, an investment in top-quality materials will naturally lead to better rugs and, therefore, higher prices. First of all, it is important to note that rugs are not made like they used to be in the old days.

Read on to learn more about the different types of rugs out there.

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1. Tufted- These types of rugs are widely sold, and they make up most of the carpets and rugs sold on the market. The tufted material is injected into a backing material. After that, it is bonded to hessian or another material, as this provides extra strength.

2. Needle Felted- These types of rugs are durable and contain compact fibers. Needle-felted rugs are relatively new and have been around for about three decades. Some people use these rugs for the home, but many choose needle felted rugs in high-traffic areas because of how durable they are.

3. Knotted Rugs- These rugs are man-made, or they can be machine-made. The carpet’s thread is pulled through the backing material. Best of all, these types of rugs are available in many sizes and colors.

4. Woven- Woven rugs can be found in various colored yarns, and this is due to them being created on a loom. Loop and cut pile rugs can be made this way, and the loom continues to be one of the best ways to create nice-looking rugs. However, it’s worth pointing out that when rugs are hand-loomed, then they can be quite expensive.

5. Hooked- Hooked rugs are made via pieces of material being brought through a burlap backing. This helps create a simple-looking rug. Hooked rugs tend to be very affordable, and they are both useful and attractive, and many people collect these types of rugs.

6. Flat Weave- Instead of being tied around cotton, the material is woven in and out of it. Sometimes people use strips of old clothes to create flatweave rugs. Some of the most well-known woven carpet types include Dutch, Damask, and Venetian.

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7. Embroidered Rugs are not made on a loom, as they are hand-stitched onto a linen backing or a cotton backing. It is said that Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed embroidering rugs. Some rugs feature dimensional flowers that look very real and other types of designs. When steel needles are available, these types of rugs are mass-produced, but usually, it is craftsmen who create them.

8. Braided Rugs- These rugs are all handmade, and a braid is a large number of yarns that have been plaited together. A braided rug can be made from wool, cotton, silk, or even synthetic fibers.

9. Push-Pull Rugs- Push and pull rugs use two materials, one on the upper side and the other on the bottom. This creates a flat carpet that can also have some texture to it. Push-pull rugs are best suited for places that see a lot of foot traffic or spills.

10. Shag Rugs- It is said that shag rugs were invented by accident. A woman was trying to find a way to recycle her old sweaters, but instead, she created a carpet that became very popular. Shag rugs are always made by hand, and they are usually very plush.

11. Antique Rugs- These types of rugs can be easily identified as they have a hand-carved look to them, and the age is usually readily apparent. Rather than having modern colors, antique rugs tend to feature brighter and bolder colors and designs due to their age. They also tend to stand out from other types of rugs.

Battle Of The Rugs: Round Or Rectangular?

An area rug displayed in your favorite room can turn a drab area into something stylish. However, selecting the right type of area rug is key in achieving the perfect look. Apart from taking the time to consider the color and pattern of the rug, it is vital to consider whether the rug is round or rectangular. Which will work for you?

Traditional Vs. Modern

Rectangular rugs are very angular by nature and tend to fit best in areas that are decorated in a hip or modern style. The simple sharp angles of the rug are able to downplay and pull together geometric wallpaper, sleek furniture, and even brightly colored accessories.

If your home is more traditional or has a romantic artsy vibe, a round rug is a perfect match. It has an airy feel to it and a round shape that makes it blend in with the traditional look without taking away from the rest of the accessories.

Large Space Vs. Small Space

As a rule of thumb, if you have a very large room you’re looking to install an area rug in, your most sensible option is a rectangular rug. In a large room, furniture can be arranged in angles, and a nice rectangular rug can pull it all together. However, you also have to keep in mind that having several smaller rugs in a large room can make it look unprofessional and uncoordinated.

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Smaller homes and confined spaces generally benefit the most from a round rug. The reason is that most small homes tend to group furniture into angular spaces, which can often feel cramped. A round rug can help pull the space out of that angular slump and add some interest without compromising the look of the home.

Focusing On Furniture And Accessories

It is important that when taking into consideration the shape of the rug, you are also thinking about the type of furniture that has to sit on top. For example, a round table in the dining area would best be complemented by a round rug as the chairs can safely sit on top. However, a rectangular rug (even in the dining area) can help bring everything together for a modern-looking room with a chandelier and sleek furniture.

Making The Final Call

Though the budget will play a role in your decision-making, keep in mind that some patterns just look better on a rectangular rug (Aztec and geometric prints), and some are destined for a round rug (swirly and shag styles).

A good way to make the final call when you have trouble is to get out the masking tape and create the shape you are considering purchasing around the area you wish to install it in. This can help you better visualize whether a rectangular or a round rug looks best in your room. Lastly, the masking tape will also allow you to realistically calculate the size you will need for your space.

Any rugs make for great decoration, and it doesn’t matter what type of decor you have, the chances are you can find a rug in a color that will fit in nicely with your home’s decor. You can find rugs that feature popular cartoon characters and rugs that have contemporary subjects. If you want to bring a room together and make an area of your home more exciting or give it some life, then a decorative rug can be a nice addition.

Rugs can add more cushioning to the floor, regardless of placing them on laminate floors or hardwood floors. If you have small children who tend to fall over, then adding a rug is a good idea. Not only that, but rugs make surfaces more pleasant to walk on. Rugs can also be very educational, and if your child is having a hard time with his or her reading lessons, then getting them to read to you while sitting down on the floor will help. This way they get more practice and they become more confident and better at reading.

It’s always best to place rugs in areas where there is a lot of traffic because this will help them last longer. Also, if you have pets, it is best to get a very durable and washable rug.

You should also get a rug because it offers good insulation. You might find that rugs can trap heat during the winter months because of their fibers, and in the summer, rugs can trap air and help maintain cooler temperatures indoors. If you want to experience the benefits of owning a rug, then buy one today, but make sure you take your time and choose the right one for your home or business.

When buying rugs online, pay attention to the sizing, so you know how big or small they are before purchasing them. It’s always wise to measure out an area where you want to place a rug and then compare that area to the size of the rug you’re buying. This way, there is no need for guesswork, and you will not be disappointed when it comes in the mail.

If you are shopping online, pay attention to reviews to know what other people think about the type of rugs they have purchased. For example, if you see a lot of reviews that tell about the durability of a rug, then it is probably a good idea to go for this type of rug.


Claire is a blogger, writer, and designer with a passion for making the most out of any space. She's worked in interior design and maintenance for over a decade, and has learned how to make the most of even the smallest room. Claire shares her expertise, where she offers tips and tricks for creating beautiful, functional spaces on any budget. When she's not blogging or designing, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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