The house slab isn’t down but already I’m thinking about rugs. I want to be ready for the moment when I find THE rug. I like to see and feel a rug before I buy it and the right rug may pop up while I’m traveling. There may be no going back to get it later…
With the exception of the bathrooms and laundry, our floors will be blackbutt timber. We’ll need plenty of rugs eventually but, for now, the main rug of concern is for the living area. There are various opinions about how large a rug should be in relation to a room and “rules” about sofa feet being on or off the rug, but I’ve noticed that some of the most stylish of rooms don’t follow the rules.
For our living room, I’m subscribing to the “large makes the room look large” theory. At a minimum I want the rug to sit under the front feet of the sofa. At a maximum, I want to leave 20-30cm from the walls, so you can still appreciate the timber floors and to keep the rug clear of ash that might fall out of the fireplace. I used Jardan’s room planner to map out the likely location and size of our dream sofa in our living room. From this I took the measurements for the rug.
Maximum size 3.5x 3.4m. Minimum size 3 x 2.2 m. Big.
However, if I was to fall in love with a rug outside these dimensions, then I think it could be done. Many off-the-shelf rugs do not come large enough to fit my requirements.
I’m wavering between a rug with a pattern and a small pallet of colours or something neutral and unicoloured but with lots of texture. Here are a few of my favourites:
Right now, pattern is winning. The sofa will be plain, so some pattern won’t go astray.
- Cotton/thread ✔ I’m a sucker for a good kilim.
- Jute ✔
- Silk or a silk blend.✔ So nice under foot.
- Wool ✔ Sometimes. I have a great wool rug from Freedom that is at least 10 years old and has been very resilient to herds of wild children and questionable house keeping. But some wool rugs look like they need a good shear. They are a bit fluffy and shed! A few rugs that I recently saw at Pottery Barn fell into this category.
If THE rug doesn’t find me, here are my
go to places for big rugs:
- Freedom (Max size: 2.5 x 3.5 m)
- West Elm (Max size: 2.74 x 3.66 m)
- WorldWeave (Max off-the-shelf size 2 x 3 m, custom available.)
- Armadillo & Co. (Max size: 3 x 4 m, custom available.)
Which rug do you like best? Are you eyeing off an alternative? Have I missed any secret rug shops? You know, I usually like to consider Australian made options, but I couldn’t find one I like under $1000, not even under $3000.
If you are still not overloaded by rugs, you’ll find more in my Pinterest file.