Choose from these Brands

Carpet Specialists is proud to offer these fine brands of area rugs. We’ve provided links to their websites so you can browse their complete product selection. Please visit our showroom to see our extensive in-stock selection of rugs, or we’ll work with you to order the perfect rug from one of our excellent suppliers. We can even create custom rugs (see sample here).

 

Area Rugs

Buying Tips for Area Rugs

When you visit Carpet Specialists to shop for a rug, you might want to consider taking a photo of the room that you’re decorating and bringing it with you as reference. Then our expert sales associate will discuss your tastes, budget considerations, and goals for the room, and will direct you to choices that fit your needs.

Rug Types:

Hand made vs, machine made? Hand knotted rugs are better quality so they will be the more expensive option. There are many styles of the less-costly machine made versions that can look comparable to hand made versions.

  • Wool: Wool is the key element of high quality rugs. Wool rugs are more strong and durable and more water-, stain-, and soil-resistant than other rug materials. They also resist dust mites.

  • Cotton: Wears quicker than wool rugs and cost less than wool. Cotton rugs have a soft comfortable feel.

  • Silk: Silk rugs are more delicate and should be handled with extra care. They are favored for their luster and shine.

  • Nylon: Synthetic nylon rugs do not hold their value like the others, but they have good strength and stain resistance. A good choice if you intend to change your rugs often, or are on a limited budget.

  • Plant-based: Sisal, jute, and bamboo rugs are environmental friendly and are also biodegradable and made of renewable resources. Natural rugs are a great choice for sunrooms.

Choosing the Correct Size for Your Space:

The most frequent mistake people make when buying a rug is buying one that is the wrong size. Rugs generally come in runner sizes and 4x6, 6x9, 8x10, 10x12 and up, but don’t limit your thinking to rectangular shaped rugs—there are terrific options in circular, square, octagonal and even novelty-shaped rugs.

To make sure you buy a size that gives the visual effect you want, try taping out the dimensions on the floor with low-tack removable painter’s tape, or lay down newspaper or a sheet in the size of the rug.

Here are some standard sizing rules to follow for typical uses:
  • For dining rooms, measure the length and width of your dining table and add 4’ or more to the length and width to determine what size rug to buy. You want the rug to be large enough to fit under the chair as it’s pushed back from the table…then add a few inches more.

  • For room size rugs, leave a border of 12-15” around the edge of the rug for a pleasing visual effect.

  • For hallway runners, select a size that is no more than 4” narrower than the width of the hall, and 18-24” shorter than the length of the hall.

  • In bedrooms, the rug should extend 3’ on either side of the bed (generally the nightstands should be on the rug, as well).

Don’t forget the Rug Pad!

Rug pads will protect your investment by increasing the durability and comfort of your rug. They can also make it easier to vacuum. Rug pads help keep rugs from slipping on slick floors and will also reduce the tendency for the corners of the rug to curl. The pad also provides protection for your valuable floors underneath.

When buying your rug pad, pick the size that most closely matches the size of your rug. Choose a size that’s larger (instead of smaller) because the pad can be cut to size to match your rug perfectly (so even novelty-size rugs and be paired with a rug pad).

 
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