the rug guide

How To Pick The Right Rug

Rug Guide

Our long-lasting rugs can take any space to the next level with lots of color, texture and style. Here’s how to pick one they’ll love.

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Understand The Materials

  • Wool

    Wool

    Supersoft, stain-resistant natural fiber that lasts through the years.

  • Performance Fibers

    Performance Fibers

    Durable, easy-to-clean fibers that shed less.

  • Viscose

    Viscose

    Long-lasting material with a sheen and silky feel.

  • Jute

    Jute

    Durable, natural fiber that’s perfect for high-traffic areas.

Find The Right Size

Choose a room below to see how our rugs size up, from small to round.

  • Kids' Bedroom

    Kids' Bedroom

  • Nursery

    Nursery

  • Playroom

    Playroom

  • Bedroom: 2 Twin Beds

    Bedroom: 2 Twin Beds

  • Bunk Bedroom

    Bunk Bedroom

  • Bedroom: Crib + Bed

    Bedroom: Crib + Bed

Kids' Bedroom
Nursery
Playroom
Bedroom: 2 Twin Beds
Bunk Bedroom
Bedroom: Crib + Bed
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What We're Proud Of

What We're Proud Of

By choosing Fair Trade Certified™ rugs, you help us give back to the workers that make our products, which allows them to invest in their communities.

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All About The Details

Our rugs are crafted to last for years to come. Check out our helpful glossary
and care instructions to keep your rugs in top shape.

  • Care Instructions

  • Glossary

  • Rug Pads

    To protect your rugs, we recommend using a rug pad. It provides traction between the rug and floor to prevent slipping. It adds padding and keeps the rug smooth and flat. It also helps extend the life of the rug, helping to protect the canvas backing and prevent possible color transfer.

  • Cleaning

    Clean rugs regularly using a vacuum cleaner without a beater brush on a low power setting. For best results, vacuum from different directions, making several passes over the area.

    With wool or chenille braided rugs, sprouts of yarn may work their way to the surface. This is to be expected and in no way lessens the durability. To avoid unraveling, do not pull threads. Use scissors to trim any loose threads. Shedding will diminish over time.

    Our cotton throw rugs are machine washable: small sizes (2 x 3' and 3 x 5') in standard machines; large sizes (5 x 8') in commercial front-loading washers. For spot cleaning, apply water in very small amounts; do not saturate. If applying cleaning solvents, test in a small, inconspicuous spot before using. For general maintenance or stubborn stains, use an experienced professional cleaning service that specializes in handmade rugs. Some rug repair shops also offer cleaning services.

    Do not dry clean. Harsh chemicals may damage or fade rugs. Attend to spills immediately. Blot with a clean, undyed cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Working from the outer edge toward the center of the spot, gently blot the area to prevent the spill from spreading.

  • Rotating

    Reposition your rug every six months to promote even wear on the surface and extend the life of the rug.

  • Storage

    Store your rug by rolling it front side out and wrapping it in cloth for protection. Do not fold or put in an airtight plastic bag. Place in a dry, well-ventilated area.

  • Braided

    A method of interlacing three or more yarns or cloth strips to form a braid. Braids are then sewn together to form primarily round or oval shapes. A variance in pattern is inherent from rug to rug - no two are exactly alike. Braided rugs are reversible for added wear.

  • Flat Weave

    Refers to being created on a loom, like a tapestry, which has no pile.

  • Heathered

    This rug style contains tonal (light and dark) yarn colors for a flecked appearance. Adds depth and interest.

  • Looped

    Refers to the pile of a tufted rug when the yarns are passed through the backing from back to front, then front to back, resulting in a loop left intact.

  • Petit Point

    A tight, "one over one" weave resembling needlepoint. Petit point style results in design with fine detail.

  • Pile

    The surface of a rug composed of many yarns that stand from the ground structure of the backing. In looped pile, the loops are uncut; in cut/sheared pile, the loops are cut for a velvety texture.

  • Rug Pad

    Provides traction between the rug and floor to prevent slipping. It adds padding and keeps the rug smooth, flat and wrinkle-free. Extending the life of the rug, a pad protects the underside and prevents any possible color transfer.

  • Sculpted

    A technique in which the pile of a rug is sheared at various heights to create or highlight a pattern. Frequently incorporated into our wool rugs.

  • Self-Bound

    The yarns that make up the pattern of a rug are stitched around the edge of the backing, rather than being bound with another fabric. Effective binding method; results in a heavier weight that resists curling.

  • Sheared

    The pile of a tufted rug with yarn loops that are cut into individual yarns, resulting in a carpet-like appearance. Also known as "cut."

  • Throw Rug

    A light, flat-weave rug often made of cotton. Reversible for twice the wear.

  • Tufted

    A method of rug construction in which yarns are pushed through the backing to create the carpet, or pile, on the other side. Our rugs are hand-tufted with a "gun" tool. Tufted loops may be left intact or cut.