When you are shopping for a new rug, it helps to have a basic knowledge of the different types, sizes, and shapes that you will encounter. Some of the most popular types of rugs include Oriental rugs, rag rugs, hooking rugs, and braided rugs. These often come as either area rugs or runners. Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes and are fit just as their name suggests, in the area of a room. A runner is a long, rectangular rug and typically fits down the length of a hallway.

 

Rug Fabrics

There are several types of fabrics of rugs and some are sturdier than others. Every rug that you see will either be handmade or machine made. You can expect handmade rugs to be durable and be made with natural fibers such as cotton or wool. Machine made rugs are often made with synthetic fibers, and while the quality isn’t as good, they are often less expensive than their counterparts. When you understand the options you can decide which type of rug you need to buy.

 

When to Use an Area Rug

 

Area rugs work great in any room with a lot of space. A large, square area rug works well if you have an open hardwood floor without anything on it. Try to pick a rug that is large enough so that all the furniture can fit on top of it.

If you have a smaller space that needs an accent, a circular area rug might be a good choice. Braided rugs are very popular in the circular style.

Finally, if you are looking to fill a void or bring a touch of coziness to a long hallway, a runner will do the trick. Just be sure to find one that fits the length of the entire hallway. Runners also work well in rooms as a complement to a larger rug or in a small, rectangular space.