Select by colour & room

Understanding colours, textures and materials, and how they affect a home or work environment, is a vital part of creating a rug or carpet concept. For example, a high foot traffic area, such as a hallway or reception, will require a durable, soil resistant material like wool rather than silk.  

Using the facility of our Skype video consultation, we can talk you through the best options to meet your needs. To highlight, and commence the thought process, view the guides and tips below.


Colour tips:

  • Neutral tones create calm, and make a room appear larger.
  • Use colour as more than a facelift, it is the anchor of a room.
  • Consider selecting tone-in-tone colours where there is a busy interior.
  • Silk will make colours glisten, while wool will provide a matt finish. 
  • For maximum control of colour, select a thinner yarn and shorter cut pile. More shading and accuracy of colour definition can be achieved this way. 
  • Test your colour choices in daylight and at night, as natural and artificial light will change the colour rendition. 

Textural Tips:

  • When placing a rug on a carpet, consider a strong texture for the rug to create a contrast.
  • A loop will reflect colour lighter than in a cut pile. See examples in our complete colour guide.
  • Silk glistens, reflecting light and making it sparkle. In contrast, wool will appear matt.
  • A longer yarn will be be more casual in style & mood.
  • A deep cut pile will be velvet like, smooth and luxurious. A deep loop pile will be luxury under foot; a J-tuft will portray movement. 

Pattern tips:

  • Consider patterns in family areas where spills are a part of life, i.e. a dining area with young children.
  • For high definition, intricate patterns, go for a short cut pile in a thinner yarn. 
  • Consider different materials such as wool & art silk, to enhance a pattern by reflecting light off the highly reflective art silk.
  • A pattern need not mean high colour contrast: tone-in-tone, or same colour with different materials or tufting styles, can also provide a pattern.

Practical Tips:

  • Avoid silk blends in entrance areas where moisture and soil is unavoidable. Here, use wool - the most forgiving of yarns.
  • We recommend using a rug grip when placing a rug on a carpet, as this will keep the rug in place and ensure its structural integrity.
  • Light colours show more dirt, while dark colours show lint and pet hairs. 
  • Wool has a natural resistance to moisture and soil, so select wool for high use areas.

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