Big Year for Large Rugs

Large rugs are becoming more popular than ever. The hard flooring look has taken over much of the UK housing, as older properties are renovated back to wood boards and new properties are constructed with wood or laminate floor interiors.

But along with polished wood and laminate floors, or in some cases stone or tile floors, comes a need for something softer and warmer underfoot. Some people also want to protect their perfectly sanded and polished floors.

When it comes to rug size, most designers encourage a larger rug over a smaller one. Their thinking is that a rug that is too small can make a room feel even smaller than it is, and disjointed with unconnected seating around the rug.

A key issue they say is how the furniture is arranged. The most satisfying option in a large living room, for example, is to have the sofa (or sofas) and armchairs all fully on the rug, with the rug a good foot or so wider than the sofa.

It gives an effect of grandeur in the room, emphasising the open space but also bringing the seating into a cohesive unit that naturally brings people to sit comfortably together.

If this large rug is also light in colour, it adds an airy spaciousness, again enhancing the openness of a large room.

With a smaller room the back of the sofa may well be against a wall (though designers ask that we leave a little space between the back and the wall in order to avoid a desperately cramped look). In this case, a rug floating between the furniture can also look good. It is better to follow a consistent look and have the legs of the sofa and armchairs all off the rug or partly on (ie with just the front legs on the rug).

Where just the front legs of the furniture are all on the rug, this allows for much of the naturally convivial seating mentioned previously.

Where the rug sits completely free of any furniture legs, designers suggest the space may start to look a little disconnected and the seating a bit randomly placed. To help prevent this, the furniture legs can all be placed the same distance from the rug (though hopefully not too far away, or else the rug may start to look like something you happened to have rather than selected for this room). Incidentally, anti-slip under the rug will help stop it sliding around, which can really make the arrangement look haphazard.

Meanwhile, a rug with a strong design or colour statement can have the appearance a real designer accessory or feature specially selected for this space. A coffee table on top of a smaller rug also helps bring the seating together (literally there is a focal point for people to put down cups and plates, magazines - or in days gone by ashtrays!)

So what larger sizes are people looking for in general ? Rugs sized in the classic off-the-shelf, stock size of 150cms x 240cms (5ft x 8ft) may be referred to as medium size by rug retailers, but in today's more modest sized rooms can often fulfill the function of a larger rug - probably one where the front legs of the furniture sit on the sofa. It is also worth noting that 5ft x 8ft has now largely been replaced by 5ft4 x 7ft8 (or 160 x 230cms).

Next up in the off the peg sizes is 200 x 300cms (6ft8 x 10ft). These rugs can often fit a sofa and couple of armchairs - or at least the front legs of the sofa (the fact that the rug doesn't continue under the entire depth of the sofa is usually not evident if the sofa then backs on to a wall).

In terms of style, the initial choice is often between a traditional oriental design rug and a modern design. Oriental designs can bring that classic large drawing room/living room look into a home, instantly suggesting a timeless grandeur and elegance.

This can be achieved at varying levels of expense from super quality hand loomed traditional wool rugs, and machine loomed wool rugs, to options with similar eye-catching design and detail but in cheaper synthetic fibres such as polypropylene and polyester.

There are probably more large rugs in traditional designs than modern designs, often because the traditional woven look is also a lower pile height that makes for a rug that is easier to manage and use over a large space.

Fewer modern design rugs come in the very large sizes. Modern rugs usually have have thicker, tufted piles, or the long-pile shaggy style, making a large size quite a substantial item. They can again emphasise the space of a large room, and bring furniture together into a appealing layout. And with modern rooms often having a cool, uncluttered look, they can also bring a welcoming warmth and softness into what might otherwise seem a stark atmosphere.

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Sofas placed the same short distance from this Matrix Tangier rug and backing onto a wall maintain the sense of scale this large rug brings and the natural grouping of the seats.

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This large classic Fade rug unites the tables and chairs in the dining area.

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