SIZE - In this case, size matters. Most rugs come in 5x8, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12 and 10x14 (give or take an inch or two). Determining where the rug will be used will dictate what size to purchase. The function of each rug size varies from room to room. (Stay tuned for the post on successful rug placement.)
MATERIAL (or fiber content) - Choosing either a natural or synthetic fiber depends on the style of the rug and how much traffic you expect. Where the rug will be used should also dictate what type of material to select as well as the style, color, etc. Some materials are more expensive than others and will also determine durability and where they can be used. Although most people enjoy sunlight especially during the winter months, area rugs usually can do without it. Style, pattern, weave and texture vary within fiber categories as well. The selections, not to mention colors, seem endless.
Here's a chart on the benefits of the most popular fibers...
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COST - You should buy the best rug you can afford, even if it means living with bare floors while you save. Usually the most expensive, a wool rug can develop a beautiful patina over time and last for years, thereby become a family heirloom. In general, use the cost of the other furniture in the room as a guideline for how much to budget for an area rug. Set your price limit before you shop then add 10% so you can have some flexibility in that range.
Later we'll discuss proper rug placement...
Peace and Blessings,
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