Choosing the perfect rug

by Nat Wheeler
Choosing the perfect rug

This week we're going talk all about rugs…every little detail we can think of, just like the kitchen appliances (gosh you’ve taught me so much!!). We've been sitting around the table here at norsu and brainstorming what you need to know when selecting the perfect rug. We’re a diverse group full of stylists, renovators, and team members who are legendary when packing orders but who also feel overwhelmed when selecting rugs. I love having a team with different skillsets because they’re always so helpful when creating content.

When we asked a member of our team (who is not as familiar with rugs) what she would look for when selecting one, we were surprised to hear her say she'd have no idea where to start! In fact she's so overwhelmed she's still hasn't made a decision on selecting a rug for her living room. What the!?! It occurred to us that perhaps those little thoughts we have in our heads aren't necessarily common knowledge.

So that's why we're stepping in this week - it’s time to extract the knowledge out our of heads - and share it with you…so here goes…

MUST READ (said in a very stern bossy Nat voice!) If you remember only one thing today, when selecting a rug there are THREE things you need to consider…perhaps that means you need to remember three things… SIZE, MATERIAL and COLOUR.

Let's talk size
Size matters according to Lauren (let’s not take that the wrong way please!)…there's nothing worse (OK that was dramatic) than a small rug… these can actually make a room feel so much smaller than it actually is. One of my personal pet hates is having a rug float in the middle of a room…what's the purpose of that, can you even put your feet on it when you're sitting on the couch (Nat, be honest your feet don't even touch the ground). All jokes aside, when in doubt always select the size up. Some little tips - always ensure the rug is longer than your sofa and make sure all main pieces of furniture (excluding your entertainment unit) have it least one leg sitting on the rug. This make the rooms feel homely and it also helps to zone a space.

When it comes to selecting a rug for your bedroom, make sure you run it lengthways under your bed (this sounds confusing, please see below diagrams as words clearly aren’t my forte)…You want to make sure there is enough rug either side of your bed and at the end, so your feet are warm and comfy!

When selecting a rug for your dining area, I personally prefer to choose a rug large enough so that when you pull your chairs in and out, they don’t get caught on the actual rug…this can become a tripping hazard for a clumsy person like me! Allow a minimum of 60-70 cm of rug to show on all sides of the dining table.

Here are some diagrams to help you out!

Now onto the material
There are SO many aspects to this, it's no wonder our team felt overwhelmed. It's only when I break it down to actually write this blog that I realise it must be stressed when buying rugs. Think about durability and longevity. Let's face it, rugs are an investment, they're expensive, and if you get it wrong it ruins the entire feel of a space. No buyers remorse here at norsu please!

Ask yourself things like…Do you have a pet? Do you have kids? Do you have a space that gets lots of foot traffic? Or are you selecting a rug for a bedroom where you could look for a softer and more cosy material?

Not only do we think of the material, we think about how they’ve been constructed (ie. the weave or pile). This is why we love Armadillo, they make beautiful looking rugs but they really think about the people using them. For example, I have a Cavoodle, and two active little people Harvey and Annabel, so I chose the Sherpa…Why you ask? Because the weave is tight, it doesn't catch on little claws and the texture means that it hides a lot of unwanted crumbs and dirt (I promise I do vacuum).

Another thing to think about when choosing your material is what the rug is actually made of. We are far from fabric snobs (OK, well perhaps a little), but we have no burning hatred for synthetics and polyesters…in fact they’re easy to clean! However, the reason that we are passionate about Armadillo rugs is because they're made of natural fibre and they're sustainable, the material comes from renewable sources, so not only do you feel warm and cozy in the cooler months, but you’re also doing that little bit more for our treasured environment.

Given I mentioned the topic of cleaning, don't be too afraid when it comes to natural fibres like wool. Yes they are more delicate, but spot cleaning should do the trick. We've put the care instructions down below so if you ever have a spillage just refer to these. If my Sherpa has been able to survive slime, dirty dog paws (Izzy would you stop digging!?!), the occasional spilt beer when I’m cheering too loud for the Dees, then I'm pretty sure you'll do okay too. Just act fast!

When it comes to selecting the right material for under the dining table make sure you go for a tight weave. Jute can be a great alternative to wool as it won’t absorb spilt liquids as much, you can wipe them down!

To help, here are our TOP 3 suggestions for high and low traffic...

Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (5769564739)

Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Pumice

$1,250.00
Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull (778177544283)
Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull - Norsu Interiors (778177544283)
Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull - Norsu Interiors (778177544283)
Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull (778177544283)
Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull - Norsu Interiors (778177544283)
Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull - Norsu Interiors (778177544283)

Armadillo Pampas Rug, Gull

$1,250.00
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)

Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice

$1,335.00
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)
Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo - Norsu Interiors (3588937515092)

Armadillo Andorra Rug - Terrazzo

$1,335.00
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)
Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone - Norsu Interiors (3712969703508)

Armadillo Palermo Rug - Bone

$1,460.00
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk - Norsu Interiors (6975306755)

Armadillo Braid Weave - Chalk

$925.00

If you want some recommendations on how to care for your rugs, please see below. Hope this helps!

Colour 
Lastly, let's talk about colour. This is my fool proof tip that you will have heard me say 1000 times on social media. If you are struggling to select the right colour, choose a rug that has multiple thread colours in it. For example, the Sherpa that I chose has a cool grey, an off-white, and even a tiny little thin tread of charcoal. Meaning, my Sherpa was perfect with my old sofa which is a lighter grey, and I didn’t have to replace it when I bought my warmer toned couch #winning. When selecting a rug that has a flat colour you will find it is harder to update other pieces of furniture.

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Armadillo Aspen Rug - Fog (6819346251964)
Armadillo Aspen Rug - Fog - Norsu Interiors (6819346251964)
Armadillo Aspen Rug - Fog (6819346251964)
Armadillo Aspen Rug - Fog - Norsu Interiors (6819346251964)

Armadillo Aspen Rug - Fog

$1,390.00
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural - Norsu Interiors (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural - Norsu Interiors (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural - Norsu Interiors (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural - Norsu Interiors (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural - Norsu Interiors (10540923459)
Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural - Norsu Interiors (10540923459)

Armadillo Atlas Berber Knot Rug - Natural

$1,040.00
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal (6153071939)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal - Norsu Interiors (6153071939)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal - Norsu Interiors (6153071939)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal (6153071939)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal - Norsu Interiors (6153071939)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal - Norsu Interiors (6153071939)

Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Charcoal

$1,250.00
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)
Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice - Norsu Interiors (4733361750100)

Armadillo Andes Weave Rug - Pumice

$1,335.00
Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore (6819342254268)
Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore - Norsu Interiors (6819342254268)
Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore - Norsu Interiors (6819342254268)
Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore (6819342254268)
Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore - Norsu Interiors (6819342254268)
Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore - Norsu Interiors (6819342254268)

Armadillo Pompeii Rug - Ore

$1,360.00
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush - Norsu Interiors (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush - Norsu Interiors (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush - Norsu Interiors (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush - Norsu Interiors (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush - Norsu Interiors (4785907794004)
Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush - Norsu Interiors (4785907794004)

Armadillo Malawi Rug - Blush

$2,415.00
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize - Norsu Interiors (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize - Norsu Interiors (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize - Norsu Interiors (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize - Norsu Interiors (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize - Norsu Interiors (4785902682196)
Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize - Norsu Interiors (4785902682196)

Armadillo Sherpa Weave Rug - Maize

$1,850.00
Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano - Norsu Interiors (4785903566932)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano - Norsu Interiors (4785903566932)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano - Norsu Interiors (4785903566932)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano - Norsu Interiors (4785903566932)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano - Norsu Interiors (4785903566932)
Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano - Norsu Interiors (4785903566932)

Armadillo Braid Weave - Oregano

$925.00

What our stylists selected
If you're still struggling to know which rug to select, we thought you might like to hear what our talented norsu stylists selected and the reasons why! Hopefully this will provide a little bit of inspiration for your homes.

Nat (aka me!) - Sherpa Pumice
With two young kids and a dog, I need a rug that is hardy and practical; but if you know me, you know I will never compromise on style! It's the reason that I loves the Sherpa rug.

Not only is this rug super durable, but the array of colours means you're bound to find the perfect match to your space.

Lauren - Andorra Terazzo
On the opposite end of the spectrum, our lovely Loz lives in a one bedroom apartment. Given the minimal foot traffic, her biggest focus is comfort! This is where the Andorra rug comes in.

This beauty is perfect for smaller spaces, because regardless of size it makes a big impact! The braided weave makes for a perfectly plush rug, and the subtle fleck means any spillages go unnoticed.

Liz - Palermo Bone
Liz is a rug lover! Much like me, she values style that doesn't compromise quality and durability; and with a golden retriever at home, she is all too familiar with shedding pups! If this sounds like you, say hello to the Palermo rug.

People often assume that dark rugs equal less marks, however this isn't always the case! Liz tends to opt for a lighter and warmer toned rug that blends perfectly with the hair of her doggo. Because let's face it, you can't be vacuuming 24/7!

Georgia - Braid Weave Blush
Living in her stylish inner city apartment, Georgia is all about chic sophistication. Much like Lauren, Georgia has minimal foot traffic through her space, so can afford to have a rug that is softer wearing. Because of this, she loves the braid weave rug!

The braid weave is perfect for apartment living. The circular shape fits like a dream, and the soft weave is super comfortable underfoot. Georgia is obsessed with warmer tones, and loves the blush colour to lift her space. 

Our new eService
Last but not LEAST, if you're still in struggle town, I would honestly highly recommend you engage our new eService.

Simply just send us a photo of your room and a close-up of your furniture fabric and our stylist will make sure you get it spot on!

That’s a lot to take in, but hey you’ve got this!!!

And if you’ve still got questions, submit them below.

We can be your phone a friend.

Love Nat and team xxx

2 comments

  • Rebecca DohertyApr 29, 2022

    Thanks so much for your rug guide! I invested so much research into purchasing a rug for our living room (after a mistake rushing into a expensive one previously). For anyone looking for a rug to handle wear and tear of a busy young family and high traffic area, the Bayliss Derby (with fringe) is absolutely amazing and I couldn’t love it more. Looks super stylish and always always go bigger, even if you doubt yourself. Still go bigger.

  • Jenny SmithApr 29, 2022

    When should I use an underlay?

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