Rug Making Process
- Hand Knotted
- Hand Loom
- Hand Tufted
- Dhurries & Kilims
- Machine Made
Rug Choosing Guide
- Knots per Inch
- Silk Rugs
- Wool Rugs
- Bamboo Silk/Tencel/Viscose
- Cotton Rugs
- Jute/Sisal/Coir/Hemp/Grass Rugs
- Leather Rugs
- Rubber Floor Coverings
Differently patterned rugs can complement each other if they’re of the same hues. Tone-on-tone patterns can also create visual intrigue giving a room both depth and character without coming across as too bold. When layering patterns, trust your instincts. Go with the one you think looks best.
Also, laying rugs of different textures on top of each other can add a lot of depth to your room. For example, consider layering a cowhide rug on top of a sisal rug, or a sheepskin on top of a jute rug, or anything soft on top of a flat weave and see what a difference that makes.
More commonly, rugs and carpets come in the following patterns:
These have a design on the border or perimeter. The border can also be inset.
These feature a design that has connected V shapes that creates a zig-zag stripe pattern.
As the name indicates, these rugs feature elements related to the ocean, sea or beach. These rugs are popular in outdoor living spaces and therefore typically waterproof.
These look deliberately worn out, aged and faded with parts of the pattern going missing on purpose, as if from faux wear and tear.
These rugs have floral or flower-like elements or patterns.
Animal Print Rugs
These resemble animal skin prints in a partial or all-over pattern such as cowhide or sheepskin rugs.
True to their name, these have geometric shapes or patterns.
These feature blurred colours in multiple hues and complicated patterns.
They show elements of the mountains, country or woods.
These feature a design that incorporates stamped shapes that look circular or organic in symmetrical or asymmetrical patterns.
These themed rugs feature elements or patterns related to particular themes; for instance; maps, clocks, cars, dinosaurs, sports logs, icons or imagery.
These have patterns that are influenced by motifs drawn from Native American textiles.
These showcase stripes or bands in different colours or textures.
These rugs feature lines connected in geometric, and uniform shapes to create a lattice design.
These, as the name suggests, replicate abstract brushstrokes or paint splotches.
These are traditional, ornate hand-knotted rugs in several decorative borders, a field pattern and sometimes a central ornate medallion.
These rugs have patterns that are created by over dyeing with a new colour with the result that light and dark shapes of the original design now show as a faded pattern.
These have a pattern, where transparent perpendicular lines at different widths overlap each other to form squares.
As opposed to patterned rugs, Solid Rugs have a single colour.They will also often use a gradient or ombre effect. The result is a fading effect. Solid rugs might appear to be of one colour but have different tones of another colour to create a “heathered” look. As opposed to patterned rugs, which provide more interest, solid rugs can bring one cohesive look to the room.