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Rugs Buying Guide

The ID RUG guide

Choosing a rug

Not sure which rug is right for you? We put together this guide to help you find the perfect fit. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, our Design Specialists are here to help.

Topic – Size Type Pads Care

Which size?

It all depends on your room and the furniture it’s paired with. Think of a rug as your room’s curated anchor — setting the color palette and tone of your space.

Living room

Choose a rug that works with the size of your space and sofa.

Designer tip

Follow the 18 inch rule. You should keep your rug about 18 inches from the wall so your space feels anchored and complete.

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Large space?

We recommend sizing up so that your rug is large enough for furniture to fit on top without feeling crowded.

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Something in between?

If one edge of your furniture is against a wall, size your rug to have front-legs across all pieces on the rug.

Dining room

Your rug should be large enough so that your dining table and chairs are all invited to the party.

Designer tip

Make sure your chairs sit on the rug, even when pushed back. There should be at least 24 inches between your dining table and the edge of your rug.

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Use the size of your bed as a guide. The rug should be large enough to extend beyond the bed (at least 8 inches, to be exact), giving your bedroom more definition and your feet a little more love.

Designer tip

The rug should be in front of your nightstands, not under.

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Which type?

Hand knotted or hand woven?
That’s up to you — but both are made with unparalleled craftsmanship. The type of rug you choose depends on how it will be used as well as your personal preference. We’ll break it down for you.

Hand knotted

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Hand knotted rugs are made to last

That’s right, hand knotted rugs are made of just that: knots. In fact, they’re made of thousands (and sometimes millions). Each of our hand knotted rugs is handmade by a skilled artisan, and no two are exactly alike.

  • Durable and made to last
  • Admire the heirloom quality of Avery, Hayden, or Payton

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Avery · Hand knotted rug

From $895 1 color
Ships in 4-8 days 2 sizes
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Hayden · Hand knotted rug

From $1095 2 colors
Ships in 4-8 days 2 sizes
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Payton · Hand knotted rug

From $695 2 colors
Ships in 4-8 days 2 sizes
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Hand woven

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Hand woven rugs are durable
enough for any space

Made by artisans with the help of a loom, hand woven rugs have lower pile (more on that below) and a thin profile, making them ideal to place underneath furniture legs.

  • Durable and functional
  • Try the Taylor, Logan, Reed, Blake, or Shay

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Taylor · Hand woven rug

From $595 2 colors
Ships in 4-8 days 2 sizes
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Logan · Hand woven rug

From $595 2 colors
Ships in 4-8 days 2 sizes
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Reed · Hand woven rug

From $495 2 colors
Ships in 4-8 days 2 sizes
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Rug Pads

Our advice: you need a rug pad. Why? A rug pad prevents your rug from sliding, lengthens its life and protects your floor (especially hardwood).

To purchase a rug pad, simply add one to your rug order.

  • Made of 100% recycled felt
  • Keeps your rug securely in place — no trips or slips
  • Minimizes wear and tear

Cutting down your rug pad

Sometimes, depending on the size of your rug, you may need to cut down the size of the rug pad. A pair of household scissors will do — just cut the pad to your desired size (but make sure it’s about 1-2 inches smaller than your rug to keep it secure).

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Caring for your rug

Know your rug

Because no two handmade rugs are alike, each has its own unique personality.


Because no two of our handmade rugs are the same, slight color variations are common and dye may evolve over time.


All wool rugs are prone to shedding. Don’t worry, it will subside with normal wear and tear and regular vacuuming.


Your rug may have a few creases from the shipping process — that’s perfectly normal. Just lay the rug flat and you should see them disappear in a week or so.


With natural fiber rugs, loose fibers (called sprouts) are common. Remember: always snip them off with scissors, never pull.


Rule of thumb: rotate your rug every 3-6 months for even wear.


If your rug is exposed to direct sunlight, colors are prone to fading. Make sure your rug is placed in lower light, or try closing the shades while you’re out.

Cleaning your rug

Taking care of your rug is easy, but in some instances, professional cleaning may be needed. Here’s how to determine whether you should DIY it or call in the experts.

Do it yourself

The easiest way to keep your rugs looking their best? Vacuum often. If you have pets or your rug is located in a high-traffic area, this will keep dirt and debris buildup at bay. See below for vacuuming and cleaning tips specific to your rug type.

  • If you notice any odors, just sprinkle your rug with some baking soda
  • For lighter stains or spills, sponge clean the area with cold water and mild detergent (never rub!)
Professional cleaning

Sometimes, you’ll need your rug cleaned by a professional. Make sure they know the construction of your rug and its fiber content for best results.

  • Every two to three years, we recommend professionally cleaning your rug to prevent dullness
  • Taking on larger or tough to clean stains? Consult a professional

cleaning tips

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Wool rugs
Keep your vacuum handy

Wool rugs should be vacuumed 2-3 times a month, but always with the beater bar off and powerhead attachments removed. Always avoid vacuuming any fringe.

Blot small stains, but stick to the professionals

Blot out stains as much as possible with a clean white cloth, followed by a mixture of cold water and a dab of dish soap (avoid hot water, wool rugs are prone to bleeding). Larger stains? You’ll need professional cleaning for that.

Designer tip

Professionally clean your rug every few years to keep it looking fresh.

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Natural fiber rugs
Vacuum, rotate, repeat

Vacuum and rotate your natural fiber rug regularly to keep it in tip-top shape. Always use your vacuum’s standard floorhead, never the rotating brush.

Raise those stains (and quickly)

For small stains, combine detergent, a little white vinegar, and lukewarm water and blot the stain with a clean white cloth. For heavy duty stains, always consult a professional.

Never pull loose threads

As much as you might be tempted, always avoid pulling loose threads out. Instead, grab a pair of scissors and give them a trim.

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Synthetic rugs
You guessed it, vacuum regularly

You may use the beater bar when vacuuming, but keep it away from the edges of the rug to avoid fraying -- take to an attachment piece to gently vacuum those edges.

Tend to your spills immediately

Blot out stains as much as possible with a clean sponge or white cloth. As always, professional cleaning is recommended.

Find your rug

Whether you're working with a blank canvas or in need of a finishing touch, there's a rug for every space and style. Now, it's time to find your own.

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Still not sure which rug is right for you? Our Design Specialists will help you make sense of it all.

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