Area Rugs Styles

Shaw Andora

There’s nothing quite like an area rug to quickly transform a room. Need a pop of color? Think “area rug.” Want to change your style without changing your permanent floor? An area rug will save the day. Do you have a room with hard surfaces than could use a touch of warmth? An area rug will add that cozy touch without completely covering up your wood, laminate, or tile.  Did you fall in love with an eye-catching shag carpet or specific color in a plush carpet, but can’t find its counterpart in an area rug? No problem, carpet can be made into a custom area rug. Also keep an area rug in mind to help define spaces in unusually large rooms.

Area rugs are available in numerous styles and sizes to compliment any decor and are often great solutions that address many design challenges.  So if an area rug seems to be the solution you are looking for, here’s a a tidbit of helpful information when shopping for an area rug.

Various Price Points

Area rugs can vary greatly in price ranges. Some basic knowledge can help guide you when considering purchasing an area rug. When it comes to the retail price of an area rug  what you need to know is cost is affected by fiber, density, dimensions, and how it is made.


Natural fibers of wool and silk cost more than synthetic fibers of nylon, polyester, and olefin. With synthetic fibers, nylon is more expensive to produce than polyester and olefin fibers.


Density is the number of fibers tufted or knotted per square inch. The denser the rug, the higher the cost.


Dimension refers to the overall size of the rug. Of course, larger rugs cost more than smaller counterparts.

How It’s Made:

Hand-knotted or hand tufted rugs take a tremendous amount of time to make and will of course cost more than machine made rugs.

Available Sizes

The most common ready made sizes are  2’x3’, 4’x6’, 5’x8’, 6’x9’, and 8’x10’. Round rugs are sold by the diameter and are usually available in 6′ goods. If you are having difficulty finding a rug that is the right size for your space, consider having a rug custom made by selecting carpet that is normally installed wall to wall and binding the raw edges.

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Size

Right Proportions:

In smaller rooms choose a rug that is two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. So for a 10′ x12′ room look for a rug no more than 8′ wide.

In larger rooms, rugs should fit the configuration of the room and furniture. For example, a 15′ x 20′ living room can be arranged in one large conversation area, so look for a rug to create a framework for that entire area. The rug should be large enough so that at least the front 1/3 of the furniture sits on the rug. However, a big room set up with two smaller conversation areas would look best with two separate rugs. The rugs do not have to be identical, but they will work together if they are coordinated by color and material.

Hall rugs should have at least six inches of floor showing on all sides. 

Dining room rugs should extend at least 18 inches beyond the edge of the table so that the rug accommodates the dining chairs.

In bedrooms, try runners at the sides and foot of the bed.

Leave Room For Doors to Open:

When choosing a rug for an area where doors need room to swing open, such as an entryway, open the necessary door and then measure the floor from that point. Approximately the first three feet or so of floor should remain clear.

Due to our space limitations, we carry only a 5′ x 7′ rugs in the showroom. We can order any area rug for you from our vendors.