As the temperature drops and the nights roll in it’s a good idea to warm up those cold floorboards with a luxury deep pile winter rug. A nice thick luxuriant rug not only feels great underfoot but adds a nice cosy feel to any room. The question is, with so many different types of rug available, which one do you choose? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of this season’s in-style for you to create the perfect look for your home.
No compilation of winter rugs would be complete without mentioning the good ol’ shaggy rug. This erstwhile favourite continues to be popular today due to its beautiful soft fibres and luxuriant feel. Shaggy rugs have come a long way from their heyday in the 1970s. Today you can choose from a choice of colours, patterns, styles and finishes.
It is the shaggy rug’s sheer adaptability that makes it so popular. Shaggy rugs are just at home in a crisp modern interior as they are in a more traditional one. And unlike other types of rug, the shaggy rug can take bold colours which are perfect for brightening up any room on a cold winter’s day.
Animal Skin Rugs
Animal furs and hides have been used as floor coverings since before recorded time. The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Byzantines all used animal hides as floor coverings to keep them warm in winter. In ancient times home owners were limited to the types of hides they could use, to what was available in their local area. But today’s homeowner can choose from a diverse range of animal hides, including Springbok and Reindeer along with more traditional coverings such as cowhide and sheepskin.
This type of rug looks best on a naked wooden floor in a contemporary interior. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, depending on the animal you choose. But perhaps the best reason to choose an animal skin rug is because ethically sourced animal hides are the most environmentally friendly floor covering available. By being a by-product of the food industry very little manufacturing needs to take place and no artificial fibres are used in the process.
Machine Washable Rugs
One thing that puts people off buying a nice warm winter rug is the fact that they are difficult to keep clean. But today’s homeowner can choose from a wide range of machine washable winter rugs which are perfect for high footfall areas such as the hall or even the kitchen and bathroom. Available in a range of styles and colours, with both plain and patterned options available, it is easy to choose a design to suit your interior.
Machine washable rugs are made from a mix of polyester and cotton which retains the soft luxuriant feel of a pure natural fibre rug but doesn’t shrink in the wash. They are also manufactured using state of the art processes which reduces the need for glues and other materials that are often affected by heat. This ensures your rug will last for many years without losing its shape or colour.
There is nothing like a traditional rug to add a little sophistication to your interior. Traditional rugs are available in a range of styles including Oriental, Persian and Moroccan. They make a great centrepiece to any room with many styles also available with matching hall runners, providing the perfect welcome to your home.
Traditional quality rugs are available in a variety of weaves, including Hand Knotted Wool, Kilims and Woven Wilton. Each weave has its own style and character ranging from the classically understated to wonderfully ornate, but no matter which style you choose they all add a touch of warmth, elegance and glamour to your home.
It’s not just adults that can benefit from a nice warm rug, children can too. Children’s rugs are available in a range of themes, styles, colours and fabrics, perfect for brightening up a child’s bedroom. You can even choose one with an education theme to help inspire your child’s mind while they play. There really is no better way of finishing off a child’s bedroom than with a nice, warm, colourful and soft play rug.
As you can see there is a wide choice of rugs available to suit all budgets. So no matter if you have a contemporary interior or a traditional interior, you can be sure to find a suitable rug to help keep you warm and cosy this winter.