Hotels sometimes have a design theme which ties them in to a specific colourway – budget hotels in particular tend to do this – and this can be very effective and is good for branding. Independent hotels, though, do rather rely on the tried and tested, not wanting to go far down the road of trendy design for the sake of it and so they do usually choose traditional design carpet runners. Runners are popular with householders too because they can be used in such a wide variety of ways, whether to tie the décor of several areas in a home together or to hide a worn carpet.
Hotels have the room for some long traditional runners
Although traditional runners are popular choices for houses, hotels can really show them off to their best advantage because they normally have much bigger rooms and longer corridors. One of the beauties of traditional runners is that there are several ‘repeats’ of the design so you really get the full benefit of what the craftsmen had in mind. Although there are a number of patterns laid down by tradition, many traditional rugs, whilst still having an essentially traditional look, have been modernised and adapted to meet not only modern tastes but also modern techniques which do not necessarily lend themselves to minute detail.
Spot the deliberate mistake
When all Persian rugs were knotted by hand, the weaver would usually add a deliberate mistake somewhere in the pattern, because only Allah is perfect. Although traditional rugs available at budget prices from Rug Zone nowadays are not hand knotted this tradition is still often followed by the designers and it can be fun looking for this mistake which can be obvious or sometimes very well hidden. If walking along a traditional runner in a hotel it may be best to not look too closely, in case you bump into someone on the same quest walking the other way, but if you find yourself sitting safely in a room with a traditional runner through it, it can give you an absorbing ten minutes. Not all traditional runners are Persian in influence, of course. Some are Chinese and yet others borrow from the Navajo tradition and have very bold colours, which look very elegant in the setting of a hotel, where they can be used to make a strong statement in a more spacious setting than most homes can provide.
If you are looking for an understated and traditional room – don't choose a shaggy rug! If, on the other hand, you are looking for something fun and funky, then a shaggy rug is really the business. They come in a riot of colours and if you have a browse on the Rug Zone website you are certain to find just what you need. They go well in bedrooms but more and more people these days are using them in the lounge or dining room because they give an immediate luxurious but mildly whacky look.
Shaggy rugs in zinging colours
If you have teenagers in the house who are growing out of their childhood bedroom decor but aren’t ready to grow up quite yet, a shaggy rug in a bright colour makes the transition easily. You can even stick with the blue for a boy, pink for a girl tradition by choosing electric blue and fuchsia pink, both of which can knock your eye out and don't look childish at all. If you are not ready to repaint throughout, a shaggy rug is a good answer because it makes a statement without costing a fortune. Shaggy rugs also come in different textures, so you can go for sparkly for a girl without having to choose the slightly obvious pink – a champagne coloured shaggy rug looks very sophisticated in a girl’s room, but fun.
Shaggy rugs to pep up a lounge
Although shaggy rugs are a little too wild and woolly to be truly sophisticated, they can still look very stylish if they are used as an accent rug or chosen in neutral or natural shades. For a lounge they are best if chosen in as large a size as the room will take; smaller ones dotted around can work but the larger size rugs are best because then they don't look so ‘bitty’. With their slightly ragged outline, small shaggy rugs dotted about can end up just looking untidy. A natural coloured rug in a two tone Wilton weave or made of leather and suede brings texture and depth which gets more interesting as the pile is trodden. It is not hard to keep them looking good – a shaggy rug benefits from a good shake now and then, if it is small enough and the pile bounces straight back up.
Summer seems to have finally arrived after a changeable spring and the wettest winter on record. There can't be many people who are not seriously thinking of a nice big old summer clean, getting into all the little nooks and crannies and booting the spiders out of doors. However, a ‘proper’ clean up can take days – if not weeks; it depends how grubby the spring showers has left your home – and not everyone has such a big chunk of time to spare. That said, there is something about the sunshine through the window that makes you want to do something, no matter how small. It is easy to get a bit depressed in the dark months, so a quick boost to the spirits with a bargain rug that won't empty your bank account is a good way to start the new season.
A nice bright rug
Something that takes just minutes is getting a new rug for your most-used room. With Rug Zone, you don't even need to leave home to buy it – browse online, order and your ‘summer clean up’ can be complete by the next day. Give the floor a quick vacuum, whip out the feather duster to de-cobweb, lay your lovely new rug and anyone would swear you had done the whole house out with a fine tooth comb. When it comes to convincing someone that you have made big changes, all you need to do is change one really obvious thing and they imagine the rest. So go for something eye-catching like a bright coloured shaggy rug or an elegant traditional rug that takes up other colours from the decor – they’ll never believe you haven’t slaved for hours!
Don't re-carpet – buy a rug
If you have fitted carpets, they can get dirty very quickly in a thoroughfare in your house. Summer cleaning often involves carpet cleaners, but after a few years even this leaves you with a grubby track through the room. And each year, it gets worse. If you want to give your room a summery zing and also cover your tracks, a rug will do both in one. Choose a hardwearing rug, which come in a variety of designs from modern to traditional. Natural fibres look less world-weary when subjected to hard wear than some manmade rugs, so going for sisal, jute or cotton may be the best plan, if you are a large family or possibly a small family with unusually grubby feet!
Most people spend a reasonable amount of time relaxing in their lounge and yet it is often the last room to get any attention when it comes to decorating. Kitchens and bathrooms can cost so much to make-over that the poor old lounge gets forgotten. It seems a shame, when with a few small touches, like a good quality rug, your lounge can be somewhere you love to relax in – to lounge in, in fact!
Depending on whether your lounge is a thoroughfare or not, a rug in there can come in for a lot of wear. Using rugs to dress a main walk-through makes a lot of sense, because they are easier to clean than a whole carpet and also, of course, much easier and cheaper to replace. A quality rug will withstand a whole lot of wear and tear before that day comes, though – just make sure that you have adequate grippers to stop it slipping as people in a hurry don't always watch their feet.
If your lounge is not a busy corridor between other rooms, you can go for the frankly luxurious. The New Vega shaggy rug in a lovely shiny twist yarn makes a wonderful centrepiece and it is great for wiggling your toes in on a cold winter’s evening. Using a bright primary colour is also a great way of bringing some zing to your lounge but the main thing about choosing rugs for the lounge is that you should go for quality. Your style for your lounge decor is probably pretty fixed and so a rug from the higher price range is well worth buying; Rug Zone’s prices are the best around, so by buying from their top range you know you have a seriously quality rug that would cost much more elsewhere.
Choose from the comfort of your lounge
The great thing about buying your rug from Rug Zone is you don't even have to leave home. All you need do is go to the website on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone and scroll through the great range of quality rugs on offer. You could even check colours against the room (although monitors do vary in how they express colour, it will give the rough idea) and the sizes are all clearly shown, so you can pace it out for fit. A quality rug for your lounge at budget prices and all delivered next day – perfect!
Rugs can be a way of life and when it comes to choosing the right one for your target room or area, you can often get a little confused. Something like a shaggy pile rug can go almost anywhere, but they usually end up in the bedroom, for some unknown reason! And then there are the circular rugs that are equally at home in the living room or the dining area. But the real chameleon of the rug world simply has to be the good old hall runner.
Hallways of course!
Perhaps the name kind of gave it away, but hall runners are most often used for our hallways. Also known as carpet runners, these offer a fantastic solution for the long narrow passages that connect or rooms and usually lead to an exterior door. Hall runners are excellent at dealing with any unwanted debris that may be walked into the house unawares. They also lend a lovely tone to the interior space and offer a rather welcoming sight to visitors and family.
You may have a room with a hardwood or stone floor that needs a little rug loving? Instead of a circular or rectangle rug placed in the centre of the floor, why not use a hall runner to create a walkway that goes right through the room in question? Of course, it would be ideal to connect two entry points and you could even go for a little red number for that Hollywood style big entrance we all love to make!
When you creep out of bed on a chilly morning, wouldn’t it be nice to have your feet caressed by a warm and inviting surface? Instead of your smart but cold hardwood floor, the hallway runner can offer a very slick looking feature that also helps you get ready for the big wide world. If you conservatory is looking a little austere during those winter months, lay down a comfortable hall runner and you can almost see summer around the corner.
These guys are the ones to talk to when you have decided to take a closer look at the versatile and effective hall runners. They have an extensive choice and are experts in this field, and there are not too many established online suppliers who can say that they know all there is to know about rugs. Well there may be a few, but most of them are telling rug shaped fibs!