Selecting the Right Colour for Your Rug!

In terms of colours, it is essential to choose a colour that you really like and won’t get sick of quickly. There are no right or wrong colours; it only comes down to your tastes and preferences. However, it is good advice to match up a particular colour in the room, for example the colour of your walls, curtains, cushions or artworks.

Always keep the colour matching subtle and not over the top, in order to harmonize everything in your room. If your space is already full of colours, you don’t necessarily need to try and match your rug to its environment, it is best to choose a neutral colour.

The opposite applies for a very neutral room; a bright coloured rug will look great. In matching a wall or furniture colour, your rug will help make your design come together.

Keep in mind that you will always get a colour variation depending on the material you’ll choose, as different yarns absorb light differently. Natural fibers like wool tend to absorb light more than synthetic fibers. Also, light will vary depending on which side of the yarn it is reflected off. The cut edge of the yarn will always show colours darker than the other side.


These are images from our lovely customers who have shared their rugs that they have bought from us on our Rugs Direct Facebook page!


The Perfect Rug To Start Your Hand Knotted Collection

Hand Knotted rugs are truly pieces of art, with hours of labour going into each one. No two rugs are the same which gives them unique character and charm. The craftsmanship of hand made rugs stands out against rugs that are machine made and gives them a history.

Often consumers are overwhelmed by the variety of hand knotted rugs available, and can become confused about which design, colours and tribes they prefer.

For customers just starting out in the hand knotted market, Afghan rugs are a great introduction into the rug world. Made in Afghanistan, these rugs remain significantly tied to their tribal roots, as they reinvent typical patterns and colours of their area.


A Choubi rug's pile is hand spun wool and the dyes used are natural. Choubi's are well woven rugs; they are woven on a strong cotton warp and weft and are suited for dining and formal rooms. The wool has a natural glow and there is a colour variation depending on the angle they are viewed. 

The word "choubi" was derived from the Farsi word "chob" which means wood. This refers to the source of the Choubi rugs natural dyes; fruits, vegetables, roots, tree bark and dried shells. Because of the natural dye used, Choubi rugs are known for their soft muted colours that range from browns to coppers and maroons, and even to unusual blues and greens. Choubi rugs tend to have large geometric floral patterns and have a main characteristic of an abrash effect,or marbled effect, based on the fine nature of the hand-spun wool.

 [Hand Knotted Choubi Rug pictured above, Afghan Hand Knotted Choubi Rug Size: 199 x 292cm (SKU: PK19-6)] 


 [Hand Knotted Choubi Rug pictured above, Afghan Hand Knotted Choubi Rug Size: 255 x 295cm (SKU: PK14-11)] 


 [Hand Knotted Choubi Rug pictured above, Afghan Hand Knotted Choubi Rug Size: 250 x 304cm (SKU: PK12-2)] 

Get the right size for your space!


Before choosing a rug, you must decide what you want it to do within your space, do you want it to make a bold statement or blend in for a subtle effect? If your goal is to break up a room into different areas, the use of a number of smaller rugs can do the job beautifully.

For a lounge space, we typically recommend the standard size of 160 x 230cm. This size will be big enough for a coffee table to be placed in the middle and for there to be a gap between the couch and the rug. If you would like your couch to be half on the rug, you will need to go for the next size up - 200 x 290cm. 

If you have quite a large lounge space, we also have two oversized options available - 240 x 330cm and 280 x 380cm. 

For a dining room, a large rug under the table will soften the sound in the room and introduce colour, pattern and texture. For a standard 6-seater table, the most suitable rug is 200 x 290cm. This will be large enough for the table and chairs to all fit on the rug comfortably. For 8-seaters or larger, you may need to look at oversized rugs. For a small table, 160 x 230cm might be suitable.

Furniture around the perimeter of the room, such as sideboards and cupboards, are generally best left completely off the rug.

For a bedroom, the rug is best placed underneath the bed, framing it but stopping before the bedside tables. This allows for there to be rug underfoot when someone gets out of bed. An alternative, cheaper option is to have a smaller rug on either side of the bed.

For a hallway, our machine made runners come in 67cm wide, 80cm wide and 100cm wide. We can cut these to your desired length and can overlock the ends for you. We also have some pieces that are ready-made in 3m, 4m and 5m lengths. 

Hand knotted runners come in various sizes.