Ultimate Guide to Rugs: Your questions answered

Before we dive into the world of rugs, we have an exciting announcement. Enjoy a 20% discount on all Mastercraft rugs until 31st October. Just quote WEB23 to a member of our team.

A rug is more than just a piece of fabric; it’s a style statement. It’s a versatile floor covering made from either synthetic or natural fibres. Unlike wall-to-wall carpeting, rugs are portable and usually cover only a portion of your floor. They come in a myriad of designs and styles, so choosing the right one is crucial to complementing your room’s aesthetic.

For almost a century, Fludes Carpets has been dedicated to offering the finest selection of rugs in the South of England. Our collection includes classic rugs hand-picked from Europe, India, Persia, and Pakistan, as well as modern styles in both natural and vibrant colours.

Whether you’re looking for a rug to add warmth and comfort to your living room or a statement piece to complement your existing decor, our extensive selection is sure to meet your needs.


How to Position a Rug in Any Room:

  • Bedroom: For a spacious bedroom, your rug should be large enough to accommodate your bed and bedside tables. In a snug room, aim for the rug to cover the lower third of the bed. Either way, leave about a foot of rug on all sides for a cosy landing spot.
  • Dining Room: Your rug should echo the shape of your dining table. Ensure there’s about two feet of rug beyond the table so chairs don’t slip off.
  • Entryway: Opt for a durable, narrow runner. It’s the perfect welcoming touch.
  • Kitchen: Keep it simple. A small rug in front of the sink or a runner for narrow kitchens will do the trick.
  • Living Room: If your seating area is away from the wall, all furniture should sit within the rug’s boundaries. If your sofa is against the wall, just the front legs need to be on the rug.
  • Outdoor Space: Go for a rug that’s slightly smaller than your outdoor area for a balanced look.

Of course, these are only suggestions and the most important factor when choosing to position a rug, is ensuring it helps the space feel welcoming, comfortable, and uniquely yours.



How to Choose the Perfect Rug:

  1. Know Your Space: Measure the area and think about the furniture that will sit on or around the rug. Use painter’s tape to map it out if you’re unsure. Our team can always help you with measuring correctly.
  2. Style Matters: Whether you’re going for a casual jute rug or a bohemian shag, the rug should align with your room’s decor.
  3. Material World: Natural fibres like wool are durable but pricier. If you have kids or pets, synthetic might be the way to go.
  4. Traffic Talk: For high-traffic areas, low-pile rugs are your best bet. High-pile rugs are plush but not ideal for busy spaces as they lose their shape over time.
  5. Colour or Pattern: If your room is mostly neutral, a patterned rug can add a pop of interest. For patterned decor, a solid rug can balance things out.
  6. Layer Up: It can be controversial, but don’t shy away from experimenting with layering rugs for added texture and depth.
  7. Underneath It All: Invest in a quality rug pad for added comfort and to keep your rug in place.

For more information on choosing the perfect rug, we recommend this article by Homes and Gardens on 20 expert tips to choosing a rug.


Spotlight on Mastercraft Rugs: A Partnership for Quality and Style

Fludes Carpets is excited to have partnered up with Mastercraft to offer thousands of beautiful rugs at competitive prices. Mastercraft is renowned for its commitment to quality, design, and sustainability. Here’s a closer look at some of their standout ranges:

  1. Canyon

    • Sustainability: Woven using renewable energy
    • Sizes: Available in 8 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles & circles
  2. Galleria

    • Sustainability: Woven using renewable energy
    • Designs: Available in 45 designs
    • Sizes: Available in 15 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles, circles, squares, and runners
  3. Kashqai

    • Material: Environmentally friendly 100% worsted yarn wool
    • Safety: Fire retardant
    • Sizes: Available in 10 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles and circles
  4. Mehari

    • Sustainability: Woven using renewable energy
    • Designs: Available in 37 designs
    • Sizes: Available in 17 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles, circles, squares, and runners
  5. Pheonix

    • Material: Environmentally friendly 100% worsted yarn wool
    • Safety: Fire retardant
    • Sizes: Available in 6 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles


If you’re still not sure how to pick the perfect rug, take a look at this article on 7 steps to choosing a rug by Masterclass.

Exclusive Offer: 20% Off All Mastercraft Rugs

As part of our ongoing partnership, we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive 20% discount on all Mastercraft rugs. Simply quote WEB23 when talking to a member of our expert team. Hurry though, this offer ends on 31st October.


  1. Can I use rugs outdoors?
    Absolutely, just make sure they’re made from weather-resistant materials like polypropylene. We are proud to offer both indoor and outdoor rugs.
  2. How do I clean my rug?
    It depends on the material. Some can be machine washed, while others may require professional cleaning.
  3. Is a rug pet-friendly?
    If you have pets, opt for a rug with a low pile and darker colours to hide stains and potential damage.
  4. What sizes do Fludes Carpets offer?
    We offer a wide range of sizes, from 4’x2’ (1.20 x 0.60m) up to 15’x 12’ (4.57 x 3.66m), and many other sizes in between.
  5. Do you offer custom-sized rugs?
    Yes, we offer a selection of design and build your own rug with Crucial Trading rug builder program. We can also create a rug of any shape or size from any of our carpet ranges.
  6. Can I try the rug at home before buying?
    Absolutely, we offer a paid approval on all stock rugs, meaning you can try the rug at home for up to 24 hours before committing. Ask in-store for more details.
  7. Why don’t you sell rugs online?
    We believe that choosing a rug is a tactile experience. You need to see and feel the rug before making a decision, which is why we do not sell online. Please note that our Boscombe store currently doesn’t stock rugs.
  8. Do you offer any guarantees or warranties?
    We stand by the quality of our rugs and offer warranties on select products. Please inquire in-store for more details.
  9. What are the benefits of having a rug?
    Rugs not only enhance the look of any room but also offer benefits like softening the sound in areas with hard flooring.



Ready to Transform Your Space?

From colour theory to pattern mixing, Fludes Carpets has got you covered. Whether you’re shopping for a statement laminate flooring or choosing the perfect rug, we’re here to make your space uniquely yours.

If you’re still not sure whether a rug is the best option for your home, take a look at our blog on choosing the perfect flooring for every room in your house.

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