Common Rug Questions

Is this the correct rug pattern?

Sometimes the rug you bring home looks different than the rug (design/pattern-wise) you selected.  This is common.   Most manufacturers only show a rug in the rectangular shape and then it is altered to fit into different dimensions.  To some buyers, this alteration is no big deal.  In most cases, you’ll notice the most significant (though significant is probably an overstatement as we’re talking about subtle changes) pattern differences on runners (due to such a narrow space), round (being such a drastically different shape), and 2×3 rugs (large prints are often shrunk down to achieve the right look on a much smaller scale).  If you’re a detail-oriented customer, you may want to specifically request a photo of the rug in the dimension you’re buying and save the surprises for Christmas morning!


Let’s look at this Safavieh rug in different shapes and sizes – you’ll notice subtle changes to the pattern.








large round



small round







Is this the correct rug color?

You may be surprised to find out that rugs have two looks depending on where you stand and view them.  We like to think of it as two for the price of one!  No, no….it’s actually quite subtle but this difference in color saturation is due to it’s construction.  When a rug is woven, each knot is hand-tied and pulled down which creates the “nap”.  The nap is simply referring to the visual surface of the rug.  If you look close enough, you can see that all the fibers are lying in one direction thus creating a consistent slant of fibers.  Whether you’re looking at the rug with or against the nap, you’ll see a ‘light’ or a ‘darker’ view.  We suggest trying it in your space both ways because it all comes down to preference.  It’s perfectly acceptable to beg your installer (likely a family member or friend) to adjust it 180 degrees to ensure it’s best possible effect.


Is my wool rug falling apart?

What does a wool rug have in common with ‘man’s best friend?’  Other than the fact that you love them both – they have a tendency to shed.  Luckily the problem is completely normal and your rug will have less ‘fur balls’ with time.  You’ll notice the most shedding in the first few months and we suggest vacuuming it a couple times a week on a gentle setting.  Since the beater bar could possibly damage your new purchase, we suggest turning that function off.


How do I get my rug to lay flat?

The “flip” was a stylish 50’s hairdo but it’s never been a good look on an area rug.  Rugs will curl on one end due to storage and transportation but it’s certainly not permanent.  So how do you get that curled edge to lay flat?  Normally, a little coaxing will do the trick in the form of ‘reverse rolling’.  You can do this by rolling back the curled area in the opposite direction and hold it firmly for a few moments.  If the rug is being stubborn, you may want to reverse roll the area and leave it overnight.  Say goodbye to your tripping hazard and hello to a rug that will look fabulously flat, as it should!





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