Rugs 101: Top Questions to Ask Your Rug Dealers

Rugs 101: Top Questions to Ask Your Rug Dealers

When investing in a handmade rug, there are some key questions you must ask to ensure you are making the right choice for your space. After all, a rug is an expensive purchase and something you want to keep for a long time.

What is it made from?

First, enquire as to the materials used in the rug you are considering given that this will ultimately determine its price, durability and overall functionality. For example, if you are after something hard-wearing but also soft and comfy for your lounge room… a rug made from 100% NZ Wool will be the best option. On the other hand, if you are looking for something completely luxe to bring shine, depth and colour to your formal sitting room; perhaps a bamboo or cocoon silk rug is the best fit.

 Where is it Made?

After defining your rugs purpose and functionality, you must then always ask where it is made. Hali sources all our rugs from reputable manufacturers in India ensuring that the materials used are of the finest quality and never compromised. It is common in other parts of the world for premium wool to be mixed with cheap material to save costs; but rest assured this is clearly visible for anyone when looking at a handmade rug. As soon as the wool is compromised, it loses its shine and lustre… this can also lead to the rug being more difficult to clean and more prone to early wear and tear. This is also relevant when purchasing rugs made from Bamboo or Art Silk as well as Cocoon Silk and, Cotton or Jute. Just make sure you are purchasing from a reputable company who sources their rugs directly from the manufacturer rather than a third party.