How to choose the right type of rug?

Rugs are a must have in every modern home. They are timeless pieces that can easily stand the test of time and work hard for you over many years - providing you choose well and don't cut corners when it comes to quality. There are so many rug types to choose from including high pile fluffy rugs, created with thick knots of pure wool yet, so lovely! 

Here at MARR-KETT we know all too well how easy it is to fall completely in love with the aesthetics of a rug, without considering how practical it will be in the space you intend it for.

We should always ask ourselves the obvious questions when purchasing our dream rug, such as 'Is the pile too thick for a hallway space?’, ‘is it a high footfall area?' or ‘is this rug too underwhelming for my lounge room?'

Pile and placement are as important things to consider as pattern, colour and size when choosing your rug, so here are a few tips and ideas to help you find THE perfect rug for your home. Don't forget you can browse our Vintage Moroccan Rug Collection for inspiration too. 

The Lounge Room

When choosing a rug for your lounge room, it's always a good idea to consider how you want the space to feel. A larger rug tucked under the sofa a little can make your space feel a lot larger than it is, or a smaller rug can really frame your lounge area and make it feel cosy.

For a sofa with a chaise, a 200cm x 300cm rug is usually the ideal size as it creates a great sense of space and you have the flexibility to tuck the rug under the chaise of your sofa to give you a great balanced and centrally placed rug.

It is also good to consider the thickness and pile of your rug.

Will it be tucked under furniture? Is it in a thoroughfare to the rest of your house? 

If the answer is yes, a short to medium pile would be an ideal choice.

It means that you will have a soft and comfy rug underfoot whilst still having an easy rug to run the hoover over.

If your lounge room is separate to the rest of the house you could definitely opt for a medium to thick shag pile rug as not only will they require little vacuuming, they are incredibly soft and sumptuous underfoot… especially if you have a young family and spend time on the floor!

The Bedroom

The bedroom is often our ultimate sanctuary in the house (or probably the toilet if you are a dad and seeking refuge from the kids for 10 minutes) and we often like these spaces to feel calm, inviting and comfortable.

There are two main options to go for when considering the placement of your rug, the first being two small runners either side of the bed. There is nothing nicer than stepping out of bed and the first thing you feel is silky soft Berber wool between your toes… pure bliss!

This is also a great option if you are limited on space at the end of your bed but still want to add some texture and character to the bedroom.

If you have a little more space, a popular option is to place a rug at the base of the bed just tucked under the end.

I often get asked for very large pieces 350cm x 400cm that fit under the bed and come out of the end and sides. Although this seems like a great idea, personally I feel that not only is it a little extravagant, but its also such a shame to lose the majority of your rug completely hidden under the bed as these pieces should most certainly be on display for you to enjoy.

In terms of pile, I would recommend a medium to thick piled rug, as mentioned before, they feel incredible underfoot and being in the bedroom, tend not to pick up as much dust (toast crumbs, pet hair, small pieces of lego) as the rest of the house.

The bedroom is also the ideal place to go those whiter neutral tones, this is your sanctuary after all and shouldn’t be in danger of the kids dinner or red wine spills (We only drink white wine in the bedroom of course).

A short and narrow rug is also a great way to add a little character to your walk in wardrobe spaces too.

The Nursery

Nurseries and kids rooms are the perfect place to inject a little bit of fun and texture into the room. A small to medium piece that can again, be placed beside a single bed or in front of the cot can really bring a room together. Children's rooms give us a lot more freedom to express our inner child but bear in mind that you want your toddler or child to really grow with the rug and enjoy it in to at least their early teens.

In terms of pile you can be really flexible as your kids spend a lot of time playing on the floor. The smaller rugs are super easy to look after as they can be taken outside and shaken very easily.

Most importantly, have fun with it because let's face it, we are all big kids at heart.

The Dining Room

Depending on the size of your dining table, Berber rugs are usually the perfect shape to go under dining tables as they tend to be long and narrow to fit the traditional nomadic Berber tents of the Atlas Mountains.

You most definitely want to opt for a short to medium pile here as not only will you want your dining chairs to move in and out nice and easy when you are entertaining guests, spot cleaning mashed potato from a shag pile rug is not a fun task…trust me!

Always bear in mind how forgiving the colour is going to be when choosing a rug for under the table.

The Bathroom

'The bathroom?!’ you say? Yes indeed! A well placed small Berber rug in a bathroom can really transform the room. A short narrow runner in front of a vanity not only looks great but feels luxurious underfoot, goodbye daggy bathmats!


The study or office is one of my favourite places to style a rug. If you work a lot from home or are just paying the bills in the evenings, you want your study to be a creative space whilst also feeling comfortable.

Pile and placement are important things to consider when placing a rug in a study. You still want space to pull your chair in and out or swivel your office chair so placing a rug central to the room in a study is ideal. A short to medium pile is preferable and like the nursery or kids rooms, you can definitely have a little more fun in your study. Have you seen any rugs that have caught your eye that would work in your study?



For me, a hallway isn’t complete without some colour and texture to complete the space. Of course being high foot fall areas, a short to medium pile is a must. Most Berber hallway runners tend to measure 2 to 4 metres in length so for those long hallway spaces, two similar or contrasting hallway runners can look fantastic together and achieve the same look as a really long runner.

Of course all of these are just my personal opinions having styled hundreds of rugs in different spaces over the years and I know full well how easy it is to let your heart rule your head when the colours speak to you so vividly... and sometimes... why not?! We can all find ways to make things work in our homes simply because we love them and they make us happy!

I hope this article has been helpful for all of you wondering how to choose the perfect rug for your home. 

If you have any questions at all please shoot us an email at as I am always here to chat. Don't forget to browse our latest collection of unique, handwoven Vintage Moroccan Rugs for some interior inspiration.