How are Rugs Measured?

Rug Love: Unravelling the Mystery of How Rugs Are Measured

Rugs are more than just accessories that adorn our floors; they tell stories, encapsulate memories, and even define spaces within our homes. But for those of us in the hunt for the perfect rug, one question often arises: "How are rugs measured?"

Welcome to our latest Rug Love blog where we pull back the layers to unveil the answer to this pertinent question.

The Basics: Width x Length

Contrary to what some might think, the process of measuring a rug is relatively straightforward. As our initial insight suggests, rugs are typically measured by their shortest side first, followed by the longest. This means that a rug labelled as 160 x 230 is 1.60 Metres in width and 2.30 Metres in length. Always remember: width x length.

Why Is This Order Important?

While it might seem arbitrary, there's a reason for this convention. By consistently following the "shortest x longest" format, customers can easily compare sizes across various rugs and brands without confusion. Imagine shopping for a space where the width is more crucial than the length; this format allows you to quickly gauge if a rug will fit in the desired area.

A Deeper Dive: Other Measurements to Consider

While the standard width x length measurement gives us a good idea of the size of a rug, it's worth noting that there are other dimensions and factors you might come across:

  1. Pile Height: This refers to the thickness of the rug – from its base to the top of its fibres. A rug with a high pile is thick and plush, while a low pile rug is flatter and might be ideal for high traffic areas.

  2. Knot Count: Especially relevant for hand-knotted rugs, this refers to the number of knots per square inch. A higher knot count often indicates a more intricate design and potentially higher quality.

  3. Borders and Fringes: Some rugs come with borders or fringes that may or may not be included in the main measurement. Always check the product details to ensure you're getting the exact size you want.

Measuring at Home: Tips for Accuracy

If you're trying to measure a rug you already own, or if you're sizing up a space:

  1. Use a reliable tape measure and ensure it lays flat against the rug.
  2. Always measure from edge to edge, excluding any fringes.
  3. If your rug isn't perfectly rectangular (e.g., it's an oval or a circle), the diameter or the maximum dimensions are typically provided.

In Conclusion: Love Your Rug for All Its Dimensions

Whether you're a seasoned rug enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of floor art, understanding rug measurements can drastically simplify your shopping experience. By ensuring you have the right fit, you'll not only enhance the aesthetics of your space but also create an environment that reflects your unique style.

Remember, rugs are more than measurements and sizes. They're a testament to craftsmanship, art, and personal stories. Here at Rug Love, we cherish every dimension of these treasured pieces. Happy rug hunting!

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