CARPETS, RUGS or MATS

WHAT’S WHAT Can you tell your sofa from your couch? Rug from your mat? Drapes from your curtains? This is the last of the series of three post. Enjoy.

CARPETS, RUGS or MATS

Defining “zones” in open plan living spaces often comes down to flooring selection.  But should you be choosing a rug, a mat or a carpet?  Are they one in the same or is there more to it?  

Do you need a Carpet?  


Jennifer Andersen at Artisan Flooring explains carpet as “A heavy (often tufted fibre) used as a complete wall to wall floor covering. This may vary in pile (cut, twist, loop, texture) with the ability to custom design/colour.”   We recommend carpets in bedrooms for comfort and warmth.  Look for textured loop or plush cut piles. 

Artisans rich chocolate Llama wool Andina carpet is textured and cosy. Natural fibres are variegated in colour and give an organic vibe. 

Artisans rich chocolate Llama wool Andina carpet is textured and cosy. Natural fibres are variegated in colour and give an organic vibe. 

Select a dense cut pile to add softness to contemporary architecture and comfort underfoot

Select a dense cut pile to add softness to contemporary architecture and comfort underfoot

Are you looking for a Rug?

Natalie Seagar at Designer Rugs believes rugs are “ . . . an opportunity to extend the reach of art in your home from the walls to the floor. With today's architectural designs focused on open plan living, a rug helps to define the space where walls once stood, as well as anchor your furniture and tie together your interiors. Using our luxurious quality 100% New Zealand Wool, a rug also helps absorb sound for better acoustics in your home, keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.” Variety is wide so careful selection is a must to ensure your piece lasts the test of time. Designer Rugs x Emma Elizabeth, Plumage rug.  

Designer Rugs x Emma Elizabeth, Plumage rug.  

Designer Rugs x Emma Elizabeth, Plumage rug.  

Artisan, Shadow Rug in Deep Gold is an example of classic contemporary.

Artisan, Shadow Rug in Deep Gold is an example of classic contemporary.

Artisan Flooring, Turkey Rewoven Kilim styled by Home magazine is understated ethnic.

Artisan Flooring, Turkey Rewoven Kilim styled by Home magazine is understated ethnic.

Designer Rugs x Petrina Turner Design, Mavis Rug.

Designer Rugs x Petrina Turner Design, Mavis Rug.

Is it that you need a Mat?


A mat generally serves to “clean items passed over it . . .  removes dirt from the soles of shoes”.  A doormat is the obvious example here.  Sisal, Jute and Coir are perfect fit-for-purpose materials as they are coarse and durable. Often though, a mat is defined by it’s materiality rather than it’s location and these braided or looped mats works well in living areas, bedrooms or beachside locations.  Consider self turned edges for a more seamless contemporary look. Sisal is classic and adaptable to most interior styles.  Great for entry hallways as in this image.  

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Artisan Flooring do a wide range of natural fibre matting including Jute, Seagrass, Banana Silk and Abaca. 

Nodi Rugs, Braided Jute Rug in Steel. 

Nodi Rugs, Braided Jute Rug in Steel. 

Nodi Handmade Rugs source their product from India, however the word "Nodi" is Italian for knot.