How to Choose the Right Hand knotted Rug: A Guide from Cocoon

A well-designed rug has the decorative prowess to transform your room into a magical space. It serves as classy artwork for your floor and provides a complementary backdrop for other furniture.

Globally, interior designers have always admired the multi-tasking capabilities offered by rugs. First, the perfect rug lifts the mood and look of a room by enhancing the style quotient by several notches. Second, it does an admirable job of making the room's imperfections in one chic swoop!

There's a challenge though - many buyers struggle to find a rug with the correct colour, pattern and texture for their space. At Cocoon, we will help you decode this challenge by compiling the factors you should consider while choosing the right rug for your room:

1. Size

One of the common mistakes we have noticed buyers make is choosing a rug that's a couple of sizes smaller than required. This adds a disjointed look to the room and makes it appear that the furniture is jostling for space.

A typical living room will require a rug that's sized 8’x10′ or 9’x12′ as most often it tends to be the largest space in the house. Ensure that the rug is at least 6 or 8 inches wider than the sofa on both sides. For the bedroom, opt for a rug that can comfortably fit in the bed and a night table, with ample width on either side. A rug for the dining room should fit the table as well as extended chairs.

The best way to make sure that you don't go wrong with the size is using a measuring tape to draw outlines of rug sizes on the floor. This will help you get an idea of the rug's footprint.

You can find rugs in sizes that range from 2’x3′ and 3’x5′ to a range-topping 10’x10′ to a custom made size. This variety in size will ensure that you get the right fit for your living room, bedroom, dining room, hallway and even kitchen!

2. Colour & Patterns

Many buyers use colours as the starting point while picking a rug. You should opt for colours you enjoy looking at every day. The rug's colour sets the tone for the entire decor.

Do you want the rug to blend in or stand out? Your answer to this question will impact your buying decision.

It's easier to pick the right colour if you already have furniture in the room. For example, if your room has colourful furniture, it's better to opt for a rug with a single colour or neutral hues.

Choose a patterned rug from our modern/contemporary rugs if the walls and furniture in your room feature solid colours. On the hand, opt for a solid rug if you have patterned walls and furniture. The pattern's impact on the room depends on the rug's colour as well.

3. Style & Materials

It's ideal to go for hand knotted rugs that are made from natural fibres such as silk, wool, and jute. They are sustainable and last you a lifetime.

Synthetic fibres (for example, polyester or acrylic) are more affordable than rugs made of natural fibre. Unfortunately, they don't last as long. They get contaminated quicker and are difficult to maintain. Once you’ve decided on the material, it’s time to pick a style:

a. Modern Rugs

Featuring bold colours and patterns with contrasting elements, these rugs often exhibit art & architecture inspired from various travels and geometric shapes and designs. Most homeowners combine modern rugs with eclectic pieces of furniture to add a dimension of snazziness to the room.

Here are examples of modern rugs:

b. Classic Rugs

Featuring timeless and traditional designs with Indian, Persian or Oriental influences, classic rugs often feature a distinct border with an ornate design.

Classic rugs come in neutral colours and blend well with bronze or wood decor. A room that has paintings, flowers or chandeliers will go well with classic rugs.

c. Transitional Rugs

Offering a balance between classic and modern styles, transitional rugs go well with white, clean furniture or compliment bold pieces of furniture.

4.Hand-knotted or Hand-Tufted Rugs?

At Cocoon, we recommend our customers opt for hand-knotted over hand-tufted rugs. Hand-Tufted rugs are manually crafted with the help of a gun and a backing is glued to hold the knots together.

They are machine-made with hand and can be found at malls and physical stores near you. They don't stand the test of time and you will need a replacement soon.

Hand-knotted rugs are expensive because they are labour-intensive and are made with the finest silk & wool . In this method, artisans knot threads over the rug's warp to ensure longevity. Thousands of knots are required to create intricate designs. This prevents the rug from unravelling. They are meant to last an eternity.

Keep these factors in mind and hop over to our website to pick the right rug for your home. You could also contact us at 022 2492 8647/48 or write to us at for more details. If you wish to view our rugs in person, visit any of our branches in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Jaipur.