Origin Guide

Origin Guide

Nowadays, rugs are made in many different countries and in a number of different qualities.

Originating from Persia (modern Iran), rugs were prestigious status symbols made primarily for royalty as symbols of wealth and prosperity. Over the generations, artisans have been experimenting and improving their craft as well as finding new ways of making rugs more accessible to a larger market.

Rugs are now made in many countries, however the major regions and countries where rugs are a major industry are listed below:

Middle East:

  • Persia (modern Iran) – specialists in hand-woven traditional rugs, high quality heirloom rugs are typically on display
  • Turkey – specialists in low cost machine made modern, traditional and shag rugs in European, USA and Middle Eastern colours as well as low-medium quality traditional hand woven rugs
  • Saudi Arabia – specialists in low cost machine made modern, traditional and shag rugs in colours suited to Middle-Eastern tastes
  • Afghanistan – specialists in low to medium quality traditional hand-woven rugs
  • Egypt – specialists in low cost machine made modern, traditional and shag rugs to suit USA and European tastes. Innovators in design, quality can be somewhat lacking.


  • India – specialists in hand-woven and tufted rugs from the highest quality to the lowest qualities, from modern to traditional. Innovators in modern rugs.
  • Pakistan – specialists in low-medium quality handwoven traditional rugs.


  • China – specialists in hand-tufted modern and shag rugs. Typically fast-followers, they are also innovators in their own right
  • Taiwan – specialists in hand-tufted acrylic rugs. Innovators
  • Mongolia – specialists in low-quality traditional wool machine made rugs


  • Belgium – specialists in modern, traditional and shag machine made rugs suited to European tastes. Innovators, they have largely evolved and disappeared due to low-cost competition in Turkey and China
  • Moldova – specialists in low-quality traditional wool machine made rugs
  • Scandanavia – high end hand-made and machine made modern rugs suited to European and USA tastes.


Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.


Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide