All About Rugs

An area rug can be the perfect finishing touch for your dining space!

Rug Size

If you plan on placing a rug right under your dining table, make sure that it extends at least 24” to 30” inches beyond the edge of the table. This helps make sure that the rug is able to efficiently accommodate for the dining chairs as well.

Measure the width and length of the table and then add 24” to 30”  to each of the four sides to facilitate additional room for chairs. Make sure that your table leaf is included in this calculation.

For example, a 72” L x 37” W table should be paired with a rug that is approx. 96” L x 60” W (8’ L x 5’ W).

If your dining space also includes other pieces of furniture like a buffet, hutch, or serving station, make sure that the rug will fit into the configuration of all the furniture as well as the room as a whole.

Use painter’s tape to represent the size of the rug you think will be best for your space. It really helps to see a visual representation on the floor under your dining table!

When in doubt, opt for a larger rug over a smaller rug - bigger is (usually) better in this case!

Rug Construction

There is an endless selection of rugs on the market, but what kind of rug will work best in your home? Knowing a little bit about the way rugs are crafted can help you make the best decision - we've learned a lot from our vendor partner, Jaipur Living!

Hand-Hooked rugs are crafted on a vertical loom and have a looped pile. Typically, Hand-Hooked rugs with small loops are very durable, entry level priced rugs and are great for high traffic areas like a dining room or living room.

Flat Weave rugs are crafted using colored warp and weft yarns that are woven together to create a design. Flat Weave rugs are often reversible and are extremely durable and easy to care for - perfect for under a kitchen table!

Hand-Tufted construction entails individual tufts of yarn that are hand-punched into a pre-made backing fabric with a special tufting tool. A latex backing strengthens hand-tufted rugs.


Machine Made rugs are made on powerlooms using synthetic fibers or wool and can vary in price range depending on the material used and the density of the weave.

Hand-Knotted construction is the most labor intensive rug making process - individual knots are hand tied on a vertical loom. Hand-Knotted rugs are crafted to be heirlooms and with the right care can last for generations. The price points of Hand-Knotted rugs reflect the amount of work and time that goes into crafting these beautiful pieces of art.

Be sure to check out the rugs curated by James+James - shipping directly to your home is FREE! View a selection on our website and check out Jaipur Living for more options!


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