Tips on Dealing with Rug Sizes

Living room setting on rug with white lab

We get a lot of questions about the best way to place a rug. 

Here are some suggestions with a few principles that you might find helpful.

Defining an Area

Rugs can corral a seating area in the middle of a large space and make gathering there more intimate.

Four easy chairs over a rug


Custom Rug - Custom Geometry

Custom rug

Custom rugs can give a space a unique identity.

Tampa designer Mandy Vallowe showed Bob Ford a picture of a rug in a magazine. She thought the rug would work nicely in a condominium she's working on for a client on Harbor Island.

It's like a jigsaw puzzle, only the pieces are improvised straight-sided shapes. Bob developed a sketch for the project.

Plan for custom rug

Faux Silk and When to Use It

Canvas_Denim.WEB_2048x2048Tuf rug with faux silk

When Your Goal Is More Decoration than Durability

Faux silk in rugs performs a great service to designers: it provides the wonderful sheen and highlighting of real silk at a fraction of the cost. But nothing is free. Faux silk comes with some risks and disadvantages.

My goal is to point these out to you so that you don't get surprised by an irate client with a rug with durability issues.

Try Rugs Before Buying

Screen shot of rug showing video.

If you don't know already, Addison/Dicus & Bailey is out of both showrooms daily showing rugs in the rooms where designers think they will work. There's only one way to find out if a rug is going to work and that's to lay it out in the room.


Here's a short video of a rug showing for designer, Janna Walker of JDW Designs.


New Year - New Rugs

Valloire - hand-knotted in wool and metallic thread

2019 is well underway and we have a lot of new rugs in our showrooms. It's not like we planned to have new rugs for the New Year, but it's turned out that way.

In no particular order here is a sampling. Check out the rugs that have new design and/or construction techniques.


Thank You for 2018

Final installation of custom fabricated rug

We love working with you in 2018 and look forward to working with you in2019!

Season Closeouts

Floral vine ruby rug

We've enjoyed great success with our closeout program. To celebrate we are bringing you a much larger collection of closeout bargains.

You will notice lots of storage wrinkles in these photos. They can easily be steamed away and will be at purchase time.

Here's hoping that you can find bargains that makes for a great holiday for you or your clients.


Is There a Place for Luxury Vinyl Tile?

Wing chair on LVT plank

We've been thinking that a relatively new flooring product deserves your attention.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has been around for a very long time. Its present incarnation has been available for about two years. It has not enjoyed super wide use, but has received lots of acclaim from folks who have tried it.

Although its similarity to the appearance of wood is almost creepy, we are not suggesting that it be a substitute for wood. But it is an alternative for some design solutions.

What You Can Do for Your Clients Before The Holidays

Tree Ornaments

The holidays are fast approaching. We decided it might be useful to offer up a few tips on getting things done in that busy time so that you are better able to manage client expectations.


Things That We Can Handle Quickly - Most of the time


Of course there are exceptions to every situation, good and bad. The following scenarios we can easily handle within approximately two weeks. Check with us to make sure before you inform your client.


New York Rug Show 2018

Samad rug with metallic thread

Last year we were all set to go big at the New York Rug Show, but hurricane Irma held us hostage in Tampa while she made her way through.

So it was good to get back to the Javitts' Center at the beginning of September this year to see what was happening.

There were some new offerings from old friends. New offerings from new friends. And, some interesting stuff that I want to mention, but did not buy. 

To keep my courage up, I often recall my old friend and long-time rug merchant of Naples FL John Craig who said this about buying rugs.