Sink your toes into one of Rug Merchant’s most luxurious products - The Shaggy Rug.

Nothing oozes luxury quite like the deep, soft pile of a shaggy rug.  Tempting and irresistible, you may well find yourself spending more time lounging on yours than on your sofa! Reinvented by 21st-century designers for the contemporary home, their array of styles, colours and designs make them an incredibly versatile design accessory which will enhance any interior. They are one of our most popular styles here at Rug Merchant for their ability to transform a bedroom into a romantic nest, add sophistication to a living room, or form a snug space in a children's bedroom or playroom.

Originally designed in the middle of the 20th century as a type of deep pile carpet, shaggy rugs soon established themselves as a popular element in trendy interior design of the 1960s and 1970s. Paradoxically, they were a victim of their own success as their association with these decades made them less sought-after when that style fell out of favour.

However, with a resurgence of retro fashion in the recent years, they have been making a steady comeback and are, once again, becoming a common sight in our homes, thanks to their inviting warmth and comfort. Fashionable carpet designers have taken them into their hearts, reinventing shaggy rugs with modern, contemporary designs to suit a modern interior.

What gives shaggy rugs their marvellous fluffiness is the type of thick pile called 'shag' used to manufacture them. A shag pile rug is usually produced by making loops either out of natural fibres such as wool, cotton or linen among others, or out of synthetic materials such as acrylic, viscose, nylon or polyester. The strands of yarn are longer than for standard rugs and twisted loosely, rather than tightly as is the case for conventional rugs. While in traditional rugs, the excess fibres would be shorn off, it is not so with shaggy rugs, and it is those less dense, long pieces of material that give shag pile rugs their distinctive feel and look

Practically, as shaggy rugs are so deep, they are an excellent choice for those less than perfect floors, and they also help to protect them and keep them clean while adding opulence to your home

Shag pile rugs come at all prices to suit all budgets. The more economically priced shaggy rugs are made of synthetic fibres and can be less soft than rugs made out of natural materials. Natural fibre rugs are, understandably, towards the higher end of the spectrum in terms of price. They will also have a higher density than acrylic rugs which means that they will collect less dust and dirt and will be easier to maintain.

The enduring appeal of shaggy rugs is undeniable and they are clearly here to stay. So wait no longer for the pleasure to own one and make your home an oasis of charm and tranquillity bringing even the dullest floors to life.  The Festival Range in particular is a riot of colour and suits all interior styles -  from Boho to the Classic. The Plush Range, is, as the name suggests a glorious deep and opulent rug perfect,  both as a room centrepiece,  and when strategically placed before a roaring natural fire.

Check out our complete range of Shaggy Rugs. You will find there is far more diversity to this range than you have ever anticipated !