4 Things to Avoid when Choosing a Shag Area Rug

A shag area rug lends a luxurious and contemporary look to a room. But for some people these deep pile rugs are an acquired taste. They may have other drawbacks in term of how much traffic they can handle. To determine if a shag rug is what you really want, consider these points.

Is Shag Right?

The choice of a shag rug must be made carefully. You must consider where it is to be placed and the amount and type of traffic it will have to carry. Although very luxurious, shag rugs with deep pile can slow you down if you or your family members like to move fast around the room. And it may be more appropriate in some rooms than others. A deep pile can look luxurious in a living room but rather silly in a dining room.

Size and Depth

The size of the modern rug and the depth of the pile both need to be considered. A shag rug that is too small for an area looks rather sad while one that is too big just looks untidy.


Decide if you want a solid color or if a patterned shag rug would work with your decor. A boldly patterned rugs may overwhelm elements in the room.


Don’t pay more than your original budget. Nothing is more irritating than buyer's regret is your own living room.