Rugs serve all the purposes of a carpet and are in general much more easily cared for and more adaptable decoratively. Even a large rug, when rolled on a pole, can be easily moved in and out for cleaning. For temporary homes, rugs are a wiser investment than carpets because they are more easily adjusted to different floor spaces. .

Color, as in other furnishings, is the first point to consider in the selection of a rug. The rug preferably should be of about the same value as the floor, so that it may tone with it,' making no severe or obtrusive contrast. In the case of a floor that is too light but that may not be darkened, the lesser of two evils is to compromise by choosing a rug considerably darker than the floor. The floor is the base of the room, the foundation on which the furniture rests, the background against which it is seen. Colors relatively dark contribute to an effect of solidity. In must be continually repeated that neutral effects serve best as backgrounds. The safest coloring perhaps is the one similar or analogous to the prevailing color of the walls; but a complementary or contrasting color, if sufficiently neutralized and if repeated elsewhere in the room, may be used with excellent effect. A plain rug with a self-toned border is in general a good choice.

If the rug is to be subjected to very hard wear, a pattern will make the wear less evident. A rug with an unobtrusive pattern, preferably with small geometric figures that "read" from every direction, or a very conventional nature motif with no strong contrasts in value, is likely to keep its place as a background better than a rug with large pattern, medallions, or intricate ostentatious border. Such rugs assert themselves at the expense of the other furnishings and tend to make the room seem crowded. Realistic flowers or animals, trees or houses, are out of place in pattern.

The best size and proportion for rugs is determined by the room and its furnishings. In the average room, a relatively large rug proportioned to the size and shape of the room is a satisfactory choice. Between two and three feet, or in a very large room even a wider margin, of bare floor may be left on each edge; the rug thus answers every purpose of a rug, clears the furniture, and is easily cared for. The size, number, and placing of rugs should be studied in relation to the other furnishings of the room, since they play an important part in the whole design.

There is a wide variety of textures and weaves on the market. It is impossible to suggest with any definiteness, the weave or manufacture to buy. The texture or quality should above all be appropriate to the room in which it is to be used; a rag rug may be the best choice for a bedroom or even for a living-room in a simply furnished country house. Heavy Wilton or Ax-minsters or velvets with deep pile are too suggestive of luxury to be used in modern simple homes. Since rugs are always to be walked upon, they should above all be durable. A reliable dealer who handles standard makes of rugs should be selected, and his judgment trusted as to the wearing qualities of his goods.