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Love the Rug

Update, revitalize or complete any room with a rug. It can add bold dramatic color, define seating areas, and complete the look on tile, stone, or hardwood floors.

Your rug serves as the anchor for a room’s design, so it is important to know what you are looking for before you begin your search. Determine your favorite style and colors by viewing a variety of rug designs – from traditional to contemporary. Area Rugs are available in limitless shapes and sizes.

Materials and construction methods vary greatly and may affect which rugs you choose to purchase.

Rugs can be found using natural fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, sisal and jute. Wool is the traditional fiber used in the construction of fine, hand-made Oriental rugs. One of the great benefits of using natural fibers is that they absorb and retain dyes in a more natural way, resulting in an authentic appearance that cannot be matched by synthetic fibers.

Synthetic fibers such as olefin (polypropylene), nylon and rayon are used exclusively in machine-made rugs, with olefin being the predominant fiber. Synthetic fibers can withstand great amounts of foot traffic and are often stain-proof. Rugs made of synthetic fibers are easy to maintain and offer a great value to consumers.

Rugs are also often made from a blend of both natural and synthetic fibers.
With the variety of techniques employed in making rugs, it is important to understand the difference in construction methods and the effect that this may have on a rug’s quality and price.

Hand-knotted rugs are woven by skilled artisans. The process of hand-knotting is extremely intricate and time consuming, dating back at least 3,000 years. A hand-knotted rug is secured to its foundation by tied knots rather than glue, which produces exceptional density and quality. These one-of-a-kind pieces could have as many as 200 knots per square-inch, and can take a year or more to complete, resulting in a beautiful heirloom for your family.

Hand-tufted rugs are also hand-woven, but employ a less intricate process. Hand-tufted rugs are created by punching tufts of thread through a tight canvas. Once the rug is completed, a backing is applied using a high-strength adhesive and the top is sheared to produce a plush, flat surface.

Flat weave rugs are the most basic of hand-loomed rugs. They are woven on basic looms and are reversible.

Machine-made rugs are created on power looms by hand, machine or computer. Machine-made rugs come in a variety of sizes, colors and designs and are available at a fraction of the cost of a hand-made rug due to the speed of production.

Rug Sizing: Measure the space where you will place each rug. In a living room, rugs are traditionally at least the length of the sofa; I typically suggest a 6×9 or 8×10. If you are doing a room sized rug, allow 8” of space around the perimeter of the room.

Under a dining table: measure your dining table and add 48 inches both its width and length. This will allow additional space to pull out dining chairs.

Rug shapes: There are many rug shapes available including oval, round, square, rectangular, and hexagonal are fairly standard. Rugs can often be custom shaped for each space. A designer trick is to use carpeting sold in a roll and have it cut to the size and shape you desire.

Finally, rug pads are not only important for keeping rugs in place, but also for preserving your investment. Since rugs begin to wear on the bottom first, a rug pad will help to prolong the life of your rug.

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