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10 Factors To Keep In Mind When Shopping For Turkish Rugs

Rug Source’s Turkish rug selection is one of the best you can find anywhere online, so here are some considerations to keep in mind while you’re shopping!

turkish rugs are beautiful works of art from Rug Source!

Buying a Turkish rug can be an incredible investment that ends up paying off over many years of enjoyment and can even considerably accrue in value, but it’s important for buyers to be as informed as possible when it comes to making these types of home improvement purchases.

In this article we’re going to provide a guide to help our clients better understand what they should be looking for while they’re shopping throughout our Turkish rug inventory, and by going through this list of factors you’ll undoubtedly have a much more thorough understanding as to what drives the popularity of these beautiful rugs.

As always feel free to reach out to us online to ask one of our experts any questions you may have after reading this article, and here are the 10 factors to keep in mind while shopping for Turkish rugs!

1. Price

Price is always a major concern for all rug shoppers, and it’s important to be at least a little bit flexible when it comes to your overall budget. This is mainly because there can be many more options within a wider price range, and sometimes you can pay a little more for a Turkish rug up front knowing that it will gain value much faster than other options.

2. Size

Size is always a huge factor to keep in mind for any type of rug shopping, and you should have close to an exact measurement in terms of your desired space that you’d like to place your new Turkish rug.

It always is helpful to be able to quickly narrow down your best options based upon size, and if you have any pictures or exact parameters of your room we can also help you in terms of slightly adjusting the aesthetics of your room based upon certain rug sizes!

3. Material

Turkish rugs are typically made from very high-quality materials, including wool, silk, cotton or a combination of all three. Silk tends to be the most expensive rug material, and wool-cotton combinations are usually the more affordable option.

It’s also important to keep in mind the overall quality of the materials found within your Turkish rug, because handmade Turkish rugs are always more expensive than machine-spun options. You’ll be able to feel the difference with handmade rugs, and this will have a direct impact on price and overall investment potential.

4. Type

There are many different types of Turkish rugs that buyers should be aware of, and some of the most common include Hali, Kilim, Cicim and Sumak.

The Hali are considered to be some of the most common Turkish rugs, and they come in many different sizes and piles. They typically do have thicker piles than some of the other types of Turkish rugs, and this is mainly because of a double knot weaving technique.

The Kilim is a flat-woven rug, the Cicim is a flat-woven rug that includes extra wrapping and the Sumak is a flat-woven rug with embroidery and extra wrapping. These rugs are commonly utilized as wall hangings.

5. Color

Color is always something that will be personable in terms of your preferred aesthetics and existing furniture display. But when it comes to Turkish rugs, the color of the rug can be indicative of the type of dye. Natural dyes are typically considered to be much higher in value, and they can also hold colors much better than chemical dyes.

Natural dyes may come at a higher price, but they’ll lead to more longevity and investment potential.

6. Styles/Motif

It’s important for rug shoppers to understand how each color and design within a Turkish rug has its own purpose and meaning, and many times a Turkish rug will tell a story.

Most industry experts can look quickly at a Turkish rug and know exactly what region it comes from and the story its creator is conveying. It’s important to take the time and ask our experts about the stories that certain shapes and designs indicate within these beautiful masterpieces.

7. Age

Age is also a very important factor for Turkish rug shoppers to keep in mind, and this is because the older a rug is the more value it will have. This is mainly because older rugs were handmade within villages by artisans, as opposed to more modern versions made in factories.

Although newer Turkish rugs will still have great quality, it will be clear in terms of the differences between these two origins. You will ultimately want to purchase the Turkish rug that you like best, but a lot of shoppers enjoy learning about the backstory of how a rug was created.

8. Handmade?

This is a major distinction within the prices of Turkish rugs, and the truth is that very few rugs are still created in the traditional ways within mountain villages.

These days rugs are made within smaller workshops that employ mountain villagers to create works of art on a regular basis, but it will be a good question to ask in terms of whether the rug was made in a workshop or a village.

9. Region

It’s somewhat ironic that many Turkish rugs don’t actually come from Turkey, and many will come from Afghanistan, Iran, Anatolia, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Turkmenistan.

All of these regions provide their own styles and material feel, so you should understand these differences and know exactly where your Turkish rug actually came from.  

10. Work of History, Culture and Art

The last but certainly not least factor to keep in mind while shopping for Turkish rugs is the general recognition that you’re buying so much more than a rug. You’re purchasing a piece of history, culture and a story.

All of our experts understand how important this type of cultural significance is to our clients looking to invest in a Turkish rug, and it definitely goes a long way to be able to decipher how certain meanings and symbolism can grow in value more than others.

But in the end you’re going to have an incredible piece of art within your home that will bring an endless supply of enjoyment for you and your guests!

Reach Out To The Rug Source Experts For More Information About Our Turkish Rugs!

All of us at Rug Source are industry experts who understand just how special our online inventory of Turkish rugs is, and we’re here to help you through every step of the shopping process to better ensure that you’re getting the rug that’s perfect for you and your home.

Always feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 to get in touch with one of our team members who can answer your questions or concerns about finding your next Turkish rug!

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Your Guide To Gabbeh Rugs

Gabbeh rugs are somewhat rare throughout the United States, and here we’ll discuss everything you need to know about this magical part of our online inventory!

Gabbeh rugs are beautiful works of art within Rug Source's inventory

What Is A Gabbeh?

Gabbeh rugs are one of the finest, most luxurious selections throughout the international rug marketplace. Gabbeh rugs are known for having somewhat simple, modern designs all throughout an illustrious history, and many suggest these rugs are folk inspired with the use of animal, human and plant forms throughout their beautiful designs.

History of Gabbeh Rugs

Gabbeh rugs became popular throughout the late 19th century, and back then they were handmade by Lori or Qashqai tribal weavers throughout the Zagros Mountains in Iran. Although the Qashqai are considered to be the original crafters of this rug style, several other tribes began creating Gabbeh rugs as well, including the Kurds and the Bahktiari.

The word Gabbeh directly translates to unfinished, and the name Gabbeh sometimes varied from tribe to tribe for many years. For instance, these rugs have also been referred to as a Lori rug because they were woven by the Lori tribe. Sometimes they’re acknowledged simply by the town or city they are traded within, an example being the city of Shiraz and ‘Shiraz-Gabbeh’ rugs.

Texture and Materials

Gabbeh rugs will always be made with a very complex wool composition and foundation, and they are well known for their high pile and overall warmth. It’s normal for the wool found in Gabbeh rugs to be of very high quality, typically from around a sheep’s neck that was bred by the crafters themselves.

When it comes to overall structure, Gabbeh rugs are frequently a rather rough cut of many different types of rich colors. They are very strong, durable rugs that simultaneously have an unbeatable, smooth texture.

Weaving Techniques

Gabbeh rugs are woven in a very unique manner, typically each knot being knotted one by one. Because of this knotting style, it’s common to notice Gabbehs with rather a low knot per inch count. This low knot count (typically around 50-150 knots per square inch) is something that is somewhat different than other fine, Oriental rugs; but you should not be fooled by this metric as this low knot density actually contributes greatly to the overall uniqueness of Gabbeh rugs!

Gabbeh rugs are hand-knotted, so it’s a very meticulous process that takes crafters several months to fully come to a finished product. So there truly is no mistaking just how special these rugs are in terms of the overall creation process, but what really sets them over the top are their beautiful designs!

Patterns and Designs

Although the patterns of Gabbeh rugs are generally considered to be basic in that they typically feature limited numbers of decorative designs, there truly is a limitless amount of beauty and modern aesthetic to these timeless rugs throughout their patterns. Most of the decorative designs found within Gabbehs will consist of people, animals, plants and geometric patterns, and there’s truly no denying just how unique these designs are throughout the entirety of the international marketplace!

In terms of popular colors found within Gabbeh rugs, red and yellow are very common but there really isn’t any constraints placed upon these master weavers. Part of what makes the entire design of Gabbeh rugs so unique is that they’re always going to be one-of-a-kind artworks based upon the exclusive input of the creative weaver.

Colors

Authentic Gabbeh rugs are always made via natural vegetable dyes, which will subsequently do wonders in terms of maintaining the longevity of the rug’s fabrics and overall freshness. Red and yellow are common colors found within Gabbeh rugs, but as we mentioned above there can also be many other types of colors depending upon the weaver’s personal interests.

Sizes

It’s somewhat common for Gabbeh rugs to come in the 3’x5’ size, which for many rug aficionados may seem somewhat small. But you can be rest assured that although Gabbeh rugs do tend to run rather small, their intricate designs and creativity makes them unmatched throughout the rest of the rug world!

Reach Out To The Experts At Rug Source For More Information About Our Selection Of Gabbeh Rugs!

All of us at Rug Source live for the opportunities to match our clients up with beautiful area rugs of all types, and incredible artworks like Gabbeh rugs truly are our passion!

We have a great collection of these rare rugs, so feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to get in touch with one of our experts who’ll be happy to answer any of your questions/concerns about our selections of Gabbeh rugs!

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5 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Area Rugs

All area rugs need to be properly taken care of in order to withhold a maximum longevity potential!

cleaning your area rugs helps a ton with your general ROI

All of us at Rug Source understand how exciting it is for everyone to purchase a new area rug and begin a new investment within your home or office’s aesthetics, but getting the biggest ROI with your area rugs is directly correlated to how you take care of them on a regular basis.

On this page we’re going to go over five of our expert tips when it comes to extending the longevity of your area rugs, and as always feel free to reach out to us online if you have any further rug maintenance and upkeep questions!

#1: Frequently Vacuum!

Vacuuming frequently (at least once per week) is an important prerequisite when it comes to area rug maintenance, and this is mainly because dirt and dust will settle within your rug’s fibers on a daily basis. Although vacuuming is essential, it’s only going to be capable of removing about 80% of your rug’s debris so it can’t solve everything!

This is why it’s always important to have your area rugs professionally cleaned on a regular basis as well, because removing deeply trapped debris goes a long way in terms of ensuring rug longevity.

But no matter what type of rug you have, vacuuming on a weekly basis will always be very beneficial in terms of your overall maintenance routine!

#2: Properly Address Spills ASAP!

It’s always important to make sure you’re handling any spills on your area rugs as quickly as possible, and this is because acting quickly and efficiently will help you avoid any stains from becoming permanent.

This means you should always have some non-toxic cleaning agents available within your home or office just in case the unexpected occurs, and this can include thick paper towels or any white absorbent materials. It’s also important to note that you should always spread your cleaning solution on to your absorbent material as opposed to putting it directly on the rug.

And remember always blot, don’t scrub any stained areas, because scrubbing can actually create an adverse effect in terms of your rug’s fibers!

#3: Rotate Your Area Rugs For Even Wearing

There are a lot of detrimental effects to not rotating your rugs, including:

  • Sun fading
  • Moth/insect harboring underneath furniture
  • High traffic wearing

It’s also important to always reverse your rugs if it’s at all possible, like with certain kilims and braids.

#4: Use A Pad Underneath Your Rugs To Extend Longevity

It’s also absolutely crucial to ensure that you are placing a pad underneath any area rug that’s on top of hardwood floors, and this predominately is related to the structural integrity and minimization of wearing/slipping. Pads will also always do a really great job at limiting the overall amount of air space between your rugs and flooring, which is great in terms of avoiding any type of bug infestations.

If you place a rug on tile floors or even carpets, it’s still important to place a pad underneath it. Many area rugs on top of carpets are susceptible to wrinkling and ripples, which can ultimately damage the foundation of a rug and potentially create unwanted tears. Rugs can also sink into the grout lines of tile floors, which can deteriorate the foundation over long periods of time, and tile floors tend to be pretty slippery with rugs too!

#5: Extend Your Rug’s Lifetime Via Professional Cleaning At Least Every Couple Of Years

There are countless rug issues, including those pertaining to pets and kids, which are best to leave to the professionals. You should always have your rugs cleaned professionally at least every couple of years, and this is something that the experts at Rug Source can help you out with.

Rugs need to thoroughly cleaned via washing and drying on all sides, so this typically isn’t something you should conduct within your home. Area rug washing procedures can actually be a lot more complicated than most homeowners think, so always know that your rug’s longevity is in good hands when it’s professionally cleaned.

Reach Out To The Rug Source Experts For More Information About Extending The Life Of Your Area Rugs!

Taking care of your area rugs is a lot easier said than done, but you’ll always feel a lot better after conducting any of the above 5 tips because you’ll be more rest assured that you’re properly taking care of your beautiful home aesthetic investments.

We understand that everyone’s rug maintenance circumstances are unique, so feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to get in touch with one of our experts who will be more than happy to answer any questions/concerns you may have about taking care of your area rugs!

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6 Benefits of Flat-Weave Rugs

With so many unique area rug designs, the major emphasis always lies on the type of weave. 

This is one of the most important factors to consider in your rug selection aside from the color, pattern, and overall designing. This is because different types of weaving techniques result in different styles of piles (which is the density of the fibers that determines how fluffy or smooth your rug will be).

Flat-weave rugs are some of the most versatile, popular, and well-loved in the genre. They are super lightweight and are made using a weaving technique that involves “warping and wefting” either wool or cotton or silk on a loom. Since the weave is crafted by knotting the fibers with each other, the entirety of this type of rug comes out as “flat” – meaning that there is no pile. 

So now that you understand what a flat-weave rug actually is, here are a few benefits that will put it on your wish list for sure:

  1. An affordable choice

One of the foremost reasons why flatweave rugs are so popular with the masses is because of their relative affordability. They don’t cost as much and provide a great variety of designs to choose from as well. They’re an excellent interior design upgrade choice, especially when you’re working with a tight budget.

That said, the reason why flatweaves are cheaper than piled rugs is because they are crafted on a loom and do not require a base material. This lessens the amount of material that is needed to finish them. It’s also relatively less time-consuming to make them. Moreover, they’re usually woven out of easily available materials like wool, nylon, jute, and cotton that do not cost as much.

All of these factors play a huge role in making flatweave rugs as affordable as possible.

  1. Easy maintenance

Another great benefit of designing with flatweave rugs is that they are incredibly easy to maintain. All they need is regular vacuuming and you’ll be set for a long time. 

Moreover, they are also pretty easy to spot-check. If you’re a regular home entertainer or plan to put your rug in a high-traffic area of your home, then a flatweave rug is going to be your best choice.

One of the main reasons for flatweaves requiring easier maintenance is because they usually have a mirrored design at the back. So even if your initial spot checking fails, you can always flip it upside-down and your rug will look as good as new!

Furthermore, the low, almost non-existent pile of flatweave rugs makes them much, much easier to care for than their high-pile counterparts. The general “flatness” of the whole design ensures that the rug doesn’t get matted.

Additionally, high-piled rugs tend to catch a lot of crumbs and general microscopic clutter on its surface, which can be super hard to clean up. On the other hand, a good flatweave rug can be easily brushed to clear away all such clutter.

Basically, these rugs allow you to easily enjoy the design without letting any hassles get in the way.

  1. Great design options

The most amazing thing about going for flatweave rugs is that they are available in such a huge and versatile variety. From colors to designs, you can easily find a number of options to suit your spaces.

While many flatweaves come in traditional designs that feature bold jewel tones and oriental accents, you can also find them in modern aesthetics as well. In fact, if you’re a fan of the contemporary theme, then you can find many beautiful flatweave rugs in this genre. 

Kilim style flatweaves (which are mostly indigenous to Turkey) are some of the most beautiful and revered flatweaves in the whole world. Their folksy visuals and bold, bright colors makes them an instant, eye-catching, and highly affordable statement piece!

Basically, whatever your interior design theme may be, you can easily find a matching flatweave rug to complement it!

  1. No seasonal restraints

Flatweave rugs are perfect for all sorts of climatic conditions, be it spring, summer, fall, or winter! 

They have excellent insulation properties as well. Like all rugs, flatweaves are also able to help feel your floors feel warmer in winters and cooler during summers. They are especially favorable for summer-oriented climate zones because of their light and breathable weave. Since it traps less heat during the mot months, you can rest assured that your floors are going to feel more comfortable when the heat is on the rise.

  1. Super lightweight

Another great quality of flatweave rugs is that they are super lightweight. This can be an excellent incentive for people who live in rental properties (especially multistory apartment buildings), like to go on regular adventures, or are simply social nomads.

For all those who shy away from the heavy countenance of high-piled rugs with hard backings, a flatweave can feel like a God send. All you need to do is fold it up (yes, it’s foldable!), pack it in your case, and take off wherever you’re moving. Its lightness ensures that a flatweave rug will never be the accessory you leave behind!

  1. No shedding

One of the biggest set-backs of high-piled rugs is that their fibers tend to start shedding over time. They might even get stuck in your vacuum, causing the weave to come undone. In comparison, flatweave rugs do not shed at all – because they don’t really have a pile to shed at all. The fibers will stay intact and in place no matter what, resulting in better visual quality and easier overall maintenance!

So, as you can see, there are a lot of benefits that come with a flatweave rug. Not only do they look good and offer great durability, but they are also super affordable, easier to maintain, and come in a huge variety of designs.

All of these factors would definitely lean your opinion towards this rug style!

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Your Guide To Oushak Rugs

Oushak rugs are considered to be some of the finest in the entire world, and in this article we’ll explain why!

Oushak rugs are a special portion of Rug Source's inventory

What Are Oushak Rugs?

All of us at Rug Source are huge fans of Oushak rugs, and we’re more than confident that Oushak rugs are some of the most beautiful Oriental rugs found anywhere in the entire world!

Oushak rugs are predominately made in Western Turkey, and they’re best known for their very unique features including large-scale floral and angular designs. These rugs will typically have a very calm aesthetic to them, which is becoming more and more popular in recent years throughout our online inventory and the entirety of the United States.

Today, Oushak rugs are widely considered to be some of the most wonderful rugs in the contemporary home design industry. We’ve always made sure that the present day Oushak rug producers we work with fully encapsulate the aesthetics and feel of original Oushak rugs.

There truly is so much to learn about Oushak rugs, and this page will serve as our expert guide towards these marvelous works of art. You’ll undoubtedly learn a lot about Oushak rugs by reading through this article, but as always feel free to contact us online if you have any further questions or concerns about these beautiful rugs so one of our experts can assist you further!

The History of Oushak Rugs

There’s so much we could say about Oushak rug history, but in respects to brevity we’ll make this short and sweet.

The first creations of Oushak rugs began in an area of Turkey just south of Istanbul in its namesake town of Oushak. There’s no denying how the rug artisans of Oushak were heavily influenced by Persian rug designers from Iran and other parts of the Middle East, which is very unique as compared to other types of Turkish rugs.

Oushak rugs are known to have originated all the way back in the 15th century, so there truly is an immeasurable amount of historical significance attached to these designs and weaving techniques.

Texture and Materials

Oushak rug craftsmanship has been considered to be some of the very best all throughout the world for a very long time, and when it comes to texture and materials these rugs rank very highly throughout the worldwide industry. One aspect of Oushak rugs that has helped differentiate it throughout the world is the prevalence for unbridled aesthetic appeal.

Some common Oushak rug materials include the following:

  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Cotton
  • Metal threads
  • And much more…

It’s very common to see cotton foundations and wool piles within Oushak rugs, and they’ve always been known for a very soothing touch!

Weaving Techniques

It’s commonly known that Oushak rugs are very difficult to weave, and to properly create this illustrious rug type an artisan will be required to have an extensive amount of experience and very sturdy hands. Although there are many brilliant weaving techniques found all throughout the rug world, what sets Oushak rugs apart in terms of these techniques is the history that’s attached to these methodologies.

Oushak rug weaving artistry is an incredibly honorable knowledge that has been passed down through countless generations within Turkish families and beyond. Although there have been certain modifications over the centuries, almost all of these weaving techniques can be traced back to the Oushak region of Turkey. There may have been certain changes, but the original weaving techniques simply can never be replaced and truly are timeless!

Knot size and density are the main factors to take into consideration when it comes to differentiating the weaving techniques found within Oushak rugs. Having a thorough understanding as to how a rug’s knots are tied will always go a long way in terms of determining its projected longevity, which is something our experts will be happy to demonstrate!

Patterns and Designs

One of the main characteristics of an authentic Oushak rug is silky, glowing wool. There’s also no denying the uniqueness found in Turkish Oushak rugs’ color palettes and patterns, with golden/dark ivory backdrops often complementing brilliant geometric and floral motifs.

Oushak prayer rugs will often feature green, and this is because green is considered to be a sacred, religious color. It’s also important to note that Oushak rugs are always made with natural dyes that originate from vegetables and other organic materials.

The high-quality wool that’s often found within Oushak rugs is known to extenuate the rug’s luminosity and generally enhance its overall beauty.

Available Sizes

Oushak rugs come in all standard sizes found within our vast online inventory, and there are also some options for Oushak runner rugs that are great for hallways and other more narrow spaces.

Contact The Rug Source Team For More Information About Our Oushak Rug Selections!

Helping our clients find the perfect Oushak rug for their home or office space is what we live for, and we’re very passionate about this special portion of our inventory.

For more information about Oushak rugs, reach out to us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to get in touch with our team so we can help you narrow down your best options!

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4 Reasons Why Vacuuming Your Large Area Rugs Simply Isn’t Enough

All large area rugs are valuable investments, so ensuring their longevity includes going above and beyond simply vacuuming.

large area rugs need to be cleaned regularly

Just about everyone has a thorough understanding as to why it’s always recommended to vacuum your large area rugs and carpets at least once each week, and sometimes even a few times per week in pet areas or portions of your home that are prone to excessive foot traffic.

Vacuuming always does a great job at providing a general sense of cleanliness throughout a home, but are you aware of the fact that vacuuming simply isn’t enough when it comes to maintaining the overall, thorough cleanliness of your area rugs? Vacuuming is definitely a vital step to any homeowner’s cleaning regimen, but the major point of this article is that it should never be your only cleaning step.

The only way to actively get deep into the fibers of your area rugs and carpets is to undergo a professional deep clean procedure, which will always do a great job at removing everything that vacuums tend to leave behind. The big issue with professional rug and carpet cleaning is that it can tend to be rather expensive, which is why the experts at Rug Source are happy to provide resources towards affordable deep cleaning and this list of 4 crucial reasons why vacuuming your area rugs simply will never be quite enough for a full clean.

So here are the 4 reasons why vacuuming your large area rugs simply isn’t enough:

1. Vacuuming will only do a good job at removing debris found on your rug’s surface

Even the most illustrious and powerful vacuums will inevitably leave behind debris deep underneath your rug’s surface, and this can include things like allergens, dead skin cells, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, etc.

It’s true that only very powerful suction and extraction processes can get to the debris that you can’t necessarily see, and this is because certain cleaning solutions need to be injected into the rug in order to penetrate the deep foundations of the fibers and extract any subsequent filth.

Going the extra mile in terms of cleaning your rugs will not only provide a much cleaner looking area rug, but it’ll also do wonders in terms of improving the overall air quality within your home!

2. Vacuuming can’t remove pesky stains and spots

Spills and all types of accidents happen all the time within a home’s area rugs, especially when your large area rugs are in your family or living rooms. Vacuuming can do a good job at removing the larger debris found within a specific, affected area, but it can’t do much in terms of treating discoloration.

Deep cleans will always be required when it comes to adequately removing spots and stains, which is why you’ll need expert advice from the Rug Source team in terms of efficiently lifting stains from your area rugs!

3. Vacuuming doesn’t do much in terms of preventing or removing smells

It’s pretty common for lingering pet odors to combine with pesky stains and spots on area rugs, and vacuuming will never truly do a good job when it comes to removing these types of troublesome smells.

If you’re undergoing pet smell issues, it’s crucial to undergo a deep rug or carpet clean in order to fully eliminate the odor once and for all!

4. Vacuuming doesn’t provide a like new feel like deep cleans do

Getting a deep area rug clean will ultimately provide a very refreshing restoration to your rug’s fibers, and there’s no doubt about it that a high-quality deep clean can leave your rugs and carpets appearing like new.

Vacuuming will never be able to truly provide this high level of results, so it’s limited when you’re attempting a deep clean or moving and need to properly clean for your home or apartment’s next owner!

Reach Out To The Rug Source Experts Today For More Information About Cleaning Your Large Area Rugs!

We will always recommend regular vacuuming to all of our rug shoppers and owners, but we also know how important it is to conduct thorough, deep cleans to maintain the overall longevity of these incredible investment opportunities.

Always feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to speak with one of our experts who’ll be happy to provide you with more information about taking care of your large area rugs and protecting them for many years to come!

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Comparing Hand-Woven and Hand-Knotted Rugs: What To Know About These Hand-Made Rugs

A lot of people consider hand-woven and hand-knotted rugs as synonymous hand-made rugs, but they’re actually very different!

hand-made rugs are a special portion of our inventory!

Although both hand-woven and hand-knotted are considered to be hand-made rugs, these types of rugs are very unique from one another in terms of the weaving techniques that are applied throughout the creation process. These techniques end up playing significant factors in terms of the rug’s overall texture, quality, complexity and pricing.

It’s important for all of our rug shoppers to understand just how special these types of hand-made rugs are, and on this page we’re going to explain some of the more nuanced differences between hand-woven and hand-knotted rugs, and some of the popular options of each of these design styles within our online inventory.

And of course all of us at Rug Source understand how subtle these differences may appear while searching through our website, which is why our team of experts is always here to support you throughout every step of the rug shopping experience.

Feel free to contact us online if you have any further questions or concerns after reading this article, and we’ll be more than happy to help guide you through our countless hand-knotted and hand-woven options!

Hand-Knotted Rugs

When it comes to overall pricing hand-knotted rugs are typically much more expensive than hand-woven rugs, and this is mainly because the overall production takes much longer and is a bit more complex.

Hand-knotted rugs will typically have much more intricate details, and are also typically made of very superior wool. The artisans all across the globe who create hand-knotted rugs are true masters of their craft, and in some circumstances are considered to be more skilled than hand-woven rug creators. There’s no denying that both production methods create incredibly beautiful rugs, and for the average rug shopper the overall determination of which rug type is better will be based upon personal preferences and your intended usage.

Hand-knotted rugs are often differentiated from hand-woven rugs because they have a significant pile, and some of the common types of hand-knotted, piled rugs include the following:

  • Persian Weave Rugs: This is one of the most common types of piled, hand-knotted rugs found throughout the industry. All of these rugs will vary dramatically in terms of overall thickness, and this factor is a primary determinant regarding pricing. Persian piled rugs are known for their very intricate patterns and use of contrasting colors, which are beautifully knotted together in seamless succession.
  • Sculptured Weave Rugs: These types of piled, hand-knotted rugs are considered to be the thickest, and they’re also well known throughout the industry for their more bulky knots and simplistic designs.
  • Nepal Weave Rugs: This type of hand-knotted rug is considered to be a more modern interpretation, and the patterns are mainly abstract and inspired by scenes found in nature.

Hand-Woven Rugs

Hand-woven rugs are also referred to as flat-weaves. This name derives from the fact that this creation process doesn’t include knotting, and that these rugs appear to be much flatter as compared to hand-knotted rugs. In this rug creation process, the warp (vertical) strands are considered to be the foundation that’s combined with the weft (horizontal) strands that are subsequently woven through the warp strands.

There are many different types of hand-woven/flat-weave rugs throughout our online inventory, and these rugs are always considered to be very special because of how unique they are in overall design and aesthetic versatility. The following are some of the most common types of hand-woven rugs:

  • Dhurry: This style of hand-woven rugs is considered to be casual, and for many years they have remained an incredible value for rug shoppers within all budgetary restrictions.
  • Soumak: This style of hand-woven rugs is considered to be a bit more plush in terms of overall feeling, and this is mainly because these rugs utilize a unique type of flat-weaving technique that creates a herringbone texture.
  • Kilim: Kilim rugs are considered to be one of the most unique rug types found throughout the entire world, and their beauty is seemingly unmatched by many rug aficionados. This type of hand-woven rug is also one of the oldest rug types in the world! We understand how countless rug shoppers are interested in this very unique rug type, and we’ll be happy to help guide you throughout this very special portion of our online inventory!

Reach Out To The Rug Source Experts For More Information About Hand-Made Rugs!

We understand how this article merely scratches the surface of the many factors that come into play while shopping for hand-made rugs, which is why our team is always available to support our clients throughout the rug shopping experience.

If you have any questions or concerns while looking through these options, always feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to speak with one of our experts!

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8 Tips To Help You Find The Best Persian Rugs For Your Budget

Following these tips will help you narrow down your options within our online inventory to find that perfect Persian rug match for you and your budget!

Persian rugs are beautiful home aesthetic additions

For many rug shoppers throughout the world, finding the perfect Persian rugs is by far the ultimate accolade. But just like within any type of rug shopping, there are several factors you must keep into consideration in order to find that Persian rug that best matches your personal preferences and financial budget.

This why the experts at Rug Source have come together to provide this list of 8 tips that will undoubtedly support you within your search for that perfect Persian rug for your home or office.

So here are our 8 tips to help you find the best Persian rug within your budget!

1. Set a Budget

It’s no surprise to anyone that Persian rugs dramatically vary in terms of pricing, so the first and foremost factor you should consider when it comes to finding your perfect match within your budget is to concretely distinguish what your budget is and any wiggle room you may have.

There are many factors that come into play in terms of differentiating Persian rug values, and these factors are subsequently some of the tips we recommend that you keep in mind while rug shopping.

But by containing your search within a set budget you’ll then be able to come across incredible values and investment potential, just keep the next 7 tips in mind as well!

2. Knot Count

Authentic Persian rugs are handmade, so one of the most important factors to take into consideration during your rug shopping search is any given rug’s specific knot count. It’s a general rule of thumb that 120 knots per square inch and higher will indicate a high-quality Persian rug.

One tip to keep in mind while distinguishing knot count is to simply take a close look at the backside of a rug, because the underside will most certainly speak volumes in terms of the rug’s overall integrity. Handmade rugs will always have a soft backing with at least a few bigger knots, which will distinguish itself from the knot uniformity that’s recognizable within machine-made knockoffs!

3. Material

The typical materials that comprise Persian rugs include silk, wool and wool-silk blends. Wool is typically the most common material, but silk rugs are rather unique with their shiny finishes and fine feel.

The quality of rug material will many times depend upon some commonly overlooked factors, including the sheep breed, climate, time of shearing and pasturage.

It’s also important to not mistake silk and wool for any synthetic fibers!

4. Color

Authentic Persian rugs will always be created utilizing natural dyes. These natural dyes will coat the rug’s surface, whereas synthetic dyes will typically evenly penetrate a rug’s fibers.

One tip to help you test the authenticity of a Persian rug’s dyes is to bend the rug in order to isolate a few threads, and then take notice of any subtle unevenness. If you do in fact notice this type of unevenness, then you can be more rest assured that you’re handling natural color dyes.

5. Determining the Rug’s Use

Having a thorough understanding as to your desired space and general use of your prospective Persian rug is always going to help you in terms of narrowing down your final choices.

For instance, silk rugs are much less durable than wool and are sometimes better off being utilized for wall decoration purposes. Wool rugs tend to be more practical for floor aesthetics, because they’re more capable of handling foot traffic for long periods of time.

Wool rugs are also great at disguising any potential spills or mishaps that could arise throughout your time with your new Persian rug!

6. Differentiating Different Types of Persian Rugs

It’s true that Persian rugs come in many different types, and they’re all unique. It’s common for rug shoppers to mistake the subtle variations between different types of Persian rugs, so it’s always important to do your homework when it comes to understanding the differences between these many beautiful variations.

7. Finding Your Perfect Pattern Match

Persian rug patterns will differ greatly depending upon where exactly they originated from, and they can include geometric, floral, traditional, paisley and tribal patterns that all speak volumes in distinctive ways.

You’ll clearly see while browsing through our online inventory that we provide a whole array of patterns when it comes to our Persian rug selection, but you should be rest assured that you’ll find that perfect pattern that matches your personal preferences because we provide a perfect aesthetic match for everyone!

8. You’ll Get What You Pay For

This common shopping expression applies when it comes to Persian rugs, and although you’ll of course want to remain within your budget there will likely be differences between the lower and upper ends of your specified price range.

One consideration to keep in mind when it comes to Persian rug shopping is that you are ultimately shopping for a piece of art, which could have a lot of investment potential. Remember that you’re looking at rugs that took months if not years to create, so if you think a rug falls fairly within your budget then it’s likely that you’re getting an incredible deal.

Reach Out to the Experts at Rug Source For More Information About Finding Your Perfect Persian Rug Match!

It’s our passion to help our customers find the perfect rug match for their desired spaces, and when it comes to Persian rug shopping we fully understand that we’re helping people browse through some of the most incredible pieces of art found throughout the entire world!

Narrowing down your final decisions is always a lot easier said than done, so feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to get in touch with one of our experts who will help you throughout every step of the process towards finding the best Persian rug for your budget!

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A DIY Guide to Removing Stains From Living Room Rugs

Following this guide of tips will help you when it comes to adequately dealing with spills on living room rugs and all throughout your home.

living rooms need to be protected from stains!

It’s always a rather stressful moment when red wine spills on a rug or carpet, because it truly is one of the worst of all possible stains. It’s always really crucial to promptly attend to any spills on your living room rugs in order to avoid a messy spot, and this is mainly because it’ll be difficult to fully remove the stain after it has dried or dirt has entered those specific fibers.

A good rule of thumb is that the sooner you can attend to the spill, the less likely it’ll turn into an emergency situation, or require extensive repairs/replacement. The following are our first three tips when it comes to our DIY guide to removing stains:

  • Be prepared for spills before they occur: This means testing out certain cleaning solutions and products on hidden portions of your rug so you can know it will come in handy when you need it most, and know that it won’t harm your rug!
  • Always sponge or blot, never rub a stain: Scrubbing or rubbing a serious stain will only make it go further into the rug, which can even ruin the overall integrity of your rug!
  • NEVER utilize bleach: Bleach will only damage your rug while trying to remove stains.

Step-By-Step DIY Guide to Cleaning Red Wine Spills From Your Living Room Rugs

The following are what you’re going to need to keep handy just in case an unfortunate wine spill occurs within your home:

  • Several clean cloths and sponges
  • White vinegar and hand washing detergent
  • Absorbent materials (clean cloth, paper towel)

Step #1: Absorb

The first thing you should do when wine spills is to lightly cover up the stain with a paper towel, cat litter, clean cloth, or anything that will properly absorb the liquid. Once the stain’s excess has been absorbed, you should remove whatever you used and do it quickly as you can’t let the stain dry!

Step #2: Splotch/Blot, Don’t Scrub!

Take a sponge or clean cloth and blot the liquid spill as quickly and as efficiently as you can!

Step #3: Choosing Your Cleaning Solution

Although it may be possible to remove a stain after step 2, the odds are that you’re going to need an adequate cleaning solution. The intensity of your chemical cleaning solution will predominately depend upon the overall severity of the stain, but if it’s not too bad you may just need water.

Step #4: Utilizing Your Cleaning Solution

Use your cloth or clean sponge to apply your cleaning solution, and if you feel as though it’s necessary to directly apply the solution to the carpet just make sure you’re doing so very lightly. The reason for this is because you won’t want to damage your rug or padding through a soaking!

You’ll want to then blot the cleaning solution starting from the outside edge of the stain to the inner core of the stain, which will help in terms of spread prevention. You’ll then want to blot the cleaning solution with another clean cloth or sponge in order to lift the stain off your rugs.

Step #5: Rinse

The next step is to spritz the entire stain area with water. Once you’ve adequately spritzed, you’ll then blot again with yet another clean cloth or sponge.

The next step will be to cover up the stain with a paper towel that’s weighed down. Some good weights for this would be a group of spread out coins, or even a light book. It’s just important to not squish your rug too much by applying too much pressure, but a small amount of pressure is necessary in order to fully absorb the rest of the stain over a good amount of time.

Step #6: Be Patient!

It’s possible that you may need to repeat this entire process if the stain doesn’t come out the first time around. A second treatment isn’t anything to be afraid of, but if you’re still having trouble after two rounds of DIY cleaning then you’ll definitely need to call in the pros to get the job done once and for all!

Reach Out to the Rug Source Experts For More Tips and Information!

All of us at Rug Source know how important your interior design investments are to your home’s overall aesthetics and ambience, and we’ll be there with you ever step of the way when it comes to cleaning and repair tips.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding removing stains, feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to get in touch with one of our team’s experts!

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Tips on How to Roll and Wrap Your Large Area Rugs

Large area rugs are many times hard to roll and wrap, so follow these tips for your next move!

Wrapping and Rolling Large Area Rugs

Wrapping area rugs will undoubtedly require an intensive amount of attention to detail and care in order to fully maintain the overall integrity of your rug. There are several considerations that you need to keep in mind when wrapping and rolling large area rugs, including the size of the rug, potential water damage, and the possibilities of bad scents and even bugs infiltrating your rug!

All of us at Rug Source fully understand how your rugs are valuable home design investments, so if you’re wrapping your rugs for relocation or storage then these tips will do wonders in terms of making this entire process a lot easier and more effective.

In this article we’re going over the many steps involved in wrapping and rolling area rugs, and as always feel free to reach out to us online to get in touch with one of our experts!

Step-by-Step Process For Proper Rug Storage

In order to keep your rugs protected and as safe as possible, it’s crucial to follow these preparation steps for storage and relocations:

1. Carefully Clean the Rug

The very first thing you should always do within this process is to give your area rug a thorough vacuuming by utilizing a high-quality vacuum that will be sure to lift as much dust, dander and microscopic particles as possible. It’s always very important to understand that some rather valuable area rugs should be very carefully vacuumed so you don’t tarnish the delicate weaving in any way!

Once you’ve vacuumed, it’s always best to follow your manufacturer’s cleaning specifications. This will mean you should check your rug’s label, and of course follow the common cleaning directions associated with your rug material!

2. Do Your Best to Protect the Rug from Moths and Other Bugs

There are many instances in which homeowners will need to store their area rugs within an attic, garage or basement, so if this is the case for you then you need to make sure you’re taking extra care when it comes to protecting the rug from moths and other insects.

This isn’t all that difficult, and it typically will only require applying a moth or insect repellant that’s specifically designed for rug fabrics.

3. Firmly Roll Your Rug Up For Storage

First of all, it’s important to know that you should never fold an area rug! This leads to cracks, creases and other types of rug damage that is best to avoid at all costs. This is why it’s much more accepted to roll your large area rugs into a cylinder.

Determining the best way to roll up your rug will typically mean deciding whether the back or the pile of the rug is more fragile. Usually a rug’s pile is more delicate, which subsequently means you should roll it up with the pile facing inwards.

The following are some tips to keep in mind in terms of effectively rolling an area rug:

  • Try your best to keep the rug as straight as possible when rolling it up
  • Utilize a rod if you’re having trouble keeping it straight. This can be a rod specifically made for rugs, or a wooden dowel/curtain rod.

4. Use a Protective Fabric When Wrapping the Rug

It’s always a good idea to properly wrap up your rug when it’s been rolled up, and this is especially the case if you’re planning on transporting or shipping it. Wrapping you rug will provide a much-needed extra protective layering to keep out dirt, bugs and other unwanted elements that can potentially damage fibers.

The following are some considerations when it comes to utilizing a breathable fabric to wrap your rug:

  • Use a muslin or cotton sheet to finish rolling your rug by wrapping it around the rug at least 1 ½ times to ensure the rug’s protection. Then utilize cotton or polyester twill tape to secure the rug properly.
  • Polyurethane rug wraps are also very helpful when it comes to achieving expert-level protection. These wraps are known for being a high-quality barrier against insects and dampness.
  • It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t wrap your rug in plastic, because this isn’t quite breathable enough.

5. Store the Rug off the Floor in a Dry, Cool Environment

Keeping your rug stored off the ground will safeguard it from harmful elements, and you’ll also want to ensure that you’re not placing anything on top of your rug as well. This can lead to a rug losing its overall shape and developing cracks, which is never good!

Minimizing natural light exposure and keeping the rug in a cool, dry environment is also a big part of proper storage. You should also keep the following in mind in terms of rug storage:

  • Utilize a dehumidifier or fan to help avoid the buildup of mildew.
  • Use shades/blinds to block out any natural light coming in from windows.
  • Be consistent with cleaning in the area, including dusting and vacuuming.

6. Check Your Rug for Damage Signs By Unrolling It Every Few Months

It’s always a safe idea to check up on the quality of your rug about once a month when it’s in storage. This means unrolling the rug to check for damage or any bugs. You should also regularly vacuum the area to ensure there’s no buildup of dust that may attract insects!

Contact Us Today to Speak With One of Our Experts!

Rug Source has been so successful for so long partly because we regard customer care and satisfaction so highly. If you have any questions or concerns at all about our online inventory and taking care of your rugs, always feel free to contact us online or call us at 980-422-4080 or 704-763-0979 today to get in touch with one of our rug experts!