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DAMAGE TO ORIENTAL RUGS

The Pazyryk carpet, discovered in an ancient grave in Siberia, has survived for 2,500 years. That is an amazing endurance record for a pile rug. But then it was frozen for most of that time. It was not exposed to wear, insect attack, and rot – the sources of damage that of the bring a 5-year-old rug to the scrap heap.

Ultimately, protection from damage depends on the owner’s view of the rug’s value, for this generally determines how well he or she cares of it. The value of oriental rugs has varied with fashions in interior decoration. When oriental rugs fell out of fashion, their value declined, and they received less care. Accordingly, the techniques of repair could be considered as remedies for failures in popular judgment as to what is beautiful, valuable, and thus worth preserving. 

WRINKLES AND CURLS

Occasionally one finds a rug that will not lie flat. When looms are not rigid or wraps vary in tension across the loom, wrinkles can be woven into the rug. This is more likely to occur with nomadic or village rugs than with factory or city rugs.

Steam pressing is sometimes effective in removing wrinkles and curls. After a rug is washed and rinsed, it can be stretched to remove wrinkles and curls by nailing the rug down on a frame as it dries. This approach may be successful in some cases. The curl will probably return the next time the rug is washed.

Another method is to sew stiff tape along the curling edge, being careful not to leave the stitching visible from the front. If a wrinkle cannot be removed by these methods, it is best to view it as a sign of hand craftsmanship, much like design inconsistencies and abrash. 

STAINS

Because of their size and use in high-traffic areas, rugs are a subject to a wider variety of staining substances than most household fabrics. The pile makes rugs more absorbent than other fabrics and complicates the removal of some substances. Wool does not have the resistance to stains possessed by many synthetic fibers. This is the same quality that makes wool relatively easy to color with natural or vegetable dyes. 

Stains are unwanted substances that are not removable by normal washing. This does not mean that you should wait until the rug is washed to identify and remove stains. Any substance that may stain should be removed immediately. This prevents the stain from spreading and, more importantly, from fixing or permanently setting through the passage of time. Stain can also set if the wrong procedures or solvents are used to remove them. 

PET DAMAGE

Dogs and cats in particular pose a threat to rugs. Perhaps a puppy is exercising his jaws on an edge or corner of a rug. You can discourage this behavior by sprinkling a few moth flakes under the rug in the areas where he has been chewing. The taste ins unpleasant to dogs as well as moths. 

Cats are a problem when the dig their claws into rugs. They discard a partial sheath that grows around their claws by scratching. To change this behavior, provide a scratching post for the cat and keep a water pistol close at hand. When the cat is scratching the rug, give it a squirt from the pistol. 

Animal vomit, urine, and waste are a particular problem. The substances contain acids that may easily change the color of dyes in a rug and should therefore be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent permanent marks on your rugs.

SURVEYING THE DAMAGE

Before any actual repairs are begun on a rug, it is a good idea to identify all the damage. One way to do this is to mark the damage by making long stiches around each repair area with thread of a contrasting color. Then, you can look at the whole rug and form a reasonable estimate of the total amount of work to be done. This could affect your decision as to whether you want to do any work on the rug. Marking damaged areas not only serves to emphasize the extent of repairs to the owner of the rug but also prevents you from overlooking damaged areas when repairs are in progress.

It is a good idea to take color photographs of areas to be repaired. These photos are useful as before and after documentation of your works. They may also help you in reconstructing areas where designs are missing.

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Different Rug Types – Are They Worth the Investment?

Some people feel that investing in expensive rugs is senseless because people will only walk on them. Some prefer an artistic rug because it transforms the space and environment. The impact they have visually and on touching with hands or feet is amazing. For example, the Oriental rugs are hand-knotted and add genuine elegance to space. For centuries Oriental rugs have been cherished because of their durability and high-quality character. It is an investment that accrues value over time. It has passed from one generation to another, thus holding sentimental value. 

Oriental rug never goes out of style and if cared for properly the age of the rug reaches 50 to70 years, this qualifying the antique status. If you decide to sell antique rugs have remarkable bargaining power. On Rug Source you will find a variety of rugs like oriental, modern, Persian, floor rugs, area rugs, and antique. For more than a decade the online store has been offering budget-friendly, aesthetic rugs to businesses, homeowners, and designers around North Carolina. 

Persian rug makes a grand statement when installed at the entrance. They are heirloom pieces that can pass from one generation to the next and so on. They are hand-knotted and durable art pieces whose value increases over time. You will not find the same piece because each piece is a genuine artwork with distinguishing features. Their dense fiber offers warmth to your feet as well as traps sound vibrations from echoing off the hard floors and walls. 

Turkish rug has a double knot technique, while Persian rugs have a single knot. The majority of Turkish rugs have sharp, geometric designs full of meaningful and tribal motifs. Motifs include animals, trees, and rivers. You will even see ‘Tamga’ a symbolic sign associated with the old ‘Tengriism religion. Turkish rugs offer the space a cool, alive, natural, and bohemian look. Handmade rugs are expensive as it takes more than one year to weave a single carpet. The versatility in color, design, and function is what makes the Turkish rugs so special.

Moroccan rugs or Berber rugs are visually vibrant, aesthetically pleasing, and rich in symbolism. The rugs are designed by indigenous people and each conveys a unique story. Moroccan rug is versatile and is available in thin and thick piles. They are soft and offer a feeling of luxury. 

Moroccan rug is an investment and its price depend on materials used, knot density, production time, dyeing process, and artistic value. The value of machine-made rugs depreciates, while handmade rugs value is retained and as soon as the rug reaches 100 years, it is categorized as vintage. In another 70 to 90 years it progresses towards becoming collectible rugs.

Modern rugs are available in attractive color schemes, designs, and durable just like traditional ones. Currently, there is a modern rug suitable for each kind of buyer’s personality and taste. You can look for abstract rug ranging from zigzag lines to polka dots to abstract shapes. Luxury rugs are costly, but the designs are worth the investment. 

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WASHING RUGS AND STAIN REMOVAL!

A clean rug has brighter, clearer colors and the wool is glossier. If this is not reason enough, washing a rug protects it. When a soiled rug is used, soil particles cut the fibers and accelerate wear. If a rug is to be stored, then washing it helps protect it from carpet beetles, moths, and mildew. Another motivate is to discover the rug’s true condition. The first washing of a newly acquired rug may disclose virtue and faults. One may discover brilliant color and attractive design details or painted areas and permanent stains. Ultimately, the truth is best.

When a rug is washed, what is removed from it? According to a research survey of American households, soil on surfaces in the home typically consist of:

45% sand and clays

12% animal protein fibers

12% cellulose fibers

10% alcohol-soluble particles (resins, gums, fatty acids)

6% ether-soluble particles (fats, oils, rubber, asphalt)

5% gypsum

5% limestone

3% moisture

2% miscellaneous

Usually, the combination of the solvent action of the detergent and the mechanical action of the washing process are sufficient to remove this collection of substances.

Sometimes washing a fabric is a necessity, even though conservators regard it as an irreversible process. A rug can be permanently, and perhaps adversely, affected by washing. Generally, the risk is worthwhile. But it is best to understand and evaluate the risk before the rug goes into the bath.

WASHING, RINSING, AND DRYING

Household detergents are unsuitable for washing rugs. It is too difficult to rinse out the suds and detergent. Use a mild industrial detergent with a Ph of less than 7.5. A good detergent is Orvus WA Paste. This is sodium lauryl sulfate. The product is biodegradable and manufactured by Procter & Gamble. It is sold by commercial laundry and cleaning supply companies. Orvus is used by veterinarians to wash pets. If it is gentle enough for Old Shep, it’s gentle enough for your rug.

Mix about one cup (250 milliliters) of Orvus with about 15 to 20 gallons (60-80 liters) of water for the washing solution. I there is a high mineral content in your water supply, a water softener helps the cleaning action. Only cold or room-temperature water should be used for washing and rinsing. 

The rug is completely immersed and soaked in the washing solution for about one hour. Agitate the rug every 15 minutes. After half an hour of soaking, a considerable amount of soil is usually visible in the wash water. 

A large rug can be accordion folded into the washing solution. In this case, washing time should be increased to two hours, with a rinse and new washing solution after one hour. In agitating a folded rug, lift the folds one at a time on either side to allow wash water to circulate between the folds.

After soaking, the rug is scrubbed vigorously on both sides with a fiber brush. The rug is then rinsed until the rinse water runs clear.  A large rug should be spread out, with the back facing up, and rinsed by hosing it down. Then it is reversed, and the front of the rug is hosed down. Ringing must be very thorough. Inadequate rinsing leaves mud in the rug. The result is a “concrete” effect which will break fibers when the rug is flexed.

A wet rug is very heavy and must be handled with care. It will take two strong people to handle a wet 9 x 12-foot (3 x 4 meter) rug. Support it also essential. The weight of a waterlogged rug can cause the rug to tear if it is supported at only one edge. Do not stress damaged areas in handling the rug when it is wet. 

When rinsing is complete, the rug is spread out, pile upwards, and water is forced from the rug with a squeegee. This is the same type of squeegee used to was windows- a thick rubber strip fixed in a bracket with a handle. The squeegee is moved in the direction of the pile, starting at the top of the rug, and working towards the bottom. This should be done three times. The more water forced from the rug, the sooner the rug will dry. 

If possible, the rug should be allowed to dry flat. Drying time depends on the rug’s condition, size, and ambient temperature and humidity. Typically, a 9 x 12-foot rug in full pile will require between two and three days to dry completely. 

Washing Rugs and Stain Removal!

STAIN REMOVAL

There is an exceptionally large range of dyes used in rugs. This range includes vegetable dyes, aniline dyes, azo dyes, and chrome dyes. Usually, the specific rug dye is not identified in stain removal. As a result, the effect of the stain-removal process on the dyes in the rug is not entirely predictable. There is a definite risk of damaging the rug through stain-removal techniques, which could cause colors to fade or bleed, or possibly dull of weaken fibers in the rug.

The risk of damage is minimized by testing. Always test the stain-removal procedure on a small area on the back of the rug. Only by testing can you be sure that you are not making a bad condition worse. 

An excellent reference for stain removal is “Removing Stains from Fabrics”, Home and Garden Bulletin, No. 62, United States Department of Agriculture. Most of the following stain-removal procedures are from this source. First, stain-removal, supplies are described, then the basic manual techniques for removing stains, then the specific procedures for removing eight groups of staining substances. 

STAIN-REMOVAL SUPPLIES

Most of these items are ordinary household supplies. Substitutes are suggested for a few materials that may be difficult to obtain. Carefully follow all precautions for the storage and use of hazardous chemicals. 

Absorbent materials You will need an ample supply of clean absorbent materials, such as cotton, white paper towels. White facial tissues, and soft white cotton cloths. Sponges are also useful but test them with stain removers to be sure they can withstand the chemicals. 

Alcohol Use rubbing alcohol or denatures alcohol (70 or 90 percent concentration). Do not use alcohol with added color or fragrances. Alcohol fades some dyes, so test the rug for color fastness before using alcohol on a stain. CAUTION Alcohol is poisonous and flammable. Observe all precautions on the label.

Ammonia Use household ammonia diluted with an equal amount of water. Do not use ammonia with added color or fragrances. Ammonia changes the color of some dyes. To restore the color, rinse the color-changed area thoroughly with water and apply a few drops of white vinegar. Rinse well with water again. CAUTION Ammonia is poisonous, so avoid inhaling fumes. Ammonia will cause burns or irritation if it comes in contact with the skin or eyes. Observe all precautions on the label. 

Amyl acetate Amyl acetate (banana oil) is sold I drug stores. Ask for “chemically pure amyl acetate”. If you cannot obtain amyl acetate, you may substitute it with nail polish remover. Do not use the oily type of polish remover. CAUTION Amy acetate is poisonous and flammable. Do not breathe the vapors. Amyl acetate is strong solvent for plastics. Do not allow it to co me into contact with plastics or furniture finishes. 

Coconut oil Coconut oil is sold in drug stores and health food stores. It is used in combination with a solvent. If you cannot obtain coconut oil, you may substitute it with mineral oil, which is almost as effective. 

Dry cleaning solvent Dry cleaning solvent is sold in variety stores, hardware stores, and grocery stores. It may contain any or all these ingredients: petroleum solvent, petroleum hydrocarbon, petroleum distillate, trichloroethane, perchloroethylene, or Varsol. CAUTION Do not use dry cleaning solvent near a flame or where sparking may occur. Use where there is an ample fresh air circulating. Do not inhale fumes and avoid contact with the skin. Observe precautions on the label. 

Dry spotter to prepare dry spotter, mix one part coconut oil and eight parts dry cleaning solvent. This solution is used to remove many kinds of stains. Dry spotter keeps well if the container is tightly capped to prevent evaporation of the dry- cleaning solvent. If you cannot obtain coconut oil, use mineral oil in the same amount as coconut oil. CAUTION Dry spotter is poisonous and may be flammable. Follow all precautions given for dry-cleaning solvent.

Enzyme product Use an enzyme presoak. This product may be stored as purchased but becomes inactive in stored after it is made into a solution. 

Glycerin Glycerin is sold in drug stores. It used to prepare “wet spotter” which removes many kinds of stains, including ballpoint ink stains. 

Hydrogen peroxide Use a 3 percent solution sold as a mild antiseptic. Don’t use the stronger solution sol in cosmetic departments for bleaching hair.

Hydrogen peroxide should be stored in a cool, dark place. It loses strength when stores for extended periods of time. Bleach that contains sodium perborate or “oxygen-type” bleach may be substituted for hydrogen peroxide, although it is slower acting. Very thorough rinsing is needed to remove this type of bleach.

Do not store hydrogen peroxide or oxygen-type bleach in metal containers or use it with metal objects. Metal may speed up the action of the bleach enough to cause fiber damage. Also, metal in contact with hydrogen peroxide or bleach may tarnish and cause additional stains on fabrics. 

Sodium thiosulfate Use pure sodium thiosulfate or “fixer” sold in pharmacies, drug stores, and photo supply stores. Do not use photo fixer solution that contains other chemicals in addition to sodium thiosulfate. Sodium thiosulfate is used to remove iodine stains. 

Vinegar Use white vinegar as colored vinegar can leave a stain. If a dye changes color after vinegar has been used, rinse the color-changed area thoroughly with water and add a few drops of ammonia. Then rinse well with water again. 

Wet spotter Prepare wet spotter by mixing one part glycerin, one-part Orvus or mild liquid detergent, and eight parts waters. Shake well before each use. This mixture is used remove many kinds of stains. 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Hand-Tufted Rugs

If you’re in the market for high-quality rugs, you’re in the right place. Choosing the right rug can take a lot of hard work and multiple decisions. You need to start your research in the right place, figure out how your room looks in different lighting, and decide on the rug’s material. You will find all sorts of rugs made with all sorts of materials. Then it’s up to you to pick your favorite and place it in the relevant room!

So, let’s talk about hand-tufted rugs. These are colorful rugs that feature bright floral or geometric patterns and can elevate any room or space. Hand-tufted rugs are different from hand-knotted rugs since the latter are woven meticulously by artisans and master crafters. However, hand-tufted rugs claim their own space when it comes to durability, design, and quality. 

How are Hand-Tufted Rugs Made?

These rugs are created using a tool called a tufting gun. The textile expert places different sets of wool or yarn on a special frame and uses the tufting gun to place the materials in their respective positions. The backdrop or main design of the rug is placed at the back of the frame so weavers can assess where they need to punch in the materials. Once all the fibers are punched in, the whole creation is secured with a piece called a scrim attached with strong latex glue. This ensures the fibers won’t fray or break when the rug is taken off the frame. Lastly, the weave flattens the rug to make it fit for placing on floors. This is done by snagging and roughing the various loops in the rugs. Some of the rugs have bound edges to make them durable and strong. 

Creating a hand-tufted rug is much easier than crafting hand-knotted ones. This is a relatively fast-paced process, and artisans don’t need a lot of training to create hand-tufted rugs. So, what are the differences between hand-tufted and hand-knotted rugs?

Hand-Tufted Vs. Hand-Knotted Rugs

Both of these rugs are made by hand, but that’s the only similarity they share. Hand-knotted carpets take a lot of time to put together because they feature a very high density of knots. These are also naturally more expensive. A particularly complicated rug can have artisans tying upwards of 9000 knots per day, so you can imagine how long it would take to finish these.

Alternatively, hand-tufted rugs take much less time to produce because they don’t have all the intricate details that hand-knotted ones do. Hand-tufted carpets are mass-produced and can feature some generic patterns as well. If they’re made badly, they can give off a chemical smell for a while until they’re worn down enough. 

When Should You Buy a Hand-Tufted Rug?

Hand-tufted rugs are ideal for those who don’t want to spend too much on their area rug. They also work if you have pets or children prone to making messes because these rugs can be easily cleaned and maintained. What’s more, you can even buy multiple rugs to place in different parts of your home because they’re light on the pocket. These rugs can even last up to 20 years if they are taken care of properly.

How to Style your Hand-Tufted Rug

Hand-tufted rugs go well with hardwood flooring because they liven up flat surfaces. Make sure you understand how much traffic your rug will have to endure wherever you place it. If you keep this rug in a high-traffic spot such as your entryway or living room, you will have to clean it more frequently.

Smaller hand-tufted rugs can be placed under couches, stuffed sofas, or side tables. These are primarily used as accent pieces to add a pop of color to the room. Medium or large-sized versions of these rugs can be placed in the center of big rooms such as dining or family rooms. These go best when big pieces of furniture are kept on top of them, and there’s enough walking space for everyone who steps into the room.

The Bottomline

Consider investing in a hand-tufted rug from rugsource.com if you want an inexpensive, no-nonsense rug to brighten up an otherwise dull room. Make sure you keep it clean and well-maintained, though, so it lasts for a long time!

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5 Factors to Consider Before Buying a Large Rug for Your Home

Have you heard the phrase, “rugs make the room?” If not, don’t worry. It’s not an ancient phrase, but rather one we have come up with and believe in. It means that having the right rug in any room can make it come together like nothing else. When a room is missing a rug, you’ll notice. This is why we recommend using large rugs as harmonizing elements in big rooms with lots of different style elements. 

We know that buying a large rug can be a complex decision. There are a lot of factors to consider when you start. You might think of things like, ‘where will it go?’, ‘which pieces of furniture should I move or get rid of?’ and more. These concerns are usual to have, and we’re here to help! Keep reading to find out how you can make the best purchase decision when you’re buying a large rug for your home. 

#1: The Aesthetics 

This is the first place you should start and the most important. Take note of the colors that your room is decked out in. Make sure to observe if any colors are being repeated or popping up more than others. These are dominant colors and work to set the overall theme of the room. Once you know which colors dominate your setting, you will be able to pinpoint which color your large rug should be. 

Now, you don’t have to buy a rug that matches the color scheme. You can definitely do this, but you might not want to if you know a little thing or two about complementary colors. These are colors that seemingly contrast with each other, but when placed together in the right setting, create unbeatable harmony. For example, blue and orange complement each other. So, if you put a rug with orange elements in a largely blue-themed room, it would bring it all together and look fantastic! 

#2: The Usage 

Another essential factor to consider is the amount of traffic that the rug will see. If you’re putting it in the living room or some other high-traffic area, you should invest in a flat-weave or low-pile carpet that will be easy to clean and maintain. Alternatively, if you want to place a large rug in the bedroom, where people are generally more cautious, you can buy a deep-pile or shag rug. These types of rugs feel super luxurious underfoot, and you can even sit and relax on them if you want to. 

#3: The Maintenance 

Keep in mind that rugs need regular cleanings. Of course, this depends on how many people walk on the carpet in question, but even the toughest rugs will need to be aired and dusted once in a while. Keep stock of how often you can afford to invest in cleanings. Large rugs can be cumbersome to clean, especially if they are made of wool. This is because wool can start releasing a musty scent if left uncleaned for too long, so you’ll likely have to maintain this frequently. Ensure you can clean the rug yourself or afford to take it to the cleaners whenever it’s due for a cleaning. 

#4: The Pattern 

This particular requirement will vary from person to person in one key sense: whether or not they’re investing in a legacy rug. If you’re spending a lot of money on a large rug, you should consider what kind of pattern you want on it. Usually, the best patterns are found on antique rugs, like Persian or Turkish ones. If you invest in one of these, you will be able to use it for years and pass it down to your children and even grandchildren! 

5 Factors to Consider Before Buying a Large Rug for Your Home - Persian Collection

#5: The Climate 

The last and perhaps most important consideration is the climate you live in. If you live in a cooler climate, consider buying a high-pile fur or shag rug. This will keep you and the room warm when it gets cold outside and makes an excellent place to curl up and read, for example. On the other hand, warmer climates require rugs that are lighter and made of natural fibers. These won’t add heat to the room and will still make it look aesthetic.

At Rug Source, we know that buying a large rug can be a hard decision. Having these concerns are usual to have, and we’re here to help! If you’d like to add something special to your room visit rugsource.com today!

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Blue Rugs: Types & How to Use Them

Blue is such a calming color. No matter where we see it, in blue skies, blue seas, or more, there’s a sense of peace that it brings. It’s not surprising that many people gravitate towards blue as their color of choice when picking out suitable rugs for their homes. Blue rugs are some of the best investments you can make, and we will tell you why.

Why Buy Blue?

Blue Rugs: Types & How to Use Them

The color blue has a lot of different and unique shades. There’s duck egg blue, navy blue, royal blue, and many more to choose from. Each of these shades has its aesthetic beauty that you can appreciate in rug form. Blue rugs are suitable investments because they can complement almost any color and any theme. And what’s more, most houses have wooden interiors. Guess which color goes best with brown? Blue, of course! Now that you know why blue rugs are fantastic to have in the home let’s talk about the different kinds and how they can be used.




Duck Egg Blue Rugs

This is a unique shade of blue. It combines both blue and green with a touch of yellow, creating a shade of blue that’s hard to look away from. This shade is often used in traditional blue rugs, so that you might choose it for a more rustic interior. However, there are also modern patterns that feature this shade, so you won’t have trouble finding a rug to fit an edgy theme. 

Navy Blue Rugs

You must have seen navy blue around. A lot of spaces with wooden interiors utilize this color both for accents and furnishes. The name of the shade comes from the traditional blue worn by officers of the British Royal Navy. It has a longstanding tradition and historical roots that complement the most traditional interiors. You can pair this rug with a room with neutral tones, with the carpet being the only ‘pop’ of color.

Baby Blue Rugs

These pastel-colored rugs look divine in rooms that don’t get a lot of natural sunlight. They instantly liven up space, adding light and color that’s both cheering and easy on the eyes. Rugs in these shades also don’t absorb a lot of light, meaning they reflect it. This leads to a brighter room overall. You can put this color down in a room you want to be brilliant, for example, your children’s room. You can add some brightly colored furnishings and other accents to keep the room looking cheerful.

Midnight Blue Rugs

Here’s a shade of blue that brings depth and mystery with it. Midnight blue describes a blue that is so dark, and it resembles black. If you want an idea of how this looks, peek up at the sky an hour or so after sunset. You will find the rich, dark color of the sky at that time mirrored perfectly in your midnight blue rug. This sort of rug should be placed in rooms that have darker themes and tones. It’s also the perfect shade to induce sleep and rest at nighttime. You can use this color in your bedroom, especially if you have one bright accent such as white or light curtains.

Sky Blue Rugs

This shade is a stunning contrast to the one we just discussed, as this one reflects the sky at noon. Think about it: when you step out at noon and look at the sky, it’s an intense, color-filled blue that you can’t find at any other time of day. This is precisely what sky-blue rugs bring to the room you put them in. There’s an ethereal and heavenly feeling when you walk into a room that has a sizeable sky-blue carpet. You can pair this blue with a light interior, some bright or neon accents, and watch the room come to life. This is the perfect rug for springtime!

Textures

Now that you know which shade of blue goes where you can think about the kind of texture you want from your rug. This mainly depends on who will be using it and to what purpose. If you have a high-traffic area, you’ll want a coarse, low-pile rug that can easily be cleaned. On the other hand, shag and deep-pile rugs work better in bedrooms and living rooms. 

Conclusion

Blue is a great option for a rug in your home. It is a beautiful, calming accent color. Find more blue rugs at rugsource.com

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Shaggy rugs – Let’s Get Familiar With!

Shaggy rugs can spice up any room or space. These rugs also give a space a warm and inviting feel, making you want to step on them barefoot. 

Shag rugs are named for their distinct look, a shaggy, rough pile of an inch or more. These rugs come in a wide range of colors and textures, including fur, cotton, and leather. They are super soft to the touch and go with various decorating styles, including contemporary, industrial, and even glam. Because of their unique style and noodle-like appearance, they are also known as “noodles”. 

These were first popularized in the 1970s and are once again a trending style. Many people prefer a shaggy rug for their living rooms because of its smooth weave, cushioned feel underfoot, and comfortable, informal feel it creates. 

Shaggy rugs can be used as a focal point in a home. They are so durable and easy to maintain, and the comfort they have on your floor is beneficial in the winter months. These are ideal for a comfortable evening in your living room enjoying your favorite movie during these lockdown Netflix sessions. 

Shag Rugs – Types: 

Shaggy rugs are made out of a wide range of fabrics, and they mainly have the following types: 

Berber Shags: 

The word “Berber” refers to a form of manufacturing that originated in North Africa. Their loop pile construction system and patterns set them apart. They can be made of nearly any material and can be made by hand or by machine. When you look at it, it’s easy to mistake it for hair. They’re normally very soft and long-lasting, so they can be a perfect choice for adding comfort and plush textures to your house! 

Flokati Shags: 

This is one of the fluffiest shag rug styles, resembling a sheepdog. They are usually manufactured in Greece, and the rug backing is made entirely of fur. Flokati shag rugs are generally white or cream, but vibrant colors are also available to a more bright hue for extra style. 

Leather Shags: 

Leather shag rugs have a distinct and striking appearance. However, it can be an expensive option due to the delicacy of leather. Since leather is more fragile than other fabrics, you have to be careful about dogs, humans, food, and liquids to guarantee that your shag rug lasts a long time. When you pick a shag rug for your apace, choose a location with little traffic. 

Synthetic Shags: 

Synthetic shag rugs are easier to clean and less costly than other shag rug options, especially wool shag rugs. They also don’t have the same consistency or lifetime. The low cost of synthetic shags gives you the freedom to experiment with different colors and textures more often. It can be a most convenient and affordable option to renovate your home interior more frequently. Synthetic rugs can be hazardous due to their high flammability. Make sure it’s in a secure location. 

Wool Shags: 

Wool is a standard shag rug fiber, and it’s usually made into a “noodle” or “shaggy” wool rug. Wool fibers are twisted into noodle shapes to create a soft, luxurious carpet in a noodle construction. The fibers in a shaggy rug are much more delicate and smoother together than those in a noodle rug, making it easy to handle and disinfect. 

Pros and cons of Shaggy Rug: 

When shopping for the right shag rug for your house, keep the following pros and cons in mind: 

PROS: 

Shaggy rugs are incredibly fluffy and cozy to be the ideal option for warmth and comfort. But you’ll have to vacuum them daily to keep them that way. 

● These rugs are the first choice of interior designers because of their aesthetic appeal. They are stylish and visually pleasing and give the space a spacious feel. An impressive variety of colors and designs make it easy to choose the right one for a particular area. 

● Because of their insulating properties, these rugs are ideal for the winter months.

CONS: 

● Because of how shag rugs are made and the materials they are made of, they can be more expensive.

● Shag rugs are among the most difficult to clean and preserve. You almost certainly need to employ a specialist cleaner for these rugs because stains on shag rugs can be challenging to remove. 

● These rugs are more vulnerable to unraveling and shedding than other styles of carpets due to the way they’re woven. After a while, tiny bits strewn around the room are standard, and pets also like playing around and eating shag rugs.

● Shag rugs are not recommended for allergy sufferers. They appear to collect pollen and debris in all of the loops, causing a home’s air quality to degrade over time. 

Conclusion: 

Shag rugs are beautiful, but they are inconvenient to have at home in many ways. It’s like seeing a long-haired puppy when you have a shag scarf. These rugs may catch all of the dirt and dust you let in.

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How to Purchase Rugs Online

If you’re looking to buy a new rug for your home, you can easily buy it online. There are a lot of décor stores and warehouses that advertise their rugs on their websites. It can be smarter to make these purchases online as you can take advantage of specific discounts and look at all the options available. If you want to know how to buy your next rug online efficiently, keep reading!

Measure it Out

The first thing you need to do is measure the area when you place the rug. If you were to buy the rug in-store, you might have had the option to bring it home and test it out in the intended space. However, this option isn’t available online, so you need to make sure you know the size of the rug you want. 

Make sure to measure just the space you will set the rug down in and not the entire room. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a rug to fill the whole room, you can go ahead and measure wall to wall. Keep in mind that you will have to lift all of your furniture to place the rug when it arrives, and this won’t be easy if the furniture and rug are heavy. Measure the area you want to cover with the rug and keep the measurements nearby when you commence your online search.

Check the Materials

There are many rugs available online with a lot of different styles, materials, and design options. Rugs are made using different knotting techniques. You have single-knots, double-knots, hand-woven, and much more. What’s more, there are also a lot of materials to choose from. You can pick from hand-spun wool, cotton, silk, and synthetic. Let’s take a look at each of these materials so you can figure out which rug is best for you.

  1. Wool. This is an ancient and timeless material for rugs. It’s been used in rug foundations for centuries. Wool is warm, fluffy and will protect your rug from most spills. It will definitely cost you more than the synthetic kind, but it doesn’t disintegrate, and it doesn’t carry a smell. Be prepared for some light shedding when you first get it, however. It will acclimatize in time. 
  2. Cotton. This is another classic rug-making material. It’s more friendly on your pocket than the wool options. However, if you pick cost-efficiency, you sacrifice durability. On the other hand, cotton rugs are much easier to clean than wool kind as well. If the rug is small enough, you can toss it into the washer for a quick glow-up.
  3. Silk. Here’s a luxury material that you’ll love to experience with bare-feet. Silk rugs are smooth, soft, and luminous. They will instantly add luxe and brightness to a room. However, you should keep your silk rug in a room that experiences less traffic because these can disintegrate pretty fast. 
  4. Synthetic. Rugs that are made using synthetic materials are inexpensive and easy to clean. However, these carpets are usually dyed using chemicals and not a vegetable and natural dyes. This means that they can sometimes bleed onto the floor and give off a chemical smell as well.

Asses Durability

You will need to look through the rug options with a fine-toothed comb. Durability is all about understanding product descriptions. For example, you should look at the pile of the carpet. A low-pile rug means the carpet will be hard and not plush, while a high or deep-pile rug will have denser and softer fibers. Deep pile rugs are better for lying down on, while low pile options are ideal for high-traffic areas.

Additionally, you should assess the line count. Rugs that have 200-400 knots per square inch are of better quality than others. You can also find rugs that have over 5000 knots per square inch. However, these are handmade and very expensive. They also have intricate and winding patterns.

Another factor you must check is the needle count of your prospective rug. A high needle count means a thicker and denser rug with combed-down knots. Any rug that has a high needle count will last you for a long time.

In Conclusion

Shopping online is not only a great way to buy rugs, but also a great way to find your style and browse for your perfect rug! Rugs add a perfect touch to any room and can help to bring new life to your space. rugsource.com is the largest online resource of one-of-a-kind Oriental, Persian rugs, Modern, Antique rugs, and Floor Rugs. Those looking for valuable and high-quality rugs can click on our website link to start shopping today!

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The Difference Between Oriental and Persian Rugs

Decorating your new home can be an overly exciting experience with all of the beautiful and different elements of household items to choose from. Rugs are beautiful works of art that can liven the environment of any setting. Placing a show stopping rug in one or more of the rooms will not only make your house homier but impress all your guests as well. You will want to make sure you do all your research before selecting the perfect rug to complement your home, so you don’t end up with something you’re not satisfied with. 

What is the Difference Between an Oriental and Persian rug?

Customers shopping for rugs often wonder about the Difference between an oriental rug and a Persian rug. Rug sellers don’t always know the actual differences between authentic Persian or oriental rugs, so it is best to learn about the product yourself before making your purchase.  

A rug’s origin is linked strongly to the identity of value of that rug. An oriental rug is any form of a handcrafted piece created in the countries of Pakistan, Iran (also known as Persia), India, Egypt, China, or Afghanistan. Persian rugs are the rugs that originally specifically from Iran (formerly known as Persia).  

Persian rugs are arguably the highest-quality rugs adding an element of finesse into the home. These highly valued rugs are crafted with vegetable dyes and all-natural woods as opposed to artificial or chemically induced material. Persian rugs are so in demand because they represent the people’s historical hard work and skills in Persia. If properly maintained, these beautiful pieces of work can increase in value as they age. Their generational durability often allows parents to pass a favorite rug down to their children and then grandchildren.   

Furthermore, rugs produced in any country other than Egypt, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, or China cannot be considered oriental rugs.  

Price 

You get what you pay for when purchasing handcrafted Persian or other oriental rugs. They typically last a long time, so they are a valuable item to invest in. Different sizes usually cost different prices around the globe. Persian or other oriental rugs can cost anywhere from 100 Canadian dollars to thousands of Canadian dollars. There is a wide range of sizes available to choose from. Whether you are shopping for a Persian or oriental rug for your living room, dining room, or main entrance, there will be a perfect size available for you.

Design and Pattern

Persian and oriental rugs come in all different styles, patterns, and designs. Some standard Persian rug designs include Heriz, Kashan, Kerman, and Tabriz. The name comes from the city, nomadic tribe, or village from which that specific weave or style pattern originated. Each kind of rug features vibrant cultures and features of their local heritage.

You will often find rich colors and beautiful design elements on Persian rugs such as crosses, jugs, combs, or pomegranates. Persian rugs can often take over twelve months to complete because of the work that goes into tightly hand-tying the knots and their unusually thick pile. Artisans usually have to work about six hours per day for four to five days out of the week.  

On the other hand, the style of an oriental rug symbolizes the specific traditions and customers of the local region that produces that rug. For example, China produces beautiful silk rugs, which often feature classic Buddhist motifs and colors from the traditional Chinese palate.  

The Knots counts

Persian rugs and oriental rugs also have different knot counts. Authentic oriental rugs feature symmetrical Ghiordes knots while Persian rugs usually feature asymmetry or the Senne knot. Persian rugs have a reputation for having high knot counts in comparison to other rugs. 

Conclusion:

Persian and Oriental rugs are both beautiful and will add value to any home. All in all, Persian rugs are a particular type of oriental rug, while all oriental rugs are not Persian.  Rugsource is the largest online resource that sells one-of-a-kind Persian and Oriental rugs. Those looking for valuable and high-quality rugs can click on our website link to start shopping today!

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Things you should know before buying Discount Rugs

Before choosing a stylish but discounted rug for your home, it is essential to familiarize yourself with each type of rug material’s significant features. If you are new to rug shopping, all the many styles of discount rugs available and the hefty price tags attached to many of them can easily confuse you. Your budget, style, and placement, are the three most important things to remember when buying a rug. Natural and synthetic rug fibers both have advantages and disadvantages. 

Consider factors that can assist you in purchasing inexpensive rugs for your living room and modern outdoors. 

First, you have to remember the following checklist of aspects before buying discount rugs: 

Rugs are made from a range of fabrics, and when looking for inexpensive rugs, don’t just choose the one with the most appealing pattern. Investigate and learn about the rug’s material, colors, and way of construction. You may always ask the salesperson for advice, but it’s always easier to have some experience of your own. After sufficient analysis and advice, choose the content that is best suited to your needs. 

Here are few pointers for picking suitable discount rugs: 

Select appropriate rug category: 

It’s often just a matter of decorating a space to match your furniture. If you choose to add value to your dining room by adding a rug, for example, you can put it under the table or to the left. Alternatively, having a rug in your bedroom would undoubtedly create a touch of coziness. Rugs are divided into four appropriate categories:

Hand-knitted rugs: 

These rugs are well-knitted rugs that are occasionally machine-knitted too. These rugs are the most durable and come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and shapes that are uncommon, but they are very pleasing to the eye. 

Things you should know before buying Discount Rugs - Hand Tufted Rugs

Tufted rugs: 

These are the most widely used rugs on the market. These are the simplest to make and need the least amount of time. The rug is backed with linen and cotton to protect it from wear and tear. 

Embroidered rugs: 

Embroidered rugs are ideal for adding color and serenity to homes, and they can also be used as wall hangings. While these rugs are not inexpensive, they are true works of art. To achieve a wonderfully clean and final shape of the label, manufacturing firms use cotton backing or linen. You can personalize them according to your specifications. To get embroidered rugs at a discount price, you may have to wait for occasional sales! 

Woolen rugs: 

The woolen rug is a natural fiber rug that is typically knit, knotted, loomed, or tufted by hand. Machine-loomed wool rugs are also available, although they are usually made of synthetic fabrics rather than natural wool. Authentic wool rugs are more costly due to the time and effort used to design and construct them, but the quality is exceptional. Rugs that are woven have been around for a long time and are made using traditional techniques. These rugs are considered high-end and labor-intensive, making them pricey. 

Other factors to consider before buying discount rugs: 

A few of the common factors that you must consider before buying discount rugs can be:

1. When you pick discount rugs, the first thing that comes to mind is your taste, as in your likes and dislikes. So, if you want to hold the rug for a long time, before spending a significant sum of money, choose the one that satisfies your taste and style. Traditional, transitional, and contemporary are the rug options you have to choose from. 

2. Consider few core elements like how the rug is used, when used, and where the rug is used in your house before making a final decision. These factors will help in fixating the type of rug you are going to buy. 

3. It is also essential to match the discounted rug you will buy with the accessories in your room. Get a discounted rug that can balance the colors of accessories in the room. 

4. The right colors and patterns of discount rugs can undoubtedly tie the whole look of your room together. Bring a swatch of your furniture’s, walls’, and drapes’ colors with you before choosing a rug. Otherwise, without any type of guide, choosing which color combination to use would be incredibly difficult. 

5. Another consideration includes how long you want to keep it, how convenient the rug is to vacuum. It’s a fact that the smaller rugs are easier to maintain than bigger ones, and if you need bigger ones, what would you do to protect the oversized rugs from getting dirty? 

Conclusion: 

Discount rugs do not necessarily have to fit in your house. However, based on your preferences, there is still space for creativity, and you should even experiment with their positioning. Discount rugs come in a variety of styles, sizes, materials, colors, and shapes!