Rug up for Winter
GET THE RIGHT SIZE
When you buy a room size rug, subtract about 1 metre from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes the room look a little larger. When laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least 60cm of the rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit. Runners should be about 6cm narrower than your hallway and 50-60cm shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.
The below diagram shows how the rug placement will look...and the HoHum is a no-no. Contact us if you have any questions.
DIFFERENT QUALITY RUGS
Hand knotted One of the easiest ways to spot a hand-knotted rug is to flip it over. A hand-knotted rug will not have a backing on it. The design is the same on both sides. It will look like you could turn it over and use it on either side thanks to the exquisite amount of detail from the knotting.
Hand tufted A hand-tufted rug is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas that is stretched on a frame with the help of a hand-operated tool. This process is not very time-intensive and does not require the same level of skill that hand-knotting does. When to Choose a Hand-Knotted Rug Over a Hand-Tufted Rug Hand-knotted rugs have superior value because they are original, not mass-produced. The high quality of the knots makes a hand-knotted rug outlast a hand-tufted one. The tufts of a hand-tufted rug tend to loosen up and come out over time. A hand-knotted rug can become a family heirloom and last for generations if it is used with care. A hand-tufted rug will not last as long in the same level of condition.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL
Choices are nylon, wool, acrylic, cotton or polyester. Less common are silk, and leather, but they are definitely worth looking into if you want a rich look. With so many options available it can be confusing, but the fibers used in a rug do play an important role in how it looks, how long it will last and how stain resistant it proves to be.
Generally speaking natural fibers, especially wool, may be a better choice, as far as longevity and quality are concerned. However, synthetic fibers have the advantage of being easily affordable and now offer a wide range of choices. So which material should you choose for a rug? Well, this will depend on many factors, such as;
- Where will you place your rug?
- How the rug will be used?
- The look and feel you want to achieve
- The quality and of course your budget
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RUG
Before settling on a style, think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your room. Remember that an area rug doesn't need to match everything in a room, but it should work with the textures and tones of the existing furnishings.
Start with colour. The colour of your area rug will set the tone for the entire room. If you already have furniture, consider how different colours will work with your existing items. Rooms with a lot of colour and pattern often work best with a rug that has neutral tones or a single color. If you don't have furniture, then start with the rug as it will can either stand out or blend in, so think about what effect you want to create when considering colour. Next decide what type of pile you want: low, medium, or high. Low-pile rugs are generally sturdier than high-pile rugs and are easier to vacuum and keep clean. They're also less expensive than high-pile rugs. Rugs with a longer pile are softer and more luxurious underfoot and can help make rooms look cozier and more inviting. As a general rule, a room that gets a lot of foot traffic will benefit from a low-pile rug, such as a dhurrie or kilim rug, while a thicker rug will last longer in a room that doesn't get a lot of traffic. Your lifestyle should be a big determining factor in what rug you ultimately choose. If you have children or pets, a white rug with a high pile is probably not the best choice. If you expect that your rug will have to deal with a lot of wear and tear, a flat weave rug with a pattern that masks stains is worth considering, as it will be easier to maintain and keep clean. On the other hand, if you want to create a sense of comfort and luxury, a flat weave rug probably won't do the trick. Instead, you'll want something softer with a higher pile. Just be aware that it will not stand up to damage as well as something with a lower pile. Finally - Maintenance. When choosing a rug, be honest with yourself about how much work you are willing to put into maintaining it. Most rugs need to be vacuumed and rotated regularly. Flat-weave rugs are easy to vacuum. High-pile rugs are more difficult to clean, and some must be either sent out or professionally cleaned in the home. Don't expose a rug to direct sunlight if you can avoid it, and definitely do not let stains set.
We have our own suppliers and can custom make your rug to your requirements. Contact us if you would like more information.