Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rugs

With a plethora of styles, fibers, sizes, costs, and colors, area rugs are a staple of the interior design profession. Rugs help define an otherwise bland or unremarkable area and add warmth, underfoot comfort, and color to most interiors. Rugs are often used to define a seating area, in dining rooms, at entries, and along hallways. They also offer, like carpet, the added perk of sound dampening. Unlike carpet, rugs can be rotated to minimize wear, rolled up for storage, or moved to another area of the home.

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It is generally not advised to place rugs over carpet. On hardwood or stone floors, a nonslip pad under the rug is important for safety and the longevity of the rug. The pad is essential to prevent wear at uneven areas of the flooring. Rugs should be swept or vacuumed regularly to prevent wear from dirt and grit. The fringe, if any, should also be gently brushed to retain a crisp, clean appearance. Although some cotton rugs can be washed, professional cleaning is recommended for most area rugs.

    Rugs are available in a wide range of fibers, including nylon, silk, bamboo, cotton, and wool.

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There are a variety of wool rugs, some of which have been fabricated for centuries. Probably the most well-known are Persian rugs, which improve with age and last for centuries. These dense pile rugs are handwoven and generally made of wool or silk. The most well-known designs include garden of paradise, prayer arches, and tree of life, and there is a wide range of motifs and images associated with the tribe from which the rug originates. There are also modern, machine-made versions of this style of rug, often made in wool/nylon blends or all man-made fiber. They don’t have the panache of fine, handmade rugs and are far less expensive

Chinese rugs are similar to Persian and made of wool or silk but are generally thicker and are quite often carved for a more stylistic interpretation.

Tibetan rugs are handknotted in wool and have a more rustic quality to their finish

Turkish rugs are wool and come from the Middle and Near east. These, too, can be machine-made.

Turkoman and bokhara rugs come from across central Asia, are made of wool, and generally have a muted, almost dark, color palette.

Caucasian rugs are bright, less sophisticated than other Persian style rugs, and are often flat weave as opposed to knotted.
Kelims are fat-woven, coarse wool rugs made by the nomadic people of Afghanistan, Turkey, and Northern Africa. The patterns are almost always geometric in design, with colors ranging from black, deep red, blue, and cream. Good quality kelim rugs can be very expensive.

Dhurries are cotton rugs woven in India into flat-weave, simple geometric patterns. These rugs are cheap, lend themselves to machine washing, and are generally reversible.

Serape rugs are similar to dhurries but flat woven of wool. The colors are bright and geometric.

Flokati is a greek shag-pile rug in natural white or off-white wool.

Craft rugs are those made by the needlepoint method, hooked rugs, and braided rugs. The materials used are wool, cotton, and sometimes silk.


Contemporary rugs come in a huge range of styles, colors, and sizes. The materials used are almost anything available to today’s interior designer. Wool, nylon, and cotton are the most widely used, with wool offering the very same qualities of luxury, durability, and quality one expects from carpet. There are many designers who have created name-brand lines for their rugs and these can be quite expensive but delightful to behold.


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3 comments:

  1. Having rugs in your home can make a lots difference to the appearance and over all look of your house. Those who never thought of keeping rugs in their house cannot realize the importance, grace and difference in the overall living and impression that it will impart. Rugs act as a shield for your hardwood floors. They protect the floor from all kinds of stains and scratches. They keep the floor covered thus preventing it from various food and drinks stains. Rugs are a mere reflection of beauty and artistic expression. Whether its your office or your home you can blend the over all look of your area with contrast or matching rugs depending upon the mood of the room. Rugs serve as a practical and functional unit of your room. Also rugs are used to enhance and further compliment the carpet you are already using in your room. You can place a rug over the carpet and make a unique and attractive color combination.

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  2. Make your outdoor dining table look stunning with the help of all weather rugs. They are the necessary accessory for all discerning gardeners and party.

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  3. Thanks for sharing such a brief information regarding rugs. Every one should use rugs in home as it enhances the interior of the house & also for safety purpose. You can choose different designs & styles like Round Braided Rugs, oval shapes etc.

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