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WHAT
TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING AN AREA RUG


by Astrid
Bullen

Do
you want to add a little style to your floor? Area rugs can quickly and
easily give rooms character. They add warmth to a room, not only taking the
chill off cold floors but also producing a mood of intimacy. Selecting a rug
that blends with your décor is not difficult, with all the options in size
and color available. You also have a choice between quite a few natural and
synthetic fibers. Oriental, Persian, contemporary and Native American
designs are just a few that can be found in nearly any price range.

A
rug can help to decrease the noise level in a space with hardwood, tile or
other hard surface floors, besides its aesthetics and design
characteristics. Hand made rugs are the standard for the industry, but
machine made rugs can copy the patterns used in the most popular of the hand
made designs, at a much more affordable price. Machine made v. hand made,
synthetic v. natural fibers and size are all factors that will affect the
pricing of rugs.

Think
of your floors as the basis for your design scheme when decorating your
home. Tips for buying an area rug for your home: 

  • Think
    about how the room is used, how much traffic it gets and who will look
    at the rug under what lighting.

     

  • Light
    colored rugs make a room look larger, and a deeper color will lend
    coziness to a room.


     

  • Select
    a rug with the best combination of density and fiber – the denser the
    pile (with closer tufting or stitches), the better your rug will wear.


     

  • Don’t
    underrate the importance of padding. It will lessen wear and tear on the
    rug and make vacuuming easier, and it will also absorb the impact of
    feet and noise.

Keep
in mind that your rugs don’t have to be the same color as your upholstery
or curtains. You want your rugs to complement the colors of your walls,
artwork and furniture. If your window treatments are light green, for
instance, your rug doesn’t have to be exactly the same. The most important
thing to bear in mind is that there are no rules and you can opt for the rug
you like the best.


How To
Choose The Right Size Rug

The
most frequent blunder that buyers make is selecting a rug that’s too
small.

  • Leave
    a border of 18-36 inches around the edge of the rug.


     

  • To
    install a rug in a dining room, start by adding four feet to the width
    and length of your dining table and work up from there.


     

  • A
    hallway carpet
    runner should be no more than four inches narrower than the hall and
    18-24 inches shorter.

 Know
Your Rugs

From
the stylish hand-knotted rugs of Ancient Persia to the braided rag rugs of
the earliest American pioneers, rugs have been part of history and culture
right through the ages. Some of the rugs available today are:

Hand
Hooked

hooked rugs
are made by pushing yarn through the back of a canvas cloth until a design
is created. A protective backing cloth is attached once the rug is finished.

Woven/Flat-woven

looms
controlled by hand, machine and computer are used to weave this type of rug.
Computerized looms can now copy patterns once only produced by hand, such as
Spanish berbers. Kilims and dhurries are examples of flat-woven rugs, both
of which are reversible.

Braided
Rugs

the
first braided rugs were made from strips torn from blankets and canvas, and
then made into a braid. An innovative mechanized process at the turn of the
century turned continuous yarn into beautiful braided rugs.

Persian
And Oriental Rugs

Not
sure what to look for when buying Persian or Oriental area rugs for your
home? Here are the main considerations:

  • Materials
    wool,
    cotton and silk and other natural materials are much stronger than
    synthetics. A Persian or Oriental rug usually becomes an heirloom and is
    hardly ever thrown away, while wall-to-wall carpeting fills a major
    portion of landfills.


     

  • KPSI
    a
    first-class indication of the worth of fine carpet – the higher the
    number of knots per square inch, the better the rug.


     

  • Flaws
    slight
    inconsistencies are the proof that a rug was not made by machine.


     

  • Cost
    the
    price should be acceptable for the quality you are getting.

Buying
an Oriental rug is an important decision. You must be careful of discounts
that appear too good to be true. In due course you must come to have faith
in your rug dealer, and this can take more than one afternoon. There isn’t
a better deal than the rug you purchase from an honest, knowledgeable
dealer. If you’re new to rug buying, your eye for Persian and Oriental
rugs will develop with experience, and you will come to appreciate quality
that might not be obvious at first.

A
fine Oriental rug on the floor is like having art you can walk on, and an
Oriental rug completes a room. Rug prices nowadays are fortunately at record
lows, and huge collections are available.

Bamboo
Rugs

Bamboo
and Sisal
rugs offer a chic yet heavy-duty alternative in natural floor coverings.
Since they are durable they are a great choice for high-traffic areas of
your home. A bamboo rug can be used as a wall-to-wall carpet, a runner, or a
central rug in a family room, kitchen or bathroom. These rugs offer you
outstanding quality at the lowest prices and are available in a broad range
of shapes and styles.

How
Do I Buy A Rug Online?

Purchasing
a rug online is very easy. Look through the online catalog of your selected
rug merchant and when you locate the rug you want, choose the correct size
and click on the “Add to Cart” button. Most online merchants have secure
shopping carts that will walk you through the rest. Many shopping carts can
help you prepare a fax or mail order if you don’t want to place an order
online.

On
the downside, the biggest problem for the online buyer is to determine the
quality of the rug being purchased. What’s the pile height? The density?
How does it feel to the touch? Are you really getting good value for your
money? Samples are not always available and catalogs don’t show quality.
The solution is to buy from online merchants that offer an ironclad money
back guarantee, so that if you are not satisfied with your new rug, you can
return it for a full refund.

Having bought your area rug
you will need to know how to keep it
looking good
and you may also find these hints
and tips
on how best to utilise it of interest.


 

 

 

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