Are Rugs a Good Investment?
Are Wool Rugs Better than Polypropylene?
Description: Polypropylene rugs have gained in popularity, but that does not mean they are the same quality as a wool rug. However, over the last decade, the industry has shifted to more polypropylene rugs, which are hand-tufted or machine-made, bringing down the cost.
Are Wool Rugs Safe for Babies?
Description: Hand-knotted wool rugs that do not use recycled shaved wool are safe for babies.
Are Wool Rugs Used Year-Round?
Description: Wool rugs are resilient and heavy, making them a great year-round rug you will never have to move.
Bamboo Silk and Its Care
Description: Bamboo Silk is a popular rug making material, but does not last as long as wool does. The highest percentage of bamboo silk in a rug should be no more than 30% silk to 70% Wool.
Bamboo Silk in Rugs
Description: Knotted alongside wool in rugs, bamboo silk is used as designs to give a different texture to rugs.
Can Hand-knotted rugs go over carpet?
Description: Generally, hand-knotted rugs should be placed directly on the floor, however, this is more based on preference.
Do Pads help Hand-knotted Rugs?
Description: People wonder if pads are needed for hand-knotted wool rugs. Generally, they are not needed, as the rugs will not damage the floor, and will not be damaged by the floor.
Description: The price of wool rugs increases substantially with higher knot counts, similar to diamonds.
Hand Spun and Machine Spun Wool
Description: Machine spun wool is a very popular choice, especially with wool blends in rugs like Bokharas. Handspun wool is more desirable but also more color variation.
Hand-Knotted vs. Hand Tufted
Description: Although the names are similar, hand-knotted and hand-tufted are very different. Hand-tufted rugs us a gun to shoot fibers through a backing, and are then glued into place. Hand-knotted rugs are knotted by hand
Hand Spun Wool Samples
Description: These samples are used for designers or customers to have a better understanding of the hand-spun wool used to make rugs.
Hand Tufted Rugs
Description: Hand-tufted rugs are made using a gun that shoots tufts of fabric through a backing, and is then glued.
How Much to Pay?
Description: Price is very variable in rugs, so the value is not only in the quality but in the desirability for the buyer. Things that are important to value are design, color, knot count, and size.
New Rug Smell
Description: Sometimes, new wool rugs will have a slight smell to them. Taking the rug outside in the sun for a few hours will remove this smell.
Ordering Custom Rugs
Description: When ordering custom rugs, customers pay 50% of the total cost of the rug up front, and the rugs cannot be returned once shipped. With custom rugs, customers can order non-standard sizes, and with custom designs.
Oriental and Persian Rugs
Description: The difference between Persian and Oriental rugs are very minor. Persian rugs come from Persia (Iran) and Oriental rugs come of the Orient (China, Pakistan, India, and Turkey). The only other large difference is that Persian rugs are knotted from right to left, and Oriental rugs are knotted left to right.
Description: The normal pile thickness of rugs from Pakistan, India, or Afghanistan is between a quarter of an inch, to a half-inch.
Round Rugs in the Home
Description: Although mostly preferred, round rugs are used under round tables or in the foyer. Rectangular rugs are used under rectangular tables. The amount the rug protrudes from under the table and under the chairs is up to preference.
Description: Cleaning a rug is directly connected to the feel of a rug. The less cleaning that is done, the softer the rug will be. Vacuuming is safe, but should not be done too frequently. Using proper cleaning chemicals for wool rug cleaning is OK, but some prefer using fewer chemicals.
Rugs under Tables
Description: Although mostly preferred, round rugs are to be used under round tables, and rectangular rugs under rectangular tables. It is important to use protection for the feet of the tables so the rug is not damaged.
Character in Hand Spun Wool
Description: Hand spun wool is very sought after material for high-quality rugs. The process of hand spinning, however, means that when the wool is dyed, the color is picked up slightly differently across the wool due to the slight variations in thickness. This looks is very desirable but is often confused with defects.
Description: Wedding rugs are customized rugs for weddings, and are becoming very popular.
Where can you find Inexpensive Area rugs?
Description: Rugs are a lot like cars. Buying a Ford or a Suzuki will not give you the same experience or features of a Mercedes or a BMW. With rugs, less expensive rugs will have lower-quality materials and be produced in a lower quality fashion. You can find high-quality rugs for good prices if the sellers are less experienced, but generally used antique rugs hold their value.
What determines the softness of a rug?
Description: Rug softness is heavily reliant on the frequency and the degree of cleaning. Contrary to popular belief, the less washing is done to a rug, the softer it will be.
Who makes the best rugs?
Description: Every country is unique, and it is difficult to say who makes the best rugs. Because of the types of rugs coming out of each country, it is better to shop for the designs and colors you want, as the hand-knotted quality is going to be high.