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ALLERGIES, ASTHMA AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES: WHICH RUGS ARE BEST IN THE BUSINESS? PART 1

Well, you must have read hundreds of articles and rug buying guides to help you better understand your needs and requirements while buying a rug. What you tend to skip is one critical factor _ ‘rug allergies’. You may not consider it an issue but believe us, if you start coughing and sneezing after buying a new rug, then chances are high that it is your rug which is causing it.

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The best part about rug allergies is they can be handled easily so, there is nothing much to worry about. Though, not to mention, it requires your attention.

 

Let’s think about what causes rug allergies _

It’s not just a one point stop where you could find all your solutions. There could be many reasons for the presence of allergens in your home. Most notable ones are dust, pollen, pet dander and other microscopic organisms which can aggravate asthma.

It’s very common that your rug or a carpet may have caught foreign objects in the process.

So, if you have allergies or asthma issue, then you may be wondering how you can manage living with your favourite rug while having no danger from these allergens. Well, there are many ways to your rescue, just keep reading on to know all about them_

 

The cause of the allergens

It’s important to know the cause of the problem before moving towards the solution. We’ll discuss about the cause of the allergens _ what exactly is causing you to sneeze first?

1. Your furry companion _ Pets

We are so fond of our little furry friends that we sometimes ignore the fact that they may be bringing a lot of problems within the home. Your carpet may be home to pet dander as it can collect and store them. The situation can worsen when it’s mixed with pollen and dust.

 

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2. Damp areas can aggravate the issue

If you have damp places in your home or places lacking appropriate air circulation, you may be asking for the trouble. Damp areas promote mould and mildew which further can aggravate the spread of allergens within the house.
It is always advisable to keep a good air circulation within your home to prevent the dampness. For carpets, it’s good to dry them completely after cleaning or washing them.

3. Foreign objects

It’s not always the carpets; the foreign objects can enter home with anything coming in. It could be with your clothing, shoes, hair, guests or your pets. If you are allergic to foreign objects, your rug may be helping in collecting and storing them up.

The prevention and solution: How can you be on top of the allergies?

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Now that you are aware of multiple reasons behind the allergens and their passage to your home, you might have received a lot of hint about how you can get rid of sniffly noses.

The best way to get rid of allergies is keeping your surroundings clean and tidy in the first place. If you are highly sensitive to allergies, then you must regularly vacuum and clean your rug as it will remove all the irritants from it.

But it’s not just about vacuuming your rug frequently; on the contrary, you must do it precisely and in the correct manner for optimum output. First, once a month approach is a bad idea no matter how little traffic your rug receives. Even if your rug receives no traffic at all, still dirt and dust will find a way to sit on your carpet anyway, so you can’t put cleaning off the table. It is recommended that you vacuum your carpet at least once or twice a week.

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The other critical aspect to consider is the quality and standards of your vacuum cleaner. Here is how to keep a check on the quality standards _ the vacuum should have tight connections and an in-built HEPA filter; soft bristles to avoid any damage to the fibres, and a good suction to attract dirt from the deepest of fibres.

In case you have severe allergies and you can’t withstand with the dirt and dust while vacuuming, then you may want to pass over this cleaning duty to someone else. It is recommended to use masks while conducting the cleaning process.

Also, it’s paramount that you opt for professional cleaners once in six months to get your carpet cleaned thoroughly. Remember to let dry your carpet as the dampness may attract mould or mites. You also need to be proactive with food drops and spills as this will keep a check on the growth of mould.

Living in peace and harmony with your favourite rug can be achieved easily if you adapt quickly to our above mentioned guidelines.

Different types of rug allergies and their solutions

Well, if you feel that cleaning a rug hasn’t solved your allergy issue, you might want to figure out what type of allergy you have before working on the solutions. We have listed few of the notable allergy problems you face in your home and depending upon them, you should choose a rug type for your home_

a. Allergies related to dust

When it comes to rugs, the primary and the major aggravator of allergy is dust. Calling these dust particles an allergy wouldn’t be correct but yes, dust particles trapped inside the fibres can worsen the issue.

Considering it, shaggy rugs are not a good choice if you have dust allergy due to their deep pile which is just a perfect place for dust particles to hide in.

Worry not! It’s not that big of a problem and it can be handled easily.

It is advised to regularly clean and vacuum your rug thoroughly. We know it’s a lot to ask with busy schedules but not a strenuous one as it is worth the effort. It will further keep your beautiful rug updated.

One critical aspect is the quality standards of your vacuum cleaner and how you do the vacuuming. Like we mentioned above, you should run your vacuum to and fro for a perfect cleaning. Also, if possible, you should wash it at home every 1-2 months (please check manufacturer’s label if your rug is machine washable at home).

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b. Pollen Allergies

One of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies _ Pollen, can easily get into your nose and throat and cause you sickness. Sometimes referred to as hay fever or rose fever (depends upon the time of year it occurs), it is one of the most widespread cause of allergy compared to all the other mediums.

It’s critical that you understand what type of pollen causes you irritation and then deal with it accordingly. One more important factor is to figure out when it is most prevalent during the calendar cycle. Once you have such information, you can make yourself prepared to avoid pollens entering your home. One best way to do it is to shut down windows during the period it is most prevalent. Also take care of the foreign objects entering your home. You will be required to keep a check on them as well. One great and a very basic way of achieving it would be to ask everyone to leave their shoes outside.

Just in case, if pollen does enter your home, it’s not the end of the world for your rug. You still can clean this mess and get rid of them easily. Follow the same instructions as you did to eradicate dust allergies, and you are all good.

Remember we emphasized the importance of built-in HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters in a vacuum cleaner; they are even more efficient when it comes to dealing with tinier pollen particles. A lower grade vacuum cleaner is going to worsen the case as they wouldn’t be able to thoroughly pull-in the pollen particles but instead they are only going to stir the otherwise settled particles.

SHOPPING A RUG FOR YOUR HOME: CONSIDER ITS BACKING

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Most of the rugs today are machine made using advance technologies to imitate the intricate detailing of handmade rugs while at contrastingly reduced costs. This is primarily the cost factor which is making it popular, trendy and demanding amongst the homeowners.

Basically, these rugs are made using wool, silk, nylon, olefin or a blend of any of these. Bamboo is also occasionally used for the manufacturing of rugs. The rug’s backing is considered to be the foundation of the rug providing it stability, delamination protection, stronger tuft binding holding the fibres together and antimicrobial protection.

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In order to keep them fresh and lively, manufacturers have designed them specifically to enable a constant movement of air through them. This further helps the rug to pass air, gas and moisture through them and thus maintain the integrity and life of their pile content. This also saves your flooring from getting damaged by constant cover and being devoid of any fresh air. A proper backing is therefore critical as any rug lacking it would succumb to mildew, mold and extreme wear. The most notable and common types of rug backing are heat-set, woven, felt and latex.

The majority of machine-made rugs are made using heat-set backings. The backing is called heat-set because of the high heat process it goes through. It’s during a high heat process when the backing is applied to the rugs. The greatest advantage of heat-set backing is its breathability. This type of backing allows the rug to breathe properly and thus making it a great choice for many homeowners. Even, in most wall to wall constructions, this same type of backing is used. When you will look at the pattern and design, it’ll appear as a square matrix which you may have seen in many rugs and carpets as this is a very common and popular backing type. Another way to have a solid confirmation about the heat-set backing is its texture _ it has a coarse feeling when touched.

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When opting for cheaper and inexpensive rugs, you may want to consider their backing and the damage they can bring to your floor. It wouldn’t be a wise decision to save some bucks buying a cheap carpet while splurging heavy if your flooring gets damaged. A fine example is Olefin rugs. They are cheap due to the obvious reason that Olefin is a plastic. Moreover, these rugs are majorly made using heat-set backing of polypropylene which is again a plastic; causing a serious damage (scratches) to your hardwood floors. This can be easily resolved by using a rug pad or a rug gripper as it will act as a protective layer between the floor and the rug. There is one more persistent problem with Olefin rugs. Their corners and edges tend to curl which can become quite unpleasant and unappealing for decor enthusiasts. But don’t worry as it can be corrected easily since Olefin is a plastic. You need to use a damp rag to cover the curl and then apply moist heat over it. Use hot clothes iron to soften the plastic with the heat. Once you are done with it, you need to let it come back to the room temperature though placing some books on the hot spot for few hours or overnight will reset the edges for months.

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There are other rug backings as well which allow the air to flow through the fibres. Woven and felt rug backings are two of them which are common in the industry. If you find that the back of the rug doesn’t have any kind of material, then there is a high chance of it being a woven rug. You can see the weave of the face fibres in woven rugs since they don’t have any material at the back (see picture below). Since there is no material or covering at the back of these rugs, this is the reason why these rugs have great ventilation through them.

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Felt backing which is basically made using pressed wool or acrylic fibre is an inexpensive backing. It is glued or sewn at the back of the rug. In these cases, a simple fibre typically a natural fibre is attached at the back to hide the original backing of the rug.

The worst backing type of all is the latex backing due to one simple yet critical reason _ rug’s breathability. It is the main drawback that latex backing wouldn’t allow the rugs to breathe and thus enticing a lot of negative factors both to the rug and the flooring. Since, these rugs cannot allow the air or gas to pass through; they will damage the carpet, stone, hardwood or laminate flooring beneath. The worst part is that latex backing actually attracts moisture.

We have shortlisted few major flooring and the damage latex does to them _

1.  If you have a carpet flooring in your room, it will become yellowish after a certain period of time losing its colour and charm
2.  Stone and concrete flooring will start to exhibit physical damage
3.   With hardwood flooring, it will start to warp and its finishing would be lost
4.  Laminate flooring will become yellow and gradually start to warp as well

You can easily find latex backing with bath mats and some cheaper area rugs and runners. It is strongly advised to avoid using latex backed rugs unless you have ceramic or porcelain tile flooring.

Thoughts from the experts

It is critical and of high importance that you pay attention to the backing of the rug while considering to buy a new rug. Mostly, homeowners only research about the type, colour, size and the pattern while ignore the backing. On the contrary, it should be an extremely valuable factor in your decision making process. Here are two general rules to keep in mind _

1.    First, the rug you choose should be able to breathe to allow the air, moisture and gas pass through it.
2.    Second, you’ll need a rug pad or a gripper if you have a rug with heat-set or woven backing.

While buying offline, you can easily speak with the sales person to determine the rug’s backing if there is no mentioning of it on the manufacturer’s label attached. The same you need to do when shopping online; consult with the customer support team and ask for the information. At the end of the day, it is far better to be informed about your backing as if you choose a wrong backing; it may ruin or damage your flooring.

We hope that we have covered all the essential and key points while detailing all major backing types available in the market today _ heat-set, woven, felt and latex. Just in case if you think that we missed any important point or you have some queries regarding these backings, we would love to hear from you. All you need to do is just drop your thoughts in the comment section below and we would try to revert as soon as possible. Meanwhile, continue reading and shopping with us.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLOKATI RUGS

Recently, flokati rugs have gained a lot of lime light and many homeowners want to introduce it to their rooms to add to their simple and minimalistic decor.

Well, the first and the foremost thing about flokati rugs is its association with the Greeks and their centuries old traditions. The origin of flokati rugs dates back to 5th century by Vlachs, who lived in the village of Samarina, the highest in the Pindos Mountains. Vlachs are considered to be the inventors of Flokati rugs. Originally, these rugs served shepherds in their daily livelihood purposes like clothing, beds for tents and most importantly keeping them warm and cosy during long winter seasons.

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Briefing about the flokati old days

It was the shepherds who raised sheep and goats and used their dairy products to sell for livelihood in the plains of Trikala, Thessally, Macedonia and Odessa during long winters. The women had access to the wool which they weaved in to Flokati rugs and sold in the bazaars. The tradition has continued to sustain over the centuries and has become a popular choice for modern day homeowners.

What’s unique about the flokati rugs?

Flokati rugs are a popular choice in today’s world and you may find it very exciting and interesting in your room. These rugs portray sensuousness and an eternity feeling. You will find them soothing and calming to be around. They feel cosy and comfortable underfoot.

Flokati rugs are a great piece of artistry and craftsmanship. Majorly, they are produced from the New Zealand wool; the finest wool fibre in the world.

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Info about the weight and its worth


If you are planning to buy a flokati rug, then this is one of the key factors and you need to keep it high in your regard when trying to figure out the real value and worth of the carpet.

Check for the specifications to know about its weight. It should be denoted in grams per square meter as this is how it is measured. The higher the weight per square meter, the heavier and fluffier its pile would be. This will also have a proportionate effect on the price value of the rug.

Here is an example _ Consider two carpets with different specifications in terms of weight, first 1200 GSM (grams per square meter) and second 1500 GSM. The second one with 1500 GSM will exhibit more fluffiness and cosiness as it has more pile density per square meter of the rug as compared to the first option.

The manufacturing process of flokati rugs

Like every other rug type, flokati is a particular type of rug and requires specific production process. As per the Greek government, flokati rugs need to be produced in a certain way to be called as ‘flokati rugs’. To claim the name, it has been strictly laid out that the carpet must be washed under high pressure and should contain minimum of 1800 grams of pure wool.

The first and the primary requisite is the fibre. Flokati rugs should be made completely with pure wool yarn from the top pile to the backing of the rug where the yarns are pulled out. This is something which makes it special and unique from the rest of the class. The weaving process starts with wool being spun into yarn using spindles.

Before even the weaving process begins, the yarn is washed with pressurised water to clean it and make it fluffier as compared to the standard wool pile. During the old days with no technological facilities, it was washed under the waterfalls for hours (approx. 40 hours) in order to cleanse and shrink the yarn and entice in the fluffier factor for which it is known for.

Similar to the hand tufted carpets, its yarn is now made to create long loop and then sheared. The detailed manufacturing process is hard to explain because of the complexities and the numerous manufacturing variants introduced over the years. Not to forget the extreme intricacies it exhibits in its design quotient is something which is hard to express.

Not just the manufacturing process is different, but the use of material can also vary in different countries.

If you want to know different types of rug materials used in the rug manufacturing process and how they translate into amazing features you enjoy with your rug, you should read our full guide on rug materials.

Basic care and maintenance of flokati rugs

When you unpack and unroll your flokati rug, it might not appear in the most pleasant way. There is a high chance of it being flattened out because of the packaging. It is highly recommended that you shake it well to retrieve the fibres back to their normal position. You will also be required to use a simple raking tool (wooden or plastic) to give the fibres an upright position by gently moving them into the fibres. Remember to do it in a ‘to and fro’ motion and don’t worry about any fibre coming out as it is a normal phenomenon.

Simple shaking and gentle raking will make your rug beautiful and fluffy again.

How to wash your flokati rugs?

Taking a good care of your rug will make it live longer. With flokati rugs, if it is handled properly, it can be passed to generations.

You should keep a regular check on dirt and dust by frequently and periodically shaking your rug outside. It is recommended to use the mildest of wool soaps for cleaning and washing purpose.

Avoid high water temperature, chlorine bleach and dry cleaning process as these could damage the pile content. One more important factor to keep in mind is that you should opt for air drying process as direct sunlight can harm the pile by distorting its colour.

Regular cleaning will not only keep your rug tidy but it will also enhance its unique and inviting quality, appearance and touch.

What to keep in mind while vacuuming your flokati rug?

Vacuuming your rug is necessary to remove any dirt and dust residue but keep in mind that it is critical to do it correctly and more importantly to use the right tool.

While vacuuming your flokati rug, use the suction head which is without a rotating brush as your fibre strands might get caught into the rotating brush and may damage it.

Well, we hope that we covered all the important and critical aspects of flokati rugs. Just in case if you think that we missed any key point or if you have any query regarding flokati rugs, we would love to hear from you. All you need to do is just pen down your thoughts in the comment section below and we would get back to you as soon as possible.

GUIDE TO UNDERSTAND THE WEAVING METHOD OF RUGS: HAND KNOTTED

The Rug Shop’s Guide to Understand the Hand Knotting Technique

Hand Knotted Weaving Technique

Hand knotted weaving is by far one of the slowest and most expensive rug manufacturing process in the world. You can find its origin back to centuries and this is the primary reason why you find classic traditional designs imprinted over these rugs majorly. The manufacturing process of these rugs is painstakingly longer as this may take from months to years to finalize one piece of art. The entire process is manually performed by skilled labours and this is the reason why these rugs can sell from hundreds to thousands of pounds.

There are specially designed looms which are used to bring alive these masterpieces. The carpet is hand knotted on these looms. The size of the rug and the complexity of the design will determine the worth of the carpet. The complex the design pattern would be, the higher the number of knots and thus the carpet will require intense work force. This has a direct connection with the cost of the rug upfront. To summarize _ the number of knots required and the size of the loom along with the intense labour will justify the price value of the carpet.

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First the threads are tied vertically (warp) on the loop which is intertwined using horizontal strings (weft) and this forms the foundation layer of the beautiful rug. The weaver now ties the knots to the warp threads by cutting the thread and tying it by hand. The output is the amazing pile of the rug.

Hand knotting technique is tedious and extremely time consuming. Ideally, a standard carpet should have 1000 knots per square inch. On an average, a skilled and experienced labour should be able to do 5-7 knots per minute.

Talking about the knots, there are two main types of hand-knotting techniques used across the globe _ one being the Persian knot while the other is the Turkish knot. Both are very popular and trendy in the industry and are known for their distinct features and characteristics. It’s the design which brings a key difference between the two. The Turkish knot is symmetrical while the Persian knot is asymmetrical and leaves the gap in between. When you think of intricate patterns, even the Persian knots safely qualify for it, so just imagine, how far the Turkish knot will go in defining the intricate designing of a rug.

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Since the manufacturing process is extremely time consuming, the weavers have enough time to precisely work on the pile and thus making it highly resilient. Also, these hand tufted rugs can have a life cycle of up to 20 years courtesy of the precision and extra-ordinary craftsmanship it receives during the weaving process. These rugs are easy to clean and can be repaired without wearing out. These rugs are ideal for high traffic areas.

Well, we hope that you are now familiar with the hand knotted weaving technique. If you have any queries, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

SHOULD YOU BUY A WOOL RUG?

Natural wool rugs are always a pleasure to feel underfoot. Since old times, they have been around with a mark and have always been a popular choice amongst the homeowners. Courtesy of its amazing features and characteristics, wool rug is a reasonable investment to make.

When choosing a rug for your room, one of the important factors which we feel is paramount other than the aesthetic appeal, is the material it is made of.  This is the fabric which will entice unmatched features to your floor. While many will argue that synthetic rugs offer similar appearance to wool versions, but when you scratch the surface, you’ll find they don’t have the same advantages.

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Wool rugs help in keeping the room insulated from heat and sound. They offer perfect warmth and cosiness to your floor. Experts prefer wool because of many key factors; few amongst them are practicality, health issue, environmental concerns, and ethical benefits.

It’s been more than eighty centuries since wool carpets came into existence. Predominantly, it’s the sheep’s fur which is used to weave wool carpets. Experts consider New Zealand’s breed, Merino to be of the best quality in the entire world. Though, other breeds from around the world are not lying far behind. Few notably premium breeds amongst them are Shetland Wool from Scottish Highlands, Merino sheep in Saxony, Vermont, South Africa and the island of Tasmania.

Not many people are aware that wool rugs are not just weaved using a sheep’s wool, but there are many rugs which are made using hair of other animals like llamas, camels, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits.

One interesting fact about wool carpets is its smell when it’s wet because of the presence of sulphur as one of the key ingredients that builds up the fabric’s structure. Here we have listed few of the most important pros and cons of wool rugs.

Pros of wool rugs

1.    Wool carpets are resistant to fire/flames

Wool rugs are considered to be family friendly as they naturally possess fire retardant properties. Wool rugs don’t catch fire courtesy of the high protein and moisture content. These ingredients are the key reasons why wool smoulders and extinguish itself after coming in contact with fire.

In extreme conditions at high temperature, you will find it starting to melt, but it wouldn’t catch fire. Owing to the fire retardant features, it is popular for commercial purposes like it is used in casinos, bars, hotels, restaurants, airlines, and many other stores.  Since, wool rugs don’t catch fire and burn, you don’t need to worry about harmful and dangerous toxic fumes like carbon monoxide. So, yes, it is indeed a family friendly rug.

2.    Wool rugs are stain and dirt resistant

Wool rugs are treated with natural coating of light wax which makes them much more stain resistant than their synthetic counterparts. This makes them much easier to clean and maintain. They can also hide soil and dirt well. They can even hide a pound of soil per square meter and you wouldn’t even notice your rug as dirty. All of us must have noticed huge amount of soil and dirt beneath our wool rugs when we displace them after a long time. This is one of the finest examples of their dirt hiding feature. Moreover, you can clean it easily with regular brushing or vacuuming.

3.    Wool rugs are water resistant

The fabric contains a key element which makes it almost a waterproof material. It is naturally occurring fatty lanolin which is present in untreated wool fibres. Yet, wool fibre is very absorbent and they can soak up to 20% of their own weight.  This means light spillage is not going to lead to leakages and you can wipe them off easily.

4.    Wool rugs are good for your health

Soft furnishings are prone to dust mites. These are tiny creatures making their habitat in soft furnishings like rugs. Today, a lot of people suffer from asthma, eczema and perennial allergic rhinitis. Dust mite allergy is very common and linked with these conditions. Amongst all the materials, wool rugs are considered to perform best in resisting dust mite infestation.

The fabric is a natural air filter and helps in trapping allergens and pollens. Just in case if you think that you or any of your family members does not suffer from dust mite allergy or asthma, there is still a health incentive while choosing a wool carpet. They don’t emit dangerous and toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like those of synthetic fibres or rugs with synthetic backings. Exposure to VOCs can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, breathing difficulty and dizziness.

5.    Wool is a sustainable and eco-friendly material

It’s the manufacturing process of man-made synthetic fibres which require millions of metric tons of coal being burnt and trillion of litres of water being wasted. Thanks to the wool yarn which requires much less energy for its production as compared to synthetic fibres. It is one of the rare rug materials which doesn’t requires petroleum for its production _ a limited and non-biodegradable resource.

Not just the ease in production process, but wool is a long life fibre retaining its properties for years to come. At the end of its life cycle, wool easily biodegrades in soil without posing any harm to the environment. In fact, as it is made from amino acids, it releases nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous which are essential plant nutrients back into the soil.

To add cherry on the cake, the material is replenish able meaning wool rugs can be recycled to form new rugs.

6.    Wool helps in conserving energy

Energy efficiency is yet another advantage of choosing a wool rug. The fabric is breathable and thus keeps your room warmer and drier in winters while cooler and drier in summers. So, few wool rugs in your home can save you a lot on electric bills.

7.    Wool rugs are durable

Wool rugs are durable and resistant to heavy use.  It’s the durability factor which makes these rugs suitable for high traffic area. Even with heavy usage, they will still remain beautiful. All you need to do is just make sure to buy a good one.

8.    Wool rugs are absorbent

Since the fabric comes in different dyes, it becomes easy to create wool rugs in different eye catching colours and shades. Due to this absorbency feature, wool rugs can retain its shades over the years to come and can look amazingly beautiful. However, this absorbency factor comes with a negative attribute too as this will work well for any kinds of liquids including the undesirable one such as wine or an ink.

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Cons of wool rugs

Well, you see anywhere around yet it’s hard to find any product which is perfect and without a flaw. The same applies with wool as well. It also has its own disadvantages and here is a list of them.

1.    Wool rugs are expensive

Buying a premium and high end wool rug can cost you “an arm and a leg” and if you choose to go with the popular brands, then you may be looking at a month’s rent here. This is how expensive a wool rug can be. Though, not the most expensive fabric in the industry, still wool rugs is a commodity for the affluent.

2.    Wool rugs have no resistance to chemicals

Alkaline substances pose extremely negative impact on wool rugs. When exposed to them for longer period of time, the fabric may lose its colour and become hard to touch. Chlorine-based bleach is another chemical which has a dooming effect on the fabric.

This is because of this reason it becomes so hard to find a rug cleaning solution with a fitting pH value; one which can clean any notorious and stubborn stain while posing no harm to the fabric. It is recommended by the experts to opt for water-based cleaning detergents with pH value between 5 and 8.

3.    Wool rugs are absorbent

Just like we mentioned above, absorbency comes with positives and negatives both.  Due to this characteristic, it’s very easy to dye a wool carpet. The fabric is good in retaining the colours for a very long time. Well, this may not go well with undesired spills such as wine or an ink.

DIY Tips to clean wool carpet at home

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Considering the value wool rugs bring to your floor, it would be wise to be familiar with its precise cleaning process. Here we are with amazing tips to clean your wool rugs at home and keep it spotless for years to come.

1.    Vacuuming your carpet frequently and on a regular basis

This is the basic rule which applies to most of the rugs. It’s important to have a regular check of your carpet for dirt and dust. The quality of your vacuum cleaner will also help to prolong your rug’s life. Always use high quality vacuum cleaner with soft bristles and good suction. Keep in mind to vacuum your rug twice a week if it receives heavy foot fall. For places with low traffic, you can do vacuuming once a week.

2.    Proactively dealing with the stains

It’s crucial to act in time as soon as you notice the stains. The key here is to not let the stains seep deep into the fibres. This is why you should act immediately and tackle the affected area as soon as possible.

Here is how you can deal with the stains at home _

a.    As soon as you witness any spillage, act immediately to suck in any liquid using a clean sponge or paper towel to avoid it getting seeped into the fibre.

b.    Prepare a solution of ½ teaspoon of mild liquid dishwashing detergent, ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of lukewarm water. Soak the stained area with the solution.

c.    Gently blot the affected area using a water dampened sponge to remove the applied homemade cleaning solution.

d.    Blot dry the area using a clean white cloth.

e.    Finally, let the affected area air dry for several hours.

Note: Alkaline solution or chlorine bleach can cause a serious damage to the fibres. Never use these to clean wool rugs.

We hope that we have covered all the aspects of wool rugs so that you can make a well informed and researched purchase. Just in case if we forgot any important point and you questions about it, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you and would try to revert as soon as possible.

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RUGS AND THEIR RIGHT PLACEMENT

Rugs have become an exciting commodity which has its special aura and magical powers to entice amazing attributes to your room. Rugs are known to breathe in homeliness and unmatched warmth factor into any room. Today, rugs are not considered to be just a flooring element, rather they have the power to tie together a room and color scheme. They can create a sense of unification across all the decor elements. Whether it is to add a completely new flavor to an existing color theme, or it’s about injecting a new life to an otherwise dull room, a beautiful modern day carpet is all you need. Not just the visually appealing quotient, these are effective in making rooms smaller or spacious depending upon your requirement. Just choose the right sized rug and you will be able to achieve it with a brink of an eye. Don’t worry if your room has a minimalistic theme or it is cluttered with tons of unnecessary things, these carpets can come in handy with any room setting you have.

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It’s not just the cold hardwood floors where they fit in, but rather, they can effectively be used in carpet areas too. You can also layer them over huge carpets for a cheeky effect of modern times. Moreover, they offer an added layer of protection to your floor or carpet while adding an amazingly great cushioned feel to your floor.

Rugs are not only for decorating your floors; they can be equally fabulous when you do wall-to-wall carpeting. A lot of homeowners have shifted the gear and have transitioned their walls into appealing masterpieces with wall carpets.

But, when it’s about deciding a rug for your room, you have to be careful about few things like the style and the size you are going to choose. Also, you need to be precise about the area where you want to place your rug and how you are going to achieve the unity amongst the existing decor elements. A lot of people don’t pay attention to the other decor elements when buying something new to add to their room. It’s of paramount importance that you create a sense of unification as all the elements should complement each other to bring out the best of the aesthetic appeal.
First, consider all the different designs and styles and contemplate which of them is going to suit your decor best. Out of many, here are few of the most popular ones _ modern, traditional, shaggy, geometric, striped and wool rugs.
Why not explore our latest edition of grey shaggy rugs online?

Then there are oriental and kilim rugs which have their own unique and distinctive appeal. It’s difficult to keep aside the neutrals like jute, ratan, rope and wool. Moreover, the manufacturing process has a lot to do in framing up the final asset and there are many processes in today’s world from flat weave to hand knotted and from hand tufted to hooked. All these styles have the tendency to produce a carpet which can suit any decor type at a give time and space.

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Well, there are certain thumb rules which you should keep in mind while placing your rug in different rooms. Each room has its own of presentation and you need to be cautious about it. Let’s have a look at different rooms and how you can place your rug in there. Also, the type of room decides the kind of rug best suited for it.

Living Room

It’s your living room _ one of the busiest rooms of any house and you have to make it look grand. Certainly, when it comes to living areas, the bigger the size of your rug, the better and appealing it would look. Smaller rugs in a living area are going to make it worse. They will make your space cluttered and messy. It’s always recommended to opt for larger rugs for big rooms in order to achieve a more streamlined and aesthetical appeal.

Not just the size, but you also need to be careful with its right placement and most importantly, the right surrounding. You should try to centralize your room around your rug. The best place to lay it would be in the centre underneath the furniture and the armchairs. Ideally, there should be enough space left behind the armchairs just in case you need to lift it back for adjustments. The last thing you would want is to let your armchair fall outside your rug.

If it’s not the entire furniture, then at least, you should try to place the front legs of your sofa set and the armchairs on the rug. It should feel like the rug is submerged into the furniture. This is one of the many ways to achieve a minimalistic appeal into your room.

A lot of people sometimes think that there beautiful rug is getting wasted underneath the furniture as its intricate design may not be fully visible but this is not the case. Ultimately, it’s the unified look of the furniture, your carpet and other existing elements which can make the difference.

Enough for the right placement of your rug in your living area, but you also have to decide on the type of rug best suited for this room. Living room is generally an area with high traffic and a lot of concern. You may also need to think about the pet and notorious children factor here. Wool rugs may be your best shot if budget is not an issue as they are strong, durable and perfect for high traffic area while without compromising with the softer texture.

Dining Room

It’s always on a hot topic for a debate to whether it’s a good idea to use an area rug under dining table or not. The concern is the danger of food and drink spills and it could be any time and any moment. Well, a lot of homeowners speculate about the rug’s placement under dining table and consider it a suicide attempt for your rugs. But, believe me it’s a common practice and it works awesomely well.

When it comes to deciding the ideal size for your dining room, you need to take into account the most important thing of the room and you will get the size of your rug instantly. It’s the dining table. Just measure its dimensions and take 60 cm extra on each side. This will give you a rough idea about the size of your rug.

It’s important that your dining chairs comfortably sit over your rug. If not properly, at least the front legs of your chairs must fall under your rug’s regime. For this matter, it’s always recommended that you opt for a flat rug when you are deciding for the dining area as they wouldn’t disturb the balance. Also, flat rugs are easy to clean which means lesser headache during any accidental spillages.

In general, expert’s advice is to avoid shaggy or sheepskin rugs or you may also try any high pile rugs for dining rooms.

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Kitchen

Over the years, kitchen runners have gained a lot of momentum and popularity. They are in trend now and a lot of homeowners don’t consider their kitchen complete if the runner is missing.

Persian inspired traditional rugs are trendy and very popular. There is a high chance that you will end up finding it in almost every household which has a kitchen rug. They look amazingly great while adding practicality, functionality and most importantly, enticing in the warmth factor to transform your working area into a comfortable zone.

Bedroom

Here we are now in the bedroom. Like every other room, it’s important to figure out the central figure first. Undoubtedly, it’s the bed in your bedroom just as the name suggests. Now, the size and type of your rug will depend on how you wish to proceed. If you want to place your bed over the rug, then you’ll need a large enough rug to flow under your bed completely while protruding on each side for a more enhanced visual look. This may require a lot of spending as you will end up buying a large rug which may hurt budget constraint families. Well, worry not! There is another way to achieve almost the same goal. You can buy two runners and place them aside your bed. One important thing here would be the gap between the walls and the edge of the rug. Try to achieve a minimum of half of meter gap between them to maintain the tranquillity and keep it symmetrically sound.

Note: Just keep in mind while doing it with the large rug. You need to see if the rug protruding on either side of your bed is equal to maintain the balance.

We would love to hear from you. Please leave your valuable thoughts in the comments below. Let us know what you liked the most and what else you would want us to cover in our next blog.

TOP 10 TIPS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A CARPET

Buying a rug for your home is a difficult task considering the number of factors involved in the decision making process. But, it is fruitful as the rug plays a vital role in your room. Just consider changing an old area rug with a new one and see the change yourself. This is the power of rugs and how they can revamp your interiors in seconds.

This is the rug which can really tie the room together. All your scattered decor elements will fall into sync if properly managed and coordinated with your area rug.

Personal preference matters the most

It’s your room, your money and your rug. Chances are you may invest a lot of money in buying your beautiful rug and it may remain with you in your room for a long time. This has to be a thing of your choice.  Your own sense of style should reflect into the decor elements you chose for your room. As you go out to buy your favourite carpet, think of the major categories like traditional or contemporary and bring one which soothes you best.

You might also have a unique taste of colours. Since the market is full of amazing coloured rugs, you may want to choose one which suits your personal interest and off course your existing colour theme.

Well, the possibilities are huge since these carpets are available in colours like blue, green, red, silver, orange, cream and many other exciting ones. You may want to have a look at our latest new arrivals like orange rugs in UK.

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How to keep it clean and new throughout the years?

Well, this is of top priority, not just for rugs, instead for any new thing you plan to bring in your house _ its maintenance, the ways to do it and how much is it going to cost you?

Be careful about the maintenance of your rug. You need to check for the manufacturer’s label regarding the exact information about the care and take of it. Usually, the ones which are high in quality require extra bit of care and it becomes even doubled when they are placed in a high traffic area.

The usage will be a defining factor

A lot depends upon how you intend to use your carpet. If all you require from a flooring solution is an element of visual appeal and aesthetic beauty, then a high end and luxurious shaggy rug is fit choice. Shaggy rugs are a good choice for low traffic areas.

If it’s going to be exposed to a high foot-fall in a busy area, then low pile or flat weave rug is a good option. You also need to take into account children and pets and a low pile rug is a perfect fit here.

The room where you are going to bring it in

The choice of your carpet will be dependent upon the area you are going to bring it in. Just think about the place and you will find a different befitting rug appropriate for it.

For hallways and entry ways, it’s going to be a long runner to entice a welcoming feel for your guests.
If it’s for a family room or living area, you will require an extra-extra large rug to submerge the entire furniture set over it.

Think about your bedroom, you will find a floor piece which is just two-third of the size of the bed smartly placed underneath for an added visual appeal while maintaining the symmetry. Two long runners running on both sides of your bed can also work well.

Your lifestyle is also an important deciding factor

Your lifestyle and daily routine is one another important factor to keep in mind while buying a carpet for your living space. If you have got children and pets, then this will be taken into account. Generally, an easy to clean and a low-pile rug which can stand well to spot cleaning are considered to be ideal for such requirements.

You may also be of the nature who likes constant changes. So, if you like to keep changing your decor elements constantly, then opting for a high end expensive rug is not a good idea. You may want to switch to cheaper options.

The texture and feel you want to bring in

 

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It’s the amazing texture and feel to your underfoot which is another key factor for these adorable floor decors. Think of the kind of texture you love and then make a decision. A lot of people opt for posh and sumptuous shaggy rugs to feel soft underfoot.

Wool rugs have their own luxurious texture, though you will have to splurge a lot to have it in your room. The idea is to feel the cosiness and comfort while walking over it.

One great way to achieve cushioning for your cheap and low pile rugs is to lay down rug pads underneath them.

Beautiful patterns for an enhanced visual appeal

The pattern and design of your rug will lead to overall beauty of your room. The simplest of designs with appropriate colour infusions can go a long way in giving your room a desired uplift. Though the design part is something more inclined towards the personal preference, still it is recommended to opt for a design which can infuse well with the current decor theme of your room.

How about, you choose from amongst the most popular designs available and give your dull room a chance to look amazing again?

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Ideally, if you are investing in a high end rug, it is advised to opt for a design pattern which is timeless. Something which wouldn’t age with time and can sustain the ever changing modern day designs _ traditional rugs with a touch of modern designs to it. Technically, they are called vintage or antique rugs. Unlike modern day rugs, these are made with high quality wool fibre which will pass to your next generation, if appropriately maintained. Though modern rugs do look great but they require replacement sooner or later.

Size will always be the key

Size has been and will always be one of the most important elements to consider while choosing a floor cover for your room. For some, it is so paramount that they will go down to smallest of units to measure the preciseness and purchase one (custom-made rugs) which fits in perfectly.

Size is considered to be the primary requisite and you should measure your room properly before going to purchase your rug offline or online. Few common rules to keep in mind could be_

1.    The size of your carpet should be in appropriate ratio with the size of your room. Too small a rug for a large living room and too big a rug for a tiny kid’s room _ I guess you can imagine how inappropriate it sounds! You may want to leave some white space to avoid any clutter or mess. We are talking about the breathing space around your rug.
2.    It is a golden rule to bring in the large area rugs for living rooms as they are the perfect fit for these big rooms. The bigger the better! It will not only make the place more appealing but will also deduce to create an illusion of a larger space. You room will look bigger and spacey. (Click here to learn how to perfectly place a rug in your living room _ create a cross hyper linking to another blog with heading “How to place your rug perfectly”)

Considering moving to a new house

Well, you may have always heard to always think ahead and plan well for your future. This is exactly what applies here as well. If you have a plan to shift to a new place in the coming couple of month or so, you might not want to splurge heavy on a rug which specifically suits your current home.

The best option would be to wait till you move in to your new house and buy one which fits in there. There is one more thing you can do if you are aware of the property you are going to buy. If you already know your home, have got your blueprints and the design ready, you can buy one which goes well with your new home and does a so-so job in your current one. After all, compromising for a couple of months when buying an expensive rug seems a better choice.

If you don’t feel the above mentioned options to go well with your lifestyle, then you can always go out to get a cheaper rug which can you your job for couple of months and then you can replace it with a new and expensive one for your brand new house.

We hope that you enjoyed reading it and learned some important tips to consider before buying a rug for your room.  We would love to hear back from you. Let us know if you feel we missed any point. Just put your thoughts in the comment section below.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR NEW RUG WISELY?

When it comes to deciding a floor decor element for your room, it is customary that you choose the right one which gels well with the already existing elements. Not just the theme, there are number of factors to consider before jumping into a buying phase.

A lot of people are confused with so many questions and options around, so here we are with all your solutions.

Before venturing into the complicated decisions, there are three simple yet most important questions _

What size you are looking for?
What colour is going to suit your decor?
Do you have a personal preference for any specific type?

Contemplate over these above mentioned questions first and half the battle is won. We have done some ground work for you and have come up with genuine queries listed down keeping in mind the above mentioned key points. The list below touches the surface for the key points while digs deep to further follow up queries and confusions while buying a suitable carpet as per your need. Once you are done with these basic requisites, you will be able to bring home a beautiful befitting to your floor decor.

First determine the exact or probable positioning of your carpet (it could be under the dining table, pool side, aside your couch or for an outdoor purpose) and then consider the following questions in mind.

Collarge-1.21.    What size is suitable for my space?
Once you are certain about the place, then first thing you need to do is to measure the area where you want to lay down your new rug. You can either work it out with the traditional method of measuring with the tape or you can do it using a bed sheet. All you need to do is just place the sheet in the desired area and see how it looks. You can adjust the sheet by folding to achieve the desired size.

Always keep in mind that you might not find the exact size you are looking for so, it’s better to have a minimum and maximum window which can work well for you. For measuring hallways, the bed sheet option will fail so; you will have to rely on measuring tape only.

Note: A tip of advice here _ Always leave out at least 40cm space from your couch to avoid or minimize the wear and tear.

2.    Which colour to opt for?
Choosing the right coloured rug for your room is going to be an important decision to make. This can be a defining factor for your room as your floor decor has to match with the existing decor theme of your room.

Figure out first the colour theme of your room and then choose the right rug for your room. If you have neutral colour shades on your wall, then anything in the lines of black, silver, grey or charcoal will go well with your room. If your walls feature vibrant colours, then it is recommended to go for a carpet with at least one tone to match the walls.

Just in case, if you haven’t decorated your room yet, then go for a carpet of your like with one colour shade which you plan to bring in to your room. In this way, you will be able to achieve the unity in your decor theme.
Always remember the colour psychology and the impact they can create in your surroundings. Light colours can make your space look big and spacey while dark and deep colours like red and burgundy can bring in cosiness to your room.

Click here to explore the latest designer red rugs online.

23.    Shaggy, modern or oriental _ which one is a perfect fit for you?
What style is suitable for your room will again depend upon your already existing theme and your personal preference. It could be wool, sisal, modern, oriental or any other type.  For a modern day decor theme with modern furniture in it, you will need a cheeky floor rug with a contemporary touch to it. Another good option for modern decor theme is Persian carpets as they go well with modern day elements in a room.
You may want to explore our latest collection of cheap traditional rugs which are infused with a modern patchwork to give them a cheeky look. (Link hint: it needs to go with rugs which have patchwork designs)
Well, if you are not a big fan of designs, you might want to opt for a simple carpet with no design imprinted over it. These can serve well if you have curtains with busy designs. Most of the shaggy rugs are simple with no design over them, but keep in mind that they lack practicality.

4.    What if you have a love for two different rug types and you want to place them in one room?
It’s fine if you want to play along with two different types at one place. But there are certain things you want to keep in mind while experimenting with two different varieties. First is to match the tone of your carpets. Both should exhibit similar colour shade or tone for a unified look and feel.
Though you may experiment with different rug types in one room, but it is recommended to opt for similar types if you want to place them in one place. Two shaggy rugs, two Persian style, two flat weave carpets; all these can come out more appealing than going with different styles.

5.    Should I opt for cheap rugs or high end carpet? Will it survive high footfall?
The quality of the pile will decide if it can sustain the wear and tear and cope with heavy foot fall. You have to choose your carpet wisely depending upon the place where you plan to lay it.
Will your cheap shaggy rug survive the heavy footfall in an extremely high traffic area? Think about these important questions before investing blindly on any rug type. Whether it’s a modern or traditional style; the pile type, its density and the fibre will make the difference.
One piece of advice is to frequently rotate the carpet in order to balance the wear and tear.

6.    Do I need to evaluate the rug buying decision based on my floor type?
The type of floor you have in your room will have an important impact on the decision making process. For hardwood floors, it is recommended that you opt for a heavy and thick piled rug which can stick to the floor due to its weight to avoid any movement over it. The major problem to overcome while dealing with the hard floors is the slippery surface. Wool carpet may be a great option for such floors though it may be on the expensive side.
If you have a budget issue and want to go for the cheaper rugs, you can buy them as well but movement across the surface will be a problem. Don’t worry! There is a solution for this problem.  Use rug grippers or rug underlay to avoid the unnecessary movement of your carpet on slippery surfaces.
If you have a floor with a lot of noise problem, then considering a thick, heavy and deep piled rug is a great option. High end wool carpets are known for sound absorption capability. Another great option is a luxurious shag rug.

7.    What about the cleaning process? Is there any option which requires little or no maintenance at all?
The care and maintenance of your floor area rug is an integral element while deciding a rug for your room. Ultimately, the care and maintenance will increase your carpet’s life. The cleaning method will be solely dependent upon the type of fibre used in the construction process. The easiest of all is synthetic yarn but it has to be heat-set.  So far, heat-set is considered to be the easiest for cleaning and vacuuming. Heat-set polyester followed by heat-set polypropylene rugs are best as far as cleaning spills is considered.
Though wool is considered to be one of the best materials in the industry, its cleaning process is dependent upon the quality of wool chosen for the construction. So, you may want to look at the manufacturer’s label for cleaning guide before making a purchase.

8.    Pre-shopping is an essential factor before you move down to actual business
Once you are done with all the essential requisites, it’s time to get down to the actual part of the business. Before going to the physical store, it is a great idea to have a look at the store’s online website and explore the entire collection there. This is going to save you hours of time and hard work in deciding the correct and suitable carpet for your home. The greatest advantage of digital world is that the shopping experiences of the customers have gone miles on top.
It is extremely disappointing to drive all the way to the store just to find out that the carpet you want to bring in to your home is not available at the store.
Though it is always recommended to keep in mind that pictures you see on your desktop may not be true to the real life image of the product. It is the display setting of your desktop which can create a variation in what you see on your computer and what exactly is the product.

9.    Key factors to consider while buying your rug online
Since nothing is perfect and so is with online shopping as well. Though it comes with a lot of advantages making the consumer experience awesome, it also has a dark side. Online thefts and cyber crimes can make you its victim in no time. Here is a list of the key things to cross check while making a purchase online.
a.    First check if the company with whom you are going to do business is a locally owned business or a fly by night bogus company. You can easily find this information in their about us section. Though it is paramount that you cross check its credentials.
b.    Every online store today prioritises the security above all, which is why, all of them should have a SSL (secure socket layer) secured transaction gateway. This means that your transaction is safe and secure and there is no threat of online theft or fraudulent during the transaction or at the payment gateway.
c.    Make sure that the online company does not store any of your credit card’s information. You should be able to find this information in their privacy policy section.
d.    Check if the provided contact details like phone number and email address are valid or not.
e.    Always read full terms and conditions thoroughly before accepting to it. Key thing to look after is the return policy and the window provided. Also check the terms and conditions for returns.
f.    Read full descriptions of the rug carefully. The material and care instructions are the key things you want to know. Also if possible, try to know the exact pile height and the density of your carpet as this is something you will never be able to figure out from the image.

We hope that we helped you in your quest of finding a perfect rug for your living room, bedroom or kitchen.  If you think that we missed any important and key point, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to get back to us in the comments section below.

HOW TO CHOOSE A RUG FOR MY KITCHEN?

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Kitchen and rugs, it’s not an unusual concept and a lot of families are doing with grace and the result is phenomenon. For some, it may be surprising as kitchen is a place with the highest possibility of spills and food drops which can damage your rug badly, if not chosen wisely.

Why do you require a rug in your kitchen in the first place?

It is even more important that you lay down a beautiful and colourful carpet in your kitchen to give it some life and beauty. Normally, it’s just blocks of cupboard and drawers with nothing to cherish in there. The space around it could become very boring and monotonous.
The greatest challenge while choosing a flooring option for your kitchen is the practicality factor
without compromising the visual appeal and warmth and cosiness. You may want something which does not comes in the way of your cooking but rather should make your working convenient. You spend a lot of time cooking in your kitchen, so it is always good to have a cushioning for your toes.

We will here help you understand what type of rug to choose for your kitchen and how they can dowonders in your kitchen if chosen and used appropriately. The kitchen is in its own time, one of thebusiest places with lots of foods and drinks around. You may always feel the danger of spills or fooddrops if you have got a rug placed in your kitchen.

Worry Not! Just keep reading to understand how to choose your perfect rug for your kitchen which is going to withstand the long time frame while maintaining the look and feel of the space.

Best fibres for kitchen rugs

First and foremost, look for the best fibres ideal for the kitchen like conditions. It’s always on top of the mind that there couldn’t be any material which could make a befitting floor carpet for a kitchen but to your surprise, there are many.
We are going to list down the best fibres you should look after while making a purchase for your kitchen.

Nylon

It is one of the most popular fibre types, typically because of its solid reputation of being durable and relatively easy to clean when compared with other fibres. This makes it a good choice as you may want something which can be cleaned easily.

Nylon rugs are very strong and can stand well to abrasion. The fibre is also highly resilient and can maintain its original appearance courtesy of its good texture retention quality. So, you don’t need to worry about heavy foot fall as the fibres will retain its original texture in no time.

One of the biggest challenges for a rug in kitchen is their ability to resist stains which is where nylon rugs are so effective.

Polyester

Polyester rugs are soft to touch, very resistant to fading and can easily and quickly dry. The fabric requires little care and maintenance. Due to its low level of absorbency, it is resistant to water based stains but is susceptible to oil based stains, so keep in mind this thing.

Polyester rugs come at a lower price point while offering similar appearance and feel to that of
wool. You will definitely love its presence in your kitchen as it is going to offer a relaxing zone to your toes.

Polypropylene

The most resistant to staining, strong and very tough; polypropylene rugs can be your perfect
companion for your kitchen. Polypropylene rugs are tough and they can even be treated with partial bleach though we would strongly recommend you to check for manufacturer’s cleaning instructions first you do it.

When it comes to stains, polypropylene rugs are less susceptible to them, which mean you don’t
need to worry a lot about dropped food and spilt drinks.

Seagrass

Seagrass is an amazing natural fibre which is suitable for your beautiful kitchen rug. These rugs are strong, hard wearing and resistant to stains which makes them a good choice to place them in kitchen.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a natural fibre which is extremely hard wearing and durable. This makes it suitable for a high traffic area. They also come with an amazing lustrous sheen which translates into an eye- catching rug feature.

What exactly are you trying to achieve with a rug in your kitchen?

Well, this is something interesting as just like a usual standard room, you have to consider few key factors while deciding and placing a rug in your kitchen. As a matter of fact, how about going with the precise dimensions of your kitchen and then deciding the size and shape of a floor carpet?

If you are considering a kitchen rug to cover the entire flooring area, you should leave some space around the corners for an enhanced aesthetic appeal. Though there is no such hard and fast rule, but leaving about six inches to two feet space around the corners will ensure that the area doesn’t look cramped up.

Just in case you want to go for the runner, the same rule applies for it too. The runner should also leave the equal amount of space on either side of it for a balanced view. Though there is no strict rule for the end corners, but going with a balanced approach is always going to add more value to your decor. It is always recommended to measure the entire area precisely before making a purchase.

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A lot of experts suggest to use your kitchen rug as a centre piece with other elements falling
together to create a sense of unification. One great way to achieve it would be placing furniture or a dining table over your kitchen area rug. This creates an amazing visual statement while adding to the practicality and furthermore keeping your rug at bay from heavy traffic.

The rule of thumb here is to leave around 24 inches around the table as this will allow the chairs to comfortably sit within the area rug and thus making the entire set look gorgeous.

Similar to what you do in a standard room for extra cushioning, the same can be done in kitchen as well with kitchen rugs. You can use rug grippers or rug pads and lay them underneath the rugs for a more comfort and luxurious feel to your feet. You need to choose some selective spots in your kitchen where you stand a lot. Place small rugs at these spots with rug pads underlying them to provide utmost comfort during your working hours.

What type of household you have and how you wish to use your rug?

Practicality is of prime importance when it comes to choosing a rug for sensitive areas like kitchen where you constantly deal with hot and boiling liquids. You can’t afford to hurt yourself with a boiling bowl while handling hot dishes in your kitchen.

Some of the key points to consider are what the space is going to be used for and who will use the space in order to maintain the rug as a permanent fixture in your kitchen.

Since the space is a high traffic area with a lot of foot falls, you need to look for a hard wearing and durable rug. Though the requirement is for heavy duty rug, but you can’t ignore one more essential factor which is easy to clean and quick dry feature as kitchen can have high probability of spills and drops at any random time.

It is always recommended to opt for flat weave rugs for your kitchen as they are practical while
offering minimum window to hold any drops and spills. As mentioned, these rugs are easier to clean and more durable when compared to thicker piled rug.

Darker vintage patterned rugs can come in handy in places with high risk of spillages as the prints in these rugs have the ability to hide the stains.

Always keep non slip pads placed underneath the kitchen rugs as this offer cushioning to the feet while adding a safety measure in the premises. Like mentioned earlier, kitchen is a place with high risk and you want to keep yourself at bay from any slips and trips in there. A non slip rug pad will keep the rug stuck to its original position and thus in rush hours when you are trying to transfer food items to your family, you are safe from any slips or trips.

Note: If you have hardwood flooring in your home like vinyl flooring, keep in mind that the latex
backing from your rug or rug pad can discolour your flooring.

Your space will determine how to move forward with what type of rug?

It is of paramount importance that you decide your carpet flooring based on the type of space you have around. Considering your space, opt for correct size and shape and even the colour choice should be in sync with the existing colour theme of your kitchen.

Not just the welcoming warmth but a kitchen rug is known to bring in the added style quotient to your otherwise clinical and boring space. Just in case if you have a hardwood flooring, then opting for a carpet floor is going to add a warming insulation while adding a perfect cushioning for your feet in cold wintery season.

For narrow and small kitchen, it is advisable to bring in a runner as this will help in widening the
space and creating an illusion of space.

Your personal style is always going to be a driving force in the decision making process

It’s critical that you decide a rug which you like the most as you are the one who is spending and
who is going to be around it. If you don’t have a positive feeling about the rug you are bringing in, you may want to rethink about it. Having said this, you also need to incorporate your existing decor theme when deciding a rug for your kitchen.

Let’s say you have a rustic style kitchen, the best rug for such a theme would be a kilim carpet with
warm colours in it.

Just in case if you have a simple and minimalistic theme in your kitchen, then you might want to opt for a modern day cheeky rug which should go well with the decor.

The rugs are the best ways to add a touch of creativity to your otherwise dull kitchens. It’s a good idea to choose exciting colour themes, patterns and textures to pop some vibrancy in your kitchen.

For narrow or small kitchen, try to be creative and smart in making your space open and appear
bigger. Geometric or striped pattern rug are perfect choices to create an illusion of a bigger space as the pattern guides the eye through the length and thus making your kitchen look longer.

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We hope that we have covered all the important aspects which can help you buy a perfect rug for your kitchen. Just in case if you think we missed anything important, feel free to put your query in the comment section below and we’ll try to revert with an answer as soon as possible.

Rug Material Guide: Must Read Before Buying A Rug

Out of many deciding factors which help in making an informed rug buying decision, the material plays a key and the most prominent role. It’s because the rug receives all of its characteristics and features courtesy of its manufacturing material. It is the material which makes the texture appeal to our senses when we walk over it.

Each of the material has its own pros and cons along with the unique attributes. You need to decide and choose one amongst them which fits your needs, requirement and most importantly your budget.

Following are the major materials we are going to discuss in detail.

Wool

Acrylic

Polyester

Polypropylene

Viscose

Natural Fibres

Wool Rugs

Wool is the standard material of the rug industry. You can call it the backbone of the industry. Since inception, wool has been and it continues to be the first choice for rug lovers owing to the exceptional features it brings in. Wool is soft, durable and a strong fibre which makes our rug a perfect long lasting companion. They are excellent for absorbing moisture, you can definitely call them a natural air filter for your room. One of my personal favourites is how they can insulate your floor. They offer unmatched warmth and cosiness to your icy-cold floors. This is a priceless feature for homes with crawlers and sprawlers. Naturally resistant to dirt, wear and tear which makes it a perfect fit for high traffic areas. One more place where you can lay your wool rug without much of a worry is near fire pits as it does not catch fire but rather its fibres smoulder when in contact with flames.

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New Zealand wool is considered to be the finest in the world used in the rug manufacturing industry. Their fibres are naturally whiter as compared to others which mean colours come out more vibrant and appealing when dyed.

Primarily, it’s the shedding which puts a wool rug on the negative side of the mind, and this is where New Zealand wool makes their mark. No doubt, you can’t put this shedding phenomenon out of the horizon for the wool rugs, but this New Zealand wool can minimize it to the extreme negligible point (Please keep in mind that this depends upon the further classification of New Zealand wool and you may want to check manufacturer’s label). So, less shedding.

Key highlights of wool fibre and how they transform into amazing rug features

The primary and the most important is the warmth factor they bring in to your floors
It resists crushing, wear and tear which make the rugs ideal for high traffic areas
Another great feature which makes them your first choice for high traffic areas is their strong, durable and long-lasting fibres
Retains shape so it naturally takes care of footfalls
Bring in a natural air filter with its moisture absorbent features
Resists flames. It smoulders instead of burning which is why wool rugs are ideal for a place near fire pits
Good stain resistance

Experts always prefer looking on both sides of the coin and in our case, it’s important that we look for its downside as well. The first amongst all is the cost, wool rugs tend to be more expensive than the majority of other materials. If vibrant colours make you feel awesome, then wool rugs shouldn’t be your preference. With woollen fibres, vibrant colours don’t come out as appealing as you can get with synthetic fibres like acrylic.

With strong exposure to UV resistance, wool rugs may fade but this shouldn’t be an issue with the lovely weather conditions we enjoy here in the UK. Still, it’s advised to be careful if your rug has direct sunlight exposure. One of the biggest problems with the woollen carpets is a moth. Wool is the natural habitat for a moth. You need to be extra cautious with them. This problem arises when you leave your rug undisturbed for too long especially in dark or damp spots.

Key Highlights of Acrylic Rugs

Here we are with the acrylic yarn which is known for their impressive and striking vibrancy. The fabric is highly compatible with vibrant colours and dyes well to ooze out beautiful and appealing visual appearance. Acrylic rugs are soft and luxurious with good stain resistant features. Acrylic rugs are popular as they give the similar appearance and feel of wool while being on the lower side of the cost. The fabric breathes well allowing the air to pass to and fro easily.

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The two major problems of woollen rugs _ moths and sunlight degradation, aren’t an issue for acrylic rugs. It resists moths and sun degradation. Moreover, it is resistant to oils and chemicals as well.

When it comes to acrylic rugs, Japanese Acrylic yarns are considered to be the best in class followed by Chinese yarns. Though it is hard for any layman to figure out the difference between Japanese and Chinese fabrics.

Key highlights of acrylic rugs and how they transform into amazing features

Soft to touch, warm and light in weight
The fibre showcase excellent colour fast features. It dyes well with bright and vibrant colours
The fabric breathes, so it allows the moisture to pass through it easily
Acrylic rugs are resilient and retain its shape
Resists shrinkage and wrinkles
Resistant to moths, oils, chemicals and sunlight degradation

The lower you spend, the cheaper quality you’ll receive and they may suffer from static, poor fire resistance and piling. Though most of the rugs are treated to prevent these issues yet you may find it in some very low grades of acrylic yarns. Ultimately, it’s the manufacturer’s label you may want to refer to.

It’s the quality and density of pile content which will determine the characteristic of acrylic rugs. The lower grades will be cheap while durability and hard wearing features may be compromised while higher grades may come with impressive and appealing vibrant designs, good resilience and stain resistance features.

Polyester Rugs

Soft to the touch, anti-allergenic, and hard wearing at a lower price point; this is how experts introduce polyester yarn. It has this feature of amazing adaptability to colours meaning it can take colours well, just like the acrylic yarn. It is easy to clean though is susceptible to oil-based stains, you might want to be extra cautious about it.

The fabric dries quickly, can be easily washed, resilient and requires minimum care for its maintenance. So, if you are a time constraint person with a tight budget, polyester rugs may be of good use to you.

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The two major problems of woollen rugs _ moths and sunlight degradation, aren’t an issue for acrylic rugs. It resists moths and sun degradation. Moreover, it is resistant to oils and chemicals as well.

When it comes to acrylic rugs, Japanese Acrylic yarns are considered to be the best in class followed by Chinese yarns. Though it is hard for any layman to figure out the difference between Japanese and Chinese fabrics.

Key highlights of acrylic rugs and how they transform into amazing features

Soft to touch, warm and light in weight
The fibre showcase excellent colour fast features. It dyes well with bright and vibrant colours
The fabric breathes, so it allows the moisture to pass through it easily
Acrylic rugs are resilient and retain its shape
Resists shrinkage and wrinkles
Resistant to moths, oils, chemicals and sunlight degradation

The lower you spend, the cheaper quality you’ll receive and they may suffer from static, poor fire resistance and piling. Though most of the rugs are treated to prevent these issues yet you may find it in some very low grades of acrylic yarns. Ultimately, it’s the manufacturer’s label you may want to refer to.

It’s the quality and density of pile content which will determine the characteristic of acrylic rugs. The lower grades will be cheap while durability and hard wearing features may be compromised while higher grades may come with impressive and appealing vibrant designs, good resilience and stain resistance features.

Polyester Rugs

Soft to the touch, anti-allergenic, and hard wearing at a lower price point; this is how experts introduce polyester yarn. It has this feature of amazing adaptability to colours meaning it can take colours well, just like the acrylic yarn. It is easy to clean though is susceptible to oil-based stains, you might want to be extra cautious about it.

The fabric dries quickly, can be easily washed, resilient and requires minimum care for its maintenance. So, if you are a time constraint person with a tight budget, polyester rugs may be of good use to you.