Carpet & rugs: picking
the right one
Shopping for a new carpet or rug
can be delightful experience: beautiful
patterns, colors, artistry and styles come in seemingly endless
abundance. So much so, it makes it difficult to make that final
decision. This is where it helps to get organized, take a breath or
two, and pay attention to all important details. It is these "little
details" that may decide if your new rug or carpet will still be pleasing you
- or not - six months or a year after you buy it.
Buying carpet & rugs based solely on its
in-store appeal is a risky proposition. It pays to know exactly what
you want to accomplish with it. All important factors - aesthetics,
mood, appearance retention - have to be considered in the context of
a particular room the rug is intended for. A bit of planning and
creativity goes long way.
are two sides to every carpet or rug: (1) practical value, which
boils down to its appearance retention ability and ease of
maintenance, and (2) aesthetic value, which spans from
general visual effects related to its size, shape, color and/or
pattern, to aesthetic quality of its specific attributes -
particular theme, motif or style. For you to be happy with your new
carpet or rug, it has to do well on all fronts - there is no way around
Carpet & rugs practical value
What determines practical value of a rug, or carpet is:
construction quality, and
(2) its specific physical properties.
First thing to consider is rug/carpet
construction. The way it is put
together, face fiber form, density, twist and treatments, as well as
type of backing, spell out loud how long
and well it will serve you and its purpose. And so does its
pad construction and material. Also, you
want to know what the
does say and, of course, the warranty.
Next, you want to see how appropriate to your needs are rug/carpet
synthetic, each has its pluses and
minuses, and it may matter to you. One aspect of materials used in a
rug that is not to be overlooked is their
environmental effect. For some people
it is more important than for others, but it is always good to be
course, the key element in determining how appropriate to your needs
are rug/carpet construction and materials used, is the intended rug
purpose. More specifically, the type of space it will be used for.
Main considerations here are the amount of foot traffic, typical
activity, humidity and sun exposure.
Carpet & rugs aesthetic value
contemplating a new rug, most everyone starts with its size and
shape. While seemingly a no-brainer, this is an important
consideration, not only for the overall impression, but also for
rug's practicality. Best you can do is to play with the particular
space, and other decor elements present. Sooner or later, the pieces
will fall in place, and you'll have a clear idea of what the winner
looks like. The faster, though not as enjoyable alternative, is to
simply copy-cat a similar, already existing space you find adorable.
basic two approaches extend to rug/carpet
pattern attributes. An appropriate rug featuring
non-specific color/pattern attributes will be easier to find, simply
because there's more to chose from. However, if your heart goes for
a particular motif, theme or style, it is worth a try.
practical note: unless you only need to make yourself happy, try to
get all "other parties" involved, even if they are not all too pushy
to participate. Socializing the process usually makes it easier,
more interesting and fruitful, sparing you from the possible objections.
above practical and aesthetic considerations will greatly narrow
down the selection. It will help you to focus on that very best
rug, or carpet for you. Knowing what to look for in a rug guarantees you'll
make the right decision.
Carpet & rug pricing and value
practical and aesthetic value of a rug or carpet are directly related to its
price. Or so should be. In general, you would expect from more
expensive ones to last longer as well. That is not always the
case. What gets factored into the price doesn't always have
justification - afterall, it is a free market. So, to get to the
bottom of why any rug, or carpet, costs as much as it does, you need
to do your own value factoring and comparison. Not seldom, you'll
find out that the main difference between expensive and affordable
rug/carpet is pretty much the same as between expensive and inexpensive wines - in the
aware of what the actual quality factors are gives you the power to
filter out marketing hype, traps and stereotypes, and see what is
the real value of that very piece you're interested
in. That is, what is its practical worth. Deciding what are its
aesthetics worth should be your subjective call, although it is
quite usual that people accept and follow common stereotypes. That
doesn't give you a rich personal experience, but sure can save time.
about it, if you don't have the time to go through all the links,
you still may want to look at this carpet/rug quality
checklist. It sums up in a single page
the new rug and carpet buying "know-how". Use it to make sure that your
new area rug, or carpet, will be easy to maintain and lasting, as much as it is
Carpet and rugs
sounds like a school class - but this is the one you don't want
to miss. An educated buying decision translates into a buying
success, and that is your goal. Certainly, understanding carpet and
rug terminology is something you need for enjoyable, successful
shopping. And it is not as simple as it may seem at first...
put, rug or carpet construction is a particular way of putting it
together. Whether produced by hand, or by machine, they are made in
a certain way. This includes all that is done to come up with a
finished product: from tufting or weaving the yarn to dyeing and
applying chemical or other treatments...
of materials used for rug and carpet
construction are in their face-fiber and backing. It is usually
the face-fiber material that gets most of attention and
consideration. This is because the rug/carpet fiber forming its face
is most exposed, both, visually and physically. Hence it is the main
determinant of appearance quality and retention...
materials, natural or synthetic, have some environmental impact, and
those used for carpets and rugs are no exception. Health hazard
comes mainly from rug and carpet being outgassing potentially toxic
fumes, as well as from rug and carpet mold (mildew) infestation...
Label and warranty
label and its warranty can give important information and
indications in regard to its quality level. Getting familiar with
their contents is time well spent. Here's what you should look for...
Area rug size and shape
In somewhat different ways, area rug
size and shape have both,
functional and aesthetic aspect. At first, one would
say that area rug's size is pretty much determined by dimensions of
the space it is intended to. In reality, the decision on how large
area rug will be, and whether it is to be square, round or of some
other shape, should come after careful consideration of not only
room's size and geometry, but also typical traffic patterns, form
and arrangement of other objects and decor elements present, as well
as the intended use of the room, or space...
Colors and Patterns
of your rug, or carpet, creates certain visual effect, emotion, and
an atmosphere. Individual perceptions vary, but most of us will be
affected similarly. Here's a brief overview of what are out typical
responses to colors and patterns. It may help you decide what rug
color and pattern type is best for your room...
Design style -
variations in the visual characteristics of the rug/carpet face -
its design - are literally countless. They come from visual
rug/carpet attributes created by both, fiber coloration, and its
dimensional appearance. Luckily, all this immense variety is being
channeled, fairly efficiently, into a few main classifications...
Carpet and rug buying
main aspects of every rug or carpet are (1) its aesthetics and (2)
practicality. Once you find the one that has the right looks,
the next step is to check out how appropriate are its materials and
construction type to its intended use. In other words, what is its
quality level. The following checklist will help you figure that out...
Rug and carpet care tips
- From the moment a new rug or carpet enters your home,
certain steps and procedures should be followed to ensure its
functionality and appearance retention. They are related to
placement and installation, as well as carpet or rug care and
maintenance. Here are the main pointers.