Rug and carpet dyeing
comes to color brilliance and preservation, not all rugs and carpets
are created equal. How well they perform here depends on dyes and dyeing method used.
There are several common techniques of rug and carpet dyeing. In general, yarn can be dyed
before it is inserted into the
backing, or after that, when it is
already a part of unfinished carpet or rug.
Yarn dyeing before it is used for rug/carpet construction can be "solution dyeing" and "stock"
dyeing. In the former, a colored pigment is added to the polymer
from which yarn fibers are extruded. This way, color becomes an
inherent part of the fiber. Olefins,
nylon carpets and some
polyester fibers are dyed this way. It
gives to olefin its color brilliance and retention. However, nylon
fiber color still can get affected by acids from food spills or
other agents, unless acid blockers are applied.
In stock dyeing, yarn is dipped
into a bath of dye, where heat and pressure force the dye into the
fiber. This method is commonly used for
polyester and nylons. In general, stock-dyed fibers are more prone
to fading, bleaching out and staining, but it also depends on the fiber
and dye type.
Dyes can be natural or synthetic, with the latter
being, in general, more stable.
Post-dyed carpets and rugs get their
colors after the backing and face fiber have been put together. In
general, dyes are either forced into the fiber by immersion,
under the heat and pressure (so called "piece" or "back" dyeing,
also "continuous" dyeing), or
printed on, using printing screen, roller or ink jet. Printed
rug/carpet is easy to recognize, since color doesn't go all the way down to
the backing. It is somewhat less color stable (can be affected by
strong cleaning solutions) than rug or carpet dyed with other dyeing methods.
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.