Specialty area rugs: hooked, sisal, bamboo...
majority of area rugs offered on the marked are made of
wool, silk and combinations, by
flat-weaving, there are some mainly
sporadic types that don't belong to this large group. Some of
examples are hooked rugs, sawn shag rug varieties,
rugs made of coarser natural fibers and bamboo strip rug.
Hooked rugs are similar to
needlepoint flat-weave, in that yarn is sawn through the cloth
foundation. But instead of pulling it tight, a short loop is left on
the top side. The loop height can be even, or varying in height, for
a sculptured 3-D look. An adhesive layer with the secondary
backing is added to hold the pile in
Sown shag rug is made by
stitching long strips or peaces of leather or fabric to the cloth
foundation. It can be done in a number of ways. Not widely popular,
but usually available, suitable for informal, low-traffic rooms.
Area rugs made of coarser natural
fibers like sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo,
coir or seagrass are made using mostly various flat-weave
techniques. However, unlike most flat-weave rugs, they usually come
with some sort of rubberized backing, to prevent slipping and
Area rug can also be made of bamboo
strips, usually resembling hardwood floor. With the bamboo fiber
having the tensile strength of hardwood, this kind of rug is
wear-resistant, easy to maintain, yet offering a causal decorative
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.