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The Variety of Wool Rugs

March 2nd, 2011

At first glance, buying a rug seems like an extremely straightforward exercise. You just pick one in a colour you like at a price you can afford and that’s that. Of course, this is mostly true but there is also a whole rug industry that involves rugs made from all sorts of different fabrics. Wool rugs are a really popular option and have been for hundreds of years. There’s a great variety of wool rugs available, too, making them a really versatile flooring option with something to suit all tastes and needs.

Hand Knotted Rugs
You can find a great range of hand knotted wool rugs that add instant style and sophistication to any room. The art of hand knotting rugs and carpets goes back thousands of years and is thought to have started as a nomadic craft that later took off in India during the 15th century. When you buy hand knotted wool rugs today, you therefore have the benefits of a tradition that dates back at least two thousand years. After all, no one would keep making them if they weren’t simply superb finished products, so you can guarantee that buying wool rugs that have been knotted by hand ensures that you’ll end up with one of the very best rugs that money can buy.

Persian Rugs
As well as hand knotted wool rugs in a whole host of block colours, you can also find them with fantastic patterns. A really popular version of this is the Persian rug, or Oriental rug. These are made in a range of different countries, but the ones from Persia (what we know today as Iran) are probably the most well known of all the different varieties.

Here, you can find lots of different intricate colours and patterns, many of which are thought to have spiritual significance. Added to this are all the benefits you get from any hand knotted rug – the care and attention that goes into making every single weave. Because they are all knotted and tied, Persian rugs are often much more durable than synthetic or other forms of loomed rug. This means that they’ll last much longer (some for hundreds of years), making them a great investment and an ideal option for anyone who likes wool rugs.

Manufactured Rugs
You can also find wool rugs that have been produced on a larger scale as many synthetic rugs are also produced today. Instead of being hand knotted, these are instead held together with either acrylic or glue. As they are less labour intensive to make, these wool rugs are often cheaper, making them great value for money as you still get all the fantastic benefits associated with wool rugs. This includes their durability, stain resistance and the fact they’re relatively flame retardant. You can also choose from many different colours and rug designs, meaning there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Whether you decide to go for a hand knotted rug, a Persian rug steeped in history or a rug manufactured on giant looms, there are lots of different types to choose from, all with the benefits of wool. Whatever you choose, you will end up with a rug that lasts you for years and brings you satisfaction, making wool rugs the ideal flooring solution.

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Picking the Right Type of Rug

March 1st, 2011

When you are choosing a rug for your home, you naturally want to get the best possible option to satisfy all of your requirements. This means doing a little forward planning so you can choose the best type for you and end up with the perfect style to suit your taste.

A rug is something you only want to buy occasionally as, after you’ve bought it, you naturally expect it to last for years. This means it’s worth hunting round various London rugs retailers such as Rugs Direct to make sure you’re getting a really good product. Before you buy your rug, think about the sort of wear and tear it’s likely to receive in your chosen location. For example, rugs on the stairs and in hallways are likely to get much more wear and tear than rugs in an adults’ bedroom.

You should also think about colour before you buy your rug. It can often be a good idea to go for a fairly neutral colour when buying rugs as this will ensure it will go with your décor and will always look good no matter how styles change over time. Then you should set a budget before investigating London rugs outlets. As a general guide, you can expect to pay around £20 per metre for a good quality rug.

Now you need to think about your style of rug. Most commonly, this will be either woven or tufted. Woven rugs are made by weaving pile yarn and backing fabric together. They tend to last for a long time, making them a good choice if you’re looking for a really durable rug. Tufted rugs are made by inserting pile yarn into backing fabric and then securing it with another backing layer. They’re quicker and cheaper to make, which means they’re often cheaper to buy but you do need to consider quality versus price to make sure you get the best value for money in the long run.

London rugs often see a lot of traffic from people’s feet. For this reason, you might want to consider a rug made out of wool as this is very springy and lasts for ages as they’re generally very good quality. They’re also really easy to clean and are flame resistant, making them ideal for locations where spillages or other damage might occur, such as in children’s bedrooms.

You could also choose to have a synthetic fabric, which is often recommended for bathrooms. Nylon is a good option as it is very hard-wearing. Alternatively, polypropylene is a great option if you’re on a tight budget but still want to get a decent rug. A rug with a short pile can be easier to maintain than longer piles, although they won’t be quite as luxurious underfoot. It can be a good idea to avoid rugs with looped textures if you have pets such as cats or dogs as their claws can catch in the loops and cause them to snag.

Choosing a rug isn’t complicated, but a little bit of planning as outlined above will help make sure you get the one that best suits all your needs and wants.

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Getting Tough Stains Out of Rugs

February 24th, 2011

No one likes dealing with stains on their rugs, do they? Sadly, they’re something that happens to the best of us from time to time so it’s worth knowing a few tricks that will help you get rid of stains quickly and efficiently, just in case you ever need to know. Most people know the basics, of course, such as blotting stains and then soaking them to loosen the dirt, as well as the various cleaning solutions available. But there are other tricks, too. Here are some of the best.

  1. Salt is really good for getting up muddy footprints. If you sprinkle salt over the dirt, then leave it for an hour before vacuuming it up, it should help you get up the worst of the stain. Salt also works to make rugs brighter.
  2. If you spill candle wax on a wool rug, then you should place a brown paper bag over the spillage and iron over it carefully. This should transfer the wax from the rug to the bag.
  3. If you have a fresh stain on a wool rug or synthetic rug, then pour some club soda over it. Leave it for a short while (a few seconds should do it) and then wipe it up to remove the worst of the stain.
  4. Red wine is one of the most notoriously tricky stains to get out of rugs. Some people swear by counteracting it with white wine poured on top, but club soda works better. Pour some over and scrub it. Alternatively, pour salt over the stain so it can soak up the wine and then vacuum it. Get up the remaining stain detergent, water and a little bit of white vinegar.
  5. If you get chewing gum or another sticky, stubborn substance stuck in your wool rug, then you should freeze it with ice cubes. This makes it much easier to remove as it will become brittle when it’s frozen and break away from the fibres of the rug. Spot remover should shift any remaining stain.
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Getting the Right Rug for Your Home

February 20th, 2011

When you live in London, your life is often fast paced and busy. This means you want your home to be perfect so that by the time you come through the front door at the end of the day, you can just collapse on the sofa and relax. This requires a little bit of thought to be given to your interior design and this includes your flooring solution. Luckily, there are great London rug retailers who can help make choosing the perfect rug for your home really easy.

When choosing a rug for your house, you ideally want something that’s going to be durable and hard wearing. This will help make whatever you buy great value for money as it will last much longer while still looking as good as new. It can be a good idea to visit your London rug retailer so you can check out the range of rugs on offer to make sure you get the right one. You can choose from fabrics such as wool, polypropylene and polyamide as well as blended fabrics. This means that there’s a rug solution for every house and need.

Whether you are looking for a rug to go in your living room, a bedroom, the hall or somewhere else entirely, it’s important that you strike the right tone with your choice of décor. It can often be a good idea to choose something that won’t show stains too vividly in the event that something is dropped on the rug. This means that dark or neutral colours are a really good idea. You could also choose to have a rug that’s renowned for its stain resistance as this will make it easier to remove any stains that do happen to occur. For this reason, wool is a good fabric for rugs as it’s stain resistant and flame retardant, which is great when you’re thinking about health and safety.

Whatever type of rug you decide to have in your home, check out the great range of London rug options available to make sure you get the deal that’s right for you.

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Oriental Rugs

February 9th, 2011

One of the most popular and enduring styles of rug is the Oriental rug. These days, you’ll find a lot of knock offs and copies of the genuine thing – some much better than others – but true Oriental rugs are still made by the same process they were thousands of years ago. Authentic Oriental rugs are made from either wool or silk and are hand knotted. Many of the designs reflect the culture and beliefs of the country where they originated as well as reflecting complex mathematical designs.

These rugs have been around for literally thousands of years, and they first became something of an art form in the 5th century BC. Many of the rug designs relate to Islamic spirituality and art, with the intention of reflecting the aesthetic quality of numbers, which many Islamic doctrines believe to be of divine origin. However, each country that makes genuine Oriental rugs tend to be known for different, yet equally distinctive designs. The most common and easily recognisable of these is the Persian rug. Persia is now Iran, but the rugs have kept their old name, largely because that is how they’re known in the West.

Persian rugs are thought to be the best and most beautiful in the world and it’s been this way for thousands of years. Most Persian rugs come from three distinct tribal areas – Kerman, Sarouk and Tabriz – although other areas make them as well. These rugs often feature floral patterns and distinctive geometric designs, which make them stand out. However, most Oriental rugs bought in the West are from India. This is a big form of employment for people living in rural India and the rugs they produce cost a fraction of the price of Persian rugs, even though the quality is just as good and they are all still handmade.

Turkish Oriental rugs are also sought after because of most of them are over 50 years old – their rug industry ground to a halt after World War 1, and it’s only recently started up again. Tibet also make some great rugs, which are highly prized and it can take over 3500 hours to make each one.

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