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Cleaning your rug

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Purchasing a rug for your home can be quite a costly activity, especially when you consider the amount of traffic and types of dirt it will be exposed to on a day to day basis. It can be an overwhelming task when it comes to keeping them clean and maintaining them to avoid wear and tear.

There are a number of ways in which you can control the short and long term damage done to your rug in order to keep it clean, prolong its life and make a lot less work for yourself overall.

Ideas as simple as applying a no-shoe policy in your house will go a long way in reducing the amount of damage done on your rug, instead of dirty shoes on your rugs, bare feet and socks will be a lot less damaging and will be so much gentler on your rug. If the no-shoe policy is not something you would like to adopt then you should be prepared to buy a rug of a higher quality; nylon and wool rugs are extremely durable and are amongst the options you should consider in this case. High quality doormats that help get rid of any dirt that can be brought in from outside can also be considered, any dirt on your shoes will be removed by them and you can keep your shoes on whilst walking on your rugs.

Rugs in high traffic areas such as hallways or living rooms should also be vacuumed on a regular basis so as to prevent any pieces of dirt penetrating into the fibres, making cleaning them a lot more difficult. These cleaning schedules can be anywhere between every single day to twice a week. Taking care of the dirt on a regular basis will avoid you having to do a deep and extensive clean when the dirt becomes engrained into the rug.

However, if you do not clean your rug regularly and the dirt has become too much, you might consider hiring a professional. Before you do call them out it might be a good idea to do the following to your rug to see if their services are absolutely essential. Hold your rug out at arms length from one of the corners and either beat it with a brush or kick it, if the dirt that comes out is of a high volume; it is in need of some extensive cleaning.

Take your rug out to your garden and vacuum both sides of it in any and every possible direction. The next step to take is to shampoo the rug with water and some mild detergent. Apply a soft brush with long bristles to the rug, and combined with the detergent it should release the dirt and grime engrained in it. Try not to be too vigorous as this may damage the pile on the rug. Rinse the rug with some clean water and squeeze out any excess water. Once you have done this, lay it out flat and wait till one side is dry before flipping it over.

With little bits of maintenance here and there, your rug is sure to last a long time so make sure you look after it when you can.



Persian Rugs

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Persian rugs are easily one of the most instantly recognizable and renowned products of Persian culture; they are extremely beautiful and are considered pieces of art. There are three types of Persian rugs and they are Farsh, Kilim and Qalii.

There are regular Qalii rugs and their smaller Qalicheh counterparts, and Kilim rugs are flat with no pile and are crafted by the nomadic people of Persia. These divisions go even deeper as amongst the three major types of Persian rugs there are many subtypes of them. The divisions are so extensive that the people who sell Persian rugs have developed a classification system based on naming the rugs after the cities and regions in which they are traditionally made.

There are over thirty classifications for Persian rugs, based on the design, fabric and the weaving techniques used to produce them. The flat Kilim rugs are classed using a system based on the type of fabric used, the design of the rug itself, and the purpose for which it was made.

Farsh and Qalicheh Persian rugs are most commonly made of wool in the modern era, but some producers they may decide to use cotton or silk in their production. As you can imagine, the silk rugs are the most expensive, and as you probably guessed, the least durable. These silk Persian rugs are often displayed on the wall like a tapestry and are extremely beautiful. There is a huge variety of designs used on Persian rugs, but they fall into three basic layouts: all-over, central medallion, and one-sided. An interesting piece of information about Persian rugs is that certain designs are passed down through families, either by memory, or through scale drawings, depending on their complexity.

Traditional Persian rug designs may be geometric, including striped patterns, or arabesque, including spiral and paisley patterns. Some important traditional motifs include historic monuments, Islamic buildings and patterns based around nature.

There is so much history and culture behind Persian rugs, which when combined with their amazing beauty, explains why they are such a prominent aspect of an extremely rich culture.



Shaggy Rugs!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

When we think about shaggy rugs we usually tend to think about the swinging sixties. With their extremely loud colours and styles they seem to symbolize the cultural revolution that occurred during those years. Most of us tend to think of these rugs as a fairly new development but in actuality they have been around for quite a long time.

Shaggy rugs were known as Rya rugs and they were developed in Scandinavia long before the swinging sixties. These Rya rugs were introduced by Viking traders to Scandinavia from the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires over a thousand years ago. Rya rugs were first produced in Norway during the 15th century and when compared to the rugs of the sixties and today were quite tame in appearance and design. The rugs were made using the same techniques as Persian rugs which is hand knotting and Rya rugs were originally used as warm covers for beds.

As time went by and more efficient and experimental methods were discovered to make these rugs, they became more intricate in design and those of higher status such as noblemen, began to use them as floor covers as opposed to covers for their beds. In the middle of the twentieth century Scandinavian carpet manufacturers began to produce these Rya rugs in more innovative designs and they soon became a loud and bold fashion statement during the sixties.

Today, shaggy rugs can be produced a lot faster than they were in the days of the Vikings and they can be transported a lot cheaper from the Far East. This benefits the modern day consumer as they have a wider selection to choose from. So the next time you see or think of a shaggy carpet, instead of thinking of the trendy sixties, why not go way back and think of the Vikings too!



Picking a rug

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

When you decide to decorate your room, you might consider adding a rug to help spruce up the look of the room or just because you would like how it would look. Rugs are an extremely overlooked part of room design and if carefully taken into consideration can really make a room look that much more special. Although subtle, the style and colour of a rug can inject so much personality into a room. Carefully selected styles and colours can also help centre a room or help with the overall coordination.

Think about the size of your room when deciding what rug to get as its size will have an impact on the type of rug you should buy. Rugs can be found in a variety of sizes and shapes, the most popular being oval and square. Large rugs are able to cover most of the floor and small or scatter rugs can be used to cover certain areas in a room.

Rugs can also be placed under coffee tables to help frame the furniture. Carefully placed rugs can also make a room look more inviting and give it a welcoming feeling. Rugs on hardwood floors can also make them look softer and as well as adding a feeling of warmth to the room they also literally provide some warmth when walking on them.

A well-selected rug can add interesting hues to your room and make them look very stylish. It might be a good idea to pick a rug that matches your home d├ęcor, so as to give your rooms a tasteful look. Choosing the right style and colour for your rug might be a hard task, especially with all the patterns available to you. Try deciding what you want the focal point of your room to be; is it the rug or something else? Choose a subtle rug if you want the focal point to be something besides the rug, if you do decide on a bright rug, do not make it overpower the other features of your room as that can be a bit too much on the eyes. Try picking a rug that compliments a number of colours in the room so as to make the room as a whole, more interesting.

If you put a rug in a high traffic area of your home such as a hallway or living room, make sure to put a stain guard on your rug to protect it from all the dirt and grime that it will accumulate over time. Put together a cleaning schedule for your rug and make sure you vacuum it on a regular basis. Putting a rug pad underneath your area rug will keep it from sliding around and make it easier when it comes for vacuuming. It will also protect you flooring from getting scratches from the back side of the rug and it will also make it nicer to walk on because of the extra padding under the rug.