One thing you’ll notice when you start shopping around for rugs is that they come in all kinds of materials. You can get anything from a very cheap rug made from manmade fibres to 100% pure wool rugs, which is obviously more expensive.
Indeed it is often the cost that puts people off getting wool rugs. However, is it the right way to think? Most of us learn at one time or another that we are better off investing a little more money to get something of better quality that will last longer. This means we can use the item for far longer than we’d be able to use a cheap one – and this applies just as much to rugs as to anything else.
Wool is an incredibly hard wearing and long lasting material to use in rug making. This makes it perfect for heavily trafficked areas in your home. It also has a luxurious feel and quality that is hard to deny. You may well pay more for a bespoke wool rug, but you’ll be glad you did when you realise just how long it will last for. It could even become something of an heirloom!
Wool is also versatile when it comes to design and appearance. You can get plenty of natural look wool rugs of course, but you can also get lots of diverse and eye catching designs. Be sure to look around to see just how many options are open to you. With natural rugs in a wool finish very popular among many people, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding an array of possibilities.
Before you buy your new wool rug, consider whether or not you will be decorating the room it will go in anytime soon. If you will, make sure you pick something that will fit in with the new decor just as easily as the old decor. This means you can use it now and it will still look just as good when you decorate and put it back in the newly designed room.
As you can see there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to buying wool rugs. If this is the first time you have ever bought rugs made from this material, you’ll be a convert before you know it. This is one of the best materials there is in the world of rugs.
With the growing popularity of smart phones, many of us to choose to shop for various items using our mobile devices and it all happens for the right reasons. Smart phones are a great tool allowing everybody to gain access to hundreds of items in the blink of an eye.
If you have a smart phone yourself, you will be looking at ways allowing you to buy items such as rugs with the help of your mobile device. It turns out that buying rugs on your mobile phone couldn’t be easier these days.
Before buying a rug with the help of your mobile phone, you want to be sure that you know exactly what you are looking for. Many people commit a rookie mistake by not knowing what type of dimensions they should be looking at while purchasing rugs online.
Some of the most popular area rugs include square and rectangular rugs (oval and circular rugs are popular as well although one should take special care while measuring how big or small they should be). Getting the size right is probably one of the most important aspects of buying a rug. If your rug is too small, you might not be able to achieve the effect you wanted. If your rug is too big, you might experience problems installing it and you might end up cutting it (which might not always be possible) or returning it. This is why it is always better to get the right size the first time.
If you are looking to buy a rug for your dining room, make sure that your rug is big enough to accommodate the table as well as all the chairs. Be sure to leave enough space for all the chairs so that nobody in your house has to push their chair off the rug in order to get up.
What rugs are the easiest to clean? It may sounds like a simple question to answer, but there are so many variables to consider and let’s not forget the easiest rugs to clean may not be your preferred texture. A machine washable rug is the logical answer but a typical lounge size rug is just too big to fit into a standard washing machine, so these are usually only made in small bathroom sizes. When we say clean do we mean stains or general maintenance like vacuuming? If you need to wash a rug my advice is; don’t do it yourself, find a reputable specialist carpet and rug cleaner. So, to save going around in circles let's first establish that this article refers to general maintenance and spot cleaning.
Some quick general rules to consider before buying a new rug. Lighter colours are are more likely to show soiling and dark colours are likely to show dust and hairs. Plainer rugs will show more tracking and wear than a patterned rugs. Busy designs with many contrasting colours will appear to wear better because your eye focuses on the design rather than the traffic paths. Longer pile lengths take more maintenance than short piles.
Flatweave: The easiest rugs to vacuum and spot clean are flatweaves woven on Wilton looms using a polypropylene fabric. The flat construction means dirt cannot penetrate into the pile while the vacuum cleaner can effortlessly travel over the rug surface in any direction because there no resistance from a physical pile. Spot cleaning is easy too because the polypropylene fabric is stain resistant even to harsh chemicals such as bleach, in fact on extreme stains bleach can be used as cleaning agent. Which makes it ideal choice for high traffic and high soil areas such as kitchens and conservatories.
One potential downside to this style of product is it has virtually no comfort factor. The flat weave texture is thin and hard.
Twist Pile: When we talk about an easy to clean rug we really mean spending less time making it look pristine. Twist pile or frieze rugs fit into the category of easily clean because the pile texture is twisted meaning it catches the light from different directions giving the surface a intentional bobbly appearance. These rugs are generally available in wool or polypropylene in a massive range of designs and colours.
Vacuuming this style of rug is usually easy because the kink in the pile give the overall surface a springy texture that makes dirt particles easy to remove. A rug of this style should be vacuumed regularly to prevent the pile from flattening and trapping the dirt.
Cut Pile: These rugs have straight pile that is cut to form a velvet texture and produced from wool, polypropylene, polyester and acrylic. Because the pile falls in one direction it will often show imprints when the pile is disturbed, such as footsteps when walked over, on busier designs the shading and trafficking will show less. Actual cleaning of the rug will often depend upon fibre used. Generally a good quality wool rug is the best option, it will shed initially which some people find anyong, but once it settles the natural attributes of wool make it the prefered choice.
If your budget won’t stretch to wool rug, there are also some excellent acrylic and polyester fibres available in handmade rugs. When it comes to machine made rugs polypropylene is the fibre that dominates the market, always go for a more expensive heat-set polypropylene as these are definitely easier to hoover.
Shaggy Rugs: Longer piles equal more maintenance, simply because dirt can penetrate deeper into the pile. On the plus side the typical shaggy rug has a more open weave therefore the dirt can be vacuumed out with relative ease. However it is recommended that you hoover them more that just occasionally. Oh, and never ever use an upright vacuum with a beater bar this will damage the tips of the pile... always use suction only.
Because the pile of shaggy rugs don’t stand up straight a shaggy pile tends to lie casually across the surface of the rugs in different directions which gives the surface an exaggerated texture. The visual appearance is of a casual laid back pile surface which like twist piles and friezes catches the light to give an uneven appearance.
Shaggy piles work best with man-made fibres that don’t shed, so choose a nylon, polyester or polypropylene. Natural fibres like wool are spun and spun fibres, particularly on longer yarn lengths will shed, as they shed they are more likely to mat together. Not only do you end up with an ugly matted rug, it can look often like you have more pile of the rest of your floor than on the rug surface.
At rugzone.co.uk we don’t offer 100% wool shaggy or Flokati rugs becase we’d prefer to avoid the shedding and matting problems assicated with them.
Summary: There are many other textures and styles of rug available, I have just touched on some of the popular styles available. And let’s face it human nature dictates that we ignore 60% of advice and buy what is attractive to our eye. The basic points to remember are longer piles take more work than shorter piles and busy designs will appear to look better longer than plainer designs.
When you think about a new rug for a room, probably the first thing you do is reach for a tape measure. Obviously, the rug has to fit the space – there is nothing worse than buying a large rug and then finding you can’t open the door – but you should also consider the shape as well, because using a round rug can really give a floor space some definition. Most rooms, perhaps obviously, are square or rectangular and this is reinforced by how we place the furniture – normally around the walls or opposite other items. Think two sofas facing or a couple of bookcases and chairs around the wall. If you introduce a round rug into this scenario, it gives a bit of fluidity and makes the whole area look less formal.
Does your dining room look a bit like a dentist’s waiting area?
It is a problem with dining rooms – especially if you have a dining table that folds down small – that the chairs end up around the room and it looks like a waiting area. If you put a large rug or a rectangular rug in there, this only reinforces that look. But if you put a round rug in the space, you immediately bring a few curves into the mix and it looks more like a home and less like somewhere you go to get your molars filled. If your room is quite small a round rug will make it look more roomy by disguising where the room ends – the eye is drawn to the curves and not to the corners. If you use a round rug in your lounge you can take it further if you are lucky enough to have a feature fireplace, because you can get half circles (sometimes called semi-lunar for obvious reasons) in the same pattern which will finish off the look. This looks particularly good if you use traditional rug designs, but will work with anything, including bright colours.
A shape for every location
Some areas in the home lend themselves to certain shapes – hall runners speak for themselves of course and bathroom rugs are often shaped to go along the side of the tub or around toilet pedestals – but in other rooms, it can be fun to experiment. Round rugs are often a cheaper option for large spaces, because the area they take up is smaller (no corners!) and they are also easier to fit in if your furniture is too big and heavy to move. If you have decided to go for traditional rugs throughout your home, you can bring a bit of variety into the mix by choosing round rugs in certain rooms, but sticking to the same pattern or, if that isn’t possible, the same colourways. Using a different shape makes the rug much more of a talking point and looks a lot more like a conscious design choice rather than a last minute decision because it will ‘do’. Look like a design expert – lay a round rug!
Unfortunately, as every householder knows, things don’t only go wrong when the money is at hand to put them right. If it is a real disaster such as damage to the property or something being stolen it is usually all right because the insurance will pick up the bill, but wear and tear reaching a bit of a crisis point isn’t the same thing. Sometimes, though, you feel as if you will scream if you have to pass that big worn spot on the carpet one more time and something has to be done. Recarpeting a whole room can be prohibitively expensive but you need to do something and the answer is simple – buy a large rug that will hide the patch and, incidentally, give the whole room a bit of a lift into the bargain.
Stick with the theme or go a little wild
Depending on the state of the rest of the furnishings, you may want to stay within the décor style when you buy your large rug. Buying online is really easy when you do this because you can check colourways actually while standing in the room where the large rug is due to go. One word of warning here – make sure you allow for the slight differences in monitor or screen colour production; some can be quite misleading. If the rest of the room is looking a bit tired, though, you could take the opportunity to choose something different – a focal point can be created by using a traditional rug in a fairly neutral setting or, if you have a lot of patterns in the room already, why not go for a bright, bold shade, choosing one present in the fabrics or curtains already. This way your large rug will not only be hiding a multitude of sins, it will also give the room a bit of zing.
A large rug can make a small room look very luxurious
Many people make the mistake when choosing a rug to buy one that is smaller than the space left between the furniture, and this can be a mistake. By taking a large rug under the furniture, you can create a very sumptuous look because the rug looks more like a carpet. If your furniture is too heavy to do this, you can use hearth rugs to fill any gap left by your large rug, or you could use runners instead. This certainly works very well if your carpet has got worn out because you have a ‘track’ where people walk through the room to get to other parts of the house. Most homes have this kind of problem and of course at the risk of stating the obvious, it is always a good idea to use a runner to protect these high-traffic area before the carpet gets damaged. But it is always very easy to be wise after the event!
Wool rugs are a great way to bring real luxury to a room, having a dense pile and keeping their good looks for many years. Although there are a few rules for caring for your new wool rug, don’t be put off because by taking just a little more care when cleaning your rug, it will last for ages and will always bounce back, with no flattened pile as sometimes happens with cheaper fibres.
Simple maintenance for wool rugs
The best way to keep your wool rug looking like new is to clean them regularly. Letting the dirt get ingrained can result in the fibres getting cut by sharp grit or accretions so the best plan is to vacuum at least several times a week, more often if they are in high traffic areas. Wool rugs can sometimes lose their bounce if vacuumed with the beater bars on, so if you can disable them on your vacuum cleaner, so much the better. If you can’t, then use the hose and a separate head – it may seem a bit of a kerfuffle, but it is worth it to keep your wool rug looking top notch. If you have a spill, mop it up at once; scrape up any solids if it isn’t all liquid. Never soak your wool rug and be gentle if using steam. Everything in moderation should be your watchword when dealing with your rugs day to day.
Spring cleaning tasks
Every now and again, a rug made with wool will benefit from a good shake and a gently beating out of doors. Obviously, only do this if the rug is small enough to handle, but if you can manage it it really will improve the pile and extend the life of the rug. It will dislodge all the dust and grit that clogs the pile and also will rid your wool rug of any pests which may be lurking down close to the backing which vacuuming alone can miss. Not only that, but it will also freshen it up to have a shake in the open air – if you can leave it for a while it will smell clean and natural when you bring it back in; even wool rugs like to see the sky from time to time!
Cosy for the toes
In the bedroom too, wool rugs are really so luxurious, having one next to the bed is almost a must, but don’t stop there. If you do a lot of work at the computer, having one underfoot is a real pleasure and you won’t suffer from cold feet either. A wool rug in front of your sofa or favourite chair will mean that winter cold won’t affect you because it will insulate you from even the chilliest floor. Wool rugs come in all shapes and sizes, so you will certainly be able to find exactly what you want and in a colour to suit you too.