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№2 – Safavieh Braided Collection BRD314A Hand Woven Tan and Multi Oval Area Rug (3′ x 5′ Oval)
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Expert Rug Care Tips
Parents with young children will get the most out of their area rug by following these expert tips from Lisa Wagner, NIRC Certified Rug Specialist and International Rug Care Trainer.
Vacuum: Invest in a very good vacuum cleaner that is easy to handle. The more often you use it, the longer you can wait between washings of a natural fiber rug or steam cleanings of a synthetic fiber rug.
Clean Spots: Get to spills quickly so that you can stop the damage. Since rugs usually don’t come with care instructions, ask your local rug cleaner for the best way to tackle stains on your particular rug, based on the fiber type and rug construction.
Tackle Spills: For spills on rugs treated with a fiber protector, the best remedy is to blot up the spill, do a little bit of rinsing (while taking care to not get the area too wet) and then lay a folded cotton towel over and under the area with weight placed on it to help wick moisture out. Again, consult your local rug cleaner for tips specific to your rug type.
There are a couple of other storage considerations
DO place your rolled rug in an area that is climate controlled. You’ll want to avoid the excessive heat of an attic and the moisture of a basement or garage.
DON’T be tempted to stand your rolled rug for storage, as it may sag on its own weight and bend the end of the roll beyond recovery.
Ideas to Floor You
In an open-concept home, an area rug is the perfect way to designate an open space as a particular “room,” such as adding a rug under your table and chairs to create a dining room.
Photo: In these before and after photos of a room renovation, you can see the furniture and lighting choices made with a bright rug as the modern inspiration.
Size It Up: Selecting the Right Rug Size and Shape for Your Room
Photo: Rugs can be placed under all four legs of the bed or under just the back to legs in order to maximize the area of the floor covered by the rug.
Photo: When selecting the right size rug for under your dining room table, allow for enough room that chairs can be comfortably pulled back from the table and still remain on the rug.
Photo: Anchoring your rug in place with the front feet of your couch and chairs is a great way to tie your conversation area together in a cohesive way. A great rule of thumb for placing your new area rug is to think of it as the glue that holds all the elements of your design together. Place your rug so that it touches at least the front legs of your furniture, or all the legs, if it’s big enough.
As you consider your rug placement, keep comfort in mind. You not only want to enjoy the beauty of the rug with your eyes, but with your feet, too. Make sure to place your rug where you can maximize the enjoyment as you step out of bed in the morning or as you curl up on the sofa at night.
Whether you’re a dog lover, an active outdoor family or an eco-maven, take the time to research and find the perfect area rug to complete your home!
A synthetic rug
Acrylic tends to be as durable as nylon with a high resiliency.
Polypropylene or olefin, is the most commonly used material for synthetic rugs and carpets.
A polypropylene rug will become matted very easily, become dull looking very quickly, and must kept away from heat sources including high sun windows.
Wool: Despite the rumors, wool rugs are very easy and simple to clean.
Blue over dyed patchwork rug
For more in depth information, check out our post on cleaning and maintaining an oriental wool rug. If you are looking for information on professional cleaning, check out our post on how much a professional rug cleaning service should cost!
Synthetic: Because of the synthetic materials, polypropylene, polyester, and nylon rugs are also simple to clean.
Synthetic rugs are however susceptible to oil based stains.
You will notice that even in the best synthetic rugs, the design may be slightly off center, bulky and less detailed In wool rugs.
The bottom of the rug is an exact mirror image of the decorative top pile In synthetic rugs. The top pile is bonded to a plastic bottom with glue. The back of wool rugs soft and will not damage hardwood or carpeted flooring.
The back of synthetic rugs are bonded with a hard plastic backing that will slip and scratch hardwood floors.
As you can see in the image above, the polypropylene rugs design is less detailed than the wool carpet.
The eye for detail comes with hundreds of years of expertise and wool rug craftsmanship.
One of the design draw backs to synthetic rugs is that they cannot be over-dyed, like this vintage blue over-dyed wool rug.
What a shame!
This polypropylene rug heated up and ruined these beautiful solid oak hardwood floors.
If you think back to the days of playing with Barbie and Ken, there was a reason your mom never let you curl or straighten your beloved dolls’ hair!
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Synthetic: Synthetic rugs release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air when the materials are being produced in the factory and inside of your home as well.
If you decide to go with an untreated synthetic rug, be aware that because synthetic fibers do not “breath” they are prone to mold, mildew, fire, and moth holes.
The glue used to bond the synthetic pile with the plastic backing may contain latex. If you have anyone in your home with allergies or sensitivities, the potential for mold and mildew as well as the latex component is something for you to consider
“Synthetic rugs contain VOCs? Should I be concerned?”
Hand Knotted Ikat design Rug
How to tell the difference between a hand made and a machine made rug:
To an untrained eye it is difficult to tell the difference between hand made, hand knotted, and machine made rugs. This guide will help you understand the differences and give you the advantage of making an informed buying decision when shopping for rugs.
Hand Knotted Rugs
Parts of a Hand Knotted Rug (Click the link to read our post about the knot count of hand knotted rugs.)
The length of time to produce a hand knotted rug depends on the size and intricacy of the pattern. It is not unheard of for a super fine quality 12’ x 15’ rug to take over a year to produce! Hopefully you can appreciate why the cost of these rugs is much greater.
Hand knotted rugs can be made of wool, cotton, silk, jute and other natural materials. Silk is sometimes used in wool rugs for the outlines or highlights of the pattern to enhance the design. Hand knotted and hand woven rugs can last many generations if they are of good quality and properly maintained.
Also called Oriental rugs, hand knotted and hand woven rugs are often collectibles. The quality of these rugs depends on numerous factors, such as the knot count, dyes used and quality of the yarns. Hand knotted rugs are typically more costly, but the life span of these rugs is greater and therefore usually a better value for your money.
Flat Weave or Hand Woven Rugs
Flat weave is another category of hand made rugs. These rugs are hand woven in a flat weave pattern and there is no pile. There is virtually no height to the rug. Soumak, Dhurrie, kilim and braided are all types of flat weave rugs. With a flat weave rug you will definitely want to put a rug pad under it to help it stay in place and provide a little more cushion to the
Machine Made Rugs
Machine made rugs are made by large machines called power looms. A power loom is electrically automated and controlled by computers. Machine made rugs can be made quickly and are manufactured with materials including wool and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, polyester, acrylic and art silk.
Machine made rugs can offer a lower price alternative to hand knotted rugs. Machine made rugs usually have a life span of about 20 years or less, depending on the quality and fiber used. For example a high quality machine made wool rug can last for decades if it is well maintained. Machine made rugs are generally not of any value to a collector. Although there are certain brands, such as Karastan rugs, that have a very loyal following. Karastan brand is made in the US, they have been making rugs for decades, and their rugs are of superior design and quality.
Back of a machine made rug. Note the uniformity of the stitching which is done by a machine
Look at the Back of the Rug
One of the best ways to tell the difference between hand knotted and machine made rugs is to look at the back of the rug. In hand knotted rugs the weaving and the knots will be slightly uneven and not perfectly uniform. On the other hand, a machine made rug will look very uniform and perfectly even. The more detail in the design when looking from the back, the better the quality of the rug.
Back of a Machine Made Rug. NOTE: The fringe is sewn on.
Look at the Fringes of the Rug
Another way to determine if a rug is hand knotted or machine made is to look at the fringes. As you can see from the picture above, the fringe of a Machine made rug is sewn on and is attached as a finishing touch.
The fringe of a hand knotted rug is an extension of the rug foundation, as in the picture below.
The foundation of a Hand Knotted rug becomes the fringes.
We hope this article has been helpful to you! Please feel free to come by our showroom and we will be happy to show you the differences between hand made and machine made rugs in person!
Other Unique Characteristics of Hand Knotted Rugs
Sprouting – is a common characteristic with hand knotted rugs – and is to be expected. Sprouting happens mainly with rugs that are made with twisted woolen yarn – they tend to be “washed out” or vintage looking, a very hot trend in the rug circuit. Because the wool is twisted to obtain this look – they can “pop up”. This is totally normal. To fix this, you can simply trim with scissors to the face of the rug. You do not want to pull these out as this could hurt the integrity of the rug. We also do not recommend using the beater bar on any type of rug – and this is partly to lessen the aggravation to the rug.
These rugs take far less time to complete, compared to a hand knotted rug; so they tend to be about half the price – or less.
The process is different for creating a hand tufted rug. The design of the rug is imprinted on to a canvas. The artisan then takes a “tufting gun” that pushes the appropriate color fiber through the canvas creating either a loop pile or a cut pile. I always say, imagine “paint by numbers”. This process is repeated, quickly and efficiently. The more tufts, the more work, but the more intricate the design. A scrim is applied to the back of the rug with a latex to secure the fibers – then covered with another cloth or canvas backing for extra protection.
I like to say hand tufted rugs generally have a lot of “Body” on the floor because they tend to have a thicker pile (say normally at least ½ inch). They do not have a binding around the edge like most machine made rugs do. Hand Tufted rugs traditionally are made of wool, but in more recent years you are seeing them produced in synthetic fibers, including viscose, polyester & poly-acrylic.
A notable characteristic of a hand tufted rug is that they will usually shed. This happens because, as you recall, the fibers are secured with a latex. Because of this, they are not as aggressively washed like hand knotted rugs – which removes most excess or loose fibers.
Hand tufted rugs are still very durable and you can expect anywhere from 3-years, depending on the quality and care. Wool is naturally a more durable and resilient fiber, so you will most likely get a longer life out of a wool hand tufted rug than say, a viscose hand tufted rug. But, it all comes down to the traffic in your room and the wear and tear the rug is subjected to. It makes perfect sense to put a viscose hand tufted rug in a bedroom because they tend to be plush, soft and comfortable to step on. Being a lower traffic space you can expect it to perform very well.
How to Identify: When you flip a hand tufted rug over you will see a solid cloth or canvas backing – normally neutral in color. They tend to be thicker than machine made or hand knotted rugs. They do not have a binding around the edges. Hand Tufted rugs are the rugs that are known to shed. When you rub your hand over a new tufted rug you can see a bit of shedding or peeling, this is normal.
Benefits of Hand Tufted Rugs: Tufted rugs provide a Nice Plush pile – “Body” on the floor. Many times made of – Wool – these fibers are durable, resilient and naturally resistant to dirt and spills. Some Hand Tufted rugs have hand carved details that can add dimension and texture to the rug. Hand Tufted rugs are more budget friendly, especially if changing décor every few years to keep up with trends is important to the consumer. They are available in a wide range of styles and colors.
Other Unique Characteristics of Hand Tufted Rugs
Sprouting – can also happen with hand tufted rugs – and is to be expected. Sprouting happens mainly with rugs that are made with twisted wool – they tend to be “washed out” or vintage looking, a very hot trend in the rug circuit. Because the wool is twisted to obtain this look – they can “pop up”. This is totally normal. To fix this, you can simply trim with scissors to the face of the rug. You do not want to pull these out as this could hurt the integrity of the rug. We also do not recommend using the beater bar on any type of rug – and this is partly to lessen the aggravation to the rug.
Identification: When you look at the back side of a hand tufted rug you will normally see a solid, natural colored cloth or canvas backing. This is just another protective layer, but has no bearing on the longevity of the rug.
Machine made rugs are created on electronically-controlled looms that are programmed with the design and color. The production time is much faster and precision is carefully monitored. They are then finished by binding the edges and adding fridge if so desired. One industry leader in the machine made arena is Karastan – born in the 1920’s in North Carolina, they have been able to create machine made rugs that actually “act” like hand knotted rugs. This is quite the complement and their line is certainly worth taking a look at – especially if you want a rug made in the USA.
How to Identify: Most machine made rugs have a binding around the edges. They are most commonly made of synthetic fibers so they have a shinier look. When you flip them over and look at the back you can usually see some of the design but not when compared to a hand knotted rug. The backing is normally coarse, rough and feels like plastic when you scratch it. Note: Karastan makes carpets that are not rough on the back and also made of wool – an exception along with a handful of others.
Benefits of Machine Made Rugs: Machine Made rugs do not shed. They have a thinner profile and are generally a more cost effective option. They are available and a wide range of styles and colors.
Hand Loomed rugs are simply made using a hand loom. Generally speaking, these rugs have very simple patterns because of this process. Ranging from very thin to very thick pile, they are made more quickly than hand knotted rugs because of less design and color changes. They are generally more casual in presence and priced very competitively. They can be made of any variety of fibers and their durability factor will rely on that.
Benefits of Hand Loomed Rugs: Hand Loomed rugs are have versatile styles. They can carry to look of high end Tibetan hand knotted rug but priced very competitively. Hand Loom rugs’ durability is based on fiber – these tend to be very durable.
The term hand woven can be an all-encompassing because any rug literally woven by hand, is hand woven. That being said, many Shags, Natural Fiber rugs like Jute & Hemp, and Flat weaves are also considered Hand Woven. Many times, hand woven rugs bring texture to the floor and have generally a casual, natural presence. They can be made of a variety of fibers and can be very thick or very thin. They tend to lean towards more simplistic designs – including, solids, stripes and geometrics.
Benefits of Hand Woven Rugs: Woven Rugs are versatile and priced competitively. Many times they offer more casual / natural looks. The durability depends on the fiber – but these tend to be very durable
The art, and craft, of hand hooking rugs has been around for centuries. By pulling small loops through a canvas cloth and securing it by applying a protective backing, a beautiful rug is born. Hand Hooked rugs are very popular in kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms and sunrooms. Much sought-after French country florals, classic kitchen rugs and seaside nautical motifs are some of our bestselling hooked rug styles.
In the past few years, we have started selling hooked rugs that are actually indoor/outdoor! These are colorfast and mildew resistant and add some much life to your outdoor setting area – or are perfect for a busy kitchen. Hooked rugs tend to be more casual – I always have called them “Happy” rugs because they are usually bright and cheerful.
Benefits of Hand Hooked Rugs: These charming rugs quickly add character to any space at a reasonable price. Some Hand Hooked rugs are indoor/outdoor – which means they are colorfast and mildew resist. They are low to medium pile height. Hand Hooked rugs are also popular and great for children’s rooms.
Other Information Regarding Hand Hooked Rugs
Sprouting: Should one of the loops “pop up” or sprout in your hooked rug you never want to pull it. You can try to tuck it back down into the rug – or more simply cut it to the face of the rug. This will not affect the integrity of the rug and is to be expected.
Ah, an American signature. Braided rugs continue to be a popular choice among consumers. By taking a fiber, whether it be wool, cotton, a synthetic or a combination of types, and braiding it with various colors – a special piece is created. Once this piece is secured at the end it is sewn together with other strands to create the rug. This strong clear thread keeps the rug together but goes unnoticed until you look much closer. Braided rugs are available in a slew of color options and combinations. Super popular for kitchens, casual dining rooms, living rooms, playrooms and kids rooms – braided rugs are a home comfort that is here to stay.
Benefits of Braided Rugs: No adhesive is used in production when making Braided rugs. The art of braided rugs originated in the USA, and many of our braided rugs are still made here. Some rugs have indoor/outdoor options are available. Many braided rugs include great price points. Braided rugs come in rectangles and runners, of course – but they are also available in ovals and rounds and in hard to find sizes – ovals up to 12×1– rounds up to 12×1– and the prices are unbelievable! Braided rugs create a casual environment – where traditions are made and creativity is treasured. Maybe best of all, Braided rugs are versatile.
Other Information Regarding Braided Rugs
Shag are more than back, they are here to stay! These rugs made their hearty debut in the 60’s and then retreated – but it’s safe to say their back and not going anywhere soon. These plush, lush, high pile rugs add texture, comfort and a healthy level of spice to any space. This, my friends, is undeniable!
The look of the shag is generally dictated by the thickness and material of the fiber – ranging from very thin & shiny to very thick, nubby and matte. They can be modern chic to simply casual to nursery ready. It all depends on the fiber, the thickness of the fiber, the density of the material and of course the color! Given all these variables, the price can vary considerably – but most are priced low to moderate.
Simple solids are always popular, but recently we have been seeing all types of designs in the shag construction.
Benefits of Shag Rugs: Comfort, comfort, comfort – if you are looking for comfort – then consider the versatile, “sink your feet into me” shag. Shags have a lot of “body” and naturally add warmth to any space.
This type of rug is unique because it is reversible! It is reversible because it does not actually have a pile per say. These rugs are woven on a loom by passing a weft strand back and forth through the warp. They are usually made of wool, which makes them very durable. They tend to be very thin and “flat” to the floor.
Kilims, Dhurries, & Soumaks are the most popular types of flat weaves. Soumaks are considered the thickest of flat woven rugs – sometimes reaching ½ inch thick. Many of the traditional southwestern and tribal rugs are flat weaves. They are very popular in rustic / lodge settings but of course can be used anywhere. Just recently, flat woven rugs, in more transitional and geometric designs, have taken the rug industry by storm and the price points are fabulous.
Benefits of Flat Woven Rugs: Flat Woven rugs are reversible. Also, Flat Woven rugs have great price points for the look that it presents. There is no adhesive used in production. The rugs are usually made of wool – so very durable, cleanable and long life expectancy. Their “flat” presence tends to radiate a casual, natural setting – they are not formal rugs. With Flat Woven rugs there is no noticeable shedding either.
A cutting edge trend in rugs – printed rugs are generally, machine made rugs, where the design is actually printed after the rug is woven. It allows for great precision and endless color options within the same rug. Priced super competitively for the amount of bang for your buck!
Hand Woven rugs can also be printed, usually block or screen printed. Most common on natural fibers such as jute and hemp, this is a cost effective and fast way of achieving a unique look.
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Section 1: What Should I consider before I shop for an antique rug?
I want to buy an antique rug but I am unsure on how to begin shopping for one.
One of the most asked questions we receive is: “I want to buy an antique oriental rug but don’t know where to start and what to look for”. So with that in mind we have decided to tackle this question head on!
First of all, one needs to understand that antique rugs and carpets are collectible items. They are sought after by collectors, dealers, interior designers and private clients. They are magnificent works of art and as the years go by they are becoming rarer.
So let’s start with the basics – in order for a rug to be considered “antique” it needs to be at least 80 years old. This is contrast to paintings or furniture which need to be over 100 years old.
The simple explanation is that rugs are expected to be used & walked on not just looked at (since most people will never walk on a Wassily Kandinsky painting, chances are that it will survive for a longer period of time).
What do I need need to consider before beginning the physical search for the perfect rug?
Here are a few points that you would need to consider before embarking on your quest to find the perfect antique oriental rugs:
Budget: Where you buy and from whom are equally important factors. Antique rugs range tremendously in price – some of the reasons for this are as follows:
Quality – It takes longer to weave a new rug if it has more kpsi (knots per square inch) so naturally the finer a new rug is, the more expensive it will cost. Antique rugs are different as the KPSI will only impact the price if you are comparing the quality of two pieces that are pretty much identical in every other way (the finer rug MIGHT cost more in that instance).
Condition – Please note that some repair and restoration should be expected when looking at antique rugs, but the general rule is that if the rug is in good condition it will cost more than if it were in poor condition.
Age – As a general rule – older pieces are generally more expense. The age of a rugs is not the major factor when pricing a rug unless one is considering an early pieces (from the 1800’s and earlier) and even then there are other factors that need to be taken into account.
Current Interior Design Trends – While beauty might be in the eyes of the beholder, there are trends, looks, colors and patterns that will determine if a rug is considered “hot” or “not”. America for example is a decorative market – this means that “we” in the USA are driven by colors and pattern more so than by quality or “how good” the piece is in its essence. While the Europeans demand is for somewhat opposite since they want an honest to goodness good piece and the colors / pattern are less of a factor. One example that exemplifies this point is the fact that antique carpets in America (not in Europe) a rug that has a central medallion motif will cost much less than the rug that has an allover designed. Rugs that have well defined central medallion designs will generally cost at least 30% less than those that have an allover design.
Here are two carpet images – the one one the left features a central medallion design and the one one the right has an allover pattern.
Both of these are antique Oushak rugs from Turkey. They both have the same general color scheme and are about the same size but since one has medallion it is far less expensive. The reason for this discrepancy in price is simple… in the USA we are fixated on centering everything – so if you have a rug with a central design most people / interior designers feel compelled to make ensure that the central design in the rug will perfectly aligned with the room and furniture which makes it harder to place.
Are antique rugs really more expensive that newly made contemporary carpets?
Shopping for Antique Rugs vs. New Rugs
Buying Antique Rugs vs. New Rugs – When shopping for a rug, there are lots of factors and criteria that a buyer should consider. One of the most important such criteria is the age of the rug. Some shoppers may be inclined to buy an antique piece, while others may be more inclined to purchase a new rug.
Of course, as is often the case with this sort of issue, there is no “correct” or “incorrect” decision – rather, whether a shopper decides to buy an eighteenth century rug or a carpet that is modern, as in – literally brand new should depend upon that individual’s own personal tastes and needs. Those who have a passion for rugs may well be concerned with the age of a particular piece, and for various reasons.
New Rugs Vs. Antique Rugs
Enthusiasts and aficionados will sense that older antique rugs will have greater quality and more personality than newer rugs. Such individuals may also be interested in the investment potential of antique rugs, which will generally hold their value or actually appreciate in value over time. Of course, one does not need to have a particularly deep passion for rugs and carpets to be interested in such investment potential – there are certainly those shoppers whose desire to buy an antique rug is motivated primarily by the desire to make a profit.
And of course there’s nothing wrong with that! Meanwhile, those individuals who are in the market simply for an attractive and practical floor covering would most likely by best served by buying new rugs. If well made with good materials, a new rug will meet such needs eminently well. At the end of the day, you should remember that the rug you are shopping for is going into your home, and, above all other things, it should be something that you love.
Section 2: Where and from Whom Should I buy an Antique Rug?
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The type of fiber used determines the basic performance and appearance of the carpet. The biggest trend today is: soft. Homeowners seek comfort, and carpet offers a cushion underfoot. It also suppresses noise. The fiber content is usually listed on a specification sheet on the back of the sample. While names may differ among manufacturers, products still fall within one of five basic categories.
Our recommended rugs were the ones our nine testers thought felt nicest underfoot. While we each had particular style preferences, we could agree that some rugs had patterns and designs that were well-executed—and that others looked like bad print jobs. A few of our picks held up better in stain and cat-claw tests (we put only our favorites through the wringer). In this guide we note how each fared in our tests, which rooms they will hold up in best, and how much shipping will cost when you purchase the rug online.
Capel Rugs – 9years. 9years and Capel Rugs is still one of the largest manufacturers and importers of area rugs in the USA. After giving the world its very first continuous yarn braided rug, the company has evolved with the times, improving production processes, introducing innovations and embracing change. Today, along with their famous braids they offer a wide range of flat woven, hand tufted, machine woven, machine tufted and loop hooked rugs in an even wider variety of styles including but not limited to Oriental, Persian, shags, outdoor, Southwestern etc.
Karastan – The Karastan brand was born in 1928, and for the past 8years built a solid track record that made the name synonymous with elegant power-loomed rugs that give their handmade relations a run for their money with their beauty, quality and durability. Karastan rugs became known as “The Wonder Rugs of America” after legendary demonstrations of their rugs’ resiliency at the 1933-3Chicago World Fair and the 1939-40 New York World Trade Fair. Today, Karastan rugs are some of the finest machine-made rugs that range in style from the traditional to the more contemporary, with designs that complement any home or business environment, using only high-quality natural and man-made fibers.
Jaipur Rugs – Jaipur Rugs began its 38-year journey in India with looms, weavers and a vision. Today, just shy of decades in the business, the company takes pride in its army of rural artisans whose collective talents produce a most unique portfolio of fine quality hand-knotted rugs and carpets that have made Jaipur Rugs one of the best carpet brands in the world.
Momeni – Back in 1975, Momeni Rugs began as a simple importer of luxury Oriental and Persian rugs and carpets for the country’s most discerning showrooms. In the last 4years since entering the scene, Momeni has become one of the biggest names in the industry, not just in the U.S. but all over the world. The company is known for its trendsetting area rugs and designer broadloom, using top-grade materials and offering modern concepts in a variety of colors and designs.
Nourison – Also found among the best carpet brands in the world, the Nourison brand is most known for its handmade rugs and carpets. With variations in style, color and pattern, every Nourison piece is a unique design all its own. From the time they first opened their doors in 1980 as importers and wholesalers of hand-knotted carpets, Nourison has evolved into the market’s most diversified producer and importer of handmade area rugs.
People always share their experiences whether good or bad with those closest to them. If a friend happens to be disappointed with a certain purchase, he/she does not waste time telling us about it so we may avoid making the same mistake of spending our money on it. On the other hand, if they find something truly worth the money, they sing its praises and think nothing about recommending it to us. We can imagine the same principles apply to the carpet industry. Dealers, floor covering experts, interior designers, specialty retail shops, etc. begin talking about new players; an exciting new concept or design; a revolutionary production technique, etc. and soon the world takes notice.
Creative Accents – This 50-year veteran gave the world some of its first shag rugs back in the 1960s. What began as a small-scale handcrafting tradition has withstood the test of time to emerge as a leading manufacturer of the finest, American-made area rugs and floor coverings well known for their elegant styling that is perfectly balanced with bold colors and design.
Due Process – DPSTC is best known for their one-of-a-kind rugs. It is what sets them apart from the rest of the major players in the carpets and floor covering industry. Customers get the distinction of owning a gorgeous piece of art that will not be found in other homes. They offer knotted or Tibetan weaves for all their style offerings namely, contemporary, traditional, transitional, French, floral and botanical.
Shopping for rugs by brand gives you access to a wider selection of quality pieces from which to choose. Brands are typically known for the types of rugs and carpets they specialize in, so if you have a preference for natural fibers for example, your dealer will be able to guide you through the brands that are best known for their natural fiber line. Perhaps you are looking for authentic Tibetan area rugs, or something Indian, or Persian – choose the brand that has made its name on the type and styling of carpet you are looking for and you will surely end up happy and satisfied with your purchase.
Kalaty – They are a family-run business that has earned the respect of their peers in the industry for their superior quality handcrafted rugs. They may only have started in the United States in 1979, but the original company began in Iran in the early 1900s where they specialized in Oriental rugs. Today, along with contemporary, traditional and transitional style collections, Kalaty boasts of thousands of highly sought after Tibetan and Ikat style rugs in various weaves (knotted, tufted, Soumak, Tibetan, Loriloom).
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Carpets can range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand or more, depending on the age, size, quality, and uniqueness. Merchants will ship them home for you, though many tourists find it cheaper and more foolproof to carry them back (the carpets can be folded and tied tightly into a squarish bundle).
The towns of Hereke and Kayseri are each famous for producing a certain type of carpet. Hereke (heh-reh-keh) carpets are denser, require much more workmanship, and are more expensive. Authentic Hereke carpets are becoming rare, and cheap imported knockoffs are in the market nowadays, so watch out. Kayseri (kay-seh-ree) wool-on-cotton and silk-on-silk carpets generally have floral designs. Their wool-on-wool carpets are favored for their unique patterns and lively colors. ) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. E-mail him at, or write to him c/o P.O. Box 2009, Edmonds, WA 98020.
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First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Braided Rugs wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Braided Rugs
- №1 — Green Rug Braided Textured Design 5ft. X 8ft. Casual Reversible Thick Wool Carpet
- №2 — Safavieh Braided Collection BRD314A Hand Woven Tan and Multi Oval Area Rug (3′ x 5′ Oval)
- №3 — Super Area Rugs Maui Indoor / Outdoor Braided Rug for Patio Porch Kitchen, Burgundy 2′ X 4′ Oval