Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Five Styles of Rugs for Five Different Rooms

Whether you’re moving into a new home, looking to redecorate, or simply adding some fresh style to an empty room, a great rug can make all the difference! However, with the many different styles of rugs, choosing and placing one takes thought and strategy. Here are few tips to help you select the best rug for each room.

Living Room – When selecting a rug for your living room, first decide whether you want the furniture to compliment the rug, or vice versa. Single or neutral colors are best for a room with an already vibrant color pallet, and if you want a patterned rug, it is best to choose your rug before making furniture or interior d├ęcor decisions. The rug should extend beyond the edges of your coffee table or centerpiece and reach to at least the first set of legs under the furniture. If you want to mix things up, rotate your rug at an angle.

Dining Room – A dining room is almost always set up symmetrically, so your rug should be the same shape as the dining table. Because this is where you and you guests are eating, try a smoother rug, such as flat-weave or low-pile. This will help when pushing and pulling out chairs and provide an easy surface for cleanup after a spill. And speaking of spills, stay away from white and light colored rugs.

Entry Way – An appropriate entry way rug depends on the shape of the entry way itself. If you have a rectangular entry way, a rectangle rug should lay centered a few inches away from the door. It should be the length of the doorway, if not a few inches shorter. If you want the rug to lay perpendicular to the door, the rug shouldn’t extend more than a foot on either side of the doorway and should remain a few inches away from any walls. Round entry ways require a round rug centered on the entry light fixture. With any case, however, keep furniture legs off the rug and beware of tripping hazards at the edges.

Office – A rug in any office should have both the desk and chair entirely on top to avoid tripping and catching. If you don’t do this, the edges of the rug can be caught while wheeling around in your chair, which can cause damage to the rug in the long term. Similar to the living room, pick a rug for your office based on what you choose to have as a focal point.

Outdoor/Patio – A lovely outdoor style rug on your patio is a great way to extend your home into the backyard. An indoor outdoor rug may also be worth your investment, but make sure it is durable and can withstand tough weather. Think of this space as an additional living room as far as positioning is concerned, but feel free to try out loud patterns and vibrant colors. Your backyard and patio are for your enjoyment, so use your outside voice!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Few of Our Favorite Types of Rugs, Defined

If you’ve been rug shopping, then we’re sure by now you’ve encountered three exotic-sounding names: Karastan, Oriental, and Persian rugs. You may even own one! However, if you don’t know the difference between a Karastan and an Oriental rug or you don’t know what to look for in an authentic Persian rug, you’re not alone. Although these time-tested aesthetics have become so popular they are now synonymous with fine rugs, many people still do not know exactly what makes them unique. So read on for a brief definition of the process, history and culture behind three of our favorite styles.

Karastan Rugs

Renowned for being exquisite, Karastan rugs are sophisticated, power-loomed rugs that complement any home or business decor. Although Karastan rugs give the impression of being foreign-made works of art, they have actually been manufactured in America since 1928, when Marshall Field developed a loom that could create the detailed luxury of hand-woven rugs. The first rugs made were referred to as Mystery Rugs by the trade press, and they wowed the crowds at two world's fairs. Since then, Karastan rugs have become the highest quality machine-made rugs that exist today. Durable yet elegant, these beauties continue to wow the crowd decades later. If you own a Karastan rug and live in Augusta, stop by Augusta RugWorks for expert Karastan rug cleaning.

Oriental Rugs

As heavy textiles, Oriental rugs can be flat woven or pile woven using cotton, silk or wool. The rugs are hand-knotted, which involves putting rows of knots in various colors on a stretched warp and leaving weft threads between each row to create a pattern. Usually, asymmetrical and symmetrical knots are used, and the warp may be diagonal, double or simple. These gives Oriental rugs a unique, multi-faceted appearance that is rooted in tradition.

Oriental rugs come from the Rug Belt, which is an area that stretches from Morocco in North Africa and through the Middle East and Central Asia to North India. Some of the countries in the Rug Belt include the Caucasus, China, Iran and Pakistan. Since many of these countries are located in the Islamic world, oriental carpets are often called Islamic carpets.

Persian Rugs

Persian rugs are also heavy textiles, designed to last for years and years. Although Persian rugs are technically a type of Oriental rug, they are unique in their more elaborate and varied designs. Since the ancient Greeks first wrote about them, Persian rugs have been regarded as highly artistic and prestigious objects of value, and have served as a status symbol for centuries in the homes of travelers, art enthusiasts and tastemakers.

Regional centers and towns across Iran have traditionally woven Persian rugs that are distinguished by their use of colors, patterns, high-quality materials, and weaving techniques. Those made in villages and by various tribes in the country are characterized by their bright, elaborate colors, fine wool and traditional patterns. Some weavers in small villages use bolder and coarser designs to make some consider more authentic, traditional Persian rugs.

If you own one of these gorgeous rugs, you are very lucky indeed! Give it the treatment it deserves with professional cleaning - we do Oriental and Persian rugs too - plus restoration and repair from Augusta RugWorks.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Protecting Your Rugs from the Winter Weather

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We may have milder winters in Augusta than other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean our rugs are immune to the winter weather we do see! In the summer, people tend to navigate their sunny surroundings in sandals, removing them easily as they head indoors. In the winter, however, those bare toes beg for coziness. Heavy boots aren’t as easy to kick off as you enter the house, so you’re more likely to track in dirt – and what you do track in is more likely to take the less-forgiving forms of water and mud. This, along with the changes in temperature and humidity between summer and winter, can wreak havoc on your floor coverings. Below are a few tips to winter-proof your rugs so they’ll stand the test of time.

Take Your Shoes Off – And Encourage Guests To Do So!

We all want to create a relaxing, fun environment in our home, which is why implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house rule can make some of us feel uncomfortable at first. However, it’s the best and easiest way to protect your rugs, carpet and hardwood from winter dirt and moisture – and there are ways to avoid making it a big deal! Make it easy for your guests by providing storage space for their shoes by the front door as well as a beautiful bench for them to sit on while they remove their shoes. You may choose to put a clever sign by the door encouraging guests to remove their shoes, but most people are able to rely on contextual cues – are there shoes by the door? Are other people wearing shoes? – and follow suit accordingly. Providing slippers for household members and visitors is an extra cozy treat that will encourage people to help protect your floors while making your guests feel like royalty.

Because pets don’t have shoes to remove, wipe down their feet before they enter the house. Keep a towel by the door just for this purpose so you never have to try to keep your pet corralled while you hunt one down, or designate just one door – like the basement, laundry room, or back door – as the pet entrance.

Floor Mats

When people ignore the shoes-off rule or are just too lazy to pull off their boots in the foyer (do you have teenagers?), welcome mats are an effective way to protect your rugs from the winter weather. Most people have mats either inside or outside their exterior doors, but the best way to protect your home is to use mats on both sides of each exterior door. This includes the door that opens from your heated space into your garage and from your garage to the outdoors. Mats collect excess dirt, which can cause friction to develop between rug fibers when tracked inside the house. Mats also absorb moisture, which causes deterioration over time.

Check the Humidity

While winter may be stormy, the cooler, drier air can cause hard flooring materials like wood and bamboo to contract. The wider openings in the cracks between floorboards can be magnets for dirt, moisture and bacteria. If you use rugs, that dirt and moisture will then transfer to the rug. To prevent those cracks from developing, maintain an appropriate level of moisture in your home. Using a humidifier regularly can prevent flooring materials from constricting. However, don’t overdo it; you don’t want your rugs to grow mildew from too much moisture – and it goes without saying that too much humidity won’t be very comfortable for humans, either.

Start With Clean Rugs! 

Here’s one of our favorite tricks: if you begin with clean floors, you’re more likely to want to keep them that way. So treat yourself and have your rugs professionally cleaned at the beginning of the season by the experts at Augusta RugWorks. We promise you won’t want to keep your boots on when you see the beautiful condition of your newly pristine rug! After your rug is cleaned, keep dirt to a minimum by mopping and vacuuming regularly.

Even though snow and slush isn’t a huge issue for homes in Augusta, other factors like cold air, moisture, mud, and heavier shoes do tend to pose a burden on your home’s flooring. So do yourself a favor and take just a few simple steps to stay clean this winter – your rugs will thank you!

Welcome to the Augusta RugWorks Blog!

As certificated and trained rug craftsmen who have been in business since 1980, we are thrilled to share our knowledge and passion for rugs with you! Check back in on our blog often for all of our favorite tips, facts, cleaning strategies, and more - along with some great product highlights and promotions. The history of rugs and rug-making is a robust one, and we're looking forward to helping you learn it so you can appreciate your beautiful floor fixtures even more. Stop by often to read more, or visit our online shop for great deals on a huge array of high-quality rugs. And if you're in the Augusta area, stop by our Augusta, Georgia location and say hi!

 All the best,
Danny and Rita Cook