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.