Rugs - Experts Provide 5 Types and Tips
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Identifying and Knowing the Quality
Rugs "ground" and identify a space, provide comfort, create an intimate area and add a layer of texture and color to a room. Selecting a rug is a process that takes time and often clients will own the rug for many years to come. Finding the right design is only one part of the task.
Knowing quality, what is best to use where and why and being able to identify the difference is key. As a designer and even a consumer, you should be knowledgeable about rugs and the differences before making a purchase.
Not every function requires a handmade fine rug. There are a lot of options out there that fit your client's needs and budget. As the designer, you need to be able to explain what those differences are and where they are best used.
5 Types and Tips To Match
There are rug types and the definition can get lengthy but to be succinct my experts provided wool as the best fiber and silk has a beautiful sheen but needs more care. Cotton is second to wool in resilience but is easy care. I have had rugs made with both wool and silk combined to enhance the design. The result is gorgeous. However, I do not recommend it for a high traffic area.
1) Persian is a loomed, hand knotted rug and has a typical style and considered the softest.
2)Turkish or Oriental hand knotted, loomed rug and has a pile. Its the type of knot and if a higher count of knots, a thinner rug is created. Good for layering and areas that have doors (door doesn't catch the rug), . Both are strong and hold up. They do not have a backing or a foundation. Both are handmade and the price reflects it. You can look at the back and see the knots and the density of the knots. Those are considered to hold up to use.
3)Kilim - Dhurrie - cotton rugs have a flatweave and good for bathrooms, kitchens and high traffic areas. They are flat with no pile and typically do not get caught on interior doors such as bathrooms and in hallways. Cotton holds up but not as well as wool. Easy to care for.
4) Tufted - These rugs are not knotted, have a canvas back and are less expensive. Good as decorative rugs in low traffic areas such as study, bedroom, and rooms that are used but not high traffic. The design is not unique and is created with a tufting gun. The price is reflected because the labor is less.
5) Machine - Pretty straight forward. Can be wool and is created on a machine. Very cost effective for budgets and can be purchased with a sample because the design is replicated via a machine. Example: You can order a small sample and see if it will work in the space. That is a great way to sell to clients on a tighter budget. For those reasons, they are convenient to choose. Additionally, if you are designing a child's room or the rug is more trendy....best option is a machine made rug.
I personally love rugs as they are quite beautiful and last for a long time. They add style to a space and are as unique as art. They have history too because someone hand made that rug and it will be a part of your life for many years.
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