Area Rugs can be produced on a loom quite similar to woven fabric, made using needle felts, knotted by hand (in oriental rugs), made with their pile injected into a backing material (called tufting), flatwoven, made by hooking wool or cotton through the meshes of a sturdy fabric or embroidered. Carpet is commonly made in widths of 12 feet (3.7 m) and 15 feet (4.6 m) in the USA, 4 m and 5 m in Europe. Since the 20th century, where necessary for wall-to-wall carpet, different widths of carpet can be seamed together with a seaming iron and seam tape (formerly it was sewn together) and fixed to a floor over a cushioned underlay (pad) using nails, tack strips (known in the UK as gripper rods), adhesives, or occasionally decorative metal stair rods. Wall-to-wall carpet is distinguished from rugs or mats, which are loose-laid floor coverings, as wall-to-wall carpet is fixed to the floor and covers a much larger area.
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Modern / Contemporary Rugs
Today, hand or machine made pile rugs in graphic, contemporary designs are produced. Although those by 'name' designers and one-offs commissioned for hand-weavers are obviously expensive, cheaper massed produced versions can be very reasonable.
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Custom rugs are becoming increasingly popular. Usually, a high quality velvet pile carpeting is cut in various shapes and forms and pieced together to form an overall design. Use any variety of colors or pattern to mix or match with your room's theme.
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Knotting by hand is most prevalent in oriental rugs and carpets. Kashmir carpets are also hand-knotted. Pile carpets, like flat carpets, can be woven on a loom.
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Antique Rugs (Genuine)
Antique rugs are worth considering and are available in many beautiful designs and styles for you to look at. Within this section we focus on two of the most popular types of antique rug: the Aubusson rugs and the Persian rugs.
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Casual area rugs are meant to be casual and are easily incorporated into your decor. Casual area rugs make great rugs for living rooms of all types, and can be used as rugs for bedrooms to add a touch of comfort.
Designing With Rugs...k – with a splash of color and warmth. An area rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued patterns. Light colored area rugs make a room look more spacious and deeper colors lend coziness to a room. Choose an area rug that will perform well, with the right combination of density and fiber. The denser th...
Rugs 101...right shape and proper size for your room must also be considered before purchasing. Use this handy guide to learn more about design and construction, as well as tips on selecting and caring for your area rugs. Basic Design Tips Rugs help create a mood for your room. For example, a lighter shade of area rug can open up and brighten a space while darker shades tend...
Area Rugs...ntire house, whereas a "rug" is generally no bigger than a single room, and traditionally does not even span from one wall to another, and is typically not even attached as part of the floor. Area Rugs can be produced on a loom quite similar to woven fabric, made using needle felts, knotted by hand (in oriental rugs), made with their pile injected into a backing material (called tufting), ...
Throw / Scatter Rugs...Throw rugs have been around for decades. Call them what you please ... area rugs, throw rugs, scatter rugs ... there's a vast assortment available from every part of the world. The term "rug" generally applies to a handmade piece, while the term carpet refers to goods made by machine. Buy wall-to-wall carpeting and have it cut to any size, add borders, and have the edges bound. Or select from a...
Flokatis...Flokati rugs are Greek hand-woven area rugs made from 100-percent wool that are almost always a natural, off-white color. They have been produced for centuries and were a staple of early Greek shepherds. The rugs originally serviced the shepherds, being used as clothing, beds for tents, keeping them warm during the long winter months. The 5th century Vlachs, who lived in Samarina, the highest V...
Wool Rugs...You will find that wool area rugs differ greatly in terms of their quality and price. This is due to a number of variable factors, but primarily it is simply down to the many different varieties of sheep’s wool that can be used in the production of these rugs. Not only can the wool vary depending on its breed and country of origin, but its age and general health will also help to determine how ...
Antique Rugs (Genuine)... serve the same purposes as an original. Prices vary per manufacturer, and differences in quality can be experienced. Through the many technological advances that have been made in the manufacture of area rugs today, much can and is being accomplished in design and creativity. Because of this welcome trend, reproductions have gained in popularity and have gradually become more affordable, making t...
Accent Rugs...de just the right ambience needed for that special room and can be a fun and convenient method of reinventing a particular place in your home. They have the tendency to be less monotonous than larger area rugs, and can be customized to blend together existing colors and hues found in other areas of the room. If you find one that you really like, it is easy to build a room’s color scheme around it....