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RE: Rugs (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jkom51 on 12.06.2007 at 11:40 am in Home Decorating Forum

We own about two dozen rugs, most of them handmade but some machine-made. We've been collecting them for over thirty years now. The machine-made synthetic rugs have jumped considerably upwards in quality in the last ten years. It's really remarkable.

My take on rugs is different than lionstale. I prefer wool rugs or high-quality synthetics (olefin or polypropylene, NEVER rayon) to silk. Silk has a high tensile strength but very little abrasion resistance. It does not last well underfoot. I use it only for very low-impact areas.

Rugs are either flat-weave or plush. Both are good, it merely depends on what you like. Flat-weave can be better in high-traffic/dirty/muddy areas where plush will pick up and "hold" more dirt. Depending on the pattern of the rug, it may not look dirty...but trust me, it is.

In plush, the higher the knot count, the better. The exception is Chinese rugs, which use a much thicker wool and thus their highest count is 210, compared to an Oriental which can go up to 1200 knots.

Most rugs will outlive you. It doesn't matter if they're Chinese or Oriental, wool or olefin. Even a Couristan brand machine-made rug will outlive you with ease.

The most important things to remember about rug care is: 1) use a rug pad! Softer underfoot, won't slip, and helps the rug last longer. 2) Keep it clean. Vacuum regularly, treat spots immediately, and have it professional cleaned whenever it gets dirty. Whether machine-made or hand-made, this WILL COST YOU. It is not at all unusual for the cost of cleaning over a thirty year period to exceed the cost of the rug, especially on small ones. They can't be cleaned with those W2W carpet steamers you rent at the local store.

I dislike natural dyes because in cheaper rugs, they tend to bleed when wet. They are softer in color than metallic dyes, however, so some people prefer them. Chromium dyes offer more brilliant color patterns. There's nothing wrong with them; virtually everything in your house and that you wear uses synthetic dyes.

Like anything else, shopping around will give you a feel for the right "price points". Anything drastically lower than that range, is low for a reason. It may be a good reason, such as cutting out the middleman and not having a store rental to pay. Always check out your vendors with the BBB and if necessary, ask them for customer referrals if you're feeling at all uncomfortable with them. You're really only confirming they are good to do business with in the short term anyway. Rugs don't come with a guarantee; most vendors will only give you 30 days to exchange or refund.

I figure any room with enough sun to make my rugs fade, is also killing the upholstery and wood flooring along with it. Get some UV film up if it's a problem, especially with west-facing windows. Otherwise, a few hours of sun slanting through your windows isn't a big issue. For instance, one of my rugs does have some sun fading on one side. But this was after 15 yrs of west-facing sun on a daily basis. And frankly, most people can't even see it; you have to look pretty closely to see that the intricate blue patterning is slightly paler on the right than on the left. My low-tech solution was to flip the rug around.

I own one of the Chinese 210's and it literally feels like velvet to the hand. It is also extremely heavy, as you can imagine. I haven't seen one offered for sale in over twenty years, however. There are a lot of inexpensive Orientals coming out of Pakistan and Afghanistan these days that are keeping prices depressed. They're very high quality for the money, although I confess that I've always had some qualms about who's making them. Let's face it, traditionally women and children have always been used in making hand-made rugs. I doubt that all of them are making good wages.


clipped on: 12.07.2007 at 08:30 pm    last updated on: 12.07.2007 at 08:30 pm

RE: Please help -- Rug question (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: les917 on 04.30.2007 at 10:01 am in Home Decorating Forum

Figure 24 inches on every side to allow the chairs to move in and out easily. That would translate to an 8x10 rug. In inches: 42+48=90, 60+48=108. 90x108. An 8x10 ft. rug is 96x120. An oval rug might create problems at the corners when you pull out the chairs.


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