Area Rugs – 3 Overlooked Benefits You’re Missing Out On

There are probably a hundred different reasons why people purchase an area rug. We know, we’ve probably blogged about most of them. Here at Rug Resources, we have three overlooked benefits a beautiful Oriental Rug can bring to your life.

1: Dust Collectors

Yes, you read it right, area rugs actually make a great dust collector. But just think, you move into a brand-new home with beautiful hard wood floors, just to find that those beautiful hard wood floors need to be swept everyday to keep that pesky dust from collecting! A simple fix is an area rug. Rugs are an excellent way of reducing the messy house look with dust buildup. Lay an area rug down and let that beautiful wood floor harmonize with it, without worrying about visitors seeing dust.

2: Ambient Noise Reduction

Have any neighbors just as pesky as that dust buildup on your floors? Always complaining about noise when you’re hosting a party. Well, rugs actually reduce ambient noise. Rugs act as an additional layer of insulation, insulating ambient noise throughout your house or apartment. There are also rug pads put underneath your rug that are used specifically as soundproofing. These rug pads reduce noise coming into your home and noise coming out. The rug and pad combo can also improve the acoustics of your home.

3: Warm Up Cold Floors

Walking on your cold floor on the way to the coffee pot can be uncomfortable. A simple area rug can keep those toes nice and warm. Rugs started off as being nothing more than an animal skin thrown onto the ground for added comfort and warmth. It’s interesting that today in 2017, we are still using rugs in the same fashion as our ancient ancestors.

So there you have it, three overlooked benefits in having an area rug. If you have any more rug questions please feel free to ask (here). Or stop in and see us at Rug Resources.

Rug Resources

2831 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, California
United States (US)
Phone: 9496731693
Email: Soroush@Rugresources.com

Area Rugs: What To know Before You Buy

Moving into a new space or just looking to add that perfect touch of interior design?

Area rugs are one of the easiest ways to add a little personality to a space. Here is what you need to know before buying your next area rug:

So you’re convinced an area rug is the right move in your next interior designing project, but all those years of school didn’t prepare you for buying the perfect area rug. Well, you’re in the right place because we’re here to be your rug resource.

The Right Style

Area rugs come in a huge selection of different styles. In the traditional sense, rugs typically are thought to have two developmental sources of origin: Asia and Western Europe.

Asian or oriental rugs come in a diverse range of styles, patterns, and colors. These rugs come from groups found in China, central Asia, the middle east, Turkey, north Africa, and India. Also, in each of these regions there are many different groups and tribes that have slight variations from each other. Asian rugs are characterized by a rectangular shape and a pattern consisting of a border and a field. Some of the worlds most expensive items are oriental rugs.

Western European rugs are said to have derived from Spain. European weavers were heavily influenced by rugs created in Asia. European area rugs are thought to be more progressive and are characterized by their floral designs. Think French nobility when you think of a traditional Western European rug design.

There are also modern designed area rugs that focus more on deep colors that are meant to illicit an emotional response. These contemporary rugs are often used as focus pieces for a room.

There are so many different styles and variations that listing them all would turn this blog post into a PhD dissertation. So take some time and browse (HERE) to find a style that speaks to you.

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Where Is It Going

Area rugs come in just about any size you can think of. The main question is, where is the rug going. Is it going underneath the bed, or maybe a rug on each side of the bed? Is it going in front of the door where it will be walked on regularly? In the living room as a focus piece? Too large of a rug can overpower a room. Too small of a rug can make it unnoticeable. You have to take into account the other designs and patterns found in the room in order to allow the rug to pleasantly accent them.

Drafting up a picture of the room and writing out the dimensions of the room and the proposed rug is a great trick in designing your next room. Make sure to draw out each large piece of furniture in the room. Furniture style and colors can have a large affect on how well a rug works in a room. Also, keep in mind that rugs placed somewhere well traveled should be low-pile rugs and you should stay away from solid dark colors because stains will easily show. For a feature piece in the living room you may need a high enough thread count to get the intricate design you’re looking for.

The Right Price

 Price is usually the main deciding factor in your next area rug purchase. There are rugs from the time of the Renaissance that fetch more cash than a Michelangelo painting and also machine made area rugs that are less than $100. Keep in mind that in many cases, price is directly related to quality. The more money you spend, the finer the material, the more knots, the more representative of a certain style of weaving will be displayed in the rug. Your next rug purchase should be an investment into something that lasts, so we recommend purchasing an area rug for at least a few hundred dollars. After all, you took the time to find something that you really like, might as well have it last.

 

Rug Knots: How To Count Them And Why It Does Not Mean Quality

Have you ever wondered how knot counts of a rug are determined or if the knot count correlates with the price of a rug?

At our show gallery in Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach CA, we have noticed that many customers use the knot count of a rug to determine if one rug is superior to another. Although the KPSI or knots per square inch is a good indicator of how labor intensive the rug was to create, just counting the knots alone isn’t a good indicator of the quality of the Oriental Rug. Each country has a traditional knot count specific to that area. A medium knot count rug of 200 kpsi could be a very high quality example of weaving from a particular nomadic tribe.

How To Determine Knot Count

Knots per square inch or KPSI is calculated by counting the knots on the back of a rug across a vertical and horizontal inch and multiplying the two numbers. A vertical count of 14 and a horizontal count of 14 would give you a 196 KPSI. This seems rather straight forward, but different regions tend to use slightly different measurements in calculating knot count.

Oriental rugs from India measure knot count with two numbers such as “5/40” or “13/65.” The first number is called the bis and the second number is referred to as the bhutan. The bis is calculated by counting the number of knots in a 9/10th of a inch across a horizontal plane. The bhutan is calculated by counting the knots vertically in 4 ½ inches. To translate an Indian rug knot count into KPSI you multiple the two numbers, bis and bhutan, and then divide them by 4.05.

Persian rug knot counts are calculated differently dependent on what region weaved the rug:

  • Tabriz rugs are calculated by using the rug’s Raj. The Raj is measured by counting the number of knots across 2 3/4inchs of rug. A standard quality Tabriz rug is 35 Raj or 162 KPSI.
  • Nain Rugs use the term LAA. LAA is the number of yarn threads in an individual fringe at the end of a rug. The lower the LAA, the higher quality the rug is. The finest Nain rugs have a 4 LAA.
  • Isfahan rugs have different colored threads between fringes and the rug’s pile called kheft. Kheft is measured across one meter and the number of different threads is an indication of quality.

Chinese rugs are measured using line counts. You calculate the line count by counting the number of knots measured in a linear foot of a rug. In most Chinese rugs, the vertical count is the same as the horizontal count.

Knots Are Not Everything

When deciding on your next area rug, learn where the rug was created. It will give you a better understanding of what the knot numbers mean and whether the knot count is indicative of quality from that certain region. But most importantly, knowing what region the rug came from you’ll better appreciate the little nuances that represent the weaving traditions of the region. The color, pattern, and complexity or simplicity is what’s used in deciphering the quality of the rug.

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You may be aware that all rugs are made up of knots, but did you know that when it comes to oriental rugs, generally three different types of knots could be used?

Senneh Knots

Senneh knots, also known as the Persian Knot is an asymmetrical knot that is used by many weavers in Iran, India, Turkey, Egypt, and China. This knot is created by looping the yard around two warp strands and allowing only a single warp strand to be completely encircled. The yard is then passed behind the adjoining warp and the weaver makes sure the two ends have a single warp dividing them. The knot is then wrapped in either direction and dependent on the direction, weavers refer to them as being open either on the right or the left.

This style of knot allows for a higher density of knots and because of this, more detail in the designs. Fine detail and complexity are signs of a Senneh Knotted rug. When used with silk, beautiful and intricate designs can be created and the rug is feather soft to the touch.

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Ghiordes Knots

Ghiordes knots, also known as Turkish knots have their origins in you guessed it, Turkey. These symmetrical knots are created by taking the yarn and wrapping it across two adjoining warp strands. It is then pulled back through both warps and then drawn through the center so that both ends emerge from between the same warps.

This type of knot is characterized by very secure pile constructions which allows a strong consistency throughout the rug. Because of the consistency, this knot is used for thicker rugs. These single knots are used by Anatolian and Caucasian groups in Turkey along with a number of other Turkish and Kurdish tribes in Iran.

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Jufti Knots

A Jufti Knot is created when a knot is placed over four, instead of two, warp threads. The weft is then placed in one or more rows. These rugs can be both symmetrical and asymmetrical. Rugs composed of Jufti Knots are usually less durable than rugs created with Ghiordes or Senneh Knots. A Jufti Knot rug tends to also look more shaggy and loose than the above knots.

When looking for a new rug, keep in mind that rugs created with these loose Jufti Knots should be less expensive then rugs created with the above knots. These rugs are prevalent in Khorasan rugs from Iran.

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Knowing the difference between these three popular knot styles will better prepare you for your next trip to the rug store. If you’re interested in a new rug or would just like to browse some beautiful handmade art pieces click here.

Or stop by our showroom in sunny Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach CA. We would love to show you around.

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Corona Del Mar, California
United States (US)
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Email: Soroush@Rugresources.com
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Looking for a bit more flare and color than traditional rugs can provide? Distressed and overdyed rugs may be just the answer you are looking for.

Over the last ten years in Newport Beach we at Rug Resources have noticed an ever increasing demand for distressed and overdyed rugs. Many customers walk in knowing the details of what they want, just without knowing the categorical name for the style. So we’ve taken to the internet again to be your Rug Resource in learning what exactly these “distressed and overdyed rugs” are.

These unique rugs are created by taking older rugs and giving them a make-over. Focus is spent preserving the beautiful designs and patters of the original piece, but enhancing its color and style.  Like modern paintings, these rugs can illicit emotions and can make a statement in any room.

This method of revamping older rugs grew out of Turkey and has been continually growing in popularity throughout the world over the last few years.  Besides stylish, buying distressed and overdyed rugs promotes sustainability and recycling.

This process of distressing and overdyeing the rugs requires and artists eye. Careful attention is spent on shearing and distressing the rug to achieve the desired aged look. The distressing is done in a particular pattern in order to contrast aesthetically pleasing with the existing pattern already present on the rug. Color is then removed from the rug by putting the rug out into the sun and allowing the remaining dye to bleach. Additional colors are then chosen and used to dye the rug multiple times until the right balance is achieved. The final colors are set once the rug is finally laundered.

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What Are Bamboo Silk Rugs?

What are bamboo silk rugs and how is it different than traditional silk?

Bamboo silk, also known as “bamboo viscose,” is created from bamboo cellulose. The woody parts of the bamboo plant are crushed and natural enzymes are added to create a mushy paste. This paste is then is then dried out so it can be combed out and spun into yarn. This bamboo “silk” is then used to create bamboo silk rugs.

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The process of making bamboo silk is very similar to creating traditional silk. Silk worms secrete a sticky protein from their salivary glands that is collected, dried, and combed so that it can be spun into yarn. However, harvesting silk from silk worms actually kills the worm and requires much more labor. Bamboo is a resilient and renewable resource that can easily be grown to meet our bamboo silk needs.

Bamboo silk is also more durable than traditional silk. This is because bamboo fibers are more resilient than traditional silk but still provide a very similar look and feel. Because of this, bamboo silk can be placed in higher traffic area than traditional silk.

We recommend that bamboo silk be used in walkways, hallways, and entrances of your home. You should also avoid putting heavy furniture and other solid wood furnishings onto traditional silk rugs. Too much pressure on the traditional silk fibers can actually compress and distort the silk designs beyond the possibility of repair.

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Area Rugs: How To Tell The Difference Of Quality

One of the most common insights that we provide customers walking in off the street of our sunny Corona Del Mar, California store location is: How to tell the difference of quality between different area rugs. So we’ve decided to take to the internet and share some information that you can use the next time you’re out area rug shopping.

Knowing the difference of material quality between rugs will help you better choose your next area rug and understand why one rug is more expensive than the other.

How do you recognize good wool?

Like most things, you must start with high quality materials to end with a high-quality product. In the rug world, first-grade is hand spun unadulterated silks or wools. In simple terms, the better the wool or silk, the better the rug.

Good wool will have a certain luster or sheen, but it should not shine as if it was glossy. It is commonplace in today’s world to see poor quality wools blended with petroleum-based artificial materials to approximate the sheen of good quality wool. You should avoid these wool hybrids at all costs. They are much more brittle and easily fall apart. Also, petroleum-based materials can sometimes take on odd smells over time, especially if laid in an area that gets direct sun light.

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The best quality wools are hand spun. You can detect hand spun wool in rugs by looking for a knobby texture to the weaving. Machine spun wools are also very acceptable, but do not demand the same prices as the hand spun wool rugs.

 

How do you recognize good silk?

Testing silk rugs is actually pretty easy to test. Pull a strand of silk from the rug and burn it. If it shrivels and smells like burnt hair, it’s silk. If there is any other reaction, the rug is made of some other substance. The most likely culprit is a mercerized cotton.

Silk rugs should be extremely shinny. A high shine is indicative the rug is made of silk opposed to another material. But beware of dealers referring to the silk rug as “art silk.” The “art” usually stands for artificial. So make sure to ask the dealer if it’s real or artificial silk, because this will dramatically affect the price.

Silk rugs should be extremely tightly woven and intricately detailed. There should also be real silk on the fringes of the rug that is a part of the rug’s structure. Artificial silk rugs will often have silk sewn into the ends of the rug to deceive buyers when feeling the rug.

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Real silk fringes