“Details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames -
Where to begin? The first step is to assess what fiber best suits your needs. If the rug is meant for a high traffic area that is at risk for spills and stains, then you will require a low maintenance, easy clean option. Once this is determined, the world is your oyster. See below for the skinny on all things rugs…..
|Rule #1||Buy what you love; let the rug inspire the space! Choose a pattern or a colour scheme that can set the mood|
|Rule #2||Scale – measure your space before you buy. A small rug in a large space tends to visually shrink the room|
|Rule #3||Always! Always! Always! Use a quality underpad. Not only does it add to the longevity of the rug, it cushions your steps; helps insulate the room as well as aids in noise reduction|
|Rule #4||Furniture should either fit the rug perimeter and or overlap the edge|
|Rule #5||Be open! Be flexible! Choose a rug with life. Entertain the possibilities. A rug that may look a little wild or bold in a monochromatic space can be a fabulous piece of art|
|Rule #6||Remember broadloom can be cut and bound for an inexpensive coordinate. You can choose the exact size you require vs. using the standards|
A simple guide to outline the various differentiators fiber/cost/useage/cleanability:
|Cotton||The least expensive, easy to clean, fibers are natural and soft. Usually used as throw rugs and/or in low traffic areas such as bedrooms and baths|
|Wool||Mid-to-high price points; requires professional cleaning. Often used in living rooms and/or common low traffic areas|
|Nylon-||The strongest synthetic fiber; easy to clean. High static probability; therefore not recommended for commercial use or for an office. Great for basements, family rooms, kitchens and dining areas. Pricing varies, more than cotton, comparable to some wool|
|Polyester||Less expensive than nylon and wool. They are static resistant, very durable, and easy to clean|
|Olefin||Mid price; often used for indoor/outdoor application. They can withstand moisture and are very durable. Static resistant. Perfect for patios, dining areas, front porches and even offices|
|Loop||They are just that – loops of fiber. The most common example is Berber. Very durable; however, a caution to pet owners, claws can damage the loops|
|Rug threads are trimmed, cut pile is soft, and plush. Quite durable. Downside is the pile can be crushed and flattened.|
|Shag||Plush long threads, a great textural application. Very comfortable. A little high maintenance although it hides a multitude of sins|
|Natural fibers. Stains are a challenge. Wears quickly. They are not soft underfoot. They offer amazing textural opportunities.
NOTE** If you love this look there are fabulous synthetic versions available
|Flat weave||The weave is flat without pile. They are very durable and can be used in high traffic areas. (Example: A braided rug)|
As you can see, there is no shortage of information relating to purchasing the rug of your dreams or finding a temporary inexpensive solution.
Do your homework.
Know what you are buying.
Love what you choose!