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A statement rug is known to elevate a basic room, transforming the feel or mood of a space, and becoming a bold feature in the room. A rug has the power to punch life into a room and can tie a whole room together, be it small or big. By adding a statement rug, you are accessorising a particular space and will instantly give it a wordly edge, depending on colour, size, pattern or texture.

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The difference between rugs and carpets

Rugs are often smaller than carpets, which is the main and almost only difference between them. Carpets are a wall-to-wall style of flooring, making them much bigger in size, and require professional installation. Rugs are normally no longer than 2m and cover less than 40 square feet area of the room.

Vivienne Westwood Collection

The Rug Company recently introduced the exclusive Vivienne Westwood collection, from the prestigious icon herself, a true combination of her deep sense of heritage and references to British themes. The collection includes her quintessentially bold designs and eccentricity; Moiré and Vivienne’s Rose, among others.

Vivienne’s Rose, representing an English rose garden in bloom, is a creation of hand spun yarns of Tibetan wool, knotted by hand into a rug. Moiré is a more traditional fabric technique and to create a fluid water movement, Westwood used bolder colours by combining grand silk taffeta ballgowns and velvet suiting. The contrasting shades bring out a monochrome effect, making it a definite statement piece in the room.

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Vivienne Westwood collection – The Rug Company

My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor

-Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company

Each piece is hand woven with age-old weaving techniques and the finest natural yarns, and Vivienne’s Rose has also been translated to hand woven tapestry cushions, in tow colours, namely dusky plum and blushed ruby red.

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Vivienne Westwood collection – The Rug Company

Weaving Techniques

Be properly informed when you choose your next carpet or rug. These illustrations will show you what to look for and where it is best to use.

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How to use rugs at home

Layer, layer and layer some more

Add an immediate component of visual interest when you layer two rugs of different size, texture, colour or shape. Boisterous floral patterns or bold stripes can bring a more ordinary room to life. Good Housekeeping’s Home Design Director Sarah Richardson shares a clever trick, ‘If your room is long and narrow, and you’re looking for an affordable option, consider laying two rugs side by side, and connecting them with a strong carpet tape from a hardware store.’

Go big or go home

Don’t skimp on size, your room will automatically look smaller. “You need your rug to set boundaries, and ground your furniture,” says interior designer Danielle Oakey. When you get out of bed, you want to feel the rug under your feet.

The first step

If you are decorating from scratch, choose the statement rug first, as it is the piece with the most impact, then add pillows, curtains and other accessories, in order to not be too contrasty or too bland.

Rug pad

Add a rug pad to your area rugs as this helps with a slipping and sliding problem, making it a lot more comfortable to walk on as well.

The beater 

Invest in a carpet beater brush to make heavy work light.

 

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Tips for buying a good rug

Size shouldn’t matter, your statement rug should definitely be a presence in the room. Better Homes and Gardens correctly explains that it should have, ‘an unusual color combination, a striking pattern, or an interesting texture, for it to stand out’

Good fibers, good dyes, and good construction are the key words when buying a rug. It is only as good as the ingredients and skills that went into making it.

Wool is the strongest fiber and most resilient to walk on, and a good quality wool rug will outlast a synthetic fiber (acrylic,nylon, polyester, olefin) one any day, as well as look cleaner for longer. Synthetic materials are made from petroleum by-products such as plastic, where wool is the green-choice when it comes to sustainability.

Silk is a great fiber for weaving, although a little bit expensive. Watch out for people trying to pass off inferior “wild” silk blended with viscose or rayon as the real deal. Silk is also a strong textile and looks incredible when weaved, which almost makes it to good to walk on.

Cotton, wool, and silk rugs are best to dye, and are known to be the strongest. Handwoven rugs are more valuable to own.

You know a rug is woven when you flip the corner over and the design on the front is the same as the back. Woven rugs should be washed professionally. Hand woven rugs have the ‘knots’ tied around the warp threads, which make up the fringe tassels. Machine woven rugs’ tufted are wrapped around thick weft strands, and the fringe is most likely sewn on.

Trends allow us to stay up to date, but not lose our own personal style. A few favourites include – exotic animal prints, argyle (outlined shapes), chevron (V-shaped zigzags), damask (reversible pattern formed by weaving), floral (any form of fabulous flowers), geometric (multiple repetitive patterns), paisley (of Persian and Indian origins), stripes and trellis.

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Carpet Cleaning

with K D Spain‘s expert advice:

When it comes to cleaning your rug or carpet, always use a professional area rug cleaning expert when you’re unsure. If you are doing it at home, vacuuming is best because you will protect the longevity of your rug, as well as keep the air clean of your living space.

Wool rugs are actually great air filters. Rugs that are dirty will look dull and lifeless, so pay attention to cleaning carefully. Wash rugs every 1-3 years, depending on the quality of the textile.

Synthetic Fibers – Olefin / Polypropylene / Nylon:

  • Blot out stains with dry cotton towel or white paper towel, as much as possible.
  • Carefully scrape off any food or debris.
  • Mix a small amount of dish soap with a cup of cold water.
  • Gently remove remainder of stain with clean sponge and soap mix.
  • Blot area with dry towel.
  • Avoid using heat.

Natural Fiber Rugs – Jute/Hemp/Coir/Sisal:

  • Spraying the extraction with wool approved products will help solve the cleaning issue.
  • Shedding is a normal feature in a wool product and decreases over a period of time. Do not pull the yarn out as this may result in damage to the rug.
  • Canister vacuums without a beater bar are most effective in cleaning shag rugs. Vacuums with beater bars and brushes, or those that are set too low, may abrade the face of the rug.

Wool:

  • Blot out stain with dry cotton towel or white paper towel, as much as possible.
  • Carefully scrape off any food or debris.
  • Mix a small amount of dish soap with a cup of cold water.
  • Gently remove remainder of stain with clean sponge and soap mix.
  • Blot area with dry towel, leave until dry.
  • Spray with mixture of soap and water and rinse with a garden hose, for over-all cleaning.

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs:

  • Natural fiber rugs have an inherent quality of having loose fibers and knots. Regularly vacuum the rug on a low-power setting. Vacuum the rug from different angles.
  • If you see any loose threads on the face, they should be trimmed with a household scissors. Do not pull the threads on the face to avoid unravelling or damage to the rug.
  • Spills should be blotted with a clean, undyed cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Work from the outer edges of the spill towards the centre. Gently blot small amounts. Do not saturate. If applying cleaning solvents, test on a small area first. For stubborn stains use a professional cleaning service that specialises in wool rugs. Do not dry clean. String cleaning chemicals may damage or fade the rug.

 

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Extend the life of your rug

  • Add a rug pad underneath to avoid too much wear and tear from the floor, not only do they add extra cushion, but it will help avoid slipping and tripping over turned up edges.
  • Rotate rugs every 3-6 months due to traffic.
  • Rotate your rug from time to time, as rugs in direct sunlight will fade out.
  • Use the beater brush to set to the pile height.
  • Loose fibers are common in handmade rugs. Clip with scissors.
  • If you spill on a rug, clean it immediately. Once the stain is set in, it becomes more difficult to clean.
  • Never rub a spill as it forces the spill deeper into the rug. Blot with a clean white cloth.
  • Always use a professional area rugs cleaning expert. Cleaning a handmade rug is different to cleaning wall-to-wall carpet.
  • Abrasive dirt underneath your rug can over time damage the fibers of your rug, clean often and don’t wait until you can actually see dirt.
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