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  • Don’t Fall for “FREE RUG PAD” Offers

    Don’t fall for that “FREE RUG PAD” offer you see out there on area rug websites.

    THEY DON’T WORK!!

    Many online area rug stores offer to give you a free area rug with your rug purchase. Rarely are these rug pads any good and often leave a residue in the shape of a waffle print on your floor.

    Rug Goddess has high quality area rug pads for every application, even on wall to wall carpeting, that won’t bunch, gather, or leave waffle impressions on your floors! Visit:   https://www.ruggoddess.com/arearugpads/display.aspx for more information on quality area rug pads

    Call us if you are confused on what type of area rug pad you need. 800-481-1572

  • Area Rugs for Living Rooms

    As I mentioned before, the number one question I get form my customers is, “what size area rug do I really need?”

    First thing you have to think about is the size of your living room. If you have an open floor plan / contemporary or loft style living room then generally you will want all of the furniture on the area rug like the picture below.

    Custom Murphy all furniture on rug400 wide

    This helps define the living space and creates a room within a room.
    Make sure all of your walkways are clear when measuring and you have arranged the furniture so its going to be most comfortable.

    If you have a more traditional/standard style or sized living room (not an open floor plan) and your living room has hard surface flooring like hardwoods, tile etc. the front legs of each piece of furniture should be on the area rug. Ideally each piece of furniture would have the front legs siting on the area rug at least 8-12 inches.

    kim and stus area rug 400 wide

    If you using an area rug on top of wall to wall carpeting, you can get away with a smaller rug and not putting the furniture on top of the area rug.

    Keep in mind this is only a best practice guideline and often times the rug that works best for your room doesn’t come in the exact size you might need.

  • Removing Furniture Marks On Your Area Rug

    Do you have unsightly furniture marks on your area rugs?

    Get rid of them easily with ice cubes!

    Line up some ice cubes on the furniture marks and leave them on the area rug over night. Make sure that you place a towel or something underneath the area rug to protect the floor,  especially if you have hardwood floors. In the morning, lightly fluff the pile with your fingers and your problem should be resolved.

  • Area Rug Pads

    Area rug pads are often overlooked when buying an area rug.

    Don’t fall for companies offering  “Free Rug Pads.” A lot of time these cheap pads leave a waffle print on your hardwoods and aren’t the right rug pad needed for the type of rug you purchased.

    There are four types of Area Rug Pads that we highly recommend:

    Duo-lock Area Rug Pads have great quality and are thicker than most rug pads. Designed for 4 x 6 or larger sized area rugs on any hard surface or wall to wall carpet. However I don’t recommend these pads if your area rug is going to sit on top of carpet with heavy furniture on top. (See No Muv Pad below for these circumstances)

    Duo-Lock also known as Durahold pads keep the rug from stretching out of shape, keep the rug secured in place, as well as add luxurious cushion to the feel of your rug. Like all rug pads the rug pad must be cut to fit the rug by trimming the pad 1 ½” inches smaller than the rug itself on all four sides. This will make the rug lay smoothly over the edge of the pad to avoid a tripping hazard. Very important! You must use a carpet knife with fresh blade for trimming!

    2) Teebaud Area Rug Pad is a thin pad designed for smaller rugs, runners, and rugs with a slick backing. Slick backing refers to a very highly dense machine made rug. Teebaud Pads are also designed for smaller rugs on top of wall to wall carpet or hard surface to keep them from crawling. It really locks the rug in place!
    The grey side of the pad is for hard surface and the white side of the pad is for wall to wall carpeting. When this pad is applied to hard surface it will leave a slight residue on the floor. But if you take a clean white cloth and apply 409 to the towel (not the floor) and gently rub, you shouldn’t have any harm to your floors. Frequent removing of the pad is not necessary every time you clean. Just vacuum and then take a damp cloth and go around the edges of the rug. Also keep in mind that every time you remove the pad some of the tackiness of the pad will wear off. Remember to always ask the installer of new hardwoods how long you should wait before placing any pads on newly installed hardwoods!

    3) Grip It Solid Area Rug Pads are designed for 5 x 8 or larger rugs going on hard surfaces when you don’t really need the extra cushion. Ideal locations include areas with little traffic like under breakfast table, formal dining tables etc. This thinner pad will also work better where constant moving of chairs is involved. Grip It Pad comes in standard sizes and is very easy to trim with a nice pair of scissors.
    4) No Muv Rug Pad, most people don’t even know this pad exists!!

    It ‘s firmer to the touch and designed to stop an area rug from buckling where the legs of the furniture sits when you’re using an area rug applied on top of wall to wall carpeting. This rug pad must be cut to fit the rug by trimming the pad 1 ½” inches smaller than the rug itself on all four sides. This will make the rug lay smoothly over the edge of the pad to avoid a tripping hazard. Very important! You must use a carpet knife with a fresh blade for trimming and be very careful not to cut the carpet underneath!
    No Muv pad cannot be folded when shipped!

    You can buy area rug pads online on our web site here.

  • Protecting Your Area Rug

    We have tried every kind of area rug protectant (fabric protectant) out there so if you want to protect your area rug from spills and stains including pet stains, I  recommend a fabric protectant called “Force Field.”

    Force Field

    After you get your area rug into place, put a series of towels or old sheets underneath the edges of the rug. Then simply spray your area rug with force field before you to go sleep. Make sure to put your pets up for the night and make sure you don’t spray the product on your hardwood floors. It will not hurt your floors but it will make the floor slick and we wouldn’t want you to fall.

    When spraying the product hold the bottle 6-12 inches above the rug and spray in one direction across the entire area rug then go back and do the other direction again over the entire area rug. This ensures you have complete and uniform coverage. The product dries in 2-4 hours to the touch and permanently in 24 hours. I have used this product for over 8 years now with great results.

    You can buy force field fabric protectant here on our web site.

  • What Ever Happened to Customer Service?

    Reality check!

    The area rug industry has a problem with customer service. We sell area rugs for a living and on numerous occasions, a customer comes to us from another web site complaining the last online store said the area rug was in stock, took their money, only to find out days later that the area rug they picked out is on back order. However when you call back to find out what’s up with your order or refund, it often takes days to get a response and you are the one who has to stay on top of it or you might never hear back from the vendor at all.

    When you place an order, whether it be in person at a store or online, It’s almost impossible to get a customer service associate’s attention. You start to wonder, do they really want my business? Are these companies reputable? Am I going to get my refund?

    We understand back orders are going to happen but you would think companies would stay on top of this for you and be proactive in communicating with you.

    The common courtesy of the past, like returning a customer’s phone call or helping a customer find a replacement area rug if something is on back order, shouldn’t be the exception but rather the norm.

    When my customer’s order something on my web site and its back ordered, we always let them know right away the status of their order and if they would like for us to find an alternative area rug in case they don’t want to wait. While not ideal, it’s amazing how many of our clients actually do buy the alternate area rug. It’s not that hard, just spend some time looking for something similar in price, style, and color and 9 times out of 10 the client is happy and buys that rug.

    People are busy and really appreciate that little extra bit of attention you give them (customer service).

    Any time a customer interacts with your company or brand it’s an opportunity to leave a positive impact and overall good impression of your company. (Business 101)

  • Picking the Right Area Rug Size

    The number one question I get from my customers is, “What size area rug do I really need?”

    The correct answer is, it depends.

    Let's say you are interested in an area rug to go under your dining room table. You will want to make sure you have at least 2 – 2.5ft of extra room on each side of the table (4-5ft total) for the chairs to fit on top of the area rug. If you have end chairs with arms, you will need at least 2.5 – 3 ft of room at the ends of the area rug. The most common size of area rugs for dining rooms run 8×11 to 9×12 or larger.

    The principal applies for round or square dining tables. Just measure the table and pick a rug that gives you 2-3 ft of room around the entire table for the chairs to fit correctly.
    When it comes to buying round or square area rugs you might have to buy a larger area rug and have it custom fit to size. I can help you with that by giving you lots of options on how to do this. Often times I take a smaller area rug and stitch a custom carpet boarder around the area rug to get the right size or look and feel your after.

    I will talk about how to pick the right sized area rug for your living room next.

  • Machine Made Area Rugs

    Machine made area rugs are usually much less expensive than say a hand knotted area rug or hand tufted area rug.

    You can usually tell a machine made area rug by looking at the bottom or back of the area rug itself. Usually if you see white stitching on the back and the lines are perfectly straight, your probably looking at a machine made area rug

    The price of a machine made area rug is impacted by the type of wool that is used and its density. There are various types of wool from various parts of the world that are used in making a machine made area rugs.  There are Indian Wool, Chinese Wool, Belgium Wool, and the finest New Zealand Wool.

    The New Zealand wool has long been considered the best wools and will cost a bit more because of their softness and resistance to shedding. A carpet made of New Zealand wool will always have a fen mark on the label. Only carpets that pass more than 20 demanding tests related to fiber content, appearance, retention, color-fastness and appropriate environmental performance carry their name.

    New Zealand wool creates the most colorful machine-made rugs in the world. New Zealand wool is the whitest, cleanest, purest wool in the world. This in turn will make the colors appear more rich and vibrant in color.

    Wool actually absorbs contaminants in the air, improving the indoor air quality and helping you breathe easier. For those of us allergy or asthma sufferers, this can be a great benefit!

    A machine made area rug won’t show traffic patterns near as bad to what nylon or synthetic carpet does. You’ll find lots of bargains out there on the lower grades of wool but Buyer Beware! Depending on the density of the pile you should expect to get some shedding and wear patterns.

    As a result we prefer to sell wool products, but we do work with the best companies that offer the best quality nylon rugs too.

    Feel free to ask us about machine made area rugs any time day or night.

  • Hand Tufted Area Rugs

    A Hand Tufted Area Rug is made with a gun kind of like latch hook. The wool is punched in with a gun or by hand, one tuft at a time. Generally the patterns are mass-produced in your standard sizes from 3.5′ x 5.5′, 5 x 8, 8 x 11, and 9.5′ x 13.5′. You’ll always know how to distinguish a Hand Tufted area rug because it will have a cloth like muslin backing.

    The cost of hand-tufted area rugs is impacted by the type of wool they are using an how it was dyed natural or chemical dyes as well as how many tufts per square inch. The more tufts per inch and the denser the pile and the higher the cost. This also impacts the memory the rug will have, meaning it won’t crush the pile, so it will wear longer.

    With a Hand Tufted area rug, glue is used on the back of the rug to hold the wool pile in place. So you will get some shedding, but how much depends on how dense (tufts per inch) the area rug is, and what type of wool has been used. The fringe is often glued or sewn to the ends of a tufted rug.

    The hand tufted area rug will rarely wear as well as the Hand Knotted rug because the wool is almost always a cheaper grade and the glue used, tends to be an inexpensive latex glue which becomes brittle and deteriorates over time.

    A Hand Tufted area rug has a resale value slightly higher than a machine-made wool rug of the same size.

    However you can customize a hand tufted rug or cut it down much easier than a hand knotted or machine made area rug. I’m more than glad to help you understand the differences in area rugs and help you make sure what questions to ask and what to look for when selecting a hand tufted rug. Some types of hand tufted rugs have beveling on the top of the pile. This is a very nice, rich looking style which is all done in the manufacturing process. In most cases this is done manually by people on their hands and knees. It’s a great look, (but the price will higher).

    Try running your hand across the pile to test how much it sheds and remember the softer and the denser the pile is, the better the area rug.

    I have some more information on hand tufted area rugs here.

  • Hand Knotted Area Rugs

    Hand Knotted Area Rugs

    A hand knotted area rug is the finest of all area rugs today. But as the name implies a hand knotted area rug is made by hand and usually cost more than other area rugs.

    People generally don’t realize that it takes usually takes three to four people a year to 18 months to make a single 9 x 12 hand knotted area rug, depending on the knot count. That’s more labor hours to finish a rug than it takes to build your average home in the United States.

    Just like there are many processes in building a house, there are many processes in making an area rug. Something as basic as the yarn used to make the area rug plays a big role in the cost of the rug. Yarn options include hand spun and dyed or machine spun and dyed. Hand spun and dyed wool is obviously going to cost more and usually gives you a better luster then machine spun wool.

    Hand spun of the wool often has irregularity in the tension of its twist; it is inadvertently spun looser in some places and tighter in others. One effect of this irregularity is that when soaked in dye, a hand spun yarn absorbs less where it is spun tightly and more where it is spun loosely. Because of these two factors — the irregularity of colors, and the rug’s irregular texture, results in a very handmade look.

    Wool mainly, and silk rarely, are the chief materials for the finished pile. There are two types of dye, natural or chemical. Your finer carpets are generally either vegetable, botanical or animal dyes, which are all considered to be natural dyes. The dyeing process until the middle of the nineteenth century were all of natural origin and the secrets of the craft were guarded by dye masters. Before the turn of the century, in Persia artificial dyes were banned because of the adverse effects on the economy it was having on families who carry dye recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Today most larger manufacturers who mass produced area rugs will use modern synthetic dyes to keep the manufacturing costs down.

    The patterns and design names of most hand knotted rugs originate from the name of the village or town that the rug was woven in. Basically there are two types of knots used throughout the Orient and India for the actual knotting of the carpet. The Ghoirdes or Turkish knot, which is a full knot , and the Senneh or Persian knot, which is a half knot.

    The actual base of the rug is woven threads going up and down called the warp, and threads going side to side called the weft are entwined together to create a base structure to weave the rug.

    After one row of knots is finished a mallet is used to condense the pile. This will be repeated time and time again to ensure the pile is as dense as it can be. The tightness of the pile affects the wear ability of the rug. The more knots per inch, the longer it will last and give you years and years of enjoyment.

    After the rug has been weaved, the carpet is sheared and washed. The washing process is time consuming in its self. The rugs are laid out on a flat surface and washed with a broom back and forth by hand and then left to dry in the sun to set the dyes in the carpets, this process takes days.

    These beautiful Persian and Oriental area rugs are inspired by traditional patterns and colors from Iran, Persia, China, and India. Persian and Oriental area rugs will provide you with a lifetime of beauty and service.

    If you want to know more about your Oriental area rug call me and I’d be glad to help. I can help save you hours and hours of time ,not to mention lots of money.

    I have a link to some of the Oriental Area Rug projects I have worked on below.
    Oriental and Traditional Area Rugs Portfolio

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