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bedroomInformation you should know before buying an oriental rug

A fine-quality oriental rug is more than just a floor covering. It’s a decorative piece of art, a family heirloom and, often, an investment. The Rug Source’s experienced designers can help you wade through the mystique of shopping for an oriental rug and ensure that the rug you buy is the right rug for your home, your lifestyle and your budget. Following are answers to some frequently asked questions about oriental rugs:

1) What is an oriental rug?

Generally, an area rug is considered to be an oriental rug if it comes from or is designed in the style of weavers from a number of Central and East Asian nations. Such rugs are either "flat-woven" or "hand-knotted." In a flat-woven, "pileless" rug, the threads create both the design and the fabric of the rug. In a hand-knotted rug, the thread or yarn is tied to the foundation and then clipped to form both a pattern and a more plush pile.

2) What is the significance of a rug's knot count and line count?

These counts are measurements of a rug’s density. The number of lines of knots per linear foot determines the line count, which ranges in quality from 50 to more than 500. Typically, the higher the number the better the quality. A visual way to tell the difference is to look at the underside of the rug. The knots on an 80-knot rug will be looser and less dense than those on a 120-line rug.

3) How can I know what style and size rug are best for my home?

The Rug Source’s designers will help you determine the size and style rug that will work best for your needs. If you provide us with the dimensions or the room or space you’re decorating--or, better yet,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it a layout of the room and its furnishings--we can help ensure that the rug you select will be the perfect fit. Following, however, are some general rules to keep in mind:

Foot Traffic:

 

Busy areas like household foyers or hallways need thick or sturdy rugs, such as a Soumak flatweave. While even the best made needlepoint rug couldn’t hold up to the traffic of an entry, it might be the perfect rug for beside a bed, where the rug’s softness would only need to withstand barefeet or slippers.

Furnishings:

 

Consider the placement of your furniture. Do you want your living room rug to flow beneath the couch and chairs or just lay in front of them? Will the rug you selected for your dining room allow chairs to push away from the table yet still stay on the rug?

Care and Cleaning:

 

Most oriental rugs are made of wool, a natural fiber that is durable and relatively easy to clean. To keep your fine-quality rug in top shape it is recommended that you rotate the rug at least once a year to ensure even wear. It is also recommended that you have your carpet professionally cleaned every three to six years, depending on the amount of traffic in your home. When you shop with us The Rug Source and Home, LLC will provide you with a spot cleaning guide for handling accidental stains and spills on your rug.

Padding:

 

Quality padding used beneath your rug will help protect it from dirt, wear and slippage. Selecting and using the proper padding is crucial to the long-term health of your finely-crafted rug. The Rug Source sells only 100 percent natural rubber padding, which, unlike PVC padding, will not damage floor varnish. We sell pads for laying rugs on top of wood floors, tile and carpet. One of our rug experts will help you select the right size and padding for your floor surface.  Shop our online store to find the best padding for your rug.

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