Winter weather in all its snowy salty beauty is a killer on all flooring, but can be especially detrimental to your rugs. Not all rugs are created equal so leave your shoes at the door and follow these steps to maintain your rug’s beauty... Machine Woven || Available in both wool and synthetic, these rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant so they are a great choice for high traffic areas. However, if the rug is wool its best placed in a room that doesn’t receive direct sunlight all day to prevent inevitable fading. Synthetic rugs hold their color well and are great for allergy sufferers! Vacuum regularly and blot any spills immediately with a clean, white cloth. Professional cleaning is best and the only method if the rug is wool. Hand Tufted || Also available in both wool and synthetic, these rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant so they are a great choice for high traffic areas. Hand-tufted rugs will shed excess fibers when new so be sure to vacuum frequently until the shedding stops. Blot any spills immediately with a clean, white cloth. Again, professional cleaning is best and the only method if the rug is wool. Hand Loomed || Usually only available in wool and in a thick pile, hand-loomed rugs are also susceptible to shedding and should be vacuumed often. Only professional cleaning is recommended so this rug style is best used in lower traffic areas. Hand Hooked || Made of wool face yarns, sometimes cotton, hand-hooked rugs are the most delicate of all the rug styles. Best used in low-traffic areas like the bedroom. Be gentle when vacuuming; only use the bare floor setting. Never pull a protruding yarn, cut it off at the pile height to prevent further unraveling. Always be sure to place your rug on a quality rug pad to prevent the rug from sliding and the possibility of color transfer. Pads with a rubber bottom are the most durable and will also prevent your rug from stretching out and scratching the floor beneath.
Rugs are a fantastic way to define a space. Choosing a rug for your dining space might seem overwhelming at first, but if you’re mindful of the following three design tips you’ll shop confidently. Fabrication || If the rug is going in your main dining area then it will need to withstand frequent foot traffic. The two best fabrications are Hand Tufted and Machine Woven. Both fabrications are durable and stain resistant. Hand Tufted is only available in wool and can shed excess fibers when new so be sure to vacuum frequently at first! Machine Woven is available in synthetic fabrics and is great for those suffering with allergies. If your dining space is in an area that sees a lot of sunlight synthetic is the way to go as it won’t fade as fast. Pattern & Color || The rug is the foundation of the space. Choose whether or not you want the rug to make a statement or simply enhance the furniture. If you are just starting to design your dining space, a rug is a great way to determine your color story. Patterned rugs will feature multiple colors which gives you the opportunity to incorporate a few different hues into your overall design. Spaces that are already saturated with design or color are better suited for a rug in muted hues and subtle patterns. Shapes & Sizes || All legs of the chairs should remain on the rug even when the chair is pulled away from the table. No one enjoys taking a seat and having their chair get tripped up because the rug is too small. When measuring your table and chairs, add 18” – 24” to the measurements to ensure this doesn’t happen. Square tables should always be placed on a square rug, while round tables could be placed on either a round or square rug. Rectangular tables are best on a rectangular rug to play up the shape. Don’t forget the rug pad! Not only will it prevent the rug from sliding around, it will also protect your floors and extend the life of your rug. Rug pads will last forever and can be used interchangeably as long as the rug size and shape stays the same.     
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