Archive for April, 2009

nourison-blooms-yellow-flower-shaped-wool-rugKeep the look of spring in your home, long after spring has passed.

Nourison have designed this beautiful sunflower shaped wool rug as a reminder of the warmer months.

The Nourison Blooms Flower Shaped Wool Rug is made from hand tufted,  100% wool in shades of yellow, green and with touches of brown.

The flower has a dark brown and mustard colored center.

It is recommended that this lovely rug be professionally cleaned when required and simply spot clean between cleanings.

The rug measures 3′  in diameter.

This is just another example of the exquisite Nourison range of rugs.

You will find more beautiful Nourison rugs at Amazon.com.

Beautiful, Functional Great Looking Nourison Rugs

nourison-rugs-somersetAt Nourison Rugs, “We look at the market to see what other companies are doing – and then we do something different.” So says Alex Peykar, one of four brothers who founded Nourison Rug Company in 1980. The company, named after the family patriarch, began its life as Nouri & Sons, a company whose intention was to always have the right rug in the right color whenever their retailers needed it.

Twenty five years later, Nourison Rugs is the worldwide leader in handmade rugs of all types and styles. Their products range from traditional designs and museum quality hand woven Oriental rugs to hand-finished designs created on power looms. Nourison Rugs are beautiful, functional and offer excellent craftsmanship in every price, style and construction category.

The Nourison name has become synonymous with quality and beauty in traditional, contemporary, modern and nouveau styles. Nourison Rugs offers over 60 collections of carpets and rugs in 6 different style categories.

You will find a range of beautiful Nourison rugs at Amazon.com

Feng Shui and Area Rugs

In our fast-paced, over-processed, crazy world a lot of people are turning to a simpler life.  They are down sizing, taking time out to meditate and embracing historic methods of medicine, ways of life and life enhancements.  One of those methods is Feng Shui.  What is it and how can it help you?

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui means ‘wind-water’.  It is pronounced ‘fung shway’.

It is the ancient Chinese art of arranging a living or work space to maximize the flow of vital energy, or chi.  This can include how the furniture is arranged and which colors are used in the space.  The aim is to get the chi flowing so that it creates harmony, comfort and balance.  The Chinese say that if you can achieve it in your environment, it will go on to affect how you feel and live.

How does it work?

A lot of feng shui is common sense.  For example, let’s take the furniture placement.  The feng shui ideal would be to have pieces placed in such a way that it is easy for a person to walk from one place to another, without having to squeeze past items, go around things instead of straight from A to B and not block doorways.  From a feng shui point of view, this allows the chi to flow.  This does make perfect sense if you think about your own home.  How many of us have an item of furniture that is really too large for where it is and we end up turning sideways to go past it.  Or a room where it’s impossible to open the door fully because of a bookcase or chair behind it?  Many homes even lose the use of a door altogether because of furniture placement.  Their feng shui consultant would have a fit!

How much nicer would your space be if you didn’t have to do all of that and if you could use all of your doors?  But feng shui can be applied to every item in your home.  Let’s look at a simple item that most people have – an area rug.  This is just a rug that only covers part of the floor.  How would we apply feng shui to the rug?

Feng shui and your area rugs

According to the principles of feng shui, every item in your home or workplace gives off energy.  That energy feeds into the overall chi and that is what we are trying to improve.  So every aspect of each item has to be considered.

Color

Color is very important because it determines the mood of a room.  If there are soft or pastel colors, the room will be relaxing – but if there are too many gentle shades, it can tip over into boring!  If the colors are strong or vibrant, the space may become nerve-jangling and increase tension.  So give some thought to the color of your rug or any new one that you are about to purchase.  Does it enhance the existing color scheme or jar against it?  Remember that with feng shui you are trying to attain harmony and balance.

Texture

It’s also important to consider texture.  The right texture or combination of textures can make a room much more welcoming and comfortable to spend time in.  This is simple to demonstrate.  Imagine a house with all wood floors.  Beautiful but maybe a little bare and hard looking?  The addition of a few area rugs would instantly soften that and the two would compliment each other, bringing balance and harmony.  Great chi!

Your area rug can improve your energy and opportunities!

People often have an area rug in their entrance hall.  This is a great place to start because one of the beliefs of feng shui is that both energy and opportunity come to us through the front entrance of our homes – just like a visitor.  So we need to make those things feel welcome and bring them right on in!

A feng shui ‘rule’ is that soft, rounded shapes are always better than sharp angles, so choose a round, oval or half circle area rug for your entrance.  This should improve the energy and help it to balance.  The very best shape you could choose is an octagonal rug because this is a very important feng shui symbol.

If you have a rectangular or square rug, this would be considered as having ‘sharp points’ at the corners, which are construed as ‘pointing’ at people or opportunities and energy as they enter your home.  Those angles need to go.

If you really get into feng shui, you would also check out your hallway for rectangular pictures or mirrors (replace with oval or arched) and even plants.  A soft, round bushy flower arrangement would be better than an angular plant and a cactus is a definite no no!

Overall aim

You can gauge the chi of a room by how much you (or anyone else) enjoys being in that space.  Feng shui is all about energy and people give off masses of it.  If people are happy in the room, then the chi will be healthy.  It’s a circular effect.  Happy room = happy people = happy room!

It may sound a little ‘new age’ and weird but just think of your own home and areas where even simple improvements could be made.  Area rugs are not expensive and it might be a great way of trying out feng shui in your own home.  It might be the start of a new passion, a happier life and more opportunities.  It’s got to be worth a try!

La Vita e Bella (Life is beautiful) Slice Rug

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Unfortunately this beautiful slice rug is no longer available

However I have found another slice rug in a similar theme that will also look great on your kitchen floor while keeping the Italian  look  with pears and  grapes.

This is the Bacova Toscana Slice Mat which features a centre pattern of pears and grapese Your kitchen will take  on a touch of Italian charm with the handcrafted floorcovering.

 This rug can be machine washed.

It has a non-slip rubber  backing to prevent slipping and possible accidents.

You can  buy the Bacova Toscana Slice Mat at Amazon.

Everything you need to know about Sisal Rugs

Tuscany Sisal Rug 8x10Anyone who has ever watched the television “House Doctor” Anne Maurice improving properties to sell will know that she loves sea grass floor covering. It’s neutral, appealing and inexpensive. But what does sea grass have to do with Sisal?

Sisal is a generic term which is often used for all floor coverings made from natural plant fibers. So, ‘sisal’ can include sea grass, hemp, jute, coir, paper and sisal itself.

What’s so great about it?

Because sisal has a natural resistance to stains, you don’t need to use harsh chemicals, which is especially beneficial if you have children or animals. Sisal doesn’t build up static electricity which is a natural attractor of dust and dirt so it stays cleaner longer than carpet. It’s also very hardwearing and won’t show ‘flattened’ areas. This makes it especially useful in high traffic areas such as hallways.

The natural colors are very restful and the textures are beautiful. With more than fifty types of weave to choose from, you’re bound to find one that you love. Combine that with the fact that sisal is a natural product – it’s no wonder sisal is so hugely popular.

What is Sisal?

Sisal is made from the fibers of a cactus plant. This particular plant was discovered in the Yucatan (South Eastern Mexico) and Sisal was the name of the port from where the fiber was first exported – hence the name. Sisal is also exported from Brazil, China, Tanzania and Kenya.

The type of cactus that Sisal is made from is called an Agave. In Mexico, these have been cultivated since Mayan times for their fibers which are also used for making cloth, fish nets, hammocks and rope. This is also the type of cactus that is used to make tequila!

tuscany-sisal-area-rugHow is it made?

The Agave cactus produces large fleshy leaves. These are crushed and scraped until only the sisal fibers are left. The fibers are then washed and laid out to dry in the sun or dried by hot air blowers. The drying process is critical to the final product as the quality of the sisal depends on its’ moisture content. Once washed and dried, the sisal fibers can be made into a material that is strong, durable, flexible and stretchable. It’s also highly suitable for dyeing and some sisal rugs are often highly colored.

Isn’t it scratchy to walk on?

Not at all. To make it feel softer, sisal is usually mixed with wool at a ratio of 60% wool (or a wool and acrylic mix) and 40% sisal. So although you are walking on a cactus, it certainly doesn’t feel like it!

Is it easy to care for?

Yes – as long as you remember that it came from a desert and continue to treat it that way. So, no steam cleaning or water-based carpet shampooing of any kind. This makes it unsuitable for use in bathrooms. If you love the look of it, and want to use it in an area where water is around, such as a bathroom, around a Jacuzzi or swimming pool, you could choose a synthetic ‘copy’ of sisal which would be waterproof.

If any liquid is spilled onto the sisal (even if it’s only pure water) it will draw any dirt particles in the rug to the surface – as the liquid acts like a magnet. This can cause a dark stain which is hard to get rid of. To avoid this, vacuum the sisal frequently, preferably with a model that has beater brushes to bring any dirt right up to the surface.

seaside-sisal-area-rugHowever careful you are, accidents do happen…and they always happen just where you don’t want them to! If liquid is spilled on your sisal, don’t panic, but do deal with it immediately! Use a clean, absorbent white towel to blot (not rub) the area. Rubbing would only serve to push the liquid deeper into the sisal fibers and make a stain and make that stain larger! For any solid spills, first scrape up the substance using the dull side of a knife, working from the outside of the spill towards the middle. If you still need further help, you could call in a carpet cleaner but make sure they use a ‘dry extraction’ cleaning system.

For extra protection, you can use a spray-on sealant called Sisal Guard. This can be used on any natural fiber rugs and reduces the rate at which the fiber will absorb liquid. It doesn’t guarantee that your sisal will never stain but it will reduce the chances if you do have a spill. A one-quart bottle will cover approximately 10-15 square yards.

Shop Around…

If you’re considering sisal, do take your time in choosing as it can save you a lot of money. The less inexpensive sisal rugs have fiber that has been imported from Asia, bindings cotton fabric and are top-stitched and not mitered. At the higher end, sisal is often imported from Europe, there is usually a greater choice of weaves and bindings are mitered and blind-stitched in leather or suede.

Whatever your budget and whatever you choose, you’ll love your sisal rug and get many years of pleasure from it!
CLICK HERE to buy Sisal Area Rugs. Available in a wide range of styles and prices.

Pinzon Luxury Cotton Loop Absorbent Bath Rug For Winter Warmth

pinzon-luxury-loop-bath-rugI love the colder weather in the winter except for the time spent in the bathroom.

Just thinking about those late night trips to the bathroom makes me shiver? The cold of those bathroom tiles can be unforgiving. So I brought a rug especially made for the bathroom which has proved to be an absolute godsend

I checked out what was available and thought it would be best to buy one that is machine or at least hand washable. I found that many of the bath mats available have a backing and can’t be cleaned in a washing machine because it peels off.

So I finally settled one without the backing that I can just throw in the washing machine without any worry about it shrinking.

Pinzon is known for quality so this soft cotton loop bath rug will give good service. And this Pinzon Luxury Bath Rug

is available in 10 lovely colors and two sizes: 21″ x 34″ and 30″ x 50″.

The plush, deep loop bath rug is made from absorbent cotton and it is easy to care for as you simply pop it in the washing machine and dryer.

It pays to shop around and make sure you get a good deal and I find that shopping online is ideal for this.
CLICK HERE to buy bath rugs and mats

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