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Decorate with Long Lasting Wool Area Rugs

Beautiful wool rugs for warmth and durability

Wool area rugs are perfect for those people that have high traffic areas, or live in a cold climate. Why? Because wool area rugs are made of natural wool fibers, and they are designed to wear longer than the synthetic ones. The wool fibers stretch, and unlike other rug fibers, simply bounce back when they are released instead of breaking off.

What does this mean to you?

If you have a high traffic area, such as your kitchen or living room, a wool area rug just may be your perfect solution. You will have that peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have made a good investment that will last for years.

But wool area rugs aren’t just durable, they are beautiful as well. You can select a color that blends perfectly into your indoor environment, and then use the wool area rug to complement and complete the look of your room. In addition to a wide color selection, wool area rugs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs. You might decide on a round one to place under your kitchen table, or a large rectangular one for your living or dining room.

In addition, wool area rugs can give your room the warmth that you crave. People wear wool clothing when they are cold, and a room should wear wool to warm it up, as well! Just imagine looking out of a frost covered window on a cold winter night, snuggled up in a blanket on your wool rug that is situated in front of a roaring fireplace! Can’t you just feel the warmth?

So, if you are looking for a rug that will last a long time, keep you snuggly warm in the winter, and serve as a perfect accent to your room, wool area rugs may just be the perfect item.

Area Accent Rugs To Make a Colonial Bride Cry!

bacova-tibetan-stripe-accent-rugsIn the Colonial days when cottages had dirt floors, housewives would sometimes spend an hour or more finishing up their housekeeping by brushing a pattern into the floor with a twig broom. Even then, the floor underfoot was a design accent!

If you wander through some of the small cottages in the restored village at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, you’ll find floors that have ‘area rugs’ patterned into them. And even back then, with only the dirt to work with, women used a different pattern or designs to accent a small area around a table or in front of the hearth.

The accent and area rugs available today would bring tears to the eyes of a Colonial bride. There’s a style and size to suit any use you can imagine, in colors to match or accent any decor. From a narrow floor runner to gleam against the polished wood or tile of an entry hall to a full size oval, to a wedge shaped hearth or kitchen rug, the choices are nearly unlimited. The right rug can perk up the atmosphere of any room, making it warmer or brighter, cooler and more stylish or add a touch of whimsy in an otherwise severe design.

Designers often use area rugs to define separate areas in a larger room, bringing the entire design together through the use of similar colors in different patterns. They know that one of the easiest and quickest ways to change the look of a room is to add a few accent rugs in strategic places. Place a round flower-patterned area rug beneath an accent table in the corner, for instance, and you’ve created a setting for it against the rest of the room. Define the perimeter of a conversation corner with a thick area rug beneath the furniture. Layer a few oval accent rugs over a larger area rug, or toss one over the arm of a chair.

floral-accent-rugArea accent rugs can serve both a functional and a decorative purpose. A thick, fluffy rug at your bedside will serve as a buffer between your feet and a cold floor on a winter morning. To help ease tired feet, place a colorful rug at work areas like the kitchen sink or counters. Use a bright play rug in a child’s room or playroom to add play value. What child wouldn’t love a rug patterned with city streets for building blocks or driving their cars over?

One of the nicer things about using area rugs as decorative accents is that it’s so easy to change the look of your room. Just pick up the rug and put down another one. With the variety of styles and designs available, you can decorate with area accent rugs anywhere in your home.

How to Care for Wool Rugs

wool-carpet-mille-fiori-by-habaWool rugs are generally hard wearing, long lasting and resistant to dirt. For this reason, wool rugs are often used in high traffic areas although oriental and Persian wool rugs or rugs with a fine weave are the exception due to their susceptibility to wear and tear.
The natural look and feel of wool is in great demand in area rugs.

New Zealand wool is considered to be one of the best in the world. Many well known carpet manufacturers weave their area rugs from 100% New Zealand wool.

Care of wool rugs

1. Vacuum regularly to prevent the build up of dust and dirt. Also regularly vacuum under the rug as dirt will fall through the fibers to the flooring underneath.

2. Remove stains immediately. Purchase a carpet stain remover suitable for wool rugs and use as soon as a stain is found. Always spot test on a conspicuous area of the rug before using to ensure the stain remover doesn’t bleach your carpet.

3. Have your wool rug professionally cleaned every six months or as required. Ensure you use a reputable carpet cleaning company.
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How To Choose An Area Rug

An area rug is one way to brighten up a room. But with so many options available how do you go about choosing the right rug for you?

An area rug can be a great investment that will last for years so it is important to choose wisely.

Placement

The first thing to consider is in which room you will be placing your new rug. If you are updating the lounge or dining area the you will require a large rug. If it is a kitchen or bathroom a much smaller area rug such as a braided rug or sisal rug will be better suited.

Size

The size of the rug will of course be determined by the size of the room and where the rug will be placed within the room. If you decide to cover the majority of a wood floor then generally you should leave about 8 inches of wood showing around the rug.

Color and Design

The color and design is a personal preference, but consider the following:

  • At least one or two of the colors in the area rug should match the colors of your walls or furnishings.
  • Choose a design that matches the decor of your room – an oriental or Persian rug will definitely suit a room with antiques while a braided rug with bold colors will suit a more contemporary home.

Texture

The texture of the area rug is another personal preference. Braided rugs look stunning in a room with a country feel; sisal and contemporary rugs suit bright modern rooms and hand-woven oriental rugs suit almost any room.

And always consider the purchase of a non-slip pad to place under your area rug. These are available in a number of materials for use on different types of flooring. A non-slip pad is not only functional for keeping the rug in place it will also keep it wrinkle free.

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