Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Also, Couristan is a generations old business. With so much experience under their belt, it is no wonder that they are able to have literally thousands of rugs in stock for a speedy delivery. Whether you are looking for a wool rug made on a wilton loom, or a handknotted rug timelessly styled by artisans who had their artform passed on from generation to generations, the Couristan line has just the right item to infuse your home with an exciting vibrancy that at times can be hard to achieve from new flooring.
Be sure to take a look at the entire Couristan line. From contemporary rugs to more traditional rugs, the cool cats at Couristan really do know how to put together an incredible assortment of rugs. Naturally, if you have any questions about the rugs they offer or would like to just chat about their products, please don't hesitate to give me a call.
Thanks to you all for reading...and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!! :)
Guru of Rugs.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Now, not to limit ourselves with round rugs and square rugs (although Danielle in customer care gets requests for these shapes the most) Rugs to My Door also has options such as oval rugs and octagon rugs. Oh, get this, we even have specialty shapes like rugs that are shaped like flowers, horses, stars or even surf boards. Like I said earlier, life doesn’t always come at us in a rectangle and we have the options you need to decorate your home around you, not the shape of your rug. So, don’t be afraid to use our built in area rug search function to help you find the exact shape (and size and color and price) rug that your home requires. And remember if you need more personalized help on your search for a rug; give us a call, we’ll be glad to help you find the perfect rug.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Milliken Rugs is a tier A1 vendor for Rugs To My Door. This means that they make the highest quality rugs in a timely manner with very little defects. Their assortment includes thousands of exciting patterns in a range of colors unprecedented in the rug industry. The great thing about rugs made by Milliken is that they are ALL made of nylon. Since nylon rugs tend to last a very long time and require little maintenance, you can be sure that the rugs you get will not only look good when you unroll them, but for several years thereafter.
So what sort of rugs is Milliken best known for?
Their very most popular pattern is Jungle Safari Skins. Funky and fun rugs such as this pattern can really liven up a room and make it feel fresh and exciting again. Be sure to wander around and see all the rugs that Milliken has to offer. Believe it or not, the rugs Milliken presents are made to order! With this in mind, they will still land to your door within two weeks because they are made in the United States.
Give me a shout if you have any questions...thanks for reading, and have a great week!!
Guru of Rugs.
Friday, September 21, 2007
As the demand for rugs escalated dramatically through the late 1990's, Oriental Weavers group established a sister division in Dalton, GA. The Oriental Weavers of America was established to service massive market retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot. With the invention of much more modern and efficient Wilton weaving machines, Oriental Weavers of America found itself ever increasing sales volumes.
Meanwhile, the original division of Oriental Weavers was renamed Sphinx by Oriental Weavers. This division was established to sell rugs to higher end retailers such as Rugs To My Door. With flagship collections such as Andy Warhol Home, and the world renowned Generations Rugs Series, Sphinx by Oriental Weavers established itself as the world's largest producer of area rugs.
As market trends continued to change into the new millennium, Sphinx by Oriental Weavers realized that offering strictly machine woven rugs was no longer viable. With this in mind, they established a new division that was temporarily known as Oasis by Oriental Weavers. After several years, the company was integrated fully into Sphinx by Oriental Weavers, and was looked to for the most fashionable hand crafted rugs at prices that had yet to be seen in the marketplace.
Year after year, Sphinx by Oriental Weavers received high praise and awards for their incredible value and outstanding quality. Rest assured, rugs offered by Sphinx will be both reasonably priced and durable. With a 1.5 million square foot warehouse in Dalton, GA they will also arrive to your door faster than you would ever imagine.
So when you are looking for new rugs, be sure to take a look at Sphinx by Oriental Weavers. They are the industry leader for a reason!
Thanks again for reading...have a great weekend :) Until next time...
Guru of rugs
Thursday, September 20, 2007
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
What is Fashion Source known for?
Their primary focus is on quality for a relatively good value. While this may seem like something that all vendors strive for, they really do a great job of it. For instance, they have a collection of rugs called Bella. The Bella Collection boasts a MILLION points of yarn in a square meter. The benefit of this is that the yarn will stay standing up under a lot of foot traffic, making your rugs look newer longer. Bella is a traditional range of rugs with updated colors that would look ideal in the most fashionable of home interiors.
Another really incredible series of rugs by Fashion Source can be found in their Avenue C Collection. Named after a heavily traveled New York road, the Avenue C Collection can stand up to a really heavy amount of foot traffic. Crafted by hand of 100% Wool, this series of area rugs is even Eco-Friendly. The range of patterns is really great, and includes things that are traditional, floral, contemporary, and casual. Be sure to take a look at them...with a 5x7.6 rug (the size that fits well under a coffee table) starting at only $299 the sophisticated look of wool can be yours for a price that is really rare in such a quality.
Be sure to check out the entire Fashion Source range of rugs. They offer items that represent a huge range of price points, styles, designs, and qualities. When you are looking for rugs that will stand up and be durable over time, the Fashion Source brand is just the ticket!
Tomorrow, be sure to look out for our next Spotlighted vendor "Oriental Weavers". They are the world's largest manufacturer of area rugs...but that is just a teaser. To learn more you will just have to check back in tomorrow ;)
Guru of Rugs.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The short answer really is "you get what you pay for". When we consider adding goods to our site, we first look at the product and feel it. The manufacturer of the rugs will tell us about the quality and construction. Based on this knowledge, I will break down the rankings from BEST to GOOD
Rugs made of New Zealand wool are by far the most durable, highest quality rugs available. The most incredible fact about New Zealand wool rugs is that the sheep are actually bred to be used for a certain application. So the sheep that are sheared to make a wool suit are not the same sheep that are sheared for wool rugs. Because of the desireable climate in New Zealand and a tireless eye on the quality of the wool that is being sheared, New Zealand wool is traditionally much clearer white and has a longer staple length. The benefit of starting out with a clearer white yarn is when dying it the intended colors come through much cleaner than would have otherwise been the case. The longer staple length (staple length is how long the individual fiber is before it is spun into a spool of yarn) of New Zealand wool results in rugs that do not pill or fuzz as much as their counterparts from areas such as Spain.
There was a time when New Zealand wool rugs were dramatically more costly than their synthetic counterparts. In recent years this has changed. As costs for petroleum based fibers such as nylon and polypropylene increasing often and a surplus of New Zealand wool fibers the cost variance is not nearly as great as it used to be. I own a few rugs made of New Zealand Wool. One of them is from our Patina collection. I have had it for almost ten years and the area rug looks truly as good as the day I bought it. Sure it fuzzed and pilled for a few days after I laid it down but once that stopped I have been able to enjoy my area rug for several years.
This category is a bit more involved. Some rugs are made of wool in this category (but NOT New Zealand wool, as that is a "BEST" category winner. Rugs in our Better category would also include Nylon and ultra dense heatset polypropylene. We will begin with rugs made of wool.
Rugs that are made of wool originating from areas other than New Zealand have a durability rating similar to their synthetic counterparts. The thing to keep in mind about wool rugs that are not from New Zealand is that they will pill and fuzz for a much longer period of time than their New Zealand wool siblings. This being said wool rugs that have completed their pilling and fuzzing cycle (could take up to six months) end up looking newer for a much longer period than their synthetic counterparts.
Continuing in the Better category is Nylon. Nylon rugs are styled to emulate the feeling and texture of wool at a somewhat lower price. This origin is proving to be challenging as fuel prices continue to increase, in many cases we offer nylon rugs that cost more than similar goods made of wool. Nylon is a great fiber for a house that has a whole lot of activity in it. Picture a dog, a few kids and a rainstorm outside. What fiber will stand up best to this sort of abuse? Nylon is the answer.
Rounding out the better category are rugs made of heatset ultra dense polypropylene. Why ultra dense? Because polypropylene yarns tend to want to take a nap! That is to say that if it is not a densely constructed rug, the fibers will sort of fall over or crush. This matter is solved when the rug is ultra dense in construction so that the yarns essentially have no where to go.
One of our very best selling ultra dense series of rugs is the Fashion Source Bella Collection. Bella is infused with updated colors that are delicately balanced with timeless oriental patterns and florals.
This category is occupied by polypropylene also but in this case they are not ultra dense and they may not be heatset. The basic way to describe a heatset yarn is it was wrapped around a curling iron so that it crimps. This crimp when stood up on end acts like a small spring that allows the fiber to bounce back. Since this part of the process is very costly, by leaving it out the price of the polypropylene rugs comes down quite a bit. A great example of a polypropylene collection that offers a whole lot of style at an itroductory price point is our Poplar Ridge series. Poplar Ridge rugs are made of polyproylene with colors that companion with todays most fashionable interiors. Rugs in our Poplar Ridge series start at only $29! This series is ideal for a lower level, under a pool table, or in a college dorm room.
Thanks for reading again :) Keep on coming back...I will add more information about how to select rugs and how they are made. This should explain why rugs vary in price so much though.
Guru of rugs
Monday, September 17, 2007
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With this in mind, I will give you a few tips.If you are buying a rug for your busy dining area or hectic living space (where kids and pets roam), then the rugs you should consider should definitely be made of polypropylene or nylon.If on the other hand, the room is formal, such as a formal dining room or formal living room, then wool is a great starting point when shopping for rugs.The real tip is, consider the traffic, and the feeling you are looking to create with the room.
The more luxurious the room is, the more likely that rugs made of wool will fit right in. On the other hand, if you are thinking about adding rugs to a higher traffic area, then the rule of thumb is to get rugs made of polypropylene or nylon.So what is right and what is wrong? The easy answer is, it just depends. Now don't forget to give us a call if you have questions. Rugs really are about a lot more than just style and design. Choosing the right fibers for the right application will go a long way to ensure the rugs you choose today will be the same rugs you love tomorrow.
Thanks again for reading :)
Have a great weekend.
Guru of rugs.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
If you are unsure whether you need a rug pad or not...just think this: Do you ever remember buying carpeting for you home that is installed wall to wall that had no pad beneath it? The answer is likely no, and why? Because carpet will last longer with pad beneath.
When you are looking at rugs, be sure to ge the pads that go with them. If you prefer not to get them from us, no worries, but get them somewhere. If not, the manufacturer warranty will be voided, and the rug will simply wear out faster. That is what I call penny wise and pound foolish!
So pad your pockets and your floors, be sure to include rug pads with your purchase. Thanks again for reading.
Guru of Rugs.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I would strongly suggest Polypropylene for a home with pets. Especially if it is machine woven. That way there is very little secondary backing absorb the soiling. We do offer a Wool Clean kit that has this really cool bottle of absorbent mini sponges. The sponges come in handy for this sort of situation. So when you are wondering what sort of rugs are best for a home with pets, the quick and easy answer is Polypropylene. Just try to get up any soiling as quick as possible...the urine does have acids in it that overtime can upset the texture retention (basically means the rug will start to look worn out faster).
That is all for now...short and sweet. Thanks for reading. Have a great night.
Guru of Rugs.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Well, I would personally use rugs to brighten up my living space. Since the fall and winter months are sort of gloomy, rugs can make a real difference in a given space. Maybe take out the rugs that are a bit more subdued and replace them with an exciting pattern from our New Wave series.
The range of rugs in our New Wave series are truly incredible. They bring together timeless patterns with the most lively and updated colors. The combination results in rugs that simply must be felt to be fully appreciated. Perhaps the budget does not allow for handtufted wool rugs. No worries, we also offer items in a more moderate price point that also add a bit of pizzaz to the mellow fall and winter months. Take a look at the firey combinations of colors in our Abrams Creek collection. Versatile and trendy, the Abrams Creek collection really is a sure bet. Take a moment as the days grow a bit shorter to curl up on the sofa and wander our site on your notebook. Believe it or not, folks tend to wander our site for hours upon hours at a time. Please take your time wandering the incredible range of rugs. If you have any questions about the quality or styling just give me a shout. Thanks again for reading...and here's to a really great (and more colorful) autumn season!
Guru of Rugs
Oriental Weavers was started in the mid 1980s as an international supplier of machine woven area rugs. Their corporate headquarters is in Cairo, Egypt. The organization has a significant degree of vertical integration which allows for both quality controls and cost reduction throughout the manufacturing and distribution process. Rugs that were initially offered by Oriental Weavers had more introductory price points such as 5x8 rugs for only $99. Oriental Weavers was the first manufacturer to use the Van DeWiele weaving machine which took the process of wilton weaving rugs and moved it into the 21st century. Prior to Van DeWiele weaving, the production of weaving rugs took a good deal more time. Essentially, a VanDeWiele machine allows for two rugs to come off of the loom at the same time, with the items being woven face to face (sort of like a sandwich) and then sliced down the center, laterally. The result is two rugs in the time it used to take to make a single rug.
Once Oriental Weavers perfected machine weaving with the Van DeWiele, they moved to another process, which is known as side weaving. Conceived by Oriental Weavers, side weaving allows for up to 36 colors to be used in any rug pattern designed. The result is an incredibly varied range of colors that makes the rugs look even more luxurious and vivid than before. With each techological advancement, the retail prices of Oriental Weavers rugs moved up, along with their quality and styling. Oriental Weavers is now known for producing rugs in the $299 and $399 price points for a 5x8. Long known as the industry leader in machine woven rugs, Oriental Weavers branched into hand tufted and hand knotted rugs in the early 2000s. Using their existing design team, they began using much of their styling talents to make rugs that offer an incredible value within their respective quality ranges. Click on the logo above, and you will see what an amazing range of goods they offer.
Shaw was know for creating well priced wall to wall carpets. As the flooring industry evolved, and homeowners began to prefer hard floors such as wood or tile, Shaw Industries branched into hard surfaces. Naturally, they realized that rugs were a great fit to the hard woods and tiles that they offered.
Teaming up in the late 1990s with Kathy Ireland resulted in a catapult of the sale of their rugs, thanks to the savvy styling and fashion sense of the Kathy Ireland Home organization. As years went by, Shaw living acquired their own advanced weaving machines which allowed them to offer a huge range of rug patterns at competitive price points. Be sure to browse the incredible assortment of patterns offered by Shaw. I am sure you will agree that what started as a very small wall to wall carpet manufacturer in Dalton, GA blossomed into an incredible corporation that supplies a delightful range of rugs to homes across the USA.
Milliken has long been know for manufacturing screen printed rugs. Their origin, however is much more diverse. Being from Detroit, Rugs To My Door staff is tuned into the other items that Milliken has long manufacturered including vehicle carpet and automotive headliners. As their business grew and evolved, Milliken became a major presence in the rug industry.
With collections such as Claire Murray and their hugely successful Signature Collection, Milliken rugs offer a great range of stain resistance and styling that is absolutely ideal for today's home interiors. Since Milliken rugs are made to order, they are able to offer an absolutely huge range of patterns in sizes and styles that are truly unprecedented in the rug business.
If modern styling and ease of maintenance is what you're looking for, then Milliken is the ticket.
Be sure to check back when I will discuss the other vendors that hit the rug industry in the mid 1990s. Rugs really can make a huge difference to a home's interior. Knowing where the industry started and where it is heading is a great way to know why the rugs you buy cost what they do and where style and design is poised to head in the coming years.
Guru of Rugs.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Well...rugs are by far no exception to this rule. Fashion forecasters have indicated the following for the coming twelve months. Keep this all in mind as you shop for new rugs.
1) Neutrals are coming back even stronger. Look for rugs that are much more subdued and subtle. This trend shift is in large part responding to the really out-there colors we saw in contemporary rugs for so many years.
2) Black and white is also becoming an important segment. Rugs that have such basic colors can be very striking, and graphically stimulating.
3) Soft and zesty, but I will try to break it down as easily as I can. Essentially, rugs that fit the soft and zesty category have peaches, pinks, creams, and lavender and a whole range of browns thrown in. This base of colors is becoming very popular in very high end rugs, and home interiors in more moderate price points will certainly see these hues on the horizon.
That is all for now in the color trends for contemporary rugs. But keep checking back. I will be discussing trends in other groupings of rugs including braided rugs, floral rugs, and traditional rugs. Have a great weekend!!
Guru of Rugs.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
1) If you can't say something nice, sit next to me AND
2) Don't answer a question with a question.
Well, I always follow number one, but number two I seem to always come up short on, and this is no exception.
To answer the question "When shopping for rugs, what fibers are best?" I would have to ask you what room the rugs are going in.
Kitchen or Laundry Room
I would strongly suggest polypropylene. I have taken the liberty of making a link to all of our polyproylene rugs here. The reason polypropylene is ideal for rugs in a kitchen or laundry room is that the fiber is impermeable to stains. It can be cleaned very easily with a damp terrycloth, and holds it's color even if bleach is spilled on it, which makes it ideal for a laundry room. I should tell you there is always a catch though, and in this case it is wearability. Polypropylene tends to wear in a fairly speedy manner so that the soft texture of the rugs you feel at first is not what you will feel some time afterwards. The pattern will still look as vivid and rich as when you got it, the feeling of it on your hands and feet just won't be as silky as when the rugs were new.
Master Bedroom, Guest Room, or Formal Living Room
Without a second of thinking or pondering the fiber is hands down wool. Wool is the fiber by which all others are measured. Choosing wool for the rugs in these rooms will result in an ultra soft feeling underfoot and rugs that appear nearly brand spanking new for several years to come. Wool rugs are very easy to clean, so long as you have the proper cleaning tools on hand. Particularly our Wool Clean kit. So the catch with wool is that once you receive your rugs, they will pill and fuzz for several months. The good news is that after the fuzzing is done, the feeling of the fiber will be lustrous for far longer than you had to deal with your rugs fuzzing.
Family Room, Dining Room, Foyer
Nylon is the ideal fiber for these settings. Nylon is a sort of cross between polypropylene and wool. Rugs made of nylon are typically stain resistant, a bit less costly than wool rugs, and have a resliency that is almost as good as wool. So why choose nylon for rugs in these rooms as opposed to wool? Well, because rugs in these rooms get a whole lot of traffic, and wool would really bum you out with the amount of fuzz that would be produced as a result of the heavy traffic.
Thinking of rugs for rooms that I did not list above? Please give me a call, and I will give you some tips. Thanks again for reading, and if you have questions about rugs and how they will perform please let me know. Rugs really do make a big difference in a room, and by choosing the right fiber you can be assured that they won't only look good today but for a long time into the future.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Rugs that represent the seasons of the year continue to grow in popularity, so whether you decide to go with rugs that clearly represent the season at hand, or use the colors of the season to indirectly represent the season, trust me that it will be a decision you enjoy living with. Naturally, if we may provide any guidance just give us a shout.
Thanks again for reading!
Monday, September 03, 2007
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Saturday, September 01, 2007
Not only do area rugs add a bit of style to a room, but they also help to anchor a grouping of furniture. As more modern home interiors boast very large rooms where a living space, eating space and kitchen are joined without walls between them, rugs are an ideal way to bring the eye into a certain setting, and allow it to stand out among the rest of the room.
Kitchens are also a great place to consider a fashionable new area rug. Many of the patterns in our Fashion Source line up feature a remarkably advanced fiber. The yarn is virtually impervious to stains, and will stand up against an incredible range of spills and dribbles. Believe it or not, the polypropylene fiber is even used to make such things as notebooks and storage containers because of it's color fastness and enduring quality. Be sure to take a look at our Fashion Source range of goods. They really are an ideal blend of fashion and function. Don't forget too, they really do offer impeccable quality with incredible value. Take a look, and you will see for yourself.
Thanks for reading, and as always if you have any questions or would simply like some guidance in selecting the ideal rug for your home decor just give us a call or send an email. We are truly pleased to help.