And that doesn’t just mean dog prints either. Everyone has had the experience of opening the door to someone and realising to their horror that the visitor intends to tramp through the house will all manner of yuck adhering to their feet. It’s very rude of course, but many of us don’t feel comfortable asking guests to take their shoes off, especially if the visit is just a short one, for example reading the meter. However, no one likes to spend good money on lovely rugs through the house to have them trampled on by grubby feet, especially if they have splashed out on some expensive silk traditional rugs or some lovely shaggy wool rugs which really can trap the crap. So, what’s to be done?
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Whist the development of rugs dates back two thousand five hundred years, buying a new rug for Europeans has only remained a daunting experience since the Middle Ages. In today’s bustling market there is an endless choice of textures, styles and fibres to choose from and not forgetting the options handmade or machine made rugs. Needless to say choosing a rug can get more than a little confusing, whether to go for cheap rugs produced on machines, expensive rugs that are hand oven or something in the middle. To really appreciate what goes into a rug lets take a brief look at its origins.
While Ancient Britons were developing bronze tools and building stone circles, Persian craftsmen were hand-weaving rugs. Many of these original rugs depicted stories of battles, wealth and religious events. As the understanding of weaving techniques expanded into Turkey and Asia regional design styles developed, these styles still dominate many of the traditional rugs today. Whilst we don’t really know when the first rugs reached Europe, we do know that the Vikings brought weaving techniques to Scandinavia and the oldest rug discovered in Europe dates back to 300BC, this was discovered by Russian archaeologists in Siberia.
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Wool rugs are a great way to bring real luxury to a room, having a dense pile and keeping their good looks for many years. Although there are a few rules for caring for your new wool rug, don’t be put off because by taking just a little more care when cleaning your rug, it will last for ages and will always bounce back, with no flattened pile as sometimes happens with cheaper fibres.
Simple maintenance for wool rugs
The best way to keep your wool rug looking like new is to clean them regularly. Letting the dirt get ingrained can result in the fibres getting cut by sharp grit or accretions so the best plan is to vacuum at least several times a week, more often if they are in high traffic areas. Wool rugs can sometimes lose their bounce if vacuumed with the beater bars on, so if you can disable them on your vacuum cleaner, so much the better. If you can’t, then use the hose and a separate head – it may seem a bit of a kerfuffle, but it is worth it to keep your wool rug looking top notch. If you have a spill, mop it up at once; scrape up any solids if it isn’t all liquid. Never soak your wool rug and be gentle if using steam. Everything in moderation should be your watchword when dealing with your rugs day to day.
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BrownsThere is something very primeval about our relationship with the colour brown. Being the colour of the soil which provided us with food in our earliest times, we are very attached to it and most homes have more brown in than any other single colour, but there are more shades than most people think to consider. Glossy chestnut is often people’s favourite, with hints of auburn and a sunny autumn day. Different wood has different shades, from the smoky grey tinge of native oak through to the rich red of mahogany. Being a ‘nature’ colour, brown goes with almost every other colour but the chocolate end of the spectrum teams particularly well with cream.
Bright brown is not impossible
It is natural to think of brown as being quite a sombre colour, but nothing could be further from the truth. The bright browns – those with a lot of red in them – can make a very arresting centrepiece and also team particularly well with wooden floors, so if you need a rug to warm up laminate or stripped boards, one of this colour would be a good choice. Add an open fire and some leather furniture and you have a very classy room indeed, with little outlay. Brown goes well with green of almost any shade, so if it is a touch of pattern you are after, natural designs work particularly well. Brown is also a staple shade in many of the traditional designs, again across the spectrum from dust to ginger.
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