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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There are more cleaning tips than there are people, or so it sometimes seems. From the eco-warriors who swear by bicarbonate of soda to the chemical freaks who use nothing but Cillit Bang with all the trimmings, there are more solutions that most people have hot dinners. The key to keeping your home clean, though, is simple. If you dirty it, clean it. If you drop it, wipe it up. And that means straight away – even the most innocuous spill becomes a problem if it is left to dry on and soak in. The other watchword perhaps should be – test. If you haven’t had to clean the particular area or item before, the best plan is to carefully remove by scraping or blotting whatever it is that has gone everywhere, then test an inconspicuous area first. Read the full article at blogspot.co.uk
we mean really small.... It isn’t always easy to move to somewhere larger with house prices rising and mortgages still hard to get. The rental market is very strong as well and many people are finding themselves stuck somewhere that is just too cramped for their use. This is especially true for families where the children are getting older and are sharing a room unwillingly. The secret is to make little corners of the house the special place for just one person, so that boundaries are kept up and no one feels that they have no privacy. Read the full article at Rug Zone Blog: When the house just seems too small!
lots of people find that the noise made by neighbours ruins their enjoyment of their own space and increasing numbers are contacting their councils or even the police to make peace. In some extreme cases people have actually resorted to physical violence when a neighbourly dispute gets out of hand.
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One of the strange thing about having an online rug business is the unexplainable peaks and troughs of the sales patterns. At around lunchtime today the server suddenly went into overdrive with an unexpected intake of orders. After quick peek at Google Analytics the Real Time statistics confirmed there was an unusually high volume of visitors to the website.
Further investigation revealed that some of our visitors had seen us on TV. Then it dawned on us, “It must be the rugs we sent to This Morning Program, two days previous”. Yes, Linda Barker was doing a feature “Bring the countryside castle look to your home” and requested one our Antique Effect Medallion Natural Look Rugs in Grey for the feature.
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When you have your first baby, it is easy to get a bit carried away with buying stuff for the nursery because there are just so many gadgets out there in the marketplace and they all manage to persuade you that you won't be able to live without them. Some things are important of course and anything that enhances baby’s safety is essential buying, but some of the items costing quite substantial amounts of money are only appropriate for the first few weeks and so you have to wonder whether you really do need them or not.
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