Rugs: A Guide

Not all rugs are made the same! So first of all let`s understand the industry terminology about rugs.

UNDERSTANDING THE TERMINOLOGY

When shopping for your rug you may come across certain terms such as ‘hand tufted’ or ‘kilim’. These simply refer to the method that has been used to make the particular rug. To make it easier, we have included a thorough definition of the most common terms you may come across.

Pile: This refers to the length of the fibre protruding from the base of the rug. As a general rule, the deeper the pile, the more warm and luxurious your rug will feel.

Hand-tufted: This is a manual way of producing a rug and is carried out with the aid of a pistol-like device. When activated, it fires and then cuts a portion of the wool, inserting it into a cotton cloth base, on which the pattern has been previously marked. The wool is fixed to the base by means of latex. It allows elaborate designs but not precise, curved ones. 
 
Feeling: the tufted rugs have a smooth cut-pile surface, similar to velvet
 
Best for: Family rooms, bedrooms, or living rooms
 
One thing to note: Tufted rugs shed more than other rugs and may require more-frequent vacuuming.
 
Ferm Living has a great selection of hand-tufted rugs for the kid`s room as well as your living room. Shop Rugs Here

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Hand-knotted: The hand-knotted system is a completely manual one in which the wool is strongly attached to the base by means of a knot. The value and durability of the rug increase with the number of knots.

Hand-loomed: The hand-loomed system uses a manually activated loom. It consists of a device that allows the insertion and extraction of rods that fix the height of the pile. This method only permits simple designs.

Kilim or Kelim: This technique, originally from West Asia, uses a manual loom to manufacture fabrics that mix bright, thin sections of colour to create distinctive geometric motifs. The result is a hair-free, hand-knotted fabric.

Feeling: the Kelim rugs are THIN and flat. They do not have a pile

Best for: High-traffic rooms and spill-prone areas like the kitchen, playroom, or entryway

Rugs are not just a fancy decoration for your living room, hallway or bedroom. Rugs can be very effective for practical reasons.

THE PRACTICAL ONES

Noisy Footsteps | Heat Loss: More and more homes nowadays have hardwood flooring rather than carpet. A cosy, deep-pile rug will help overcome these issues and allow you to keep the floor that you love.

Heavy traffic: Hallways, landing could wear out quickly. For these areas a short pile rug will ensure the flooring underneath is protected from marks, scratches and general wear and tear.  Think as well at your kitchen floor just beneath the sink. In these areas we suggest runners and short pile rugs. What we do really love are the latest rugs made from recycled materials like PET.  

Define Areas : A rug comes pretty handy to define the space in an open-plan living area. In a room where you have kitchen, dining area and sofa, define and divide the areas avoiding the use of walls or screens.  You might want to have a rug under your table and chairs and a different rug for your sofa. Why not adding a small rug for a reading or office corner. 

MATERIAL MATTERS

Wool

Wool is a natural fibre that offers comfort and warmth, it’s also hard-wearing, fire resistant, dirt repellent and a sound insulator. There are numerous types of wool available on the market. Our rugs are made from New Zealand wool, which is grown in open pasture land following sustainable land use and animal-friendly practices and is natural, renewable and biodegradable.

Innovative Sustainable Materials 

FermLiving is turning plastic into a beautiful series of rugs suitable for both indoor and outdoor. With the help of specialised technology the Way Series are made entirely from used plastic bottles – the PET-yarn. The Way Rug and the Way Runner might not feel warm and soft but they are a great choice for heavy traffic areas like hallways, landing and kitchens and for outdoor.

Cotton

Warmer weather conditions call for a change in your home. We like to swap the wool rugs with cotton ones. Cotton rugs are very practical and easy to wash at home. Lorena Canals has a great selection of cotton rugs washable you might want to have a look at.

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