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How can you tell a hand knotted rug from other types?

How can you tell a hand knotted rug from other types?
Easy.  Take a look at the back. Go to the rug, flip a corner and check out the back of the rug, it should show the same clear pattern as the front.Another way to tell is to trust the store or online site you are purchasing from. There are several reasons why a hand knotted rug is typically more expensive than other hand made rugs.  Hand knotted area rug designs are more intricate and use the most labor intensive rug weaving process today. Typically, hand knotted area rugs have a more defined and distinctive design than a hand tufted or machine made area rug because of the way they are made.
Let me help you understand.
1. First, an artist draws the rug's full-scale design on a special graph paper.
2. Each square on the paper represents a "knot" of the rug.
3. Once the design is drafted, the rug is placed on a frame, called a "loom".
4. Columns of thread are stretched vertically (referred to as the warp) on the loom.…

Don't let the dirt settle in your rug.

If you plan on investing or have already invested in a handmade decorative area rug, it is important to learn how to care for one. The beauty and quality of your area rugs can be maintained for years to come with proper care and cleaning.


Most types of vacuums are fine to use on your area rugs. Be extra careful with a vacuum equipped with a power brush, as this type of brush can create a raking effect on the rug pile and weaken the knots. Vacuuming helps prevent dirt on the surface of the rug from filtering down into the pile where it can accumulate and cause increased wear. Your area rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and grit that can settle into your rug and may damage the fibers and foundation of the rug.  You may not actually see dirt on the face of your rug but trust me the dirt falls and settles into the base of the rug over time.

If your area rug is in a high traffic area such as the kitchen or family room, you should be vacuuming it at least once a week.  If you…

Rotate and Enjoy!

While there are a few recommendations for maintaining your area rug, the very first rule I like to tell my customers is to ENJOY it! Since many area rugs are used in rooms that can have a specific traffic pattern, it's a good idea to rotate your rug twice a year. Rotation will equalize sunlight exposure and will also ensure that the rug wears evenly. It is also a good idea to occasionally rearrange the layout of your room to change traffic patterns across your area rug. If your area rug has been in the same room for years you most likely have one side that is much more worn than the other.  Although some experts claim that you only need to rotate your rug every one to two years, we believe you should make sure to rotate your rug twice a year to ensure more uniform wear and fading on all sides.Simply fold over each corner of the rug and then rotate the rug 180 degrees.  


Your home is a reflection of yourself

It has taken me some time to realize but today I can honestly say that I am much more interested in a home for myself and the people I share my life with.  A home is established by living in it, by putting thought and a decorating process together.  Ultimately you see that your home is a reflection of you, an image of you.  A home should reflects the personalities of the people who live in them.  Here is one of the rugs that has made my house a home.  A Serapi design rug hand made in India brings my entry way alive.  The colors are so rich and the design is powerful. Share your comments and tell me what you think of this rug.


Are You Ready to Take this Outside?

With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to think about outdoor living. Adding an outdoor rug can breathe new life into your space.

Whether you’ve splurged on a new patio set or are keeping your old one, adding a stylish outdoor area rug can tie it all together. We've put together some simple tips to help you enhance your outdoor space! 

Consider materials. Outdoor rugs are incredibly long lasting, easy to clean and stain resistant. Look for materials that include Polypropylene and blends. Cleaning is easy. All you have to do is give it a good spray with your garden hose or for a deeper clean, a mild soap and scrub brush will do the trick. Natural fiber outdoor rugs such as sisal, jute, and seagrass are strong and sustainable and will add texture to your space. We offer a wide variety of styles and sizes.    Narrow down the size and shape. Take a tape measure and measure the outdoor area you would like to cover before you begin your shopping. Outdoor rugs are available in many d…

Extend Your Living Space Outdoors

Have you thought about extending your living space outdoors?   It’s the perfect time of year to extend your living space outdoors to your patios, decks, porches, pool areas and lawns.  One easy way you can do this is with an outdoor area rug.  Outdoor area rugscan easily add warmth and decor to any outdoor seating area.  It’s the perfect way to anchor your area while extending your living space.  While you extend your living space outdoors, you’ll discover light weight, outdoor area rugs that won’t absorb heat, keeping you and your guests cool when temperatures are high.
Place your outdoor area rugs under outdoor tables and chairs for your next family gathering or get together.
Outdoor area rugs don’t have to feel rough to the touch. This patterned geometric rug is soft enough for the kids to play on and practical if someone has a spill.  These super durable, stain- and fade-resistant rugs will instantly transform your space, creating the finished look of an outdoor “room.”  While choos…

Look what has just arrived......children's rugs!

If you are thinking about buying a rug for your child's room check these out!   I think they just want a child's room needs.  They are fun, bright and whimsical and they have just arrived!  Decorating a child's room around these rugs will be fun and exciting.  I adore the lime green and bright colors.  Not only are they hand tufted and made with wool, these rugs are available at a very affordable price.   You also have several sizing options to choose from.  You can put them under the bed or at the foot of the bed.....you get to choose