RUGS – Care, Myths and Types
Enhance the beauty of your existing, living space with the collection of modern, durable area rugs. We combine modern art with traditional weaving techniques to bring to you unique designs, implemented in exclusive rugs, which are entirely handmade. Our collections consist of exclusively natural materials in highest quality. All fibres used satisfy the highest demands and are the basis for the high-quality and durable rug collections. Something that your space would always be thankful for!
A legacy and expertise in making modern / durable handmade rugs
At Pura Vida Carpets, we believe handmade things are heart-made. Wouldn’t you agree?
There’s something very special about handmade things – the magic of creating, putting a lot of thought and of course the hard work to present something beautiful. Unlike the machine made things that take away all the exclusivity. Handmade things also help eliminating the redundancy leading to something way too creative! We at Pura Vida preserve the exclusivity and aesthetics in each rug we create. We are purely into the work of arts, each rug under our label is a piece of art and is created with precision.
The process of rug making is traditional and includes the expertise of weavers and artisans. Our rugs are no different. The handmade rugs by our artisans from Rajasthan reflect the individuality and the skill of the creator, reflect the artistry, craftsmanship, uniqueness and attention to detail that truly makes that rug stand apart from others. Every piece carries along the richness of Rajasthan to transform your rooms into aw inspiring spaces. It’s like one-of-a-kind creation that perfectly creates the ethnic yet modern ambiance you desire.
Everything that you see in our collection are created right in the rural houses. Our experts brainstorm with the artisans to create plans, bringing in a theme, giving them a background of the modern day’s taste and feel. Extraordinary attention is paid to the littlest details from the colors used to material selections, to choosing exactly the right design for your space. The end product is totally the creativity put in by the artisans. . Your 100 percent satisfaction with the finished product is always the goal of these artisans who doesn’t create pieces for livelihood but the passion they hold for creating masterpieces!
How are rugs different and preferred more than carpets?
Although rugs and carpets are used to denote coverings over the floor, there are vast differences between the two.
- First, a carpet is a floor covering that is laid wall to wall, whereas rugs are used to cover smaller (less than 40 square feet) and specific area.
- Second, in thickness, carpets are thicker than rugs.
When it comes to preference, rugs definitely come as a favoured choice for the following reasons:
- Since rugs are area specific and much smaller, they can be removed easily whereas carpets are spread across the floor making it difficult to remove easily.
- Unlike carpets, rugs are portable, come in many styles and can be used as a multi-piece (centrepiece, hung on walls, bed rug or foot rug).
- Cleaning rugs are easy as they are compact. Carpets on the other hand are large making it difficult for regular cleaning.
- Carpets can wear out very much faster than rugs. And even if a rug wears out, it can be replaced easily.
How to keep your rugs looking good?
Good oriental rugs, antique rugs, or even first-rate handmade rugs, no matter the kind, it needs quite an effort to keep rugs looking good. Here are few tips to maintain yours:
Give it some vacuum care
Vacuum your rug regularly to prevent dust settling in the fibres. Once a week or once every two weeks would suffice. It’s suggested to turn the rug over and vacuum the underside too. Don’t forget the fringes. Brush them gently.
Don’t forget the rotation cycle
Make sure to rotate your rug at least once a year. This will ensure that your rug wears out evenly.
On-the-spot cleaning is best
If there is a spill, clean it on-the-spot.
Don’t wait up for the weekly clean up. In case, there’s a water spill, make sure to blot out the water with paper towels or white cloth. Use a hair dryer to dry it out quickly. In case, there’s food or drinks spill, rinse the stain with cold water with the help of a sponge.
After the rinse, blot dry and sponge with rug shampoo or mild cleaning solution. Be careful not to use a stiff brush as this might pull the fibres.
Opt for professional cleaning
If you have had your rug for a long time, if it appears to be too dull even after a weekly clean-up, it might be time for a full professional cleaning.
How to show your rugs some good care?
Just like taking care of other furnishing is important for a healthy looking home, your rug is no different. After all it’s the best accessory of your room! Owning a fine rug, especially an older or antique rug is not only a pleasure, but a responsibility. There are things you should and shouldn’t do to maintain your rugs.
- Placing very heavy furniture on rugs can spoil your rug. So avoid! If unavoidable place casters under small or sharp pointed feet.
- Shoes should be clean or use indoor sandals/slippers when walking on the rug.
- Excessive direct sunlight can cause fading over a number of years. You can use blinds or curtains when the room isn’t in use to block direct sunlight.
- Some amount of sunlight is essential though in order to keep moth larvae at bay. Damage from moth larvae and other household rug-eating pests can be avoided as long as the rug is cleaned regularly (by brushing or vacuuming) and is exposed to adequate light.
- Carpets that are made from natural materials like wool, cotton, silk are susceptible to perish under the influence of dampness. Make sure to not left wet carpet for extended periods.
- Having a pet is great for the house but probably not so much for your rug! So you should be extra cautious. Vacuum carpet more frequently to capture pet hair and dander from your pet’s fur.
- Pet urine, if left un-treated, can cause severe damage in the form of rot and discolouration. So try and clean up messes promptly.
- Take help of professionally clean up every 12 to 18 months. More frequently if necessary.
Reasons to buy apartment rugs
Rugs are essential- Some may think otherwise. In India, apartments don’t come carpeted and most think it’s just an accessory for the room. But there are more reasons for which you should consider buying rugs.
Makes your place look pretty- The foremost thing to consider is that rugs help in enhancing the apartment decor. The colour, design, material or shape, everything add a certain essence that’s bound to make your spaces look great!
Works as a safety tool- Rugs can help lower the risk of injuries from slipping mishaps inside your apartment especially if you have children or old members in the family. Also, floors tend to get slippery after they are cleaned. In that case too you might choose to put a rug over that part to prevent slipping hazards.
For your comfort- Besides safety and enhancing the beauty of room, it adds a lot of comfort. Adding rugs to certain parts of your floor will provide the much needed comfort to your feet. You can also buy a contour rug, shaped to fit around the base of a toilet and protect your feet from a cold, hard bathroom floor. Much cosy and comfort! Placing welcome mats outside the door for visitors is a tradition in India. Replace those with a rug to add the comfort and warm quotient while you welcome your guests.
Cover Imperfections- An unsightly stain or distracting imperfection in tiles can be a great reason to cover that part of your floor with a rug. Acts as a Concealer and quick fix!
Reduce Echoes- Rugs help in absorbing echo. If you think that a room or hallway has too much of an echo for your liking, adding a rug to that area will help.
Things to consider when buying rugs
Statement matters – More than the size, think of picking a piece which is going to create a statement. A striking pattern, a complimenting colour combination, an interesting texture – all this will stand out no matter where you are placing the piece.
Key words – Good fiber, good dye, and great composition – looking into these three factors will help you pick the right kind of rug for your space.
Know the fiber – Be thorough with the kind of fiber you want to pick. Wool is the strongest fiber and most resilient to walk on, and a good quality wool rug will outlast a synthetic fiber (acrylic, nylon, polyester, olefin) any day. It’s also good for sustainability. On the other hand silk is a strong textile and looks stunning when weaved. Very smooth and easy for the feet to walk on to. Cotton rugs are best to dye and they are long-lasting ones. Handwoven rugs are more valuable to own. You know a rug is woven when you flip the corner over and the design on the front is the same as the back. That’s the beauty!
Pieces that never go ‘out-of-style’ – Exotic animal prints, Chevron (V-shaped zigzags), Damask (reversible pattern formed by weaving), Floral (any form of pretty flowers), Geometric (square- triangle-rhombus – multiple repetitive patterns), Paisley (of Persian and Indian origins), Stripes and Trellis. These are few of the classic patterns to watch out for but remember to put your personal style at the forefront. Trends aside, pick the right kind that easily goes with your space and style.
- The existence of rugs goes back in Neolithic age (7000 BC) and it’s believed they used hand-woven or hand-knotted rugs. These styles of rugs are still made all over the world, and there are several different styles of hand-knotting like Turkish, Persian, and Spanish.
- The most common materials used during those days were cotton, wool, silk, and jute. Prior to the 1950s, wool and cotton were the primary materials used in rugs. In the mid-50s synthetic materials such as a nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and viscose began to be introduced.
- The various usage of rugs that time included covering entrances of the caves, like mattresses to sleep on, softening and insulating the ground floors of their tents, durable decorations that could stand multiple moves. Rugs were also used as saddles in some cultures. People also used rugs to cover drafty walls and floors as well as decorations of stone castles.
- Did you know that some of the rugs created during the Renaissance period have survived to this day and are considered priceless antiques (the beauty).
Common Myths About Rugs
Myth: Older rugs are expensive!
Fact: The value of rugs doesn’t necessarily equate to age. The age of a rug only plays a major role in the cost if the rug is an antique (belonging to the Renaissance and Neolithic age and they can be really expensive). However, when it comes to other rugs, there are several different factors that are taken into consideration in order to determine its value. Some of the factors that are considered are the type, size, condition, design execution, rarity of the design and then the age. The combination of all these factors will ultimately determine the value of the piece.
Myth: Modern Oriental Rugs are Machine Made
Fact: That’s no truth. Considering the ease of modern techniques, there are many rugs that are made by machine but these are not oriental rugs. Oriental rugs are supposed to be handmade and that’s maintained everywhere. If they are not handmade, they are not oriental rugs.
Myth: Only Rugs With A High Knot Count Are Worth Buying
Fact: The high knot count rugs surely give away a richer look, brightens the space they are put in and are usually more expensive because of the additional labour that is involved in making so many knots. However, it would be wrong to say that only these rugs are worth buying. The knot count is only one of many indicators of quality. You still have to assess the design, rug condition, execution, rarity of the design and other factors to determine whether or not the rug is worth buying. And most importantly whether it suits your space and taste. You could come across rugs that have a lower knot count but are more expensive simply because the final combination of color, design and condition are far superior.
Myth: Rugs don’t need extra care like carpets
Fact: On the contrary rugs are quite delicate, and the oriental rugs known for their superb and exotic designs are extra delicate. Their fibers can easily get damaged so it is important to take a great care of them when cleaning them at home.
Myth: Only hand wash once in a while is enough to keep the rugs clean!
Fact: It’s best to opt for professional cleaning every six months (depends on how well you maintain your rugs). No matter how clean your rugs look, getting them cleaned by the professionals, at least twice a year can help you keep them clean and well maintained. This will also increase the life of the rugs (your investment will also pay off). Professional cleaners use safe and non-toxic cleaning materials which ensure your rugs are safe from any harmful effect.
Myth: You Should Not Buy Oriental Rugs That Have Abrash
Fact: Abrash is not a flaw in an oriental rug and it is not an indication of poor workmanship (as is commonly believed). It is formed as a natural result of the weaving process and is in fact one of the characteristic features that are found in many types of tribal or village rugs. These patterns with slightly different hues are a natural part of the weaving process. When weavers run out of wool for the rug they are weaving, they dye another batch of wool. Because all of the dyes are acquired from natural resources, it is impossible to ensure that the shade remains exactly the same. This process of continuously weaving using batches of wool in slightly different shades results in the abrash effect. So it’s absolutely fine to own the kind!
Myth: Rugs are only for beautification purpose
Fact: Rugs are preferred to make your space comfortable and look beautiful (interior). It compliments your furniture, your walls, brightens up the decoration and the overall interior motif of your home. Sure. But they are not only used for beautification purposes, but also for protective purposes. That’s correct. They protect floors from premature damages. They also protect people from accidents (Naked floors are usually slippery specially, rugs give them a base). They also kind of help in giving your spaces a makeover. Bored of the walls, and the floors – throw a fancy piece to instantly uplift the mood of your space – the best accessory you can invest upon!