What you need to know about rugs

Advice, Textiles

 There are so many types and styles of rugs on the market to choose from dhurries, kilims, sisal, jute, hemp, tufted, wool rugs, synthetics, shag, dyed rugs, persian, ikat, tribal and the list goes on.  Today I thought I would give some tips on how to choose the right rug for your needs.

Which fibre is best?

In my opinion wool is the best quality fibre used for rugs, wool is strong, is vibrant when it’s dyed stunning beautiful colours, it’s naturally fire resistant it self extinguishes itself, spill resistant the liquid will suspend before it soaks into the fibres, wool ages well and just feels beautiful under foot.  It’s worth the investment.

Synthetic fibres of olefin (polypropylene) are petroleum or plastic based products and don’t have the same natural feel or strength that wool does.  Synthetic rugs (also polyester or acrylic) are used to create fake wool look rugs, so be sure to check the composition of the rug when you are purchasing, although often price is the give away being sometimes 10x cheaper than a wool rug.  Synthetic rugs may be cheap to purchase but they can end up costing a lot in cleaning.  Wool fibres have lots of nooks where it hides dust and grit due to the pile density so they look good even when dirty however synthetic fibres (plastic) soil sticks to the outside of the fibres meaning they will require professional cleaning within months unlike wool rugs requiring professional cleaning after 2-3 years.  Synthetics don’t wear well (nylon would be a better wearing synthetic, often used in carpeting for this reason) and their colours don’t remain the same as when new.

Which style is best?

It depends on your home.  Generally I think pattern rugs add personality to a space.  Rugs can be used to cover a lot of surface in a room, so when a plain coloured rug is used it can drain the life out of a space where as a print or texture adds to the space.  Also prints hide a multitude of stains.  Choose a print you love in colours you love however be sure that it ties in with the existing scheme of your room.  If you are going for an investment beautiful quality wool rug choose something that is classic in it’s design as this will last longer than a current fashion piece.

Final tips:

Be mindful of the backing used for your rug, some backings are made of jute which can yellow so if you are choosing a lovely white rug with a jute backing and the backing happens to get wet it could seep through and stain your white rug yellow, which means when it comes to professional washing this causes a problem.  Check what the warp and weft fibres are if they are jute (often used in synthetic rugs) and you happen to have pets that aren’t trained these stains will remain in the rug fibres and it will smell – jute holds odour like no other fibre.  Jute will also become brittle or rot with age so you aren’t particularly wanting this as a backing for your rug.  A quality wool rug won’t necessarily have a backing but you will see it’s woven design.

Finally keep in mind where your rug will be used and how long you are hoping to have it for, these factors will help determine your fibre choice.

Happy rug shopping!

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Winter warm up – 10 decorating tips to take away the cold chill in your lounge room

Curtains, DIY, Inspiration


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I always like to add some warmth to my home during the cold months of winter, yes I turn the heater on but I also add some decorator pieces that make me and those that use my home feel warm and cosy.  Here are some tips if you want to do the same:

1. Add a floor rug –  Even if you have carpet a nice rug under foot helps keep those toes toasty and warm.

2.  Change your scatter cushions – Get rid of cool coloured cushions such as white, blues etc… and bring in red’s, oranges, black, browns in textured linens and wool (get rid of soft silks etc…) and use lots of them, this will make your room nice and cosy as well as inviting.

3.  Candles –  Buy a whole bunch in different sizes, group them all together and pop them on your coffee table, you will feel warm in no time.

4.  Throw rug – Get that beautiful wool throw rug or afghan that you have hidden away in your linen cupboard and drape it over your lounge and use it!  Or go a step further and pull out 2 or 3 more and store them in a basket by your lounge.

5.  Signs of life – Pot plants are a brilliant addition to living areas.

6.  Get some curtains – not only will they add some personality to your room (there are some stunning fabrics out there, call us if you would like a quote) but if you buy thermal lined they will act as an insulator to keep the cold out of your rooms and the warmth in (and reverse in the warmer months) saving you $$ on your electricity bills.

7.  Re style your surfaces – Again store those beach decorator items away and pop some family photos, vases with winter berries, wooden or brass art pieces to create a new look for your coffee table, bookshelves, console tables.

8.  Change your light globes – if you currently have cool lighting now is the time to change it to warm lighting, this will make the world of difference and use that dimmer switch to create a relaxing vibe at night.  Invest in some lamps and use these as your light source at night.

9.  Layer – Just like we put layer upon layer to stay warm, do the same in your rooms over winter.  Don’t just put one cushion on your lounge go for 3 or 5.  Same with your windows if you have blinds, add curtains.  If you usually use 3 candles use 10.  This all helps create an inviting space.

10.  Make your fireplace the focus – Rearrange the hearth and mantlepiece by introducing candles, books, pine cones, family boardgames. Add some floor pillows nearby.

If you have any tips you can add, please comment below we’d love to hear from you.

Have a great day!