Six rug trends that you can’t ignore this winter

2017-06-21 06:03
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RUGS have many uses and advantages. The most obvious one is keeping heat in, especially in winter.

It also gives a sense of warmth and cosiness.

It is not a bad idea having a summer and a winter rug in different colours and even textures, or one can simply pack the rug away during warmer months.

Don’t buy a rug with just your eyes, take your shoes off and walk over it.

Rugs also protect floors, especially wooden floors, and improves acoustics by absorbing noise. Visually a rug brings a look together and adds instant colour, texture or pattern.

Important rug terminology:

• Hand knotted rug – This is the traditional handmade process where wool or silk strands are knotted one by one. These are the most durable and costly rugs. Designs are limited and often classical.

• Tufted rug – From above these rugs look similar to hand-knotted rugs, but is created without tying knots. These rugs are less durable, quicker to make and therefore more affordable. There are many fun designs.

• Pile – Refers to the upper layer of a carpet that is attached to a backing. Longer piles feel more luxurious and are softer underfoot.

• Woven – These rugs are reversible flat weaves and have no piles.

What the eye can’t see

There are a handful of things to consider when buying a rug most of which are technical and boring. Most choices can be made intuitively - either you like the look and feel of a rug, or you don’t.

Don’t buy a rug with just your eyes, take your shoes off and walk over it. The feel will be influenced by the material and technique. Consider the size when shopping for a rug.

There is one important invisible factor to consider - the material. Wool is the most durable and repels dirt. Synthetic fibres also stay clean for longer.

Most other natural fibres are not that easy to keep clean. The very affordable cotton rugs are dirt traps, and not for high traffic areas. At least they are machine washable.

Rug trends

• Abstract

Made from 100% viscose, this design imitates marble

• Distressed

Distressed rug with classical print is made of synthetic yarns.

• Subtle

This flat woven viscose rug has a metallic stripe.

• Geometric

The jaggered pattern gives cowhide rugs a refreshing twist.

• Striped

This handwoven cotton dhurrie rug has uneven stripes.

• Ethnic

A playful ethnic pattern in timeless black-and-white.

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