All About Shag Rugs

Shag rugs have been a popular addition to homes for several years, and are a great way to add some style and color to even the most neutrally colored spaces. There are several types of shag rugs available, including high quality wool and chenille.

Types of Shag Material

There are three main types of shag rugs: Synthetic shag rugs made from synthetic silk and rayon blends, wool shag rugs and chenille shag rugs. Depending on your personal tastes and the use you have planned for your rugs, each of these three choices has some advantages.
Synthetic shag rugs can be used in high traffic areas with little damage from constant wear and tear. Synthetic rugs are also less costly than natural fiber rugs and chenille shag rugs.
Chenille and wool shag rugs are more comfortable, however. Chenille is one of the softest materials available, and is a high quality material that will not shed as other types of shag rugs, especially synthetic rugs, are known to do. Chenille shag rugs also have a comfy one inch pile that makes it one of the softest, most comfortable rugs available.
Wool shag rugs are also an excellent choice for comfort and durability. Wool shag rugs do shed, however, and are best for low traffic areas such as bedrooms or formal living rooms. Wool shag rugs are slightly deeper than chenille rugs, making them comfortable even after a long day of work.

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy Sisal Rugs

If you are considering buying a new area rug, then there are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to materials. The higher quality the materials are, the longer that you can expect to enjoy the area rug. Take for example the highly popular sisal material, extracted from the agave plant. This coarse and extremely durable fiber can withstand the test of time while offering a beautiful complement to your home´s décor. Below are the top ten reasons to buy sisal area rugs, as follows. Continue reading

Sisal Rugs Can Make Your Living Room Hopping

What makes a Sisal rug so popular? The texture of the fabric that is used and the quality of the handcrafted nature of these rugs are what make them so popular in the interior design world of today. The exotic nature of these, all natural rugs is what is driving their popularity in the market today. Because most Sisal rugs are created in Kenya, or Tanzania, where extracts from the agave plant are used to create the fine and long fibers that comprise the durability and high quality, and strength of the Sisal rug structure.

Because the fibers are so versatile, they can be woven in a variety of patterns and they are long lasting and smooth, soft to the touch. Sisal is spun by hand using the soft and smooth yarn, which is then hand tufted and woven into the beautiful Sisal rugs that you see in stores and online. Because of the nature of the Sisal yarn, the rugs are very anti-static and they can absorb much extra sound that can be created in a home. They are also resistant to fire and to water, making spills a snap to clean up.

Caring for a Sisal rug is rather simple. They can be shaken and beaten to remove dirt and they are easily vacuumed to be cleaned. The patterns and colors are widely varying making it easy to find a Sisal rug that can fit cozily into any room in the home, complimenting the interior of that room. Finally, they last a long time because the strength of the fabric. So an investment into a new Sisal rug is one that will last a long amount of time and make any home interior look great.

10 Rugs That are Perfect for Those High-Traffic Areas

When searching for the ideal area rug, take a few factors into consideration. For example, where in the home are you going to be placing those area rugs? What is the foot traffic for each roomhigh, low, somewhere in between? Will the rug be compatible with pets? Fortunately there are plenty area rugs to meet your needs and complement your home´s décor.

Pavillion Rugs: These rugs are generally one of the best choices for high-traffic areas. They are made from durable and elegant sisal fibers, which can handle even the most demanding rooms and are naturally dirt repellant, anti-static and stain resistant.

Legacy Rugs: These rugs are ideal for high-traffic areas of the home and come in an elegant and durable weave pattern, which works great in rooms with highly contrasting colors as a balancing neutral hue. They are also made of extremely durable sisal fibers.

Tribeca: Tribeca rugs are great for high-traffic areas of your house and will also serve to balance the color schemes in rooms with a warmer, earthy contrast. They, too, are made from durable and long-lasting sisal fibers.

Madison: Made from durable and high-traffic sisal, with a self-edge finish, these Madison rugs offer a warm, robust tonality that will complement even the hardest to decorate rooms in your house.

Stanford: Stanford sisal area rugs have a unique feel and texture that makes them ideal in nearly any room, regardless of the interior design schemes. Their durable backing and solid sisal fiber constructed assures that they will last for a long time to come.

Sorrento: Sorrento area rugs present many design options due to their thick, tasteful borders, which can be chosen from wide selection of different color options. Also made from durable sisal fibers.

Valencia: Valencia area rugs offer a truly one-of-a-kind color pattern and border that makes them both classy, posh and chic. They provide ample decorating options and fit snugly into any room, adding a texture and style unlike any other.

Tuscany: The unique color patterns and weaves of Tuscany area rugs are ideal for those hard to decorate rooms that demand something more. Made from durable sisal fibers and bordered with gorgeous and generous cotton, they are, simply put, a fantastic high-traffic rug.

The Benefits of Natural Sisal Rugs and Carpets

Woven from the natural fibers of the sisal plant, natural sisal rugs are as environmentally friendly as other natural rugs that are made from hemp, jute, or coir. Not only is a natural sisal rug a “green friendly rug”, but natural sisal rugs or carpets are also highly durable and resilient.
Artificial rugs just can´t compare to the quality of a natural fiber rug, such as sisal rugs, mats, or carpets.

Maintaining and Cleaning a Natural Sisal Rug or Carpet

The maintenance and cleaning of sisal rugs are both easy, because the sisal fibers do not attract or collect static or dust. Natural sisal rugs are a low maintenance rug, however natural sisal is an organic fiber that does not stand well against water or humidity. For that reason, a natural sisal rug should not be used in a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor.
Synthetic sisal rugs can be placed in a garden, on a porch or deck, or in an outdoor dining area, but when selecting a natural fiber carpet you will find better quality with the “real thing”.
When cleaning a natural sisal rug, you should only use a dry cleaning method. Any form of moisture can stain and shrink a natural sisal rug or mat. Maintaining a sisal carpet with an occasional (dry) vacuuming should be plenty to keep a clean natural sisal rug or sisal carpet.
If a stain or spot on a natural sisal rug or sisal carpet does occur, immediate attention is the best. Dab away liquids (don´t rub or smear) with an un-dyed rag or paper towel. Work quickly to pull out all liquids, and then dry with a hair dryer.

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