Modern Art for Floors
Posted on January 14th, 2011
Area rugs are not only considered as a piece of object to step on but it is primarily an art piece for your home or office. As an art piece it can break the monotony of your boring and dull room.
Your choices of your area rug allow you to express your unique style and good taste. Area rugs have served as home décor basics since the beginning of home living. Plainly woven reed rugs and animal hide rugs provided the first flooring, sitting, and sleeping surfaces. For many families, the area rug was one of the household’s most valuable possessions.
The oldest existing area rug in the world is known as the “Pazyryk” carpet, was discovered in 1949 by a Russian archeologist. Long frozen in ice, the carpet’s strand, color, and designs were unbelievably well preserved. Dating back to the 5th Century BC, the Pazyryk carpet is considered an incomparable work of Scythian art, featuring beautiful details, proportioned patterns, rich insignia, and a hand-knotted method still popularly used today.
Interior designers, urban home stylist and decorators frequently suggest area rugs as the best and simplest design element available to totally reinvent a room or to revitalize existing décor, while at the same time providing warmth and depth, sound absorption, and floor surface protection. Area rugs are made in a extensive diversity of styles, colors, patterns, materials, and prices. Area rugs present beautiful, practical floor covering, often at a lower cost than wall-to-wall carpeting.
Choosing your area rug and thinking it as a piece of fine artwork or as a collector’s painting is one good investment your can make if your decorating your home or office.
Eco-Friendly Rugs: Seagrass and Sisal Rugs
Posted on January 2nd, 2011
Seagrass is a natural fiber that is versatile and naturally stain resistant. The natural fibers resist dust and other dirt particles making it a great choice for a family suffering from allergies. It´s very easy to clean and will resist most stains so it makes for a great area rug in your dinning room or living room. If seagrass is properly maintained and taking care of it will remain remarkably new and eye-catching.
Sisal rugs are naturally derived and beautifully designed to make any room in your house stand out. Although the rug fibers come from a plant in Africa, they do require routine maintenance to preserve their beauty and personality. Sisal rugs are semi-stain resistant water proof but do best when kept in a dry and arid environment. After buying your sisal rug, you probably want to know how to care for it so it stays looking new and fresh.
Both rugs are a great addition to any eco-friendly home because they are made from 100 percent of sustainable material. These rugs are affordable and are long-lasting due to their durability. Be careful when placing these types of rugs by moister as both seagrass and sisal rugs may develop mold and mildew if given too much humidity. These rugs are not intended for outdoor use. Another aspect of these natural rugs to keep in mind is curling corners. Another result of excessive moister is curled corners.
Use seagrass and sisal rugs to create the perfect earth-friendly home environment. These rugs go great with virtually any wall color and may be used as the center-piece of a room or easily blend in with neutral colors. To draw attention to your seagrass rug or sisal rug, use bold, dramatic wall colors. This will provide the eye to catch the natural tones of the rug. If you want it to blend in, simply paint the room with a shade of brown.
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Posted on December 29th, 2010
Exquisite wool carpeting is environmentally friendly and is quite an amazing material provided by nature. Wool rugs are in fashion and they’re remarkable. There are many interesting facts about wool which explain its brilliant qualities.
Wool has a rate of stain-resistance that’s 30% better than synthetic fibers. What makes wool so wonderfully stain-resistant? There is a natural light wax that coats the surface of wool fibers. This veneer helps to prevent dirt and stains from penetrating the wool or from leaving any residue on or near the surface.
Wool quickly recovers from crushing or indenting caused by footsteps or furniture. Why is that? It’s because wool is very resilient; this is a feature about wool that protects sheep from various climates and elements. Wool fiber can be stretched more than 35% and still easily return back to its natural shape. The natural resilience of wool keeps your carpet looking new and fresh for a lot longer than many other types of flooring. So while wool rugs may cost a little bit more than a synthetic rug up front, their remarkable durability makes them actually a more economical choice in the long run.
Why is wool so incredibly water-resistant? The protective barriers mentioned above also prevent water from easily penetrating the wool fibers. Additionally, wool is able to absorb about 1/3 of its weight in moisture and not feel damp.
What are three reasons that a wool rug is a safe choice for your family? First, wool fibers are naturally flame-resistant. Secondly, wool acts as a natural air purifier. Thirdly, unlike many synthetic rugs, wool doesn’t emit harmful chemicals into the air.
Why is dyed wool resistant to fading? The process used to dye the wool fibers produces lasting results.
Use Premium-Lock Rug Pads with your wool carpeting, for added durability.
Posted on December 22nd, 2010
Getting a sisal rug for your home or office is a chic way to go green. There’s an exotic element to these all natural rugs that may explain why they’re such a popular choice in interior design.
Sisal flooring is made with extracts from the sisal agave plant. The fine, long fibers of the agave plant provide the durability and strength of sisal rugs. Sisal is spun by hand using the soft, smooth yarn and is then hand-tufted and woven into exquisite carpeting. The versatility of the sisal fibers makes it possible to weave a striking variety of patterns and textures. Every sisal area rug is truly unique because nature provides wonderful variations in color and fiber thickness.
Sisal rugs are anti-static and naturally flame retardant. They are also resistant to liquids. Since spills are a breeze to clean up, a sisal rug is a brilliant choice for the kitchen and dining areas.
The fibers of sisal rugs are often left undyed, giving the rugs a distinctive, organic look. Another option is an appealing bleached sisal rug, which has a lighter, more neutral shade. Dyed weaves are also among the sylish choices of sisal rugs at Natural Area Rugs. An example is our Legacy Sisal Rug, which is a dark charcoal color and a perfect accent for many modern styles of décor. A sisal rug in any shade successfully titivates a room’s décor.
You may choose to get a self-edged sisal rug or one with a 100% cotton border. Our border colors range from neutral to moss to red/Cherry Jubilee.
All of our trendy and classic sisal flooring from Natural Area Rugs comes with latex backing. The rugs help to absorb sound, adding to the overall warmth and comfort of any space. We recommend you also use Premium-Lock Rug Pads.
Posted on December 15th, 2010
A great way to update the flooring in your home in high style without the high price is with 100% natural seagrass rugs. The neutral colors that range from beige to light brown to a greenish hue tie in beautifully with any décor. Seagrass rugs are among the most affordable types of natural flooring and yet they make great accent pieces in any room, with their naturally smooth texture and alluring luster.
Natural carpeting is such a smart choice today. Organic flooring such as a seagrass rug is naturally occurring and sustainable, which means it’s good for the environment. It’s also excellent for your home. Seagrass rugs are a great choice for nurseries or for people with sensitive allergies, because seagrass is naturally hypoallergenic. Natural flooring is carcinogen-free and always superior to synthetic rugs.
There are many desirable qualities in a seagrass rug. The non-porous surface of the seagrass, which gives off a lovely sheen, is also rigid, making seagrass rugs very durable. Choose any high-traffic area of your home for a long-wearing seagrass rug.
The unique texture of the seagrass actually absorbs sound, which can be a wonderful asset in noisy homes. Seagrass is also a natural flame-repellant.
The dining area is another ideal place for a low-maintenance seagrass rug. These rugs are easy to clean; all that’s required is vacuuming and warm, soapy water.
Seagrass is a tall plant with grass-like stems found in wet lands. Seagrass is recognizable because of its grassy, hay-like scent, which dissipates with time.
The imported seagrass rugs at Natural Area Rug are hand-crafted and come in an appealing variety of weaves. Each has pure cotton binding in either black or one of several neutral shades.
All of our rugs come with natural latex backing, and we recommend you use Premium-Lock Rug Pads.