Looking for the Ideal Rug to Decorate Your Family Room? You are not Alone

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Area rugs can be both a financial and a visual investment…this is especially true when it comes to natural fiber area rugs.  The right rug can make or even break the overall look of a space and change the entire way that it feels.  Choosing the right rug is as much about how it feels underfoot as it is about looks.  It is also imperative that it be practical for your home.

Things to Consider When on the Lookout for Natural Area Rugs

  • What is your lifestyle like? Do you often chase pets or children through the house?  If so, you probably want to skip looking at the white rugs.  That being said, natural fiber rugs do hold up quite well when it comes to not getting stained.
  • What is the purpose of the rug in the room where it will go? Is it meant to create a focal point in a more formal living room or will it be used as a great place to sit when you are playing a variety of board games or just for the kids to sit on and watch TV in the family room?
  • What is your style like? Try to find a rug that will complement the inherent style of the room it will be placed in.  That doesn’t mean that it should match every single thing in the room.  It should work with the textures and tones of the furnishings that are already in that space.
  • How easy or difficult is it to clean? Is it going to be used in high traffic areas and need to be cleaned more often, or in spaces that are little used, where it will stay relatively clean?  Even though natural fiber area rugs are resistant to stains, they do still need to be cleaned and this is an important factor in choosing one that will be ideal for you and your home.

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  • What feels best to your feet? For a rug with a softer feel, go with one that is made from cotton or wool.  This isn’t to say that sisal and jute are not soft, but they don’t have the type of physical warmth as some of the other natural fibers do.
  • How often does your style change?  With the seasons?  Will the rug you are considering now work with your décor a year from now?
  • Will you be moving? If you are moving, then you will want to get a rug that will still fit in your new space.  It isn’t a pretty sight to see a large rug being folded under so that it will still work in a smaller space.
  • You might spend a bit more on a natural fiber rug, but it will be worth it when compared to the low quality rugs that are found at bargain stores.  They will last longer and not need to be replaced as often and you will also be able to tell a difference in the quality.

 

Go Green and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Natural Fiber Area Rugs

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The eco-friendly era hit with a boom and many people are struggling to catch up with the rest of the world. However, it can be harder than you would think; especially if you have an older style home that has none of the ‘Green’ era included in the design. There are many ways in which even the older homes can be made to go ‘Green’ cheaply and quickly.

When it comes to doing improvements to your home, you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money to get the job done and you don’t have to. Some of the things that you can do are quite simple, from getting rid of those old lightbulbs to an eco-friendlier fluorescent bulb will help. Not only do they last longer but they will cut down on your power bill as well.

When you are thinking of any kind of renovations to your home, no matter what type of home you have; from an already ‘Green’ home to an older style that needs more work; you need to take the time to think everything through that you want to accomplish before doing the actual work. Make up a design plan so you will know exactly how much material you will need and how much time it will take to get everything done.  This way, you can avoid any possible disasters later on.

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There is nothing worse than messing up on a job and having to start over from scratch so be sure that any DIY projects that you undertake you know exactly what it is that you are doing so that you get it right the first time; saving you both time and money.

Not only the house itself can be made to go ‘Green’ but the design and decorations can also help a big deal. Having organic items in your home that help keep you from having waste that you cannot really get rid of without causing more harm to the environment is a great way to help you go ‘Green’. When you want to decorate your home and still be environmentally friendly the options are abundant.

With the advancements placed on the world you can easily find environmentally friendly items for every room in your home. If you are hesitant about spending larger sums of money on things like couches and chairs, then you can go smaller to start with some amazing natural area rugs. You can find these natural fiber rugs just about anywhere online or in stores.

Research is key when it comes to anything, including designing and decorating the interior of your home. The name says it all when it comes to natural fiber rugs. They are made from organic plant fibers and are perfect for just about any room in your home.

Most natural rugs have a subtle tone to them. You can however, find some in a variety of colors that will easily match any room in your home. No matter what step in the eco-friendly phase you are in you should consider natural fiber rugs for your decorating needs.

 

Decorating Secrets: How to get Your Home Decorated Beautifully with Natural Area Rugs

 

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The reasons that you should decorate your home with a natural fiber rug are abundant. Rugs like jute, seagrass and even sisal are among the fastest and easiest to take care of. They cost a fraction of what most other quality rugs do and they are great for the environment as well. These types of rugs can be used just about anywhere for any purpose that you might have in mind. Most of the top designers today tend to want to go natural and get natural fiber rugs for every room in their homes.

These rugs tend to share some of the same qualities but they are no totally alike.  Some people will find that one may work better for them than the other. Many people have a hard time deciding if they should go with the sisal rug that is great for high volumes of traffic or something softer which could be a jute rug in your living area. If you need to know more about these rugs just keep reading.

Jute Rugs

Jute is a fiber that is derived from natural plant stems. You can normally find these types of plants growing primarily in India and Bangladesh. This product is also what you will find in twine and burlap as well. The fibers of the Jute have a soft texture with a wavy sheen to them which makes it great for those that like to walk barefoot around the house. If you want something that is amazingly soft you want to look for a jute rug that is mixed with chenille. The way they are weaved together you will get a much softer rug than normal.[Untitled]03112016 - 162323

The jute rug is best used in areas of the home that do not see a lot of foot traffic as they are not as durable as some of the other types. They can however, help to cover up bad stains that may be soaked into your floor. Jute rugs have a great organic feel to them. You may see some shedding of these rugs because of the natural plant fibers. This will only last for a while, once it gets a bit older the shedding will cease.

Sisal Rugs

The sisal in these rugs is derived from the agave plant; this is also the same plant that is used to make tequila and aloe. The plant is grown mainly in Central America. However, when it comes to major production of the fibers, it comes from East Africa and Brazil. When you want something strong and durable, you definitely want to go with Sisal. It may cost you a bit more than the others but it will be worth it when it comes to durability and having them in high traffic areas is the best. One thing to be careful of with a sisal rug is to keep them out of direct sunlight as they will fade in coloring.

 

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Seagrass Rugs

The seagrass rug is perfect for areas of the house that tend to get a lot of spills and other accidents as it stands up perfectly to stains. The weave of this rug is very tight which makes it extremely soft.

One thing to keep in mind is that you should never put natural fiber rugs in areas with a lot of moisture like the bathroom. If you want to do some comparing to find the best rug for you, check out the selection at Natural Area Rugs.

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Your Holiday Guide to Emergency Rug Care 101

We’ve made it through the Thanksgiving bend and are rapidly moving into Christmas and New Year’s territory, which means plenty more parties and family gatherings to host! Amidst all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook one thing your guests are sure to notice: your rugs. If you’re like most of us, you won’t catch the Thanksgiving gravy stain on your rug until the last minute, but don’t worry! We’re here to help you get holiday-host ready with emergency rug care 101. Rug cleaning supplies

Those Thanksgiving Leftovers That Stuck Around

For food or beverage stains that have been lingering since Thanksgiving (or even last year’s holiday feast), a strategic combination of baking soda, water and white vinegar can perform Christmas miracles. Before completing these steps, first test the process on a low-profile section of your rug to check for any adverse reactions.

Step 1: If there’s crusted on food on your rug, first gently remove it with warm water and just a drop of dish soap. Be careful not to scrub too hard or you may damage your rug fibers! Blot out all soap suds with cool water and allow the spot to dry completely before moving on to step 2.

Step 2: Sprinkle just enough baking soda on your rug to cover the stain.

Step 3: Mix two cups of warm water with a tablespoon of white vinegar and, using a spray bottle, spritz a little of the mixture onto the stain.

Step 4: Step back and watch it fizz! Let the baking soda mixture soak in your rug for 5-10 minutes.

Step 5: Gently scrub at the stain with a brush

Step 6: Use a cloth and a little warm water to blot the area and soak up the remaining baking soda and vinegar.

Your Beloved Nephew’s Latest Spill

You watched it all happen in slow motion: the cup tumbled from your nephew’s hand, red juice sloshing out and falling to your beautiful, cream wool rug under the inevitable influence of gravity. The number one factor of keeping that from turning into a stain is to act fast!

Step 1: For wet spills, grab a cloth and blot at the stain – don’t rub it! Scrubbing at this stage will just embed the invading food or beverage deeper into your area rug.

For dry spills, reach for the vacuum and for semi-solids like chocolate and mashed potatoes scoop it up with a spoon or butter knife.

Step 2: Blot the spill with cool water, then blot dry.

Step 3: Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with tepid water and begin gently wiping at the stain from the edges inward using a sponge or soft brush. If you scrub from the inside out, the mark will only spread.

Step 4: Blot with cool water to remove all soap, then blot dry.

The After-Party Cleanup

Area rugs made from natural fibers like jute, sisal and seagrass will provide you many long, happy years of use if you take good care of them.

Step 1: It’s best to lightly vacuum your area rugs once a week, but after the intense foot traffic of a holiday party they’ll need some TLC. Set your beater bar to the highest level, don’t vacuum the fringe and don’t forget the underside!

Step 2: Take care of any stains or spills before they’ve had too much time to set in.

Step 3: Consider bringing in a professional. Depending on the amount of foot traffic your rugs get, they should be professionally cleaned about once a year. What better time than after the holidays when they’ve gotten a lot of use?

The Custom Rug Option

We here at Natural Area Rugs are proud to offer many types of custom and special order rugs.  With the growing trend of flooring that is simply a hard surface, rug sales have also seen an upswing.  As a result, retailers and suppliers are constantly finding creative new ways to offer their rugs in methods that are both effective and simple.

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The Process

This is something that is simple even though there are several steps involved.  First, we cut and then square the natural area rugs in the warehouse and then move them to a workroom where they can be bound in serge.   The custom rugs come to you complete with a backing that is made from Latex.

We can fabricate nearly any design and shape.  We have made L shaped rugs before, but the rectangle shaped rugs are the most popular ones.

Each one of our rugs is meticulously made with dedication and passion by artisan rug makers who use only the finest materials…in other words, the way that they should be made.  They are made right here in LA.

For natural rugs such as sisal rugs, seagrass rugs or even jute rugs, you are invited to visit us at http://www.naturalarearugs.com/sisal/customsizes.php for more details.

With open floor plans and so much hard flooring being used, there is a growing need for larger custom sized rugs that will be able to aesthetically define areas.  There are many patterns available so that your area rugs can be changed out as frequently as you want while still being affordable.

We offer custom options for style, size and even shapes of our natural rugs.  Choose from rounds, runners, squares and rectangles, and even octagon shapes. Also, bindings can be serged for rugs that will be used on stairs or a cotton canvas binding for all of our other custom rugs.  Larger size rugs are most popular right now and we can offer a maximum size of 13 feet wide by 90 feet long.

You can shop online with a form that is easy to use.  It includes a calculator that provides you with on the spot pricing information.  Your rug can be delivered within 3-5 business days and we offer free shipping.

This program suits the market of today.  When we started 30 years ago, the market was mostly for carpet that was wall to wall.  Now, the market has flipped and is mostly rugs.

This is an excellent program that uses good tools in order to get that on the spot pricing.  It is also extremely cost effective.  Ordering directly from us here at Natural Area Rugs means that there are fewer costs involved and less handling.

Just log on to your NAR account and then enter the product, shape, size, color and your choice for the edge finish and you will instantly get pricing and delivery information.  It is a process that is quick and simple.  We also have a sample page that shows a variety of natural styles with a spectrum of binding and serging options.

Consumers and designers alike can also gain access to a wide array of the natural materials right on our website.  The largest part of our custom rugs is bound natural fiber broadloom which gives the customers the greatest flexibility in terms of custom sizes, shapes and options in bindings.