Hand-Knotted Oriental Rugs

Posted on February 21, 2016

Cleaning-Oriental-Wool-RugsIntroduction

Handmade carpets have gained popularity all over the world and this is due to the fact that they are of high quality, are durable and also have many patterns. A typical handmade oriental rug is made up of several different elements which are warp, weft, overcasting, kilim, fringe and knot. There are basically three kinds of handmade rugs and these are tufted, flat woven and knotted. Within the category of knotted carpets, there are Turkish and Persian Knots. The two main sub-types are give rise to further sub-categories which are discussed here.

Knot refers to a wool strand wrapped around 2 adjacent warp threads, the purpose being to tie the items together. It is this knot that is cut so as to come up with a pile of the carpet. This in turn makes the carpet either pile or flat woven. It takes less amount of time to make a flat weave compared to a pile carpet. Needless to say, it is also less expensive to make a flat carpet. Kilim refers to a common type of the flat woven oriental carpets. The two other common types of flat weaving are Borcade and Soumak.

Back to Turkish and Persian Knot carpets, both of these are further divided into warp strings not only on one but also two levels. They are determined by the knot formation. For Persian Knot, when you hear warp strings on 1 level, it simply means that each knot shows twice. On the other hand, warp strings on 2 levels means that each knot is showing only once. This also applies to Turkish Knots. However, Persian knots that use warp strings are further subcategorized into closed back and open back rugs.

For the open back rugs, it simply means that the full loop section of the knot is found on the higher warp thread. On the other hand, closed back rug gets formed when lower warp thread contains full loop section of the knot. It is only in China that closed back rugs tend to be popular although they are made India, Pakistan, China, and also Iran.

Hand-woven rugs are normally made through tying a larger number of knots, usually in thousands, everyday. But for full-sized oriental rugs, these often take months for them to come into shape.

kermanraver_mhcarpetWhat makes hand-knotted rugs to be popular is the fact that each single weave gets knotted and tied as opposed to factory-made rugs. Not only are they more durable but also very attractive. They won’t fade or even drop in quality with time but improves in quality and texture as time goes by. Also, they are very easy to care for and wash. On the surface, hand-knotted Turkish and Persian carpets may appear pricier compared to factory-made. However, they will last much longer and prove to you that they are better investment.

Rug Pads and Their Usage

Posted on August 15, 2014

A rug pad is to put under a rug. It has many functions. Rug pads provide cushioning for the area rugs along with their non-slip support. There are a varieties of rug pads on the market. Rug pads extend the life of a rug and protect it from slipping and it also facilitate cleaning the rugs. However, despite the undeniable importance of rug pads, people often overlook the quality of a rug pad. A low quality rug pad can do no good rather it causes more damage to the rug and to the floor.

g2Rug Pads for Smaller Oriental Rugs:

With smaller rugs you may choose simple thin non-slip mesh rug pads as they work well with the the smaller rugs. They are especially designed and manufactured to to prevent your rug from slipping on your floors so that they can avoid causing people to trip on the floors. It is recommended that you should buy a natural rubber rug pad, as a natural rubber rug pad is less likely to cause damage to your flooring. Moreover, this will keep your rug from wearing so rapidly. It will also help you vacuuming your rug more easily so that your rug will serve you for an extended life span as dirt and grim cause the degradation of rugs mostly.

Rug Pads for Larger Oriental Rugs:

A cushioned + non-slip rug pad can offer you more cushioning so that you can feel more comfort under your feet. A 100% felt pad are prone to slide over the floor, so you should buy a non-slip pad instead. Besides, choose a pad pad with less than 1/4″ thickness, so you our your guests will not trip on the floor. Many consumers prefer a felt and natural rubber rug pad.

To make sure that your rug pad is not staining your floor you should choose a rug pad with  100% natural rubber backing. Another advantage of natural rubber pads is that they last longer than the synthetic rubber pads. Besides, before choosing your rug pad you should consider your hardwood floor types and the types of furnishings you have in your floors so that your rug pad will be the perfect rug pad for your needs. g3

Always remember to follow flooring manufacturers’ instructions as they are important when choosing your rug pads out of the numerous rug pads available on the market. In most of the cases, floors are factory finished with polyurethane or some other type of finishes, e.g. acrylic, lacquered, or vinyl. One thing you can take for granted that it is not a good idea to use a PVC rug pad on the last three styled floors, because PVC rug pads prone to react with certain floor finishes OTHER than polyurethane.

You can find the following styles of rug pads in the market: polymer rug pads, reused jute rug pads, PVC rug pads, felt and rubber rug pads, polymer coated polyester rug pads, solid jute rug pads, vinyl, synthetic latex, and natural rubber rug pads.

Survey The Types of Carpet Pads Before Choosing Yours

Posted on September 6, 2014

Carpet cushion (or carpet padding) is the foundation that you should choose with acute care for your room’s carpet installation. You perhaps have heard the adage that if you must choose between less expensive carpet and less expensive carpet padding, choosing a low price carpet pad is reasonable.  Do not be fooled by this old saying as carpet selection and carpet cushion selection both are interrelated and none can be ignored. Selecting either a poor quality carpet or a poor quality carpet cushion can cause severe damage to your flooring which will be a great disappointment for you.

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Be Uncompromising about your Carpet Pad Preference!
Retailers usually buy rug pads  in truckload quantities because of quantity discounts; as a consequence, they often overlook consumers’ priority of specialized rug pads. Moreover, they fail to offer various types of rug pads so that you may find it difficult to pick out the right rug pad from them. Never be reluctant to compromise with your rug pad preference. Unless you get your preferred rug pad do search for the right one. You may ask your retailer if it can be ordered. If the retailer cannot fulfill your preference do not hesitate to find another retailer to get the right rug pad for your needs.

Carpet Pad Absorbs the Abuse

Many customers assume rug pads are used only to enhance the comfort under foot. Of course, this is one of the reasons of using a rug pad, and there are many other benefits that rug pads offer.  The primary reason for carpet cushion is to absorb the impacts of  wear an dtear to ensure a fair durability. Wear and tear can cause synthetic latex to break down, backings to stretch, separation of the primary backing from the extra backing (delamination) and unnecessary stress on the  fibers of the rug pads. The truth is the best performing carpet cushion, in fact, gives less comfort under foot, but it certainly extends the life of the carpet installation by absorbing the misuse. Often the buyers commit two mistakes: they buy a rug pad that is too soft or too thick; none of these is healthy for your rug.

Carpet Pads Rating

There are various methods of rating carpet cushion performance. Some carpet padding is rated on the basis of density, and  there are different ways of determining the density of rug pads. Indentation load deflection (ILD), indentation force deflection (IFD), compression load deflection (CLD), compression force deflection (CFD) all these terms are often used to describe carpet cushions density.

These terms are  indicate how much weight is required to bottom the carpet cushion out. Some of these methods use a square inch as the area for evaluation, while some other use a broader area such as 6 or 8 square inches. So, when doing the comparison it is important to observe which technique is used. For example, an 8 lb. carpet pad using the broader area of evaluation may be equal to a ½ pound rating for a square inch measure.

Moreover, carpet pads can be rated on the basis of weight per cubic yard. For instance, an 8-pound carpet pad may weigh 8 pounds in a standard 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet cube. Whereas, a flat rubber carpet pad may weigh 22 pounds per cubic foot and a prime urethane carpet cushion may weigh only 4 pounds, but the ultimate performance factor is how many pounds per footfall area will it take for the carpet cushion to bottom out.

Among the two common mistakes of purchasing carpet pads is choosing a too thick pad. A too thicker carpet pad can cause performance problem though it is more comfortable. The carpet industry has established a standard of maximum 7/16  inches thickness, and it is highly suggested that you should not exceed ½ inch because a ½ carpet cushion provides adequate cushioning and still allows the carpet to hold on to the tack strip along the walls simultaneously.

Types of Carpet Padding

There are a wide varieties of carpet pads from waffle rubber pads to the urethane pads. Let’s have a birds eye view of the carpet types. It may sound difficult to choose the right rug pad out of these myriad types. To have more determination for the selection you may find rug pad reviews which is a good way to learn more about rug pad types and their usage.

Waffle Rubber: 

Waffle rubber follows the ½ inch recommendation of the thickness of carpet pads. Waffle rubber pads include air in its waffle texture. Nowadays, the waffle rubber pad has become  a good carpet pad, but in the past, it was not this good mostly because of  its filler percentage was very high and the carpet padding tended to break down over time. And when the carpet was to be replaced this carpet cushion reverted back to its original state of Georgia clay. But these problems have been resolved and today’s waffle pads perform much better than the waffle pads of the 1970’s and 80’s.

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Urethane Foam:

Urethane foam is available in different densities and thicknesses. Densities of these carpet cushions can be as low as ½ pound per square inch. These could be good options for your rugs and floors; so if you are determined that these are the right pads for your needs never hesitate to pick these rug pads.

Bonded Urethane:

This carpet cushion is also called rebond and is the most popular type of carpet padding sold today. It is made from reclaimed scrap of high-density urethane foam used in furniture and automotive manufacturing, which is bonded together to form carpet cushion. Rebond comes in various thickness and densities. The density is rated as a function of weight in pounds per cubic foot. For example, a 5-lb. rebond cushion would weigh 5lb per cubic foot. The Carpet Cushion Council recommends a cushion of at least 5lbs and 3/8-inch thickness for light traffic areas, and 6.5 lbs. and 3/8 inch for heavy traffic areas. These are minimum guidelines and keep in mind the CCC is the trade voice for the carpet cushion (carpet padding) industry. Many carpet manufacturers recommend a minimum of 8 pounds per cubic foot.

Rebond rug pads or cushions use Butylated hydroxy toluene (Bht) which is a chemical compound commonly known as Bht. It is widely used as an additive in foods, breads and cereals as it has no known side effects for human health. It is added to some urethane carpet pads to lessen the risk of flames when the rug pads are manufactured. However, sadly, this chemical has the tendency to cause yellowing some carpets and floorings. But there are remedies from it. If you have a rebond carpet rug pad, and it causes yellowing you should  rinse the carpet or rug with white vinegar or other mild acid before applying a detergent solution. Remember to be careful about detergent solutions as they are prone to permanently set the yellowing on the rug. But if your rug pad does not contain any bht then it will be exquisite. So get assurance from your retailer that your rug pad does not contain Bht.

Flat Rubber Pads:

For your ultimate luxury you may find the 19 -22lb density flat rubber carpet cushions exquisite. They also offer an enhanced durability. The only setback these cushions have is that they are pricey, and they are a little difficult to find. As a result, the average consumers would not think about this carpet cushion because of its high price. However, one thing is guranteed about these pads: een your 10-year-old olefin Berber will  look as if it was installed last week. Perhaps, flat rubber is the only carpet padding that could outlast your rug and survive a second rug installation.

Fiber Cushions:

Fiber cushioned rug pads make the proper use of scrap fibers. In reality, you may become a bit disappointed with the performance of these fiber cushions. In comparison with other fiber cushions, made from jute or hair mixed jute, perform better and normally experts of home decor recommend the above-mentioned pads rather than fiber cushions.

 

Getting help when picking a rug pad that best suits your needs

Posted on January 10, 2016

It doesn’t seem logical that we spend so much time trying to pick the perfect carpet or carpets for our living spaces but spend so little, if any, time choosing the rug pads that will go under them. We often think that any rug pad will get the job done and end up stuffing a low quality or generaCarpetCushionlly inappropriate rug pad underneath our carpet hoping for the best. This can easily backfire as the rug pad struggles to fulfill its job and, in some less fortunate cases, also ends up causing damage to the carpet itself because the padding was manufactured using cheap materials.
If anything, we should spend even more time picking the rug pad than we should trying to choose our carpet. While carpets will mostly be chosen based on their appearance and how well they go with the rest of our home, rug pads are chosen based on their functionality depending on the type of need that we have. Because of this, you probably won’t be able to avoid having to do quite a bit of research in order to get the best rug pad available.
If you feel that the amount of information regarding rug pads can be overwhelming, you can consult the rug pad vendor in order to get help when picking the right padding for your carpets. Top rug pad manufacturers like Mohawk Rug Pads will tend to have friendly and knowledgeable staff that will readily answer each and every question that you might have regarding your carpet and what sort of rug pad it needs.
However, the responsibility of choosing the correct rug pad ultimately falls upon the carpet owner. The rug pad vendor can help you by telling you which materials go well with your carpet and which might damage it, as well as telling you which rug pads serve a certain purpose, but you yourself will need to understand what type of rug pad you need. Try and think of the type of utility that you’d like your rug pad to offer you most. Don’t think about what you like the idea of most, but rather think in terms of usability and how much the rug pad will help your carpet become even greater.
This is done by assessing the location of your carpet and the conditions that it finds itself in on a day to day basis. There is a lot of difference between rug pads depending on what they will be used for, and you should always know exactly what you need from your rug pad. A rug pad that provides great cushioning and an felt-rubber-rug-padadditional layer of softness won’t really be the best choice for an area with a lot of traffic that sees a lot of people walking over the carpet daily. In fact, a rug pad whose purpose is comfort might do little besides eventually being destroyed after being placed in such an environment. This will leave you with no benefit and an additional expense to bear that could have been avoided with the right amount of research.
Similarly, a cheap rug pad might actually prove to be detrimental to the carpet it is supposed to protect as it leaks the chemicals that were used in the manufacture, creating a yellow stain that will permanently change the look of your carpet and oftentimes leave you with no other option to throw it away.
These are just some examples of how the wrong rug pad doesn’t do much for the carpet and can even end up destroying it. While the idea of having a soft rug pad under a carpet is certainly nice, it’s never recommended to place one under a carpet experiencing a lot of traffic or heavy burden from furniture. On the other hand, if your carpet isn’t getting a lot of traffic and has no furniture above it, it won’t really benefit from a sturdy rug pad that was designed to withstand heavy loads, meaning that the rug pad will essentially be wasted.
Also, always make sure to purchase your rug pad from a specialized rug vendor like the Mohawk Rug Pads as opposed to buying it from a general goods store or getting it for free from your carpet vendor. This way, you will know you have done the best you can for your carpet.

Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors and the Possible Damage

Posted on August 31, 2014

It is a common query of the consumers to know how likely the hardwood floors are to get staining and damage by rug pads. The questions end up in a series of questions: Which rug pads end up damaging floors? or Which rug pads can prevent floor damage?

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The fact is rug pads can damage the floors. There are a number of reasons that cause the damage or yellowing. The primary reasons why rug pads damage floors are listed below:

  • PVC rug pads are often problematic for rugs and flooring. These rug pads dissipate oils with time, and as the oil reaches the floor finishes the floor stains. These occurs mostly with vinyl, acrylic, laminate, polyurethane, and other plastic finishes. Some PVC pads work really well with certain types of floors, but with many floors they can cause serious damage. Most PVC pads are made “as low cost as possible” and most do not come with a warranty. The oils can react and dissolve into the floor finishes, causing permanent discoloration and damages. This occurs most often with hot climates where oils have a higher chance of realeasing and reacting with your floor finishes.
  • Cheap Latex is safer to use on your hardwood floors. But there is a problem with cheap latex that is cheap latex uses a lot of clay fillers and these fillers break down and break apart, leaving a pile of dust on the hardwood floors. Cheap latex can also cause different issues. They do not necessarily cause yellowing and damage to the floors, but they can break down and turn to a pile of dust. This issue is often overlooked as most of us do not frequently check the underneath of our rugs to check whether the they are causing this problem or not.
  • Often the users do not wait for the cure of floors. For example, consumers often put a rug pad under their rug before their polyurethane floors have properly cured. This is a severe mistake. No matter what type of rug pad you have applied, the floor finishes will soak up the chemical substances in the rug pads.
  • There are some particular floor types that need a breathable pad in order to work properly for long. This is not the case with hardwood, but linoleum, laminate, and acrylic finishes need a breathable barrier between your rug and floors, or else the finish might turn yellowish in color.
  • Sunlight can cause problems for your rug. Even when you are using a quality pad, sunlight can definitely affect your floor finishes. Some types of floors change their colors over time depending on exposure to the sun. This case occurs only with certain types of flooring. For this reason, rug dealers and retailers always mention and if they do not they should mention that how often you should move and rotate your rugs. As a conscious user, do not forget to ask your flooring manufacturers to ensure this issue; if sunlight affects the coloring of your floor finish take the necessary steps.

Types Of Rug Pads Available

Posted on February 17, 2016

eco-friendly-rug-padsThere are several kinds of rug pads available in the market. Therefore, when choosing one that fits your home or office environment, you should consider all the options. Rug pads have become a requirement for interiors when purchasing decorative as well as functional rugs. Rug pads should not be seen as a separate thing, they should be considered a part of a rug.Therefore, when getting expensive rugs and carpets, it is important to purchase the same sized rug pad, alongside.
Following is a list of rug pads,followed by their benefits, that you can purchase. In order to ensure that the investment you have made is a good one, you should be well-informed about the products, their qualities and brands. On the basis of this information, you will be able to provide you with a more protected living environment and enhance your way of life. Rug pads will insulate, protect and cushion your floors.
Choosing the right kind of rug pad for your home is an important decision everyone should make. These rug pads may be required for several parts of the house. They can make areas prone to damage, less threatening. Rug pads can secure your kids against injury on hard floors. They assist in ensuring the surface of floors is no longer slippery. They resist liquids and pressure, guaranteeing that your floors will not begin to make creaking sounds over time. They also allow enough air through, which ensures your hardwood floor will not decay and rot overtime. Rug pads rid you of further expenses.
1.    Smooth Rubber Rug Pads
These kinds of rug pads are the most effective ones. They last a long time. They have varying thickness and densities. For this reason you can alter the thickness according to your requirement. Their density is what gives them the cushioning quality. These are also the most expensive kinds of rug pads because of all their advanced features. People often opt for this particular padding because it becomes an investment that benefits them in the long run. They function very well in protecting both your rug and your floor.
Consumers often claim how they end up replacing their rugs, but their pads last longer.
2.    Waffle Rubber Rug Pads
As the name suggests, these kinds of rug pads are shaped like a waffle; with alternate depressions and elevations. The depressions provide a vacuum for the rug pad. This vacuum works as a strong enough force to link the rug and the floor together.
Waffle rubber rug pads can prove to be very suitable for area rugs and rug mats. Because of their thickness, they work well, but for a shorter period of time. Therefore, they cannot be considered a great investment. They are rather fragile to touch and it is this fragility that causes them to decompose and dismantle overtime. This is why you should pick your waffle rubber rug pads with careful consideration and concern. The right texture, design and arrangement can bring you the comfort you need.
3.    Fibre Cushion Rug Pads
Fibre cushion rug pads are considered the best option for commercial purposes; in a store or in an office. This rug pad is used in places where enhancing the splendour of a place matters more than the comfort. They look pleasing to the eye but may not be just as comfortable to walk on. For this reason they are not considered a suitable option for homes. They are a better option for large scale businesses and shops. best-area-rug-pad-wood-floors
4.    Urethane Foam Rug Pads
Urethane foam rug padswork just as well as their thickness. The thicker they are, the more comfort they provide. They work very well for area rugs, or for rugs used to hold heavy furniture. Their thickness makes them pressure resistant and they can offer great protection to the floor finish against heavy furniture. This padding is very effective to line entire rooms as well; especially if it is a toddler’s room. They cushion blows and form an insulating layer.
So if you have been looking to pad your home, office, shop or just a room, the above options can help you decide well. You can pick the one that seems to fit your requirements. This will protect your loved ones, your house and your valuables.

Rug padding satisfying your needs

Posted on March 8, 2016

Superior-Hard-Surface-and-Carpet-Rug-Pad-8-Round-MLA10719447 Having been in the carpet selling business for some time now, whenever a customer comes along and asks me if they need rug padding beneath their carpets, I tend to answer with the same question: do you need rug padding for your carpets? Most quickly come to understand I am asking them if they need any of the functionality provided by a rug pad, or better yet, if they are missing that functionality. But just because a customer doesn’t have a ready answer doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get rug pads. It only means they should think about what their needs are when it comes to use of their rugs, and how these needs can be more easily met with the addition of the right rug pad. If nothing, a rug pad chosen correctly will offer additional stability to the carpet that covers it, and will, in most cases, reduce the wear and tear that occurs over time. While I am obliged by my company to offer these customers free rug pads to go with their carpets, I take every opportunity to let them know that this form of rug padding is of lesser quality than most others, and advise them to seek out a legitimate rug pad for their needs. Rug pads are so varied that I couldn’t possibly tell each customer about them all and still have time to go back home to my wife, so instead I mostly inquire what specific functionality they want their rug pad to offer. To many of them, the first thing that comes to mind is that they wish to stop their area rug from sliding any more. One of them even shared a story on how her aunt slipped on an area rug that wasn’t outfitted with the right pad, and sprained her ankle for two long weeks. Sliding protection is fairly easy to achieve, but what about when the customer wants several benefits, such as protection from furniture indentations as well as noise reduction? In this case, I look to recommend a dense flat rubber pad. Flat rubber is often considered the premium material for rug padding and while it might be too hard for some uses, it’s just about perfect for supporting the carpet against furniture while cancelling out that loud footstep thumping. super-locknatural3optimized_11_4There was a customer who purchased five rugs of various sizes and asked if he will now have to spend just as much on rug padding. While he was mostly exaggerating, the price of quality rug pads, especially when made to accomodate particularly large rugs, isn’t something to ignore and for some people might come as a bit of a shock. If your rugs are fairly cheap or not there for style, you might be able to get away with using a cheaper rug pad that will offer you what you need. Even if the carpets aren’t cheap, you probably don’t want them stained, so you will still want to avoid bonded urethane foam rug pads despite their appealing cost.