3 Tips for Choosing the Right Rug Color

When choosing a rug, it's very important to pick the right color and design for the room it will be placed in. In order to pick a rug color that matches your room and its decoration, use the following tips:

·      Keep the color of the floor in mind. One of the most important factors in choosing a rug is the color of the floor it will be placed on. Rugs are a great way to add new color to a room, and choosing a rug that contrasts with the floor can do a lot to liven a space up. If you have dark wood flooring, a brightly colored rug will stand out nicely on top of it. Likewise, a darker or more richly colored rug will balance out more lightly colored flooring.

·      Pick a color based on foot traffic. The more people who will be walking on a rug, the quicker it will start to show signs of wear. Rugs with lighter colors will show stains and age faster than darker ones, so you may want to choose a darker rug for the rooms you use most often. Pets, kids, and food will also wear out a rug faster, so dining areas and rooms where children and pets spend a lot of time should also be darker.

·      Know what you want to stand out in the room. If you want your furniture, curtains, or painted walls to be the main focal point of a room's design, then picking a neutral, solid colored rug will compliment a room's décor without drawing attention to itself. On the other hand, for rooms with plainer or more somber furniture and decoration, a bright, patterned rug can brighten up the space and be the focal point of the room's color design.

Choosing the right rug color requires knowing what affect you want it to have in a room. To make sure you choose the best color rug for your space and your needs, it is always best to consult with a specialist. Speak with one of our specialists today, and let them know what you want to achieve with the color of your rug. 

What Happens to All That Wool?

Recently, two New Zealand farmers made a surprising discovery: a wandering sheep with over 44 pounds of unshorn wool on it. The two farmers, Peter and Netty Hazel, estimate that the sheep, now named Shaun, had been loose and wandering the countryside by itself for approximately six years, and that when it is shorn the yield could break the Guinness world record for most fleece ever taken from an animal at one time.

Peter estimates that Shaun's wool, which is of surprisingly good quality for a sheep that's been wandering the wild and been unkempt for so long, could make "3 to 4 pullovers." Regardless of what Shaun's impressive fleece is made into (we'd like to think at least some of it will end up as a high quality rug!), once it's been shorn it will become one of two different kinds of yarn: woolen or worsted.

Woolen fabrics are the ones with the softer, fuzzier appearance. They're spun from shorter fibers (usually less than 3 inches). Woolen fiber is bulky, heavy, and uneven, giving it a shaggy appearance. This makes it a great insulator, as well as a good knitting yarn.

Worsted fiber on the other hand is made from longer, thinner threads and is much lighter and smoother looking. It also has a higher tensile strength than woolens, and handles creasing and folding much better. Worsted yarn is used to create stronger, more durable textiles.

Before Shaun's wool becomes one of these two types of yarn, it has to be cleaned and scoured before it can be processed. From their, it will be spun into one of the two types of yarn (or a combination of both), and then used to make clothing, rugs, or one of the other many useful products that wool can be processed into.

Whether or not this strange sheep's remarkable fleece in particular ends up on our store shelves or not, knowing the ways that wool is processed, weaved, and then turned into fine area rugs helps to give a better understanding of what rugs are made from, and what can be expected of them. For more answers about wool, rugs, and how the two should be handled and cared for, come in to the store and speak with one of our trained rug specialists.


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