What You Should Know About…Kaleen Rugs

This Thanksgiving weekend, our customers enjoy a 20% discount on all Kaleen rugs, in addition to our already low prices. Being family-owned and vertically-integrated might seem like buzz terms used to add style and hype to a brand’s image, but Kaleen places special meaning behind those words. From sourcing the fiber to dyeing the yarn, to designing and weaving the rugs to selling the finished product, the family in charge of Kaleen Rugs is involved in every step, eliminating process inefficiencies to lower manufacturing costs. That kind of meticulous quality control results in a high-quality product Rug & Home is able to offer our customers at a great value.

 

Kaleen Rugs specializes exclusively in hand-tufted rugs, consistently pushing the boundaries of fashion with their modern designs. With simple, clean, fresh designs, it’s hard to deny Kaleen their position as the best in the hand-tufted world.

 

Every rug collection is personally curated by the Rug & Home buying team. Here are some of our favorites:

Nomad NOMO6 Red

Nomad: Hand-tufted, flat-woven construction gives these geo-prints and tribal designs a global, well-traveled feel. 5′ x 8′ – $339

Matira MAT02-17 Blue

Matira: Inspired by the secluded beaches of Bora Bora, these indoor-outdoor rugs will brighten any room! 5′ x 7’6″ – $269

Casablanca CAS04 Ivory

Casablanca: Trendy Moroccan designs featured in hand-tufted wool. 5′ x 8′ – $339

Bimini-10

Bimini: These hand-tufted polypropylene indoor-outdoor rugs provide a simple look with a soft hand. 5′ x 8′ – $219

What You Should Know About…KAS Rugs

This year for Thanksgiving weekend, Rug & Home is offering deep discounts on rugs by five different name brands as part of our Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales. We don’t feel it’s enough to simply tell you the name of the brand and the discount associated with it. Rug & Home believes that the centerpiece of any beautiful room is a carefully-considered, well-chosen rug. For that reason, we’ve created a new series of blogs to help you get to know the rugs on sale this Holiday weekend. Today’s entry tells you what you should know about KAS Rugs.

This Thanksgiving weekend, our customers enjoy a 15% discount on all KAS rugs, in addition to our already low prices. Without a doubt, KAS Rugs is one of our most trusted partners. Our buying team has known and done business with our fellow family-owned, multigenerational company for 30 years. Known for their position as spearheads of rug design innovation, KAS’ unique constructions raise the bar when it comes to what it’s possible to accomplish in rug design. Their investigations and willingness to take risks allow them to remain at the forefront of fashion while providing rugs at an affordable price.

Rug & Home’s buying team loves KAS because they are a fashion-forward company. By anticipating the design and color trends in interior design, KAS Rugs can bring the latest trends to market year in and year out. This means that Rug & Home can provide you with KAS rugs to match the latest fashion in home décor on demand and as it happens.

Every rug collection is personally curated by the Rug & Home buying team. Here are some of our favorites:

KAS Syriana

Syriana: These soft and traditional designs in 100% New Zealand wool are hand-tufted in India. 5′ x 8′ – $360

KAS Bali

Bali: Specially-dyed and densely-woven polyacrylics in richly colored, highly textural designs. 5′ x 8′ – $282

KAS Cambridge

Cambridge – Classical and traditional Persian designs at a price you’ll love. 5’3″ x 7’7″ – $180

Catalina - Peacock Feathers

Catalina: Large-scale florals and other bold designs decorate these hand-tufted, high-sheen wool rugs. 5′ x 8′ – $558

What You Should Know About…Momeni Rugs

This year for Thanksgiving weekend, Rug & Home is offering deep discounts on rugs by five different name brands as part of our Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales. We don’t feel it’s enough to simply tell you the name of the brand and the discount associated with it. Rug & Home believes that the centerpiece of any beautiful room is a carefully-considered, well-chosen rug. For that reason, we’ve created a new series of blogs to help you get to know the rugs on sale this Holiday weekend. Today’s entry tells you what you should know about Momeni Rugs.

This Thanksgiving weekend, our customers enjoy a 20% discount on all Momeni rugs, in addition to our already low prices. Our buying team relies on the unique talents of this third-generation, family-run business to source the best rugs from around the world. The Momeni team’s keen eye is always scouting for the highest quality in hand-knotted rugs – Kazaks, Peshawars, and Afghanis, to name a few – allowing us to provide them to you at a great value without sacrificing quality.

The unique quality of Momeni Rugs’ pieces extend to their groundbreaking children’s rug designs. Momeni’s children’s rug designer knows how to see home décor through the eyes of a child, treating the young to amusing scenes, geometric patterns and their favorite images – from sports to fantasy. The result is their Lil Mo collection – and your child’s comfort and enjoyment.

Every rug collection is personally curated by the Rug & Home buying team. Here are some of our personal favorites:

Lil Mo Whimsy

Lil Mo: These kid-friendly rugs feature designs ranging from classical to quirky. Your child will absolutely love these pieces! 5′ x 7′ -$299

Momeni New Wave

New Wave: One of Momeni’s longest-running collections, these hand-tufted wool rugs are timeless. 5’3″ x 8′ – $599

Momeni Geo

Geo: These casual, hand-hooked rugs are the perfect accent for any modern room.    5′ x 7′ – $279

Momeni Baja

Baja: Simple, graphic patterns and lively color palettes are the signature of these indoor-outdoor rugs. 5’3″ x 7’6″ – $149

Momeni Delhi

Delhi: Master craftsmen hand-carve and hand-tuft these simple and elegant 100% wool rugs. 5′ x 8′ – $299

Momeni Bliss

Bliss: Bold transitional and soft contemporary patterns distinguish these hand-tufted Chinese rugs. 5′ x 7’6″ – $279

What You Should Know About…Orian Rugs

This year for Thanksgiving weekend, Rug & Home is offering deep discounts on rugs by five different name brands as part of our Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales. We don’t feel it’s enough to simply tell you the name of the brand and the discount associated with it. Rug & Home believes that the centerpiece of any beautiful room is a carefully considered, well-chosen rug. For that reason, we’ve created a new series of blogs to help you get to know the rugs on sale this Holiday weekend. Today’s entry tells you what you should know about Orian Rugs.

This Thanksgiving weekend, our customers enjoy a 10% discount on all Orian rugs, in addition to our already low prices. With their fashion-forward, modern takes on rugs from Persian classics to their ultra-plush shags, Rug & Home’s buying team absolutely believes that Orian Rugs is a pioneer in the field of rug design and construction. Because all of their products are 100% U.S.-made, Orian is able to develop these new types of rugs at prices that are palatable to our customers.

Orian Rugs is a local business which began operations at its Anderson, SC facility three decades ago. Community involvement, quick delivery and detailed quality control allow Rug & Home to bring you affordable styles in a timely fashion.

Every rug collection is personally curated by the Rug & Home buying team. Here are some of our personal favorites:

Utopia: Cutting-edge technology gives this collection the look and feel of a Flokati for a fraction of the cost! 5'3" x 7'6" - $192.50

Utopia: Cutting-edge technology gives this collection the look and feel of a Flokati for a fraction of the cost! 5’3″ x 7’6″ – $192.50

Orian Veranda

Veranda: Combine the benefits of outdoor functionality with the flair of contemporary fashions. 5’2″ x 7’6″ – $155

Orian Four Seasons

Four Seasons: Combine the versatility and functionality of outdoor rug construction with indoor fashions ranging from Oriental to modern. 5’2″ x 7’6″ – $155

Orian Wild Weave Dusk to Dawn

Wild Weave: These luxuriously plush shag rugs boast creative color combinations and inventive style. 5’3″ x 7’6″ – $312.50

What You Should Know About…Nourison Industries

This year for Thanksgiving weekend, Rug & Home is offering deep discounts on rugs by five different name brands as part of our Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales. We don’t feel it’s enough to simply tell you the name of the brand and the discount associated with it. Rug & Home believes that the centerpiece of any beautiful room is a carefully-considered, well-chosen rug. For that reason, we’ve created a new series of blogs to help you get to know the rugs on sale this Holiday weekend. Today’s entry tells you what you should know about Nourison Industries.

This Thanksgiving weekend, our online customers enjoy a 20% discount on all Nourison Industries rugs, in addition to our already low prices. Nourison is a family-owned, multi-generational rug manufacturing company which has done business with the owners and buying team of Rug & Home for more than 30 years. A leading innovator in elegant rug design and construction, Nourison has mastered the art of creating luxurious and sophisticated rugs of all designs and constructions. Thanks to our close vendor-retailer relationship with them, Rug & Home is able to bring our customers the high quality of Nourison Industries at a tremendous value to the buyer.

In recent years, Nourison has aligned itself with such internationally-recognized brands as Calvin Klein, Kathy Ireland Home and Barclay Butera, affording them the opportunity to coordinate their rugs with the fabrics, accessories and whole home décor that these brands are famous for.

Every rug collection is personally curated by the Rug & Home buying team. Here are some of our personal favorites:

Nourison Fantasy

Fantasy: Bold floral designs in hand-hooked construction. (5′ x 7’6″ – $242)

KI Palisades: From the Kathy Ireland Home brand of products, designed to make

KI Palisades: From the Kathy Ireland Home brand of products, designed to make home decor easier for busy moms! 5’3″ x 7’5″ – $259

Nourison Home & Garden

Home & Garden: Outdoor rugs that look just as fantastic indoors. Sophisticated floral designs at a tremendous value. 5’3″ x 7’5″ – $121

Nourison 2000

Nourison 2000: This signature collection includes modern interpretations of classic Persian designs. Crafted in wool and silk with hand-tufted construction, they are the ultimate in quality, luxury and craftsmanship. 5’6″ x 8’6″ – $1199

Graphic Illusions: High-low loop-pile construction with touchable, textural appeal. 5'3" x 7'5" - $242

Graphic Illusions: High-low loop-pile construction with touchable, textural appeal. 5’3″ x 7’5″ – $242

Waverly Sun N' Shade

Waverly Sun N’ Shade: Waverly is one of the most recognized brand names in home furnishings, and represents accessible style. 5’3″ x 7’2″ – $132

Aanchal Agarwal Gupta Gives Class on Rugs and their Role in History

Aanchalteaches 11112014On November 11, Rug & Home Director of Strategy Aanchal Agarwal Gupta led a Continuing Educational Unit (CEU) for the Interior Design Society of Charlotte on recognizing rug quality and using rugs to accent different rooms. An expert in rugs in her own right, Aanchal gave her exclusive audience a condensed history of the decorative floor covers. Covering roughly four thousand years, the historical portion of the afternoon ranged from the first hand-woven rugs created by the Mongolian empire (c. 2000 BCE) to the recent (2011-2012 CE) trend of Sari Silk rugs; these latter are upcycled by weaving wool together with the silken threads of unused saris.20141111_152948

Afterwards, attendees participated in networking while being treated to snacks and soda. Later, ISD-Charlotte held its monthly meeting right here at Rug & Home!IDS spread 11112014

Keep your eyes peeled for future events like this one, and in the meantime, why not drop by for a friendly visit with the rug experts here at Rug & Home? Those experts include our helpful and friendly staff, who will be thrilled to help you choose the rug, furniture and other home furnishings that you need to design and arrange your perfect room.

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Top 5 Inspirational Gallery Walls

We’ve seen these floating all over Pinterest. Gallery Walls are a must-have in homes big and small. They can be a display of cherished family photos or a framed art collection used to fill an awkward space. If you’re trying to fill a large wall this could also be a very inexpensive way to do so. In an office area, a gallery wall is a great way to surround yourself with inspiration. Below are five of our favorite groupings:


1. Making the most of an awkward bathroom space with this unusual gallery wall.
2. Corner gallery wall of family photos, clippings, and various art. Here they’re making the most of the wall height.
3. An inspiration wall that extends to the floor.
4. An art collection in mostly black and white.
5. An eclectic grouping of art showing that mismatched frames can be beautiful together.

Whichever direction you choose, a gallery wall is great way to make a compact – or large scale – display of who you are and what you love. Pottery Barn put together these examples of how to style a gallery wall. For more inspiration, visit our Pinterest page and like us on Facebook.

Written By: Samantha Palacio

10 Tips for Rental Decorating

Twenty years ago my perception was that rentals were for college roommates. You graduate, you go to college, you get a great job, and you’re automatically approved to hear those magical words: “Congratulations, you’re a homeowner.” You can imagine how stunned I was to be abruptly taught a hard lesson in what ‘credit’ is.

Long after the years of college roommates and having entered the work force a large population of us still find ourselves simply renting a home and owning a memory. I’m here to share some tips for owning the design in your rental. What truly makes a home, after all, are the family, friends, pets, roommates, and the memories you share it with.

1. Wall color. This doesn’t necessarily mean paint. Lots of landlords are restrictive of renters painting or have that golden rule of “you must paint it back to the original color.” There are other ways to add some pizzazz without touching the paint, such as washi tape as removable decor or using heavy starch to adhere fabric to the walls. If you want the real thing, there is also such a thing as actual easy-to-remove wallpaper as well.

Then there is always the option to paint if allowed. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who didn’t inquire about the price of the paint to “paint it back” though, you may want to make some phone calls to find out. If your landlord used a custom paint color, you could find that your $30 makeover, may cost you double or even triple to repair. Just some friendly advice from a former Property Manager.

2. Washi tape. Speaking of washi tape, you might not believe some of the creative ways people are using this stuff! From DIY frames, to wall shelf trim, to furniture accents….. If it will adhere, it’s happening. At roughly $3 a roll, it’s a minimal investment that can yield a big impact.


3. Art. Small nail holes are usually acceptable in a rental space. Because art comes in so many different sizes and forms, you could literally cover every inch of your walls with something inspiring at any budget.

4. Shelving. In a small space, it’s important to use vertical space as much as it is to decorate with purpose. Shelving adds more storage and also gives you space to display collections. Shelving in a landing strip could be a lifesaver by housing essential items needed for coming and going.

5. Under the bed storage. This should be a given, folks. Don’t get me wrong – I love the look of a minimalist Scandinavian design. The pallet beds popping up on Pinterest are even a brilliant use of free recyclable materials, but you are forfeiting one of the best places of storage in your home! Storage under the bed is easily accessible (when there is proper clearance or risers involved) and it’s the ideal location for storing seasonal clothing or extra linens that you may only need periodically. Please get those mattresses up off of the floor and take advantage of this prime [organization] real estate!


6. Functional Art. Refer to our post on Functional Art for decorating with your must-have collections and usable wares. Vases could house flowers or they could be a source of storage for pencils, cooking utensils, paint brushes, and even toilet paper.

7. PillowsPillows are for comfort, but with so many brilliant patterns and color choices, they are art in and of themselves. Ranging from $5-$100 a piece, you can find them in any budget and you can purchase or DIY covers to fit your needs. No damage or forfeiture of deposit required.

8. Give your furniture a facelift. Giving your furniture a facelift could mean out with the old, in with the new or it could mean revamping what you have currently. Take a well-loved wooden dresser, sand it down, and paint it a bright new color. A bold color against a white wall, or vice versa, can make a grand statement. Here again, you’re not damaging the structure of your rental property and taking on a whole new look.

9. Change hardware. Just remember to change it back if you ever decide to move.

10. Make it your own. If you’re not into refinishing furniture or you don’t want to touch the walls, bring in something that makes the space your own (Like these adorable paint stick arrows).


It can be as simple as a “Hello Gorgeous” welcome mat or a quirky coffee mug collection displayed in the kitchen. Find pieces that you love and are unique toyou to add a personal touch to the space.

By: Samantha Palacio

Favorite Things Friday

Abydos Small Vase // Avant Garde in Skyblue // Benissa Lamp // Lexi Blue Villa Pillows // Palais Neon Green Villa Pillows // Suri Light Blue Villa Pillows

Inspired by the natural beauty in agate stones, this compilation is cool and calming. Fresh on our showroom floor, the Benissa Lamp is a blue like no other. Silver and acrylic details lend this lamp to high-class styling, perfect for a bedroom space. The Abydos Small Vase would be lovely styled in a trio on a dining room table. Always a favorite, the quality of Villa’s down-filled pillows is remarkable and the go-to for summer reading comfort.  These are no whimp-y cushions, my friends. In durable fabrics and trendy patterns, there is something for everyone at a phenomenal price point. The Avant Garde is a beautifully sculpted wool rug that adds color and a clean feeling to any room.

Have you connected with Rug & Home on Instagram? Get behind-the-scenes updates, showroom shots, and new arrival previews in a snap, like theseIndoor/Outdoor pillows from Transocean. I’m loving the Agate-inspired swirls. What will inspire us next?


By: Samantha Palacio

Feng Shui for your Floors

To fill our world with happiness and fulfillment, we strive to get ahead, find love, laugh and stay healthy. Part of that satisfaction comes from making our homes comfortable. It’s true: the colors and patterns in your home can affect your world. You can create an environment to help you be happy and fulfilled in your home by incorporating a little feng shui into your decorating plan.

Feng shui (pronounced fung schway) is the ancient Chinese technique of arranging your surroundings to bring you into harmony with the natural order of things. Feng shui operates on design principles. By adding certain colors to a room or rearranging your furniture, you can bring prosperity, peace, fame, wisdom, creativity, and well-being into your life.

There are five basic elements in nature that compose the feng shui practice: fire, metal, water, wood, and earth. Each carries complementary shapes and colors to bring desired effects. Incorporate those colors and shapes accordingly, and you can immediately begin to feel the changes in your life. By following a few simple beliefs of the practice, you can create peace in places you currently find distress.

Adding a new rug, for example, can help you achieve your desired results. The contemporary rug collections from manufacturers like Kas and Oriental Weavers provide a wide range of color palettes to choose from.

Look for a rug that uses bright red, orange, or purple in triangular shapes to tap into the elements of fire and bring more passion and emotion into your relationships. A white rug or one that incorporates metallic gray in circular patterns grabs the properties of metal to give you strength and stronger feelings of independence.

A black rug with curvy lines in blue is an ideal way to provide inspiration in your office. If you want to grow your business, consider a green or teal rug with square patterns on it. Use earth tones for stability and grounding. The rug that will most settle your senses and help you face reality is yellow or brown and also relies on square patterns. Many hand-knotted Orientals rely on browns and yellows and produce some of the most comforting styles in the feng shui tradition.

In addition to color and shapes, consider placement when you bring your new rug home. After a feng shui expert analyzes your space, the result is a bagua, or placement map, that explains each section of your space. For example, according to the general principles of a bagua, laying a rug in the center of your room adds to your well-being and balance.

A new rug as a centerpiece is ideal when you’re in need of healing or are preparing for a daunting athletic event, especially when you gravitate toward the warm yellow and brown earth tones. Attract new love into your life by placing a red rug in the room furthest from your front door on the right side of your house. Increase your cash flow by placing a resplendent purple rug in the opposite end of your house.

Enjoy added benefits when you decorate your home or office with an eye toward feng shui designs and techniques. A new rug might be all it takes to fill your world with happiness and fulfillment.

For more on bringing Feng Shui into your home, visit our friends at HGTV and view this article on how to “Create a Feng Shui Home.”