A Rug Pad Primer

Q: Why and when do I need to use a rug pad? What type of pad do you recommend? – Gail from Johnson City, TN

A: As we mentioned briefly in Caring for Your Handmade Rug: Part 1 and Part 2, using a rug pad is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure that your purchase lasts as long as possible. A rug pad can offer protection from mildew (a concern for renters and homeowners in humid climates) by allowing air to circulate under the rug and preventing moisture from collecting. In the event of a small liquid spill, a rug pad can buy you time to blot the spill with a clean cloth and then keep air circulating so the spot dries without mildewing.

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Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Q: I hear a lot about how “indestructible” indoor/outdoor rugs are, but I’m skeptical that one could really hold up on my patio. What exactly makes an indoor/outdoor rug suitable for exposure to the elements? – Suzie from Greenwood, SC

A: Nowadays, you don’t have to flip far in a design magazine before you’ll find a feature on an outdoor room, and homeowners and renters alike are doing some amazing things in the world of exterior design. In fact, people aren’t just creating comfortable sitting spaces on their patios, they’re even creating full outdoor kitchens—range, refrigerator, bar…the whole nine yards! Just as area rugs play an important role in the design and function of your indoor space, so can they too in you outdoor room.

Indoor/outdoor rugs come in a variety of designs, from traditional to contemporary. Today, the majority of these rugs are constructed of either synthetic polypropylene or polyacrylic fibers that are made to withstand almost anything Mother Nature could throw at them. Polypropylene is a plastic that can easily be dyed and turned into a fiber (it’s also often referred to as olefin). As a plastic, it’s rugged, durable, and resists permanent stains. Unlike nylon, a comparable fiber found in rugs for indoor use only, it doesn’t soak up water, making it mildew-resistant. Rugs hand-tufted with a polyacrylic pile are also mildew-resistant, yet they offer the look and feel of a wool rug (typically at a lower price point). These synthetic fibers can also be dyed with a solution that is colorfast and resists bleaching and fading. In other words, sun and rain are no match for them!

Of course, you want to allow the opportunity for both sides of your outdoor rug to dry, whether it’s wet from rain or a quick hose-off. While these rugs can resist mold, mildew would surely put up a good fight with a rug left completely saturated for a lengthy period of time.

Because of their durability and stain- and wear-resistance, these rugs are often used in high-traffic areas inside the home as well. As mentioned above, polypropylene has a feel similar to nylon, and tufted polyacrylic pile mimics wool, providing a soft, yet strong option for rooms like your kitchen, living room, or bathroom.

This summer, find indoor/outdoor rugs to fit your style and space at any of our locations. Or, CLICK HERE to shop indoor/outdoor rugs online.

Manmade vs. Machine-made

Q: Manmade vs. machine-made. Which is the better option for my house?

A: The answer to your question depends on a variety of factors. In terms of quality, manmade rugs will always win—hands down. The craftsmanship that goes into creating these rugs far surpasses that of their machine-made counterparts. As a result, handmade rugs can last a lifetime and many are coveted and prized, like works of art.

While machine-made rugs are a more temporary purchase and aren’t desirable from a collector’s standpoint, they are typically (although not always) less costly than handmade pieces and can certainly be a great option in many cases. Continue reading

Rug & Home’s Rug Sizes

Q: What size rugs do you carry?

A: We’re glad you asked, because a rug’s size often gets overlooked in favor of its price tag, color, or style. However, it’s also an important factor to consider when hunting for the right addition to your space.

Rug & Home carries rugs in all sizes. Standard rug measurements are determined by room sizes in the average home: 4’x6′ | 5’x8′ | 8’x10′ | 9’x12′ | 10’x14′ | 12’x15′ | 12’x18′. You’ll find a wide selection of all standard-size rugs in our stores and online, and you’ll also find an array of non-standard sizes. We offer many shapes to choose from, too. Rectangle, square, round, we’ve got them all!

Determining the ideal rug size for your space can be a bit tricky. CLICK HERE for our post on the how-tos of measuring.