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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Measuring for Accuracy

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Before you buy a new rug, you should consider multiple variables: color, design, texture, and of course, size. Most people will have an idea of the color (or colors) they want because, if they are only buying the rug, it has to match their existing décor. Similarly, the design or style — whether traditional or contemporary — should also match the style of the room the rug is meant for.

Texture is a variable that depends on taste as well as function. Does the rug have to accommodate a lot of traffic? Does the rug have to fit beneath a swinging door or a dining table? Individuals will choose different textures, based on common sense and personal preference.

The Thing About Size

Size, however, is the most scientific variable. Anyone can determine the ideal size of a new rug by following a few simple steps:

1.First, measure your entire room, wall to wall. Use a good-quality measuring tape, if possible.

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2.On a piece of paper, draw the room dimensions in scale. Include doors, windows, fireplaces, radiators, and heating vents, where necessary.

3.Measure the existing furniture. Either add them to your drawing or, even better, cut out blocks of paper for each piece, so you can easily and quickly “rearrange the furniture.”

4.Next, measure the space you think you want to cover. Unless you want a customized rug (and are willing to spend the price for one), don’t get too specific. Measure out and mark off standard sizes: 4×6, 5×8, 6×9, 8×10 feet. One trick is to use masking tape to outline the rug’s Printdimensions.

5.Always double-check your measurements. Like the seasoned carpenter says, “Measure twice; cut once.”

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6.Go shopping! Find a store, like Rug & Home, that allows you to take the rug home and try it out for a day or a week. You’ll know immediately if it’s the right size, but you may need longer to judge the other variables.

Size Matters

We’ve already written about how to find the best size rug for your dining room and bedroom, so check our past posts to get that information. For other rooms, here are a few more tips:

A rug that isn’t properly sized for a room can make the room look uneven or unfinished. To make a positive impression — and more importantly, to give yourself and your family a sense of ease — lay a rug that fits the room.

Don’t size your space just with your eyes. A 6×9-foot rug that seems huge in the store may still be too small for the room once you get it home.

In your living room, place the rug so that your furniture sits either all the way on or all the way off the rug. The only exception to this rule is for a couch. If the couch has its back to a wall, you can get away with having only the front feet on the rug.

If you want to create a cozier space, subtract 1 or 2 feet (12 to 24 inches) from the length and width of the room, as determined in Step 1 above. Even hallway runners shouldn’t crowd the walls.

A new rug is like a new chair: you can tell in the store how comfortable it is, but you won’t know until you get it home how well it fits in to your life. Do your homework before you buy, but make sure you can return it if it doesn’t work.

Presidential Suite: Redecorating the White House

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image from whitehouse.gov

Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House. It’s a building with as long and colorful a history as the country itself. Today’s mansion contains 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, although the President and his family live generously in only 27 of the rooms.

Many Presidents have modified the White House in some way, whether by addition, modernization, restoration, or personalization. Who pays for this work? The taxpayers, usually: each new President is given a budget of $100,000 to redecorate. The White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation, often adds to the largess. In 2009, however, newly elected Barack Obama used only personal funds to redecorate. Continue reading

The Romantic Origins of Oriental Rugs

The Romantic Origins of Oriental Rugs

By definition, an Oriental rug is hand-knotted with wool or silk, made in an area that includes China, Turkey, India, and everything in between. Although different cultures and religious faiths developed their own techniques and signature styles, all are considered “Oriental rugs.”

The oldest known sample was discovered in 1948 in a frozen burial mound in Outer Mongolia near Pazryk. Believed to be from the 5th century BCE, “The Pazryk Carpet” has geometric, floral, and symbolic designs.

The fact that the person was buried with his carpet indicates the personal identification and meaning attributed to the item. The quality of this carpet demonstrates that the art of rug making had become, even by then, a sophisticated practice.

 

cyrus-the-greatOriental Rugs in History

King Cyrus the Great (circa 500 BCE) is said to have decorated his palace with carpets so intricate and so colorful that they dazzled visitors. Historians believe that artisans in the Persian and Egyptian Empires had developed weaving independently by the second millennium BCE. Evidence suggests that hand-knotted rugs existed in parts of Asia and the Middle East more than 4000 years ago. By the 8th century BCE, well-to-do families were using rugs to decorate and personalize their homes — not only on the floors, but also on the walls and even on the tables.

The Romance of Oriental Rugs

Ancient Oriental rugs weren’t necessarily made for practical reasons. As shown by The Pazryk Carpet, rugs had sentimental value. As a modern mother knits booties for her baby, the artisans of old crafted their cleopatracarpets with love to bring beauty and comfort to their families.

The vibrant colors of a rug mirrored the world around them. The symbols had personal and cultural overtones. It acted as jewelry in a time before jewels, a gift that took precious time to make, designed with a specific person in mind. The recipient of a hand-made rug likely kept it close at all times: using it during meals, prayer, and sleep.

In one believably romantic story, the beauteous and seductive Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, sailed across the Mediterranean Sea to visit Rome. In order to gain audience with Mark Antony, she had herself wrapped in an Egyptian rug of the finest texture to be presented to him as a gift. That introduction, as you may know, led to one of the most dramatic romances of all time!

Oriental Rugs Today

Because Oriental rugs developed over time from a very wide geographic area, they are named after the place where local artisans weaved them. The designs, palettes, and techniques link individual rugs to the jaipurindigenous culture that produced it, and experts can often tell at a glance where a particular rug originated. Floral or formal patterns, for example, reflect a more urban artisan, while geometric patterns indicate a rural or tribal rug maker.

Today, most Oriental rugs come from China, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tibet, and Turkey. Persian rugs, a subset of Oriental rugs, are only made in Iran (formerly Persia). These rugs are known for a thick pile, brilliant color patterns, inventive designs, and a unique weave.

The beauty of any Oriental rug is in part tied to its link to the past — in its color, design, and originality. Although Oriental rugs have their origins thousands of years ago, little has changed. True Oriental rugs are still made by human hands practicing an ancient skill. Their romance as gifts also continue.

 

 

Sari Silk – The Ultimate Recycled Rugs

Sari Silk — The Ultimate Recycled Rugs
upcyclesariSome call it recycling; others think the process deserves a name with a more positive connotation. Thus, the term upcycling was born. Upcycling means taking something that would otherwise be thrown away — in this case, fabric — and making it into an even better product. In upcycling, the old parts do not equal the new whole.
Sari Silk rugs are an upcycling success story. Made from the silk that once graced the saris destined to be worn by Indian women, these rugs have become some of the most colorful, most imaginative, and most sought-after pieces on the market today. A sari is a four-to-nine-yard length of cloth, often silk, that women wrap around themselves as their garment.
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The saris upcycled into rugs are typically composed of handspun silk. Since the rugs’ popularity has skyrocketed, women’s cooperatives in India have developed a cottage industry to create the vibrant silk thread that’s then used to hand-knot the fabulous rugs.
The women unravel unused saris by hand, fortify the extracted silk with cotton, wool, or other fibers, and then weave the threads into unique patterns that end up looking like pieces of art — which they are. The breathtaking creations, made entirely of this fortified sari silk, are saturated with colors and are so soft that you may find yourself wanting to leave the sofa to snuggle on the floor.
One-of-a-Kind Masterpieces
No two Sari Silk rugs are alike because of the variety of the source saris collected by the Indian women. Once the fabric has been hand-knotted into rugs, they become the one-of-a-kind masterpieces you can find at Rug & Home.
These hand-crafted works of art contain inconsistencies in their patterns and variations in their colors — elements that heighten their beauty instead of detracting from it. You will experience an infinite variety of sari1color in your Sari Silk rugs.
Caring for Your Treasures
These natural rugs are durable and will hold up for decades if you take care of them properly. Don’t place your Sari Silk rug in a place that receives heavy traffic, but do lay them on top of a quality rug pad, such as those sold at Rug & Home. You may also want to keep it out of direct sunlight.
Put your colorful work of art where it will be seen rather than trampled, such as by a corner sitting area, underneath a table or baby grand piano, or in your bedroom. Some owners love their rugs too much to walk on them, preferring instead to hang them on the wall.
Sari Silk rugs require gentle vacuuming with suction only, although you can have them hand-washed by a professional cleaner as needed.
It’s worth the little extra time and the effort it takes to care for a Sari Silk rug because they will last longer. In the end, you won’t think of them as upcycled or even recycled … you’ll just love and respect the beauty of your one-of-a-kind rug.