Fancy carpets and designer rugs have become ubiquitous companions of many Australian homes. They provide coziness and warmth especially in areas where cold weather is common, and offer a more homely feel to any room. Nevertheless, choosing the right floor covering for your home is never an easy task, and many factors need to be considered before making the final selection.
We talked with the designer rug experts at Catwalk Rugs, an online rug retailer, to find out about their take on choosing the right showpiece for any space.
While many designer pieces are versatile in their function i.e. they can be places in any number of rooms, it is important that the rug matches the surrounding colours and theme so it does not look out of place. This can prove to be a tricky task for some interior designers, as mismatched furniture, awkward colour matching and general aesthetics can ofter cause a compatibility issue. Patchwork rugs for example fit well with traditionally designed furniture and room themes, whereas more contemporary apartments better suit modern rugs. Flat weave, natural fibre and shaggy rugs can be made to fit with any room depending on the design.
In addition to selecting the right type for your chosen space, standards need to be set prior to purchasing based on the area you wish to cover. Durability is important, especially if your new carpet is going to cover a high-traffic area of your home. Not only do you need to consider the style and colours of your new floor rug, but you also need to ensure you are picking a suitable material for your expected use. Durability is affected by a number of factors, some of those being density or thickness, the material that makes up the fibers, and the manufacturing processes involved.
Carpet density refers to the closeness of the fiber strands especially as they are linked or connected to one another. Normally, a denser carpet will not easily crush down, and this contributes to greater durability and a longer lifespan. Unfortunately however, highly-dense rugs offer less softness. This is understandable since the fibers have to be placed close to each other to prevent premature crushing. Given this, a compromise often has to be made between durability and softness, although manufacturers are continually working to improve the durability of their softest and most comfortable rugs.
Another thing to consider when choosing your new floor tapestry is its resistance to staining. Find out about how to care and clean for your rug, and discuss the pros and cons of the various fabric types with a trusted flooring expert before making your final purchase. Stain treatments for carpets are available in two different types. The first is the topical treatment where the fiber tips are given a coating. This tends to wear off over time and is not exactly an long-term preventative solution.
The second type of stain treatment is the whole fiber system which basically involves bathing the entire rug in a prepared solution prior to actual carpet production. This is a more effective treatment and is known to eliminate staining almost completely. Be sure to find out if the new focal point of your room is stain treated or now, before you buy. That way you’ll know if you need to be extra careful around it and how to clean up and spills should you have any.