Rugs have been around for centuries and are now a common household accessory. Some are used to add warmth and comfort, some to add colour and many to create different areas in an open plan and bring a space together. Whilst rugs have become popular many myths are continuing to come along with them. It’s now time to learn the truth about rugs and leave the myths behind.
Rugs and carpets are the same thing.
This is False.
The main difference between carpet and rug is sheer size. A carpet is anything larger than 40 square feet.
Rug anti-slips mats are unnecessary.
Many people believe anti-slip mats for rugs are just a waste of money.
This is false.
Anti-slip mats not only do they do the obvious job of keeping the rug in place and avoid them from sliding around everywhere, rug mats can actually help extend the life of your rug by 40% and save you money in the long run.
As you walk on the rug this causes friction between the rug and the floor. The anti-slip mat under the rug would work as a buffer and absorb most of the impact to reduce the rubbing and friction between the sole of your feet and the hard floor. Depending on the construction of your rug, the constant friction can loosen the knots. This consequently makes the rug loose its compact structure and tightly knotted look, thus causing the rug to have a shapeless and uneven look over a period of time. This is a key point for oriental rugs because of the way the rugs are constructed.
Here is one of our timeless oriental rugs Enok:
Machine made rugs are better than hand made rugs.
This is false.
Machine made rugs can sometimes seem cheaper by price and quality compared to handmade rugs, which are produced by skilled artisan weavers.
The cost of well-designed hand made rugs from quality materials is almost equal to machine made ones. Hand made rugs are much more durable than a machine made rug. Where as machine made rugs have a shorter lifespan and are usually made from synthetic materials, such as polypropylene, acrylic and which are harsher on the environment than materials like wool.
A hand-made rug is like a work of art and there will be no other rug exactly like the one you have, some can in fact take up to a year to be made. Fine handmade rugs can last generations when taken care of appropriately and can be easily repaired if need be.
Here is one of our favourite modern rugs that is hand woven:
Bleach is a good stain remover.
This is false.
Bleach is not good for your rug as it can cause the colour to fade away. Using bleach directly onto a stain can stain the rug even further. If your rug has any Nylon, the fibre will turn yellow. If the fibre is wool, the fibre will fray and can cause the backing to separate leaving the fibres to fall out. You must never try removing the stain by rubbing, simply blotting the excess the liquid and work from out to in to avoid spreading and making it larger. When removing a stain from a rug, you need to make sure all of the cleaning solution is also removed from the rug and dried completely.
Rugs don’t need to be cleaned.
Some people believe after spending quite a bit of money on a rug, they can not clean them the regular way as you may damage the fibre and should only be cleaned once it looks dirty. This can be true for some poor quality rugs that cannot withstand the cleaning, but if you a purchase a high quality rug there is no harm in cleaning it. As for stains, it is best to call a professional as each stain can effect differently on different materials and there is not just one cleaning product for all stains.
Rugs should not be vacuumed.
Vacuuming is the one of the best ways to maintain the appearance and quality of a rug. Rug manufacturers recommend to have them professional cleaned every 12 - 18 months. Rugs can hold four times their own weight in dirt. When vacuuming, you must make sure the correct attachments are used, as certain brush vacuums can pull threads adding years to your rugs. Just like anything else in your home, if you’ve spent a lot of money on, it should be maintained accordingly and quite regularly.
Steam cleaning will make the rug shrink.
This is false.
Wool can be highly absorbent but avoid over saturating with cleaning products as some rugs contain a natural woven backing that can swell from over saturation. If you have a trained carpet technician that knows exactly what they are doing, they should never over saturate the carpet for the backing to be affected.
If you have multiple rugs in the same room, they should all have the same design.
This is not true.
Rugs are like a piece of artwork. You would not see someone hang the same picture all over the walls, so why should the rule change for the floor? If you need multiple rugs in the same room, make them different. They could have the same style or colour but they do not need to be the same. Mix-match, overlap, the limits are endless!
Here’s an image from one of our favourite contemporary rug designers Nanimarquina.
Click here to shop the 'Malange Zoom I' rug.
Only rugs with a High Knot count are worth buying.
Rugs that have a high knot count can have a richer look and are usually more expensive this is due to the additional labour of making so many more knots! The knot is only one of the many indicators of quality; you must still consider the design. There can be rugs that are more expensive with a lower knot count, due to the colour, design and condition.
Click here to see our latest popular hand knotted modern rug which has 60 knots per square inch!
Thick carpet is better.
Thick carpet is better if you prefer a plusher feel. However, a thicker rug does not make it more durable. The denser the rugs the more durable it will be. Longer yarns in a thicker rug are more prone to matting; this can make the rugs look worn out. The most durable carpets are thin and very dense. But if you do like those textured rugs where your feet can sink in, you can keep them up by spreading the weight and fluffy the fibres up from time to time.
You can take a look here for some of our texture rugs for a more soft underfoot.