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How to rug: when to kilim

Here's a few keys to working with kilims: they are durable + they tend to be more narrow. Think hard to find size, high traffic + tons of abuse. Have a space in mind?

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Be Rug Pro at the Flea: How to Score a Vintage Rug

Recently, had the chance to write a piece for my full-time gig: Decorilla, an online interior design company. This is a great guide for how to identify a great vintage rug without fear of investing in a dud.  If you are following recent interior design trends, you know that having a great vintage rug is a must! While adding color and pattern to the overall design, these floor coverings also introduce character and classic appeal. For design lovers, part of the fun in finding the right area rug is heading to the local flea market and score some killer finds! The flea can be overwhelming and knowing how to spot rug gems is a trained skill. READ MORE HERE to learn all about...

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Why Wool Is Awesome

In the land of rugs, fiber is king—and wool rules them all. Great fiber leads to top-notch quality and lasting durability. If you’re skeptical, imagine stumbling across a vintage rug made of a synthetic fiber. You won’t—and the reason is that they simply don’t last. Even if you laboriously hand-knotted a rug using nylon or polypropylene it wouldn’t stand the test of time. We can send a man to Mars, but we have yet to create a synthetic rug fiber that can rival wool’s ideal combination of form and function. There are four major characteristics that crown wool king of the rug fibers: it’s durable, has a natural spring, is soft to the touch, and boasts inherent resistance to stains....

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Value Guide: Wool Dhurrie Rugs

With wool dhurries you get all of the durability of the best rug making material at a fraction of the cost of a hand knotted carpet of the same size. The reason is simple: without a pile, flatweaves contain less material (wool) and are much much quicker to produce. Less material + less time = an excellent price for a rug that lasts.

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All About Overdyed Rugs

Old meets new in this impactful upcycle trend. Have you fallen for my new favorite thing? I'm seeing overdyed rugs in a ton of different interiors. And with good reason. So what are they anyway and what are some of the best design tips for using one in your interior? Designer Drake + Anderson Typically, overdyed rugs are previously used traditional orientals (think burgundy, navy and ivory floral motifs) that have been reclaimed and literally dyed-over. The new dye colors are often super bright - teals, yummy mustards, hot pinks. They can also be find in dark purples, deep blues, browns, blacks and charcoals. In order to ensure that the new color penetrates the wool pile, the rugs are normally sheared super short....

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