Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors in Gilmer.
Hand tufted: A tufted rug is made using a mechanical tufting tool that secures and inserts the yarns in the backing, often canvas. Since the tufted yarns are not securely enclosed by a knot, the backs of these rugs are usually sprayed or painted with adhesives to secure the pile yarn. These rugs cannot be truly called “Oriental rugs.”
Hand knotted: In a hand-knotted rug, each yarn is individually tied in a knot by the weaver. Each knot of yarn is tied securely around two or three strands of warp yarn, which is the vertical yarn set up initially on the loom as the basis for the rug that will be woven upon it. This is a completely handmade process, no mechanical tools are used.
A hand-knotted area rug will be more expensive than a tufted rug. In addition, a hand-knotted rug made in the crossed style of weaving is more time-consuming and durable (and expensive) than an uncrossed rug.
Shearing: After the rug is woven, overall shearing of the pile is done by hand, to an even depth or to variations of textural depth specified by the designer. Shapes within the overall design are usually incised, cut around carefully by hand to create dimension and clarity of design.
Knot count: This term refers to “knots per square inch.” The more detailed and complex the design, and the finer/thinner the wool, the more knots are required for clarity of color and design. High-quality rugs usually range from 50 to 100 knots per inch. Imagine the work that goes into that kind of hand weaving. Knot density will affect the cost of the rug.
There’s nothing that I love more than an outdoor living room. As the design trends keep moving toward the idea of creating outdoor spaces that feel just as comfy as your indoor spaces, it’s important to make sure that you have all the elements right. One of the most important pieces of decor I rely on to help make an outdoor space feel cozy is an outdoor rug. And while our choices used to be quite limited, these days you can find some gorgeous outdoor pieces with budget-friendly price tags.
Here are 10 of our must-have outdoor rugs, and they all cost less than $300.
Diamond Fuchsia + White Rug
Dash + Albert
For a bold outdoor space, go with something like this fuchsia rug for a giant burst of color. And if you’re not quite sold on pink, there are 16 other colors available to choose from.
Blue + Cream Rug
Rug And Roll
This blue striped rug would look gorgeous with some crisp, white furniture or fluffy, white pillows. The cream color would also go a long way in camouflaging inevitable marks and stains.
Home Decorators Collection
This rug looks like a natural-fiber sisal or jute rug, but it's actually made from synthetic fibers (so it’s much easier to clean and care for). It has a flat weave and is a great choice if you have a bigger area to fill.
Optic Diamond Rug
I love the graphic pattern of this black-and-white rug. It would be the perfect choice for a modern space or a small balcony.
This is another fun, graphic rug with pops of yellow and light blue. Consider going with simple, solid pillows, furniture and decor if you're opting for a colorful, patterned rug like this.
Marimekko for Target
Finnish super-brand Marimekko has teamed up with Target to create this playful pattern for their outdoor rug collab. It’s easy to keep clean and would look great in a kid-friendly space.
If you love the look of animal hides, this outdoor rug is for you. This rug is a fab take on the classic zebra-print and is available in black, brown, gold, navy, green or red. It’s shaped to look like a traditional animal hide, too.
Gray + Bone Geometric Rug
This geometric-patterned rug has a distinct Moroccan vibe. It’s neutral but makes a statement with its bold pattern.
An antique dhurrie from Morocco inspired this budget-friendly outdoor piece. It’s crafted entirely from recycled materials, making it an eco-conscious choice for your outdoor space.
Checkered Black + Cocoa Round Rug
For a more neutral outdoor setup, this brown and black natural rug is a great choice. It’s simple but can easily work with almost any style or color scheme.
You can make a custom, large-scale graphic area rug for your small space. Just follow these easy step-by-step instructions.
Those living in small spaces often turn to designers to help them maximize every inch of room. Beyond skilled allocation of space, designers can recommend techniques to trick the eye; for example, taking focus off a room's shortcomings and redirecting attention to carefully selected focal points such as area rugs. Designers know that smaller, modest-sized spaces can be extra challenging to furnish since most ready-made pieces are out of proportion with small-scale dimensions. To ensure key pieces will scale correctly for small spaces, it's wise to think outside of the box, creating something custom made to fit when possible. One of the easiest ways to do this is to transform ready-made area rugs into a perfectly sized custom rug.
The key to getting a custom look from off-the-shelf area rugs is to combine several together, giving the appearance of a large, custom-sized version. While this project is easy to do, success depends on selecting the right materials - not just any area rug will work. Solids are easy to use; depending on the rug's material, however, seams may appear prominent and detract from the intended illusion of one large solid piece. Textural rugs such as shag are often the best choice since the loose fibers of the shag hide the seams between each rug. Rugs with large-scale patterns make the most visual impact, especially since introducing a pattern into a cramped space can take focus off the lack of square footage and attract it to the bold pattern.
In order to successfully blend multiple area rugs with bold patterns, there are important details to keep in mind. First, be aware of where a rug's pattern repeat begins and ends. Lay several of the same style rugs out flat on the ground. If the repeat starts and ends in the same portion of each rug, this means they will match up seamlessly once strung together. On the other hand, if the pattern repeat is inconsistent among several of the same rugs, it's best not to use it. A few styles that are usually simple to match up include: plaid, stripes, zigzags and large-scale botanicals.
To add the look of a custom, large-scale graphic area rug in your own small space, follow these step-by-step instructions.
Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the floor surface the rug is intended to cover. Keep in mind that the area rug should sit at least six inches underneath furniture, particularly sofas, to give the illusion that the rug extends all the way to the wall. Jot dimensions down on notepad with pencil.
Mock Up With Painter's Tape
Referring to the notepad, tape off the floor in same dimensions as planned for the rug area. With tape laid out, stand back and confirm the rug encompasses all main furniture pieces, including sofas, tables and armchairs. TIP: The more surface area covered by the rug, the more likely it is to take focus away from a room's shortcomings.
Fit Rugs to Mocked-Up Area
Unroll each rug, then lay them out side-by-side to ensure they properly fit inside the mocked up area. TIP: Many rugs are off by half an inch to two inches. If the span falls short or runs over the allotted space, reposition tape to reflect the exact parameters.
With all rugs laid side-by-side, next identify where the pattern repeat matches up on each rug. To do this, you may need to rotate each rug several times.
Once the proper spot of each rug pattern's repeat is identified, lay out all rugs together. Confirm the pattern repeat seamlessly runs from one end of the area rug to the other.
Tape Rugs From Side to Side
With the help of a friend, flip carpets over carefully to ensure they say in position so that the pattern repeat matches up. Add duct tape across the back of each rug horizontally.
Now that the rugs are held together side-by-side, firmly add duct tape along the seams where each rug meets.
Check for Inconsistencies
It's likely that there will be a few areas in which the pattern repeat is slightly off. Identify any inconsistencies before deciding on final placement of the rug; assign inconsistent spots to inconspicuous areas such as under a sofa or against a wall.
With the custom area rug in place, walk back and forth along the seams several times to push fibers down, helping to create more of a seamless look.
Arrange furniture on area rug, then stand back and confirm the pattern repeat reads correctly. Try to place furniture so that the parameter of the rug fully encompasses all furnishings. If that's not possible, aim to have at least the front legs of furniture sitting on the rug, with at least six inches of the rug tucked underneath each piece of furniture.
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