Area Rugs : Choosing the Right Style of Carpet
by Russell Webb
When considering the purchase of a custom fabricated
rug, the question of carpet style & carpet quality is important.
There are many carpet styles to choose from. Here's an inside look
at the top rated carpet mills, & the various styles that are
Mohawk Inc & Shaw Carpet are the largest manufacturers
of carpet. Over the last decade there has been a tremendous consolidation
of carpet mills. Most of the smaller mills have been purchased by
these two giants. They now boast extensive selections in every style
imaginable. They both have high ratings for quality, durability,
as well as a broad range of price points.
Masland Carpets & Fabrica International are
smaller scale, specialized carpet mills. They have custom rug making
facilities 'in house'. Both mills produce exceptional custom rugs
in tufted wool & custom rug fabrication. These two mills carry
the more diverse color lines. You can expect to pay a premium price
for these products.
Eden Carpets carries a good selection of pre-tufted
wool products. Expect to pay premium pricing for wool.
Design Materials Inc. has an extensive selection
of sisal carpet, sisal wool blends, & sisal grass products.
The 'sisal carpet' is woven into a jute backing that is ideal for
rug fabrication. These sisal carpets can be bordered with tapestry
fabrics. This is a popular trend that has been going strong for
the past decade.
Here are a few quick suggestions on choosing the
right styles for your project.
Dense commercial grades are ideal if you want a
short carpet pile height. You'll want 30-40 oz face weight carpet.
There are plenty of colors available from Mohawk and Shaw. It's
even possible to get that custom beveled look in these commercial
Plush residential grades are perfect for home owners
who desire a thick plush carpet. The carpet mills all produce a
healthy range of options. Color lines are frequently updated &
reflect current trends in home decorating. It's recommended that
you choose higher quality styles for rugmaking purposes.
Some styles have a smooth velvety finish. They are
thick, plush, and luxurious. However, the current trends in manufacturing
are towards a more texture look. These textured styles are equally
plush, yet have a few extra twists that give the face yarns a little
more dimension. These styles are known as 'textured styles'. They
are great for minimizing foot prints & vacuum marks from the
rug. Blending both of these styles can create an exceptional custom
rug: The field piece can be textured and the design elements can
be a velvet plush.
In conclusion, it all comes down to what you're
needs are. If you want a rug that can withstand more foot traffic
then I suggest choosing shorter commercial grades. If you want a
rug that is thicker & more luxurious, then choose a residential
grade. If you are looking for a natural fiber that has a woven appearance,
then choose a sisalcarpet. You can even blend carpet styles to create
a multi-dimensional look and feel.
© 2007 Russell Webb
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