Fall into Comfort- It’s never too early!

Perhaps a chill hasn’t hit the air quite yet, but fall will be dropping its bags on our doorsteps before we know it. Your home will transition from a paradise with windows open wide; to a hibernation station built to envelop you in comfort as you begin to batten down the hatches. Building a space that wraps you in comfort as the chill sets in can begin from the ground up. A good rug or carpet can be a comforting addition to any budding cozy home.

Gathering around the hearth on a chilly night becomes luxurious with a warm wool rug to snuggle up to.  Its comfort and warmth corner the market when it comes to adorning a space in a seasonably appropriate fashion. If texture is your priority, a Hera Shag featuring long, twisted yarn is not only comfortable, but its quality makes it distinctly different from your average shag rug; a perfect autumnal addition.

With the fall often comes the arduous task of staying ahead of sports related messes. Nothing handles cleats, dirt, and mud better than a hand-knotted rug. Ranking 10/10 on durability, the pile challenges you to hit it with its best shot. If you find yourself more concerned with a rug that can stand up to multiple cleanings, a polypropylene rug is your best bet.  Its supreme color retention ability will assure that no quality will be lost while life revolves around your hectic home.

Customization is key, and the degree of coziness you wish to see in your home can be personalized by any high-end retailer’s vast selection of floor adorning options. Whether you’re on the go, or an indoor fanatic, when it comes to the cooler weather, a rug or carpet can be the perfect accessory.
With tax free weekend on the horizon, beginning August 15, it’s not too early to head on over to one of our Dover Rug & Home locations to pick out the dream flooring option for your home this fall!

Handmade vs. Machine-Made Area Rugs

There are so many factors that go into an area rug. Each of these impact the quality of the rug, the price, and the options you have. One of the major factors is weaving technique, which there are three of. Each of these techniques brings something different to the table and it is important to know this information before making a purchase.

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The first technique is machine-made. These rugs tend to have a flatter nap and less color variation than other rugs, but they can still be quite creative and functional. Because they are mass produced, machine-made rugs are less expensive and are not generally considered works of art. You can distinguish a machine made rug by examining the fringe. If it is sewn onto the rug, then the piece is machine-made.

The second technique is hand-tufted, which is in fact not a handmade rug at all. Instead, a mechanized “gun” is used to shoot pieces of wool through a canvas backing. The knots are not tied in but instead painted over with a rubber backing. This rubber backing is the giveaway for a hand-tufted rug because no handmade rug will have a backing to it.

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The third technique is handmade or hand-woven and these are made entirely by hand.  These are the most valuable and exquisite rugs. Each one is a unique work of art. When examined closely, they often reveal the personal touches of the artisan who made it. Modern weaving is an ancient art. The warps and wefts are the backbone of the rug. Knots are hand-tied horizontally across the warp threads row by row to create the design. Following each row of knotted threads, a second series of threads, known as weft, interlace with the warp. The color and thickness of the yarn and the knotting style determine the appearance of a rug.