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Risk-Free Methods for Removing Stains from (Almost) Any Rug

Here at Rugs Direct, we understand better than most just how damaging a stain or spill on a rug can be. It’s easy to see why many people would jump straight for the chemical cleaners to fix the problem, but that may do more harm than good. If you want to avoid damage to faded colour or worn fibres, why not try one of the following non-toxic methods on your rug stains?

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Measuring for a Rug

Before buying a rug, being able to visualise it in your home is essential, including how it fits in a space. You may have an idea of the colour, shape and style you’d like, but how do you find out if it fits the unusual shape of your room?

Whether you’re looking for an area rug for your living room or a corridor rug for your hallway, knowing how it’ll fit your home is essential. So, to help you make the right choices before buying, we’ve prepared a handy guide on how to measure and fit a new rug.

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Spring Has (Almost) Sprung: Time for a New Rug?

It may be something of a chilly March this year, but that doesn’t mean that spring isn’t well on its way. In fact, if you’re not suffering blizzards, you might have been lucky enough to spot one or two daffodils. With that in mind, we thought it’d be refreshing to think about making a few springtime changes to your interior décor – starting with a brand new rug.

Here are our top tips (and recommendations) for finding the perfect springtime rug.

What to look for in a spring rug

So what are the essential ingredients of the ideal rug for spring? Well, no matter if the rug is going to live in your bedroom, living room, or anywhere else, there are a few essential factors to look for. First and foremost, you’ll want to capture the colour of spring. Shades of yellow, green, and even light orange are fabulous choices for a rug of this type; anything that evokes imagery of flowers blooming and new life beginning.

A lightweight pile for springtime

The next thing to look for in your spring rug is something with a lightweight pile. Just as spring is full of brightness, light, and freshness, it makes perfect sense to pick a rug with a lightweight pile. There are no rules when it comes to the material you choose, but a lightweight wool or acrylic blend is sure to hit the nail on the head for you. Lightweight pile is also beneficial because it’s less likely to stain and can really stand the test of time.

Spring rug recommendations

Now that we’ve discovered just what goes into a springtime rug, which specific rugs would we recommend? Well, do keep in mind that these are just a handful of ideas, but following are some great choices for a new rug this spring:

• Spring Leaves rug by Louis De Poortere. As the name suggests, this fantastic rug is an excellent depiction of springtime in rug form. The piece is interesting in that it takes its influences from a patchwork vintage design, and combines that with a vivid green floral motif. Find out more now.

• Spring Flower rug by Esprit. Here’s a different take on the season, with flowers taking the spotlight. This lovely rug imbues a vivid and zesty colour palette, depicting those unmistakeable spring colours that we all love. The lightweight acrylic fibres also make this a superb choice for any room of the house.

So there you have it: a brief introduction to the world of springtime rugs. Are you considering investing in a new rug this spring? If so, you’ll find a huge selection of rugs in our online rug shop.

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What’s All the Fuss About Sisal Rugs?

Here at Rugs Direct, we talk a lot about the most popular rug materials, with wool probably being the superstar of the rug world. But there’s another fabric which is slowly taking its crown, and it’s one you should really know about. Sisal rugs are more popular now than ever before, so we thought it’d be smart to explain exactly why that is. Here’s everything you need to know about sisal rugs.

The origins of sisal

The sisal fibre actually comes from a plant known as the Agave Sisalana, which is native to many regions of Mexico. The plant thrives in hot, dry conditions, which is why Mexico is so well-suited to its growth. Sisal plants have very rigid leaves with a firm inner pulp, and it’s this pulp that’s scraped out to create sisal fibres. When you consider the origins of sisal as a material, it’s easy to see why it's used for so many purposes that require long-lasting and hard-wearing materials. Sisal is not used exclusively in rug production; it can also be found in composite materials used to build cars, furniture, and even buildings.

Why are sisal rugs so popular?

Everyone wants something different from their rug, but one of the most sought-after attributes is a long life span. Because sisal is such a naturally hardy material, it’s a fantastic choice for a rug that will really stand the test of time. Many sisal rugs are suited for use both indoors and outdoors, but one of the benefits of the material is that it’s not too hard to the touch (or underfoot), unlike other fabrics used in outdoor rugs and mats. Because sisal rugs are sourced naturally, you’ll find that the designs and colours used on these pieces feature earthy tones like brown, beige, and ochre.

The UK’s most affordable sisal rugs

Here at Rugs Direct, we’re proud to offer one of the UK’s most extensive collections of sisal rugs available. From the eye-catching pattern of the Checked Flatweave Black Rug to the more understated character of the Greek Key Flatweave Beige Rug, the range of sisal rugs really is eclectic. If you’ve never thought about having a sisal rug in your home, or this is your first time hearing about them, we’d recommend digging into our collection to learn even more.

We hope you’ve learned a little something about sisal rugs in today’s blog post. Don’t forget that you can find a huge range of sisal rugs right here at Rugs Direct. And if you have a question about sisal rugs or anything else, just call our team on 0845 838 8638.

Typographical Rugs: The Best Way to Make a Real Statement

When it comes to the written word, your living room is probably the last place you’d expect to find it. But there’s a relatively recent trend that’s seen typography merge seamlessly with interior design, and the result is some fantastic rugs emblazoned with words of all kinds. If you fancy expressing yourself in words and picking up a top-quality rug in the bargain, read on. We’ll explore some of the very best typographical rugs the UK has to offer.
L.O.V.E spells ‘rug’

Okay, so maybe it doesn’t – but it’s a great intro to this fabulously impactful rug. Designed by the Plantation Rug Company, the LOVE rug is the ideal way to bring a little typography into your home. With the four letters of the ‘L word’ in each corner of this 100% wool rug, along with an intricate and colourful floral background, there’s a lot to love here. To polish off the super-personal feel of this lovely piece, it’s actually hand-knotted and incredibly soft under your feet. What’s not to love?

Word Up

With a name like ‘Word Up’, it’ll come as no surprise that this range of rugs from Arte Espina are some of the most popular typographical rugs available today. This is a collection of rugs that doesn’t rely simply on the impact of the letters for effect, but also includes a background design based on flags of the world. More specifically, the Union Jack and the good ol’ Stars and Stripes. So if you’re feeling a little patriotic and you’re looking for a rug which is made from 100% Espirelle for softness and resilience, the Word Up rugs range is the answer.

Going downtown…

If you can’t get enough of the fusion of typographical rugs and geographical inspiration, here’s another one for you. Another Arte Espina collection made from pure Espirelle, the Downtown rugs range combines impactful modern art splashes of colour along with the uppercase words ‘LONDON’ or ‘NEW YORK’. No matter which side of the pond is your favourite, these are typographical rugs that are sure to be at home in any living room. The perfect focal point providing both colour and a lovely soft pile, our Downtown rugs collection is perfect for creating a metropolitan haven at home.

Have you dipped your toe into the world of typographical rugs just yet? If not, why not check out our full range of modern and traditional rugs right now. Or, if you have a question, call the friendly Rugs Direct team now on 0845 838 8638.

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The Fascinating Story of the $30 Million Rug

Here at Rugs Direct, we’re used to dealing with a huge variety of rugs, but sometimes we hear of something very special. Take the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet, for example. This piece actually sold at auction in 2013 for a whopping $33.7 million. In today's post, we’ll find out exactly what makes this particular carpet so hugely valuable.

What is the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet?

Perhaps the best way to explain the incredible value of the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet is to describe its origins. In a nutshell, it’s a Persian rug (or carpet to some) which was created sometime in the 17th Century. The material is a wool pile set on a base of both cotton and silk. In the early 1900s, the rug was purchased in Paris by a well-known American industrialist known as William Clark. It was here that the rug picked up its current moniker. Upon Clark’s death in 1925, the rug was donated to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where it remained until the auction in 2013.

Why is the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet so valuable?

The pattern of this rug is actually one of the driving forces behind its large price-tag – it is a completely unique piece and features a design which cannot be found on any other piece. The general pattern features vine-scroll and palmette, but the intricacy is truly second-to-none, and the actual carpet weaving itself is likewise incredibly unique. Many rug experts across the world hold the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet in high regard, seeing it as the epitome of both Persian rug visual design and physical manufacture.
The Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet by the numbers

The piece sold during a Sotheby’s auction for a grand total of $33,765,000. The rug’s dimensions are roughly 9ft by 6.5ft, meaning that this spectacular rug currently holds a value of over $600,000 per square foot. That fact alone makes this carpet the most valuable in the world, and the amusing thing is that nobody really knows who bought the piece. The winning bid during the auction came from an anonymous telephone bidder, so it remains something of a mystery where the rug currently resides – but you can bet it’s with a rather wealthy high-end rug collector. Let’s just hope it won’t see too much foot-traffic!

If you’d like to find a quality modern or traditional rug that doesn’t cost quite as much as the Clark Sickle-Leaf, you can find a huge selection in the Rugs Direct online rug shop right now.

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Get Your Home Spring-Ready with a Brand New Floral Rug
It may be cold outside, but fear not, there’s a glimmer of sunshine on the horizon. With spring in the offing, it’s a great time to think about a brand new rug for your home. And to tie into the theme of spring blooming, why not dip your toe into the world of floral rugs? Even if it’s not usually your cup of tea, you might be surprised at how attractive (and modern) floral rugs can be.


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