Modern Flooring Ideas

Modern Flooring Ideas

Backings and fixing

Although it is possible to put a rug straight onto the floor, it will last longer and will not move around if it is placed on an underlay. This is particularly important on wooden floors, as rugs are potentially dangerous if not held in place. The underlay used with fitted carpet can be used but the corrugated types should be avoided for thinner carpets, especially the thinner flatweave rugs like kilims, because you will see and feel the corrugations through the carpet. Generally, dedicated rug underlays are better, as these are specially designed to prevent the carpet physically moving on the floor.

While giving added protection from high heels and general wear and tear, particularly if the carpet is lying on a hard surface, underlay will have the added benefit of giving the carpet a softer feel. Thinner varieties can be obtained for use over a fitted carpet.

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A quirky interior, with more than a touch of the surreal, called for an unusual floor covering. This white rug decorated with parallel lines of black spots has a trompe I’oeil twist the two spots in the centre have been cut out and replaced with plastic veneer to give the illusion of wooden flooring beneath.

Flatweave carpet and rugs

Kilims

Kilims are flatweave rugs made from wool. The term usually applies to rugs that come from an area stretching from Eastern Europe through Turkey and Iran to as far east as Afghanistan. For many years considered the poor relation to hand-knotted carpets, kilims became popular in the 1960s when the bold, bright colours and simple geometric designs appealed strongly to the hippie culture of the time.

Kilims can be woven much more quickly than a tufted carpet important to nomadic peoples who were constantly moving on. Designs are much simpler and more geometric than those of the knotted carpet because of the limitations of the type of construction. Kilims frequently contain a series of slits, which occur when one colour of yarn adjoins another along a warp thread. Designs incorporating a series of long vertical lines are thus avoided as the length of resulting slits would weaken the kilim. Usually created using horizontal and diagonal lines with very short verticals, designs vary according to origin Anatolian kilims are very colourful with particularly abstract geometric patterns, whereas traditional eastern Bulgarian kilims have a predominant black background characterized by floral motifs rendered in pinks, beiges and gentle yellows. D

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