Outdoor Dance Floor Ideas

Outdoor Dance Floor Ideas

Most carpets and rugs are constructed from one of two types of weave. Tapestry or flatweave rugs have no pile. The weft is woven over and under the warp threads and pulled tight. Pile or tufted rugs, on the other hand, have a softer and more luxurious surface and are made by knotting individual strands of wool into the warp. In tufted carpets, the number of knots per square inch determines the fineness of the weave. Carpets with a high number of knots per square inch can incorporate intricate curved or floral designs and will also feel softer to the touch, while those with a lower density of knots per square inch are generally characterized by geometric designs.

Traditionally, carpets were dyed with natural dyes derived mainly from local plants, but today both chemical and vegetable dyes, or a combination of both, are employed. Natural dyes are considered superior because they give softer and more attractive colours that age gracefully, although it is possible to find exceptional chemically dyed rugs that have the same qualities.

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Most countries have their own distinctive design traditions. Carpets from the East usually follow a design style and colourings peculiar to the tribe or region of origin of the carpet. Designs in the West tend, instead, to reflect the style of a particular period. Architects and designers have often tried to design rugs and carpets alongside their more usual occupations Morris, Voysey and Mackintosh, amongst many others, all produced a wealth of rug designs. Today rugs can be very modern and freeform in style; many are arguably artworks for walking on.

Because a large carpet is inevitably a major focal point, it is better to purchase a fine rug first and decorate a room around it than the other wray around. Carpets look best when placed over a neutral background; both wood and natural floor-coverings such as seagrass make a perfect backdrop, and stone can also look very sophisticated. Rugs can be used to provide a simple focal point or relief in a .irge floor area or to provide a greater sense of warmth and softness on an otherwise hard and unrelenting flooring material.

Buying carpet and rugs

Buying a carpet is something that should be approached with great care. Beware of spending a huge sum on a carpet because the carpet trade is like the secondhand car market some carpet dealers can only be described as of somewhat dubious character. It can be extremely hard to tell if you are buying a genuine antique or a modern copy; equally, it can be difficult to distinguish between natural and chemical dyes, and the former would nearly always add to a carpet’s desirability and price! It is better to go to a reputable dealer who will give you a fair deal. It is also probably more sensible to buy a carpet from a reputable source on home territory than when on holiday; it may well be possible to secure a bargain when travelling but equally you might end up with something that could be purchased more cheaply and easily at home.

Wall-to-wall carpets are not everyone’s preference, but while bare floorboards are wonderful in summer, they can look cold and stark during the winter months. This is when rugs, the most adaptable of all floor coverings, come into their own. This thick, hard-wearing rug with a chequerboard weave would help to ward off winter chills.

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