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Area Rug Sizing Guide
Dining Room:
An area rug should be 3 to 4 feet larger in length and with to the dining table to prevent your chairs from falling of the edge of the rug. In most cases, an 8' x 11' is the minimum size required.
Living Room:
Depending on the size of the room and the desired look, a 5' x 8' or 8' x 11' rug is usually perfect for living rooms.
Entries and Hallways:
Your foyer is a perfect place to make a first impression. It's also a perfect place to display a special shaped or sized rug, such as a round or a runner.
Kitchens and Baths:
Depend on the size of your space, kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, etc usually require scatter size rugs like a 2' x 3', 4' x 6' or an oval shaped.
Area Rug Color Guide
Color can set the entire mood for a space and is usually the first criteria for any rug shopper. Lighter shades can brighten a space and give it a more open feel, and by contrast, darker shades can create a more intimate atmosphere. Additionally, choosing the right color might involve finding a shade that complements a fabric or wall treatment. When determining the best color for a space we suggest the following:.
• Determine the size of the space and the mood you would like to create.
• Select an accent color in the existing fabrics and wall treatments that would best enhance the overall look and feel of the room. Colors should coordinate and complement each other but do not have to match exactly.
• Choose a color that fits your life. A darker hue may be more practical in high traffic areas or in kids' rooms, though many rugs are inherently stain-resistant and can withstand the demands of active households.
Area Rug Care and Cleaning
All the area rugs we sell are manufactured with color, design, and value in mind. They are also manufactured to last for years to come, care and cleaning will prolong the life of the rug. The following is recommended by most manufacturers:
Regular vacuuming:
- Long ends may work to the surface after use or vacuuming. Never pull these ends out - clip them off even with the rugs surface.
- Clean spills and spots immediately. Never rub a spill - always blot to prevent fraying of the yarns.
- Test cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area to be sure the cleanser will not damage the fiber.
Periodic professional cleaning:
Wool fibers may be cleaned with a neutral detergent and dried quickly to limit yellowing or browning. Excessive agitation and excessive heat should be avoided as well as chemicals that can easily damage wool such as bleaches and alkalis.
Rug pads:
Using a rug pad under area rugs will help prolong the life of the carpet.
Rotating:
No matter how dense the pile yarns or how well constructed the area rug, constant traffic patterns will begin to show; it is an inevitable fact of area rugs. However, this process can be slowed dramatically by rotating the rug at least once a year - twice if the rug is in a high traffic location. By rotating the rug, the traffic patterns are distributed throughout the entire piece rather than concentrated on one spot. This not only adds years to the rug but also allows the entire rug to wear at the same rate.
Stair Rods and Stair Holds FAQs
How do I clean my stair rods?
Zoroufy® products have a protective lacquer coating to resist tarnishing. Use only a dry soft cloth when cleaning the stair rods. Cleansers and abrasives may remove the protective lacquer coating and cause tarnishing. When you clean your carpet, runner or surrounding areas with chemicals or any liquid, remove Zoroufy® products and replace when area is dry.
Are tubular core (hollow) stair rods as durable as solid core stair rods?
Tubular core and solid core rods are equally durable. Tubular core rods will not dent under normal use.
Can stair rods be bent to fit curved stairs?
Yes, Zoroufy® recommends using only the solid rods from our Heritage® or Dynasty® Collections for curved staircases.
Will stair rods or stair-holds secure my runner in place?
Zoroufy® stair rods are designed for decorative use only and not as a form of carpet installation. Use of an adhesive pad, staples, tacks, nails, tack strip, tackless strip or other means of securing carpet is necessary for all stair runners. Zoroufy® does not dictate which type should be used.
What length of stair rod should I order?
Zoroufy® recommends our stair rods be at least 1½" longer than the runner width. For example, if your runner is 27" wide, we recommend ordering stair rods at least 28½" long. This allows ¼" space between the runner and bracket.
Can stair rods be custom cut to fit my runner?
Zoroufy® offers custom cutting at no additional charge or delay. Stair rods may also be easily cut in the home with a metal cutting hack saw typically available for purchase at any local hardware store. Zoroufy® recommends using a saw blade with 12 to 24 teeth per inch for a faster, smoother cut.
Can I install stair rods over existing carpet?
Installing stair rods over existing carpet simply requires longer screws to pass through the carpet and pad before it is anchored into the wood layer of the step. Longer screws, typically 1½" or longer, can be purchased at a local hardware store or are available from Zoroufy® (1½" only) by request at no additional charge.
Wall Hangers FAQs
What length should I order my wall hanger?
When using wall hanger clips with the Legacy® Adjustable Wall Hanger, adjust the Legacy® Wall Hanger to the exact length of your tapestry. For example, if your tapestry is 48", order a Legacy® Wall Hanger that adjusts to 48". If you are not using the Legacy® Wall Hanger clips, order your wall hanger 1½" longer than the width of your tapestry. For example, if your tapestry is 48" order a Legacy® Wall Hanger that adjusts to 49½".
Order your Regency™ and Grand Regency™ Wall Hangers 1½" longer than the rug or tapestry you wish to hang. If longer than 36", order an add-on set to equal the width of your rug or tapestry plus 1½".
Can my wall hanger be custom cut to fit my tapestry?
All Zoroufy® wall hangers can be adjusted or easily cut to fit the piece they display.
Can I use the wall hanger if my tapestry has loops or a sleeve?
Yes. Zoroufy® wall hangers are designed with open brackets to accommodate sleeves and loops. Tapestries can also be displayed without sleeves or loops with our patented removable clips.
How much weight can the wall hanger hold?
With proper installation, wall hangers hold ten pounds of rug weight per foot.
How do I clean my wall hanger?
Zoroufy® products have a protective lacquer coating to resist tarnishing. Use only a dry soft cloth when cleaning the wall hanger. Cleansers and abrasives may remove the protective lacquer coating and cause tarnishing. When you clean your wall or any surrounding areas with chemicals or any liquid, remove Zoroufy® products and replace when area is dry.
Floor Registers and Vents FAQs
How do I clean my brass register?
Zoroufy® products have a protective lacquer coating to resist tarnishing. Use only a dry soft cloth when cleaning the brass registers. Cleansers and abrasives may remove the protective lacquer coating and cause tarnishing. When you clean your carpet, floor or surrounding areas with chemicals or any liquid, remove Zoroufy® products and replace when area is dry.
What is the difference between a floor register and vent?
A floor register has a damper that can be opened or closed to control air flow. A floor vent does not have a damper.
Commonly Used Terms
Airbrush: An effect created by varying colors of yarn giving the rug a washed appearance. Machine made area rug manufacturers use this to create the look of fine, hand-made carpets.
Aubusson: A French influenced design, usually with a center medallion and pastel colors.
Border: The design which forms the outside edge of a rug and surrounds, or frames, the field.
Bordered Rug: A rug with a solid or patterned border surrounding a solid field.
Contemporary: Designs that are characterized by stark contrasts, bold use of color, and geometric or free-form style elements. Contemporary patterns are often architectural or modern, but also include retro designs as well.
Cut and Loop Pile: A combination of cut ends and loops of pile yarn creating a variety of surface textures.
Cut Pile: The majority of area rugs are woven or tufted in loops and sheared after insertion so loop ends stand straight, creating a luxurious appearance and texture.
Dhurrie: A flat-woven rug made in India, usually of wool, and noted for their geometrical or whimsical designs.
Drop-stitch: A technique in machine-made rug construction where a line is “dropped” simulating carving in handmade designs and adding a textural element.
Flat-weave: Any rug woven without a cut pile such as a dhurrie.
Field: The largest portion of a rug, typically the center, surrounded by the border(s). The field may be solid or contain medallions or an overall pattern.
Foundation: The backing of the rug composed of the warp and weft threads and often made of cotton, wool, or silk.
Fringe: Extension of the warp threads on two opposite sides of the rug. Fringe can also be attached to a finished rug to simulate warp threads.
Hand: The tactile aesthetic qualities of carpet and textiles; how it feels to the hand.
Hand-Hooked: Yarn is pushed through a canvas cloth with a hooking needle to form a loop pile.
Hand-Knotted: Tying or knotting pile yarns around woven backing fibers (warp and weft). The resulting face of the rugs is then sheered to a pre-determined height to give the pile uniformity. The more knots per square foot the more valuable the rug.
Hand-Tufted: Using a tufting gun, pile yarns are forced through a primary backing material known as a scrim. This process forms a looped pile, and if left uncut the rug is referred to as hand-hooked. If the loops are sheered off to create a cut-pile look, it is referred to as hand-tufted.
Hand-carving: Specialized tools are used to accentuate details of some tufted and even some machine made rugs. Carving creates added texture and dimension giving the rug a greater apparent value.
Heat-Set: A stage in the yarn production process whereby two or more yarn fibers are twisted together and then heated to ensure the yarns remain joined. This process allows each yarn point to become fixed, permitting greater design flexibility and appearance retention.
Hand-spun wool: Wool that is spun by hand absorbs more dye in areas that are tightly spun and less in areas that are more loosely spun, giving it textural detail and an arbrash effect. Hand-spinning is less abrasive to the wool allowing it to retain more natural lanolin, which in turn, makes the fiber more resilient.
Knots: The portion of the yarn that is attached, or knotted, to the backing material. In cut-pile, machine-made rugs, the knots are comprised of two points. In other words, the face yarn is looped in a “U” shape under the backing materials which, when finished, will form two points and one knot.
Loom: A frame or machine for weaving thread or yarn into textiles.
Loop Pile: A woven or tufted carpet construction having a pile surface consisting of uncut loops.
Medallion: The large, enclosed portion of a design, usually in the center of the rug field. Common shapes are octagons, hexagons, and diamonds.
Nylon: An extremely durable and resilient, synthetic fiber used in area rugs featuring a rich luster and inherent stain resistance
Pile: The visible surface of a rug, consisting of loop and/or cut yarn tufts. Also known as “face” or “nap”.
Pile Height: The height of face yarns from the backing to the tip of the piece of yarn.
Points: The tip end of a pile yarn and refers to the number of yarns that make up an area rug. The more points per square meter the denser the construction, and the denser the construction, the more detail an area rug will have.
Polypropylene: A petroleum-based fiber which is formed into yarns by a process of extrusion, whereby pre-dyed polypropylene pellets are melted and extruded into a continuous fiber.
Savonnerie: A popular French-designed area rug of pastel colors and featuring a floral center medallion set on an open field and framed by broken borders. Many modern Indian and Persian rugs are inspired by this style.
Side-woven/Cross-woven: A machine-made, wilton construction in which the rug is woven side to side rather than top to bottom. This process allows for a wide range of colors to be used, even up to 92, and an added benefit is the ability for fringe to be “incorporated” in the rug.
Traditional: Modern-day representations of time-honored European and Asian designs reminiscent of Oriental or Persian motifs.
Transitional: A design style blending contemporary with traditional. Sometimes referred to as casual, transitional designs tend to be more popular with customers looking for the elegance of a traditional design with less formality.
Tribal: Characterized by style elements common to a specific culture of ethnic group, these designs utilize earth tones such as yellow, gold, red, and brown. Tribal designs combine these elements in very exacting and structured designs offering their own interpretations.
Twist Level: The number of revolutions an individual yarn is spun around itself determines the twist level. A high twist level, or greater number or revolutions, allows the tuft to twist back upon itself and provides enhanced performance characteristics.
Warp: The parallel yarn strands that run vertically on a loom, and are often cotton, wool, or silk. Warp threads that extend beyond the face of the rug form the fringe.
Washing: A chemical solution used after weaving to soften a rug's colors and increase its luster. Sometimes referred to as herbal wash.
Weft: Yarns that are woven horizontally through the warps and form the face of the rug.
Wilton Loom: Automated looms popular for producing area rug designs. The wilton loom is capable of making intricate designs in a variety of weights and colorations at a fraction of the time it takes to weave handmade rugs.
. • Wool: Noted for luxury and softness, wool has a high build and is available in many colors. It's natural ability to repel water and resistance to breaking and compressing makes it a popular fiber choice in rug production.
Worsted: Before wool is spun into yarn, it is combed then worsted so that only longer pieces of fiber are left for final spinning. This process yields a high quality wool yarn.