The quality of a rug depends on a few factors. To truly determine the quality of a rug, you must feel it.
Discussed below are tips for rug buyers to learn before making a big purchase. Listen or read more to find out how to tell what rug quality you’re buying.
Speaker 1: Today our topic is how to tell what rug quality you’re buying. How can rug buyers spot good quality rugs?
Speaker 2: Well, that’s a good question. I always think a lot of people are very confused about how to identify quality rugs. A lot of people believe what they’ve heard or read, or maybe a salesperson has told them.
Basically, what makes a decent rug … and I couldn’t care less if its rug mats or even a few people would wear upholstery, it’s the way acceptable is the yarn that they’re beginning with, in the first place. If it’s wool, as I’ve said many times, not all wool is created equal. The same thing with synthetic fibers. Certain fibers are more grounded and clean better, and it’s more stain-safe. Some won’t perform and wear, and some will shed and strip, and things like that.
Basically, yarn is very, very important. What is good yarn? What is good wool? I always say a good way to find out if its good wool is by rubbing. Rub the heck out of it. Then in your hands, if you’re getting a lot of little fuzz balls or fiber or lint from it, or whatever you want to call that, that usually means the fiber’s breaking down, which means, probably, if your fingers could do that, can you imagine what your foot will do to it with a lot more pressure and a lot more persistence.
Basically, the less you get out of it, the shedding out of it, the better performance. If it’s very soft to touch and very mushy when you put your fingers into it, and your fingers sink into the back, it doesn’t have density. You’re not going to be able to get the performance out of that carpet.
Tips and Tricks to Spot a Low-Quality Rug
Speaker 1: Are there some tips or tricks on how to spot a lower quality rug?
Speaker 2: Again, I think the big trick today is that a lot of people are using synthetic fibers, especially viscose. They call it bamboo silk, they call it Tencel, and they call it rayon. They call it viscose. It’s basically the same fiber. It’s basically a pulp-made fiber that really shines like silk, feels so soft, and you just love it. It feels like a rabbit coat or whatever … you just love to touch it. It looks gorgeous and very silky. It’s just a great-feeling fiber, but it just doesn’t form. Stay away from that if you want to see a lower quality. Viscose, a little bit in there is fine but try to stay away from too much viscose. If it is, you need something very dense and very low profile and something that’s been washed several times in order to allow it so it won’t stain and things like that.
Those are good points to spot in lower quality. It’s just what’s in it and then the wool. Like I said, rubbing your hand on it. If it breaks down and sheds, at that point you pretty well be assured it’s not a high-quality yarn that’s going to perform in traffic.
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