The growing trend of the new century is undeniable: more and more people are choosing to furnish their homes with hardwood and tile floors with a beautiful Oriental rug, rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. There are many reasons why this is the case.
Oriental rugs are unique works of art that only increase in value
Every genuine Oriental rug is handmade, and no two are ever the same. The beautiful designs and colors woven into these magnificent pieces are born from centuries of cultivated tradition and craft. It is a world-renowned art, and the artisans are proud to create pieces sought by connoisseurs around the globe. It's well known that a good Oriental rug only becomes more valuable with age, and is often passed from generation to generation.
On the other hand, wall-to-wall carpeting is just a mass-produced synthetic material cut and glued to a floor. Most often just a solid color, it is at best an unnoticeable feature of your room's décor, and at worst, can show its wear quickly and become an eyesore that needs to be replaced. Carpet is an item that most certainly doesn't appreciate in value; as its resale value is practically nothing.
Oriental rugs are easy to take care and last much longer
Genuine Oriental rugs are knotted from fine wools and silks. These natural materials do not carry the static charges that attract dirt like synthetic carpets, and any dust particles that land on the rug mostly make their way right through the knotting to the rug pad beneath. This allows for easy cleaning with a vacuum or broom, and of course, every once in a while the rug can be conveniently taken outside for a good shaking out, or sent for a professional cleaning.
With just a little maintenance your authentic Oriental rug will last 50 to 100 years and beyond.
This can't be said for wall-to-wall carpeting. The synthetic fibres of a carpet attract dirt, and regular vacuuming never seems to slow down the inevitable grime and discoloration that occurs quickly over heavy traffic areas. Steam cleaning often does little more than push moisture and dirt further into the base of the carpeting, potentially creating an unhealthy situation.
The life span of the average wall-to-wall carpeting is no longer than 10 years, and then it must be ripped up and replaced (and that can be expensive).
Oriental rugs are also healthier for you, your home, and better for the environment
According to the NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), new carpeting, including its chemically derived backing, underlay, and various glues, can be a detrimental source of chemical emissions in your home. This toxic discharge has caused people to report symptoms such as:
Speaking to the harm to our environment, industry statistics show that approximately 5 billion pounds of carpet are installed each year in the United States. That means an overwhelming 3.5 to 4 billion pounds of wall-to-wall carpet are thrown into American landfills each year.
Genuine Oriental rugs create no such emissions, and are rarely, if ever thrown away. They are simple to clean, and help to produce a hygienic home environment with improved air quality.
You can easily move Oriental rugs from room to room, or home to home
Once wall-to-wall carpet is cut and laid, you can't move it again. A heavy traffic path beaten into your carpet is there to stay, and make no mistake, it will get progressively worse. If you spill something on a carpet, removing stains can be very difficult, as you can’t remove it from your home. In this situation, you may have to completely replace your carpeting, because of a 3 inch stain.
Of course, you can't readily move carpet from one room to another, and you can't move it to another home. It stays where it is from the day it is nailed or glued in place, until the day it has to be replaced.
Oriental rugs, however, cooperate beautifully. You can arrange them anywhere in your home, or take them to another home in the event you move. They can be used to conveniently and stylishly hide a stain, or worn area, on the floor; or place it in a high-traffic area to take the abuse your floor can't. You can even place it in different locations giving your home different looks, as the direction of the nap can cause dramatically different color shades from one direction to the other.
These are just some of the reasons so many people are now choosing Oriental rugs to add to their homes. So find out the difference a genuine Oriental rug can make.