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7 important things to consider when buying a carpet

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Tiles, parquet or laminate can be perfectly complemented with the right carpet. But: if you have the choice of carpet, you are also spoiled for choice. Since a carpet takes up a concise and striking area, it has a great influence on the effect of the room. Before you decide on a rug, there are many things to consider. Here are our tips for buying carpets.

1) Trendy Scandinavian or cozy rustic: Which furnishing style do you want to meet?

Purist Scandinavian with a minimalist look. Bohemian chic with colorful pillows, baskets and shabby designs. Shades of blue and striped patterns in a maritime style. Rustic country house style with enamel, solid wood furniture and bright decorative elements. The possibilities are great. Make yourself aware of the style you want to live and show in your own four walls. The right carpet can be found for everything. 

2) Cozy, elegant or completely different: What atmosphere do you want to create in the room?

Once the furnishing style is clear, the next question is how it will affect the room. Think about what atmosphere you want to create and what task the carpet should fulfill. The basic rule is: carpets of light colors will add to the space. Heavily patterned or dark carpets make the room smaller. Every carpet has its own character trait: The Shaggy is a classic deep pile carpet with long, fluffy pile fibers that create warmth and cosiness in the room. Or should the carpet fill the room with exciting colors and patternsspice up? Then you need a colorful rug that makes a clear statement. A design with calm, dignified colors and clearly delimited patterns exudes elegance.

3) What does not fit is made to fit? Better not with the carpet

How much space do you have and how big can the carpet be? The question sounds banal, but it is important and is regularly underestimated. Carpets that are too small lose their effect in large rooms. Carpets that are too large can appear cluttered in small rooms. Think in advance how much space you actually have available.

4) wool, natural fiber or synthetic?

Not all carpets are the same, the material makes it. Because it is decisive for the resilience, the care and of course most importantly: for the feeling. Rugs made of animal and cotton are soft and cozy. This is the material that people like to walk barefoot on. In addition, wool is easy to clean. Synthetic fibers such as polypropylene are even softer and stronger than wool and are just as suitable for allergy sufferers. Carpets without pile are made from natural fibers such as sisal or jute. They are particularly robust and less soft.

5) Tested for harmful substances with the Oeko-Tex label

We walk the carpet with bare feet. Children crawl and play on it. The carpet is an everyday item. It is all the more important that the materials do not contain any harmful substances. The Standard 100 Oeko-Tex label tests textiles for chemicals that are harmful to health. The tests are carried out on the basis of a detailed catalog of criteria. In the interests of consumer protection, the label is only given to textiles that are harmless to health. Be sure to pay attention to the Öko-Tex label when choosing your textiles.

6) A unique look through the processing

The processing of a carpet has a great influence on its look. Woven carpets like the kilim are much flatter. Its surface is characterized by the weave structure and the motif is shown on both sides of the kilim. These carpets fit very well into the reduced Scandinavian look . A knotted deep-pile carpeting as the Shaggy, is characterized by long upright pile fibers and is very warm, soft and cozy. A popular method for producing short pile carpets is tufting. The fibers are worked directly into the floor covering of the carpet, which greatly contributes to the stability of the carpet. Tufted or woven carpets are robust, easy to care for and last much longer.

7) The perfect place

Sturdy carpets should be laid out where furniture is often moved or cooked and food is served. A fluffy shaggy is not suitable where food falls on the floor, because this rug is not easy to clean due to its long pile. Shaggy carpets are better suited for living rooms, bedrooms and children’s rooms. Robust short-pile carpets fit better in the kitchen, hallway or dining room.

Also think about how the carpet fits in color. A colorful carpet should not be laid out in an already colorfully decorated room. In this case, the carpet with soft plain colors could bring calm to the room.

Make sure that the carpet is always arranged with a visual hold in the room. This means that it should not be randomly in the room, but should always be linked to another piece of furniture if possible: like a dining room table or a couch.

Proper Care

Since dust can also settle between the knots, it is important to vacuum the carpet from both sides. You should also wash the carpet with plenty of water every now and then. You can make it easy for yourself and take your carpet to special carpet laundries.

After washing, the carpet should be rubbed with the Laolin grease, then it is as good as impregnated.

In no case should you throw the carpet over a pole in the open air and work it with the carpet beater. Then the knots and warp threads can break. If your carpets are damaged or torn, it is best to contact special carpet restorers.

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