Saturday, December 7, 2013

Buying Residential Soft Fiber Cut Pile Carpets

Be aware of soft fibers with long cut pile are beautiful and very soft, but you will see traffic marks and it will very hard to recuperate back to the original position.

We have an experience with a customer who came to the store and bought a very nice soft fiber cut pile carpet and she stepped on a beige sample in the store light with out hardly seeing marks and footprints but we told her that there will be some marks because it is a soft fiber.  Anyway she liked it and bought it.


She bought a very light color soft cut pile carpet for two rooms with direct ocean sunlight. We installed it and the following day in the morning the customer saw all over the carpet very noticeable traffic marks and footprints in her new carpet.  We agreed it did not look very nice for an expensive carpet.  Thankfully the factory changed her carpet without any cost. 

The lesson we all learned from this experience; if you as a customer do not like any footprints or traffic marks don't look for soft cut pile fabrics because you will notice them.  




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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Latest Innovations - Porcelain Tile Trends

  Thin tile technology for flooring has come a long way and is now gaining traction in the U.S marketplace.  The benefits for flooring are noteworthy insofar as large formats require little grouting and offer easy installation, and thin tiles can be installed over existing flooring for remodeling.  With the low water absorption and high mechanical performance of porcelain, it is a great solution for exterior and wet areas as well.

  No longer are tiles just flat on the wall or floor.  They have depth and movement to them.  Advanced inkjet technology and glazes are delivering new interpretations of color, including deep blacks and pure whites, chilled out cool tones, contrasting red and metallics.

  Another trend worth noting is the ability of tile flooring to transition between indoor and outdoor spaces in a way that no other flooring has the capability to do.

 What's old is new again.  What's exciting about the new vintage looks is the extent to which the designs are re-imagined for today's modern lifestyles.  Wood tile doesn't have to necessarily   look like, a new wood floor plank; it can be pushed to look like distressed or reclaimed wood.  Vintage patterns don't have to retain their classic colors; they can be presented in trending color palettes.

  Stone and natural looks are really trending in tile.  The advantages for flooring beyond price and accessibility are impressive.  For wet and high traffic areas, tile offers long-term durability and anti-slip features that stone cannot match.  From opulent to sophisticated, and from matte finish to highly polished, these high tech stone look-alikes are stunning, high performance tile flooring options.




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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Americarpet - South Florida's Biggest Selection of Carpets at the Best Prices


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We promise that you will like our extensive flooring selection. Our mission is to bring you the Best Deals and the latest flooring fashions from factories and trade shows around the world. Come in today to see why Americarpet is South Florida's preferred flooring store.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Laminate Flooring - Latest Innovations


Armstong's recent introduction of Architectural Remnants, a 12-mil laminate that features striking wood designs inspired by reclaimed hardwood floors.  With it's unique whitewash finish, the product is taking of in coastal Florida.

This Laminate has the potential to be most successful at the high end, where some impressive looks are being brought to market by the likes of Armstrong and Mannington.  It has an enchanced looks in style and design.

The product looks more like wood, there is better embossed in registering going on and hand scraping as well as longer lengths have helped.  Laminate has come a long way.



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Saturday, October 26, 2013

What Are the Most Durable Flooring Options That Look Like Wood

We all want floors in our home that look great, but sometimes there are other factors which are just as important. If you have a busy home with pets, kids and plenty of entertaining then you need a floor that can stand up to the onslaught. If you are preparing a property for rental you want a floor that you can install and forget about. And if you are on a budget you want to know that your investment is going to last. In all these examples, finding the most durable floors will be just as important as what they look like!

Specifically we will be looking at suitable high traffic flooring with a wood effect including bamboo, cork, solid hardwood and laminate. For the other types of durable floors that are best for high traffic areas.
Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring with its good looks, price and sustainable eco-friendly label has made it an incredibly popular choice in the last few years. However popularity has been a double-edged sword in terms of durability. Increased overseas production and attempts to create more competitively priced flooring has led to lower quality products entering the market. Higher quality bamboo flooring with 7-8 coats of a tough aluminum oxide finish with high density planks from trusted manufacturers will be very durable, but cheaper flooring made from younger bamboo with only three to four coats can be easily dented and get marked by high heels.

Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is certainly a durable flooring option and high quality, well maintained hardwood floor will outlast us all! Nevertheless there is plenty to consider if we want the most durable hardwood floor available. Here are three factors to consider.
When durability is your number one concern then you should be aiming for a hard hardwood like Brazilian redwood rather than a soft wood like pine, which will dent and ding fairly easily.  Regardless of which wood you choose you should still be aware that the finish of your floor is the first and most important protection to aid durability. It is the finish that takes the main brunt of wear and tear. If after some years your hardwood floors are looking a bit shabby you can always re-sand and re-finish your floors again, one of the main reasons that your hardwood floor can last a lifetime.


Laminate Flooring
Not as classy, but much more durable and a good deal cheaper laminate flooring is a great alternative to bamboo, cork and hardwood  floors and a perfect high traffic flooring option for busy households. With a high density fiberboard core and a transparent resin top wear layer a good quality laminate floor is as close as you're going to get to indestructible. Laminate floors laugh at dog claws and high heels! Hardly surprising then that some top manufactures are happy to offer a 25 year guarantee against wear and tear.
Furthermore unlike most wood flooring, laminate is pretty resistant to sunlight fading and moisture. Laminate still contains wood and should therefore still be acclimatised and you should consult a Americarpet flooring expert when considering installation in a basement or bathroom.  Laminate flooring is a budget friendly option. 

Porcelain That  Looks Like Wood Flooring

In terms of pure flooring durability we've saved the best for last.  Porcelain tile flooring can easily endure heavy foot traffic at both residential and commercial locations while not reducing its color and beauty! It is used for many decorative and functional purposes but regarded as an ideal choice for flooring applications. Some of the advantages of porcelain tile flooring are mentioned below:
 
  • Porcelain tile is the most resistant to water from leaks and spills.
  • Porcelain tile is both harder and denser than many other ceramic tile products 
  • Porcelain tile is frost-resistant, and often frost-proof 
  • Porcelain tile is highly resistant to stain, scratch, and moisture 
  • Porcelain tile is a hard wearing material which is resistant to harsher cleaning agents, scratches, stains, fading, heavy loads and fire. 
  • Porcelain tile is available in glazed as well as unglazed varieties. 
  • It is strong and long-lasting. 
  • It can be easily installed in heavy traffic areas . 
  • Porcelain tile flooring is aesthetically pleasing. 
  • It has a high breaking strength. Porcelain contains less clay and more feldspar (a mineral). It's also pressed at a higher pressure. 
  • Porcelain tile flooring has low water absorption. Therefore, less staining occurs on these floors and they are easier to clean. 
  • Porcelain tile flooring offers a wide range of colors and textures, and many different designs and styles. Professionals can produce an accurate recreation of the look of natural stone, granite, slate, travertine, limestone, marble, quartzite, terracotta and even woods and metals. 
  • Porcelain tile flooring can be easily maintained
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Common Carpet Fibers In The Market Today

1) Wool Natural Fiber


Wool is a purely natural product -- luxurious, strong, and stain resistant.  It maintains its fiber height very well.  Soft to the touch and very dense, wool has a more comfortable feel than other carpet fibers; plus it will hide soil to a much greater effect than other synthetic fibers, mainly in part due to its opacity (other fibers are clear, and thus soil can be seen through it).


Wool is also quite durable, and easily dyed in many colors. It is an excellent choice for its rich appearance and luxury image; however, it must be maintained properly. It does tend to fade in sunlight, has low-resistance both to stains and to the chemicals used to remove stains. Unlike the synthetics, wool can attract and suffer damage from moths, beetles, and other types of insects.

2) Sisal Natural Fiber

You may have known that rugs bring all the difference in your home interior, creating a warm appeal and feeling of inviting to all the rooms. Sisal, which is considered as natural fibers is gaining popularity nowadays because of its unique look, durability, strength, and eco-friendliness. Rugs made from sisal are beautiful, strong and will be long lasting for your living room, bedroom, hallway or office.

Rugs or carpets made of sisal come with easy maintenance. However, a proper care is needed if you clean the rugs, to avoid any possible damage on the coloring and texture of the material. Remember to not cleaning your rug with water or any liquid excessively because it will shrink. Therefore, it is highly recommended for you to keep your sisal rugs away from humid place. If you find there is spill on your rug, clean it right away with a dry cloth and avoid using any liquid. For a regular cleaning, you can use vacuum cleaner to remove dirt. Dry cleaning seems to be appropriate to maintain the beauty of your rugs.
3) Nylon Synthetic Fiber

Nylon is the strongest fiber of all the carpets, with excellent resistance to abrasion, insects, molding, mildew, rot, and many chemicals. It is easy to maintain and dye, while upholding its color admirably. Nylon is durable and static free, maintains fiber height, and resists soiling or staining.  All of which makes it the most popular carpet fiber by far (90%) for homes and heavily favored (65%) for all uses – both residential and commercial.


4) Olefin Synthetic Fiber

Olefin (polypropylene) is the next-best seller after nylon, making up about 80% of commercial carpet installations.  Olefin fibers are colorfast, strong (resisting abrasion), mildew & moisture resistant, and easy to clean (bleach can be used safely in some cases).   It is suitable for high traffic areas – even actually used for artificial sports turf.

Less expensive than wool, nylon, and polyester, olefin/polypropylene continues to gain popularity. Polypropylene is not exactly ‘crush resistant’ and can be prone to matting, crushing, and general scuffs, depending on the pile cut.

5) Polyester Synthetic Fiber


Polyester/PET or Polyethylene Terephthalate carpet has bright colors and is available in many textures.  It is more stain resistant than nylon carpet and at least as resistant to mold and mildew. It is also non-allergenic. 

Polyester does not hold its fiber height under traffic and shifting weight as well as other carpet fibers. Polyester has a luxurious feel, is durable against abrasions, resistant to water soluble stains and easy to clean. Polyester can fade with bright sunlight.

6) Triexa Synthetic Fiber
This fiber is known as SMARTSTRAND (trademark) when marketed by Mohawk. Mowhawk recently received FTC apporval to market this fiber under its own class. This PTT fiber will now be know as TRIEXTA. In the future you will see more about this name change. This fiber is even stronger than PET polyester, and has better colorfastness and cleanability features than PET. PTT is as colorfast as solution dyed nylon. This fiber is extremely soft, and yet behaves better than staple nylon, especially in a shag construction. If you have kids and pets, and are going to be in the home more than 10 years, PTT is a good choice; especially the 3GT Sorona Dupont Polymer offered in some Mohawk carpets. I have not had a consumer complaint on this fiber in the eight years I have been selling it. By the way, PTT is just one step away chemically from 4GT polymer that is used to make tough auto parts. Triexta will indeed be a fiber for the future. The newest triexta is called “silk” and is the softest fiber on the planet.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Why Wool is Different than Synthetic ?


Why Wool is Different than Synthetic ?
Wool is completely natural.  Sheep run on grass and grow a fiber that is naturally renewable.  Synthetics are primarily made from petroleum which contributes to the depletion of our natural resources.  The energy used to shear transport and scou
r wool into clean, white fiber is one-third to one-sixth less than to produce synthetic fiber.
Wool is naturally stain resistant.  Synthetic s require additional anti-soil agents.
Wool carpets improve indoor air quality by absorbing contaminants, such as formaldehyde and locking them irreversibly in its structure without re-releasing them.  Synthetics remove contaminants from the air at 1/2 the rate of wool and re-emit them more readily.
Wool is naturally health-giving, worry free and beautiful.  Synthetic benefits must be engineered into the fiber.
Features of Wool Carpets 
- Natural and environmentally friendly
- Durable, yet soft to the touch and confortable
- Long-lasting luxurious beauty and permanent color
- Safe and Naturally Fire Resistant
- Non-allergenic and improves air quality
- Easy to mantain

Wool is a fiber that is the benchmark to which all other fiber are compared.



Myths and Truths about Wool Carpet
MYTH: Insect-Resist treatment of wool carpet is harmful
TRUTH: Insect-resist agents are harmless to humans and pets.  Only small amounts are applied and have no VOC effect on air quality,
MYTH: Synthetic carpets are easier to clean
TRUTH: Wool releases soil more readily than man-made fibers, naturally due to the complexity of the fiber.
MYTH: Lanolin is the property that makes wool resist stains
TRUTH: 99.5% of the Lanolin is removed during the scouring process.  Lanolin is grease and attracts soil.
MYTH: Photobleaching is common in wool carpets
TRUTH: Photobleaching (color change/fade when exposed to light) is not common but occasionally happens.  
The dye color is not affected, only the natural yellow pigment of the wool.  Once exposed to light the color stabilizes and does not keep changing.  Hidden areas such as under furniture will appear yellow until exposed to sunglight, at which time the yellow will ultimately disappear.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

How to Choose Carpet for Condominium Hallways

How to Choose Carpet for Condominium Hallways

After 28 years in this business, I learned through experience, shows, seminars and by looking at hundreds of condominium hallways what will work best according to budgets,wear and designs.

First, commercial carpet fibers are are made from wool, wool / nylon blend (wool 80% / nylon 20%) and 100% nylon.  All of the carpet fibers have advantages,disadvantages,designd,colors and different prices.  Please read our blog before you buy a carpet for your condominium hallways.

    100% Wool (natural fiber)


This fiber will be printed patterns on the wool with unique colors because wool takes colors beautifully. The advantage is that it has great wear durability.  The disadvantage is that it will discolor with bleach.  This fiber has to be cleaned properly in order to last and it is very expensive between $8 to $10 per square ft. without labor.  Wool face fiber weight is 36 to 40oz & 1/10 gauge.

80% Wool-20% Nylon ( Natural fiber/man made fiber )
   
 


Will be printed pattern and colors will be beautiful.  It will have superior performance than 100% wool.  It will wear through the years and bleach will also discolor it.  This fiber is expensive between $6 to $8 per square ft without labor.  Nylon face fiber weight is 36 to 40oz. &  1/10 gauge.

-100% Nylon 3 Ways to do it (man made fiber)

Print Dye Nylon

Print dye nylon is like an apple.  The color goes on top of the fiber.  With this dye method you can choose any design you want and the patterns can be more intricate.  Your order must be over 2000 yards for the factory to make your custom design and colors.  Many hallway carpets are made from print dye nylon.  This dye fades in the sunlight and will go white with bleach.  This is true especially for condominiums which have washer & dryer for common use in the hallway.  The price is between $3 to $4 square foot without labor.  Nylon face fiber weight is 36oz & 1/10 gauge for best performace.

Solution Dye Nylon with Tapistron Technology

This carpet is made with a special machine that makes the carpet as expensive as print dye nylons, but you have more designs and patterns options.  It should be 36 oz and 1/10 gauge and the price is between $4 to $5 square foot without labor.  This carpet is also bleach resistant.

Solution Dye Nylon
 


Solution dye nylon comes in cut, loop, or cut and loop patterns.  This dye is priced between $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot without labor. This fiber is like a carrot the color goes throughout the fiber.  This is great for very graphic designs with a lot of colors and curves.  The advantages of this carpet are that it is hard to fade, it bleach resistant, easy to clean stains and one of the least expensive of the carpets already discussed.  The disadvantages are that intricate designs and colors are not possible as in print dye nylons and wools.  For best performace it should be 36 oz face weight fiber & 1/10 Gauge.

There is also Polyprolene and Polyester fibers available for lower prices but these compromise wearability, cleanability and flammability standards for condominium hallways and prices between $1.50 to $2.50 square foot without labor.  It is not recommendable to use this carpet for condominium hallways.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Carpet Pattern Trends

Carpet patterns can be fun.  Now a days there are many styles to choose from different manufacturers and there is all from business. traditional, fun and elegant.  Americarpet located in Miami, Florida is proud to give you information on the latest trends in flooring fashions.
You will never see a larger selection of carpets anywhere!

Our floor coverings beautify offices, hotels, airports, homes, and commercial environments around the world. Designers, architects and home owners are inspired by our innovative patterns and textures produced certified commercial manufacturing methods.

We carry the following collections and many more.

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Momeni Exotic Collection















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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Choose an Area Rug

There are many good reasons why Area Rugs should be in each room.  They are practical, have cushioning, add comfort and warmth to concrete, tile, laminate or wood floors.  They also provide an artistic touch to any room design.  Considered artwork for the floors, which acts like a frame, size is very important and is usually a big concern for the homeowner to create that well-balanced space.



Designers say start with the area rug.  After you choose the area rug you can pick out paint for your walls and find throw pillows and paintings and sculptures to complete the decoration.  Just follow this rule of thumb:  The area rug should be a min. of 6 in. and no more than 2 ft. away from the wall.  When taking in to consideration different uses, shapes and designs, everything weighs in and factors as well.

Less is more in spaces or entrances the open to rooms or stairways.  The width should either match the door space or be a few inches less -  not longer.  If you are using a round area rug in a larger foyer, center it under the light fixture.  In a hallway, stretch the length to fill the space, leave even spaces on both ends for balance. If you place any furniture in the hallway keep it off the rug.

For the home office, perhaps in the corner of a bedroom and it should be like a cocoon.  Choose a rug that fits the table and chair to create a warm space where it will feel warm to walk.  For practicality reasons this prevents the chair from dragging  over the carpet edges.

A rug should be the focal point in a room.  You can use two rugs to create separate living area in big rooms. Be sure area rugs extend at least under the first set of legs on sofas or chairs.   For rugs being placed in front of the couch, it should run the same width (or a little longer) than the couch.

In the dining room  designers suggest centering the furniture over the rug and choosing a rug that fits the shape of the table.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Facts About Ceramic Tile

Ceramics are an ancient craft that date back some 4,000 years, originating in Ancient Egypt around 4,700 BCE.
The origin of the word “ceramic” comes from the Greek word “keramos,” or pottery.  The word “tile” originates from the Latin “tegula” and its French derivative, “tuile.”
The art of tiling spread west from the Middle East, becoming popular in Europe during the 11th century, when mosaic floorings and panels became prevalent.
Tiles are made from clay, which once shaped and dried, are fired in a kiln at very hot temperatures. This process hardens the tiles, creating “bisque,” which can then be glazed and fired a second time. Tiles can also be used unglazed, although the color range is limited to the natural shades of the clay.
Ceramic tiles have been a popular material for interior and exterior decoration for thousands of years. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and glazes and can be used plain, decorated or as part of a mosaic.
Ceramic tiles are a popular choice of flooring due to their aesthetic appeal, as well as their durability and easy care. A properly installed ceramic tile floor will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application. Glazed ceramic tile resists stains, odors and dirt and can be cleaned with a damp mop or common household cleaners.
Grade III and Grade IV glazed ceramic tiles are extremely scratch resistant. You never have to worry about a cut or tear like you do with other floor coverings.
Modern technologies have added to the range of shades, finishes and shapes available. In addition, there has been a resurgence of more traditional looks with terracotta and other natural unglazed finishes.
Additional benefits of ceramic tile include:
  • Cleanliness: Environmentally friendly, ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain odors, allergens or bacteria.
  • Versatility: Modern ceramic manufacturing technology has created a virtually limitless number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes and textures that can add rich beauty and character to any room in your home.
  • Fire Resistance: Ceramic tile doesn't burn or emit toxic fumes. Even hot kitchen pans or skillets can’t scorch or melt the surface of glazed ceramic tile!
  • Water Resistance: Most glazed ceramic tile has a dense body that permits little or no moisture accumulation.
In short, ceramic tile is a timeless, luxurious and durable flooring choice that offers a unique opportunity for self-expression because of its detail, flexibility and sheer beauty.
From simple terra cotta tiles to highly decorated individual tiles that create intricate mosaics, ceramic tile offers a level of versatility that makes the possibilities truly endless.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Hardwood Flooring Types

Hardwood Flooring Types

When we talk about hardwood flooring, we’re usually think about ¾” thick planks that are 2 ¼” wide. Though you may find narrower widths or a thinner gauge, this is what is considered the classic strip wood floor. Most hardwood flooring today is manufactured from the American hardwoods (red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan trees) or the newer exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian Cheery, Tigerwood, Ipe, African Teak, etc. The three most common hardwood flooring types today are Solid hardwood flooring, Engineered wood flooring and Longstrip engineered wood floors.


solid vs engineered wood flooring

SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING

Traditional solid hardwood floors are comprised of a single piece of wood with tongue and groove sides. Most come unfinished, but there are many pre-finished 3/4" solid hardwood floors.

This type of wood flooring is very sensitive to moisture. As a result, the solid planks are typically nailed down over a wood type sub-floor and not recommended for use directly over a concrete slab or below ground level (such as a floodable basement).

What’s great about solid wood floors is that they can be refinished and recoated multiple times throughout their lifespan — which can be decades or longer. You’ve probably walked on solid hardwood flooring well over a century old that carry that kind of rich patina and character that could tell fascinating tales of the past — if it could talk!

Because it’s an natural product, hardwood flooring expands and contracts in response to seasonal changes in moisture. When it’s cold outside and the heat is on inside, the wood can contract — sometimes creating unsightly gaps between planks.

When summer comes and humidity increases, wood floors can expand — causing those gaps to magically disappear! Too much moisture, however, can cause the planks to buckle or cup — not exactly trends in flooring fashion!

Solid Oak Flooring
Oak is typically used to create solid unfinished wood floors. There are several different qualities to choose from — be aware of what you’re buying.

Like a flawless diamond, Clear Oak has no blemishes or knots and as such, can be very expensive. You can lower the cost by going with Select Oak or Better Oak, both of which have small visible knots and maybe a little dark graining, as well as some character!

#1 Common Oak and #2 Common Oak have more visible knots and more dark graining.

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORING

Engineered wood flooring has become a extremely popualr hardwood flooring type. Mainly because it can be used in many areas of the home where solid hardwood is not recommended.


Engineered wood floors are constructed of 3 or more thin sheets (called plies) of wood that are laminated together to form a single plank. The plies are usually laid in opposite directions (called cross-ply construction) to each other during the manufacturing process. This “cross-ply” type of construction creates a hardwood floor that is dimensionally stable and not affected by changes in moisture and temperature variations like traditional 3/4" solid wood floors. The advantage of cross-ply construction is that the wood plies counteract each other, thus prohibiting the plank from expanding or shrinking.

Another advantage is versatility.
Engineered hardwood floors can be installed practically anywhere, including over wood sub-floors, concrete slabs and in your basement. They can be nailed down, stapled down, glued down — even floated over some types of existing flooring.

Engineered floors range from ¼” to 9/16” thick and from 2 ¼” to 7” in width. To create a custom look, widths can mixed, such as 3”, 5” and 7” planks installed side-by-side. Lengths are random and range from 12" to 60" in length.

Because engineered wood floors are comprised of several layers of wood, the finish of the top layer can be a completely different wood species than the lower layers. You can find engineered wood floors in many different types of wood species, both domestic and exotic hardwoods.

LONGSTRIP HARDWOOD FLOORING
Longstrip hardwood floors are really engineered floors with the top, finish layer made up of several thinner wood plies glued together to make a single plank. The center core of a longstrip plank is usually a softer wood material and is used to make the tongue and groove.

The top layer can be almost any hardwood species and is comprised of smaller individual pieces that are generally laid in two or three rows. What’s great about this is longstrip planks give the illusion of a board that is 2 or 3 narrow planks wide and several planks long. Each longstrip plank appears to be an entire preassembled section.

Longstrip planks come approximately 86" long and 7 1/2" wide. They typically have between 17 and 35 shorter pieces that make up the top layer of each board. This gives the effect of installing a board that is 3 rows wide and several planks long.

Longstrip planks are designed for floating installation, but most can also be glued or stapled down. They can be installed over a wide variety of subfloors and on any grade level.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

How Area Rugs Are Made

Area rugs have much in common with carpeting. Many are produced on computerized looms using a variety of techniques. But there is a category of area rug that makes it more truly an art form and less a floor covering. These are the handmade, hand-knotted rugs. Some are antiques, but many are being made today. Before you make your decision, you should understand the pros and cons of both types.

Machine made rugs are less expensive and are not considered long term investments. Woven rugs are created on automated weaving looms in which multiple colors of yarn are sewn into a backing material. The rug’s elaborate designs may originate in the mind of a talented individual, but machines execute them. The benefit of machine made rugs is that they have many of the qualities of handmade wool area rugs, for example, but cost significantly less. Also, most machine made rugs are impervious to moisture and mildew. They just don’t wear as well as a handmade area rug.

Handmade (also called hand-knotted) rugs are full of inconsistencies, and that’s what makes them unique. Even if the overall pattern is made many times, each rug will be different. There will be variations in the color of the yarn, for instance, and there will be telltale signs that identify the weaver.

On top of everything else a handsome rug will do for you, handmade rugs are wonderful investments that last many lifetimes and become part of your family legacy. In order to insure that you have a good investment, consult a trained professional.

Handmade

There are some terms that will keep showing up in our discussion of weaving rugs. Two are warp and weft (or woof). These terms come from flat weaving, but still apply to rug weaving. Lengthwise yarns (the ones typically attached to the loom) are called warp and crosswise yarns or horizontal yarns are called weft. Weft are the yarns manipulated by the weaver. Special textures are introduced by changing the color of the yarns used and by passing one or more woof threads over one or more warp threads.

It’s Elemental, My Dear Weaver

All rugs share three fundamentals:

Weave
Knotting
Dyes

The Weaves

There are three major weaving techniques:

Pile weave
Flat weave
Hand-tufted

Pile Weave

Pile weave or knotted weave is the method used to make most rugs. A short piece of yarn is tied around two neighboring warp strands creating a knot on the surface of the rug. All pile rugs are woven with knots, but different weaving groups use different knots.

Every single knot is tied by hand. A single rug has 25 to over 1000 knots per square inch. A skillful weaver is able to tie a knot in about ten seconds, meaning 6 knots per minute or 360 knots per hour. It would take our weaver 6,480 hours to weave a 9x12-foot rug with a density of 150 knots per square inch. That means one weaver needs 810 days (approximately two-and-a-half years) to weave a rug. This is why hand woven rugs are an investment — not just of money, but of time.

Flat Weave

There are no knots in flat weave, hence the name. The weft strands are simply passed in and out through the warp strands. Rugs made in this manor have no pile and are flat. Most cloth is woven in a similar manner. Flat weave rugs have a special look.

Hand Tufted

A hand-tufted rug is also created without tying knots. Instead, tufts or loops of yarn are pushed through a primary backing. The tufts are then held in place with glue while two additional layers of backing are added.

The final step involves cutting the tops of the loops or tufts to create the pile. The height of the pile is determined by how much yarn is cut off and how long the initial loop was.

Hand-tufted rug makers use a “tufting gun” to push the yarn through the backing.

It takes much less time to hand tuft than to hand knot — days instead of months or years. Consequently, hand-tufted rugs are generally less expensive. Still, hand tufting requires a high level of artistry to replicate the intricate patterns.

The Knots

Tying knots on the warp strands makes pile weave rugs. There are a variety of ways to tie knots and normally, the method indicates the region in which a rug was made or the tribe who made it.

Asymmetrical Knot (also known as Persian or Senneh)

Normally considered the finest knot, it is typical of Iran, India, Turkey, Egypt and China. This weave is very fine and tight.

Symmetrical Knot (Turkish or Ghiorde)

You will find this knot used primarily in Turkey, the Caucasus and Iran by Turkish and Kurdish tribes.

Knot Density

Knot density refers to the number of knots per square inch (or square decimeter) in a handmade rug.

Count the number of knots per linear inch along the warp and weft (visible on the backside of the rug) and multiply the two numbers. The total can range from 25 to 1000. In most cases, the higher the number of knots per square inch, the higher the quality of the rug.

The Dyes

The process of changing the color of wool, silk and cotton — even manmade yarns — is called dyeing. There are two types of dyes: natural and synthetic.

Natural Dyes

Until the late nineteenth century, only natural dyes — extracted from plants, animals, or minerals — were used for coloring weaving yarns.

Plants

Roots, flowers, leaves, fruit and the bark of plants have been used to make dyes for thousands of years. Here’s a quick look at the colors and what plants they come from.

Blue or Indigo comes from woad, or dyer’s knotweed.

Yellow comes from saffron, safflower, sumac, turmeric, onionskin, rhubarb, weld and fustic.

Red is from madder, redwood bark and Brazil wood.

Browns and blacks come from the brown resin of the Acacia tree (catechu dye), also from oak bark, oak galls, acorn husks, tea and walnut husks.

Orange comes from henna.

Green comes from over-dyeing any of the blues with any of the yellows.

Animals (Insects And Snails, That Is)

Carmine or red comes from the Cochineal, a scale insect found on plants in Mexico, India and Iran and kermes, found on Oak trees near the Mediterranean. Kermes, the most ancient of all three, have been used since before the 16th century.

Imperial purple comes from fresh mucous secretion from the spiny dye-murex sea snail. In ancient Rome, it was incredibly expensive and therefore, used to denote members of the highest classes.

Minerals

Yellow, brown, and red come from ocher.

White comes from limestone or lime.

Black comes from manganese.

Red comes from cinnabar and lead oxide.

Blue comes from azurite and lapis lazuli.

Green comes from malachite.

Dyers are able to get a variety of colors and shades from the same dye source. Different materials, the mineral content of the water and the mordant (a chemical that fixes a dye by combining with it to form an insoluble compound) can cause variations in color.

Natural dyes are still used today in traditional dye-houses and villages that are close to the source.

Synthetic Dyes

By the mid-nineteenth century, demand for handmade rugs was increasing in the West, thus spurring production in the East. It became important to manufacture rugs more quickly and less expensively. Synthetic dyes were introduced in Germany. Soon they were imported to Persia, Turkey and other Eastern countries.

The first synthetic dyes were aniline dyes. Aniline comes form the German word for indigo. Broadly, it’s a synthetic organic dye. Fuchsine (a brilliant bluish red) was one of the first synthetic dyes developed in Germany in the 1850s and the revolution was on. These dyes made from coal tar were brilliant, inexpensive and easy to use, but they tended to fade when exposed to water or light.

To protect the integrity and reputation of the Persian rug, Nasser-e-Din Shah, the king of Qajar Dynasty in Persia, banned the use of aniline dyes in 1903. He gave orders that if aniline in any form was found, it was to be publicly burned; and if any rugs were found that were made with aniline dyes, they too, were to be burned. Persian weavers discontinued the use of synthetic dyes until the modern synthetic chrome dyes were developed in the years between the First and Second World Wars.

Chrome dyes, like their natural counterparts, are colorfast and come in an infinite variety of colors. They are also much cheaper to produce. The majority of yarns made today are dyed with — you guessed it — chrome dyes.


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