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Wooly Shaggy Rugs

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Thick pile shaggy rugs are fashionable, comfortable and beautiful. They keep floors warm and bring great accents to the room. Try a contrasting colour and bring something modern to your rooms. Or if you already have a colour theme or a distinct colour in mind we can do colour matching to get an exact colour swatch if you provide us with a pantone colour or even a sample of the colour you want us to match.

The shaggy rugs that we make are luxurious and will last forever! Our rugs are made to order so all of our rugs are limited edition and if you choose a bespoke shape or cut out then your rug will be completely unique. Here at RugDesigner our rugs start at £99 per square metre so there is no excuse not to have a fabulous rug in your home!

Blog about Rugs

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

There isn’t much to say about rugs, believe me it is a limited subject. After you have written about where the rugs come from and how the are made it can get hard to come up with something original.

I have been writing this blog for a while now and I have to write about 3 a week which is hard because I can’t find something new each time I write a blog. There are certain things even I find is uninspiring,  like how expensive a persian rug is. I don’t even understand why… is it because they are so prestigious, or maybe their beauty? Some of them are blatantly not very well made either, like cheap copies.

As I have now taken over the company (for a bit) the pressure is on for me to get things done. I can’t be slacking off because I have a lot more responsibilities, like writing this blog for example now feels like a waste of time when I should be taking payments or sorting deliveries, but instead I buckle down and find some new material to write about.

Shaggy rugs are probably my favourite type of rug that we supply. I like the feel of them and there dense pile.

Well I have to go and take a payment so this is the end of this.

Until Friday, bye for now.

Tips to clean a shaggy rug

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The shaggy rug is making a come back from its popular American debut in the late 1960′s. Shaggy rugs enjoy a very long history, dating back to ancient Greece and other civilizations. The ancient flokati rug, made of goat’s fur, is the Greek equivalent of  a shaggy rug, and it is very similar to today’s shag rugs. The genuine lush flokati shaggy rug is a little on the expensive side although this rug will possess timeless beauty.

Tips to clean a shaggy rug:

Shake the rug to loosen any grit or loose fibres then on a low setting on the vacuum cleaner, brush the top surface this will help to minimise the excessive shedding usually associated with these types of rugs. Routine clean with a suction vacuum to prevent dirt clogging up in pile. Rotate rug regularly, particularly if exposed to direct sunlight this can cause bleaching to the rug. Blot up excess spills with a clean cloth, then work from the outer edge in applying carpet cleaner. Once clean, pat excess moisture with paper towels and allow to dry.

If cleaned regularly this will reduce the amount of shedding polymers from these types of rug. Although these rugs do molt the polymers are wool based so should not cause any adverse reactions to the skin.

From the Sheep to the Rug

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Washing the Fleece

Sheep almost always live in the open air, and even the more primitive breeds no longer shed their wool at the end of the winter. This means that they get dirty – often VERY dirty – dusty, muddy and sweaty with lots of entangled bits and pieces. It must be such a relief to dash away from the shearer, free of all that weight, smell and heat. Rugs and carpets, however, be they modern or antique, smooth or shaggy, are expected to be pretty or smart colours and to lack that distinctive aroma that shouts ‘sheep!’

To bridge the gap, the first process towards your rug is scouring, which means washing and rinsing the wool to remove most of the impurities, from sweat to bits of twig. In some breeds (the very sweaty ones) this can reduce the weight of the fleece by up to 50%, but the wool usually used for Designerug rugs and carpets loses only about 25 – 30% of weight in this process – so you know that your shaggy rug may have come from a shaggy sheep, but at least it hasn’t come from a very smelly one!

Scouring, in the case of wool, means gently washing in a detergent mixture, then rinsing until it is free of dirt and detergent both. The wool is usually passed through a series of long, narrow tanks on a belt. Each tank is equipped with a set of gently moving paddles to keep the water moving without tangling the wool. The first tank contains the cleaning mixture, which rapidly becomes extremely dirty. After that, it is pressed through rollers to remove as much water as is possible without turning the whole thing into felt. Then the belt moves it along, in and out of rinsing baths, each rinse being followed by a further gentle pressing. By the fifth bath the cleaning materials have been washed out and the wool looks bright and clean, and shows a surprising range of shades, from palest cream to beige. Of course, there are also black sheep, but their wool is separated out before the scouring. The final process is drying and fluffing, which happens as the belt moves through an oven and the wool is dried with jets of very warm air. Now it is ready for the next stage – the spinning.

Spinning the Wool

Blending.  Ideally, all the spun wool will be a standard colour so the dyer will be able to judge quickly how to produce that puce you chose for your designerug pattern. Unfortunately the sheep are not too interested in that part of the job, and their coats vary over a surprising range, according to age, diet and specialized breeding.

The Blender is the man who sorts that problem out, judging by sight which bales of washed wool have to be dumped into the big blending bin (like an enormous mixing bowl, with paddles) to give an even-coloured yarn at the end. In the blending bin the wool is tossed and stirred to mix up all the different bales of wool, but carefully enough to avoid tangling them. This makes sure that there won’t be darker or lighter lengths in the final yarn. At the same time, a special oil is added to the wool to avoid what could be a dangerous build-up of static electricity as thee wool is processed (most of this oil comes off onto the machines themselves, and the rest is removed in the dyeing process). The man who works as a blender has a very dusty job, although the wool has been washed, and a mask is a necessary part of his equipment.

Rugdesigner – The manufacturing process

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

In order to make your design into a real size modern rug, we start by printing your design onto a transfer medium and then attach it onto the primary cloth. This will be the blue print from which we will hand tuft the yarns.
Printing the design onto the cloth minimize the tufting errors.
Rug Designer

We use 100% lamb wool, from our own yarns, which are manufactured and dyed in our factory. After the yarns have been tufted, the modern rug is hand cropped, to provide a levelled profile. A secondary backing cloth is applied which provides stability and durability of the product.

To provide our unique finish, we hand sculpture and trim the rug. Highlighting the individual design, creating textures and delicate profiles, increasing the definition and uniqueness of the modern rug itself.A final inspection assures the quality of our modern rugs.

At this stage any adjustments necessary will be carried out by our experienced rug masters. Once the modern rug passes the final inspection, we label our product as one in a limited collection.

The final stage is the packaging of our products. We endeavour to ensure that the product reaches you in the same condition as it leaves the factory.