When seeking the perfect rug for your or your client's space, it's easy to become overwhelmed and confused by the variety of options available, as well as the varying price points for what appears to be the same product.
Your rug is not only a style statement, but also an investment in the ambience of your space: Beyond the visual benefits, a high quality rug offers the chance to change acoustics, promote luxury through the underfoot feel, and offer a soft furnishing that is resistant, easy to clean, and a joy to own for many years.
Like a bargain shirt that quickly goes out of shape, or a low cost jewellery piece that loses its gold plate after a few wears, price point and materials can sometimes genuinely define the longevity of a product. Rugs are perhaps one of the most interacted with pieces of soft furnishings in a room, and deal with friction, crushing, spills and frequent cleaning. Thankfully, there are certain materials we can make rugs from that promote the resilience of your rug to ensure it maintains its beauty for years to come.
Wool in particular is a fantastic material for creating rugs - Not only is this an environmentally friendly material, but also offer naturally protection through the inclusion of Lanolin, meaning no chemicals are required to make it stain resistant. Lanolin, a natural oil found in wool, means spills and stains can be more easily removed, and the organic shape of the fibre means wool can trap bacteria, dust and other nasties from the atmosphere, where they can then be safely vacuumed up - A great benefit for those suffering from asthma. Known for this resilience, as well as its ability to take on dyes and colours, you'll find wool blended in many of our rugs to add this natural toughness to our beautiful rug designs.
A pride point of RC+D is our spectacular hand knotted rugs. The technique is exactly as it sounds - An artisan creates knots of the chosen medium to create the rug completely by hand. This technique is specialist and pain staking but with an incredible outcome: As the rug is completely woven by hand, no backing is required, making a rug that will (with care) maintain its appeal for many many years. Many antique rugs found across museums, auction floors and collectors presentations are silk hand knotted rugs - Beyond the preciousness of the material and the richness of the history, it is the hand knotted technique that has allowed these pieces to remain with us hundreds of years later.
Hand tufting, where a tufting machine is used to push tufts of carpeting through a backing, creates a soft, plush outcome in a modality that is less timely and artisanal as hand knotted. The easiest way to tell the difference? Flip the rug over - If the back looks much like the front in terms of material and threading, the rug is hand knotted. If there is a backing, the rug is probably hand tufted. To encompass the needs of all our clients, RC+D offers a wide variety of both hand knotted and hand tufted rugs.
Have you ever entered a room that has instantly felt warm and comfortable for no apparent reason? More often than not, the impact you are experiencing is the sound of the room, and how the acoustics are being manipulated by either the furnishings or the space itself, as well as the visuals of the room itself. One of the most cost effective and aesthetically pleasing way of handling this influence is through floor coverings - namely carpeting and rugs.
With this, the visual "anchoring" of rugs is a well versed element of effective interior design. Psychologically, when we see furniture placed together in a vignette encompassed by a rug, we know this area is all of an area itself. The true lustre of a stunningly designed rug made from high quality wool, silk, viscoses and bamboo silk lend their acoustic value along with their beauty.
Together, with the luxury of a quality rug underfoot, this power invites people to interact with the furniture, and to stay in the space - and what more could we want when we design a room?