Picking the Perfect Rug
Tape is chosen based on two factors- design and price. The following tapes are offered:
Polyester– most area rugs you see in flooring stores or samples of carpet on a carpet display will show you the polyester bound edge. This is the most economical of all edging but the least durable.
Serge-Serge yarn is wound around the edge of the carpet to protect the raw edge. This is a much more traditional look and is considered a step up from a basic polyester edge. Serge comes in many colors including tweed multi-colors. This is the basic mid-level price option.
Wool Serge– Wool serge yarn is used with other natural fiber carpets. These are special order based and will be color coordinating to your area rug.
Cotton– cotton tapes are offered in any width, starting with a ¼” reveal all the way up to a 4” reveal. Almost any color is available (see color palette). Cotton tapes are much more durable than serge and polyester and tend to be more expensive.
The latex used to adhere carpet backings is quite abrasive. You don’t want your area rug to scratch up the subfloor underneath. Protect your floor! Backings are a necessary part of the area rug selecting process and should be considered. The following are options for carpet backing:
Loose lay felt/rubber pad: This is the ideal backing for those that was a little extra cushion underneath their rug. For better feel under foot and anti-slip qualities use this backing.
Felt: felt is the only backing that is adhered and sewn directly onto the back and into the rug. Felt offers your floor protection- we use only the thickest and highest quality felt on the market. Felt only is not recommended for smaller rugs (under 8X10 or if furniture sits atop) because it doesn’t stick to the floor.
Rubber: Use rubber- cut and glued to the back of the area rug- for supreme anti-slip. Your carpet won’t go anywhere using this stuff!