J&S Designer Flooring is proud to introduce the Rumi Silk Collection from Woven Concepts, exclusively in New Jersey. The Rumi Silk Collection pays homage to a time when “silk was gold”. Made in India, this collection features some of the brightest, freshest and the boldest color seen in today’s market. These rugs are handspun from the finest remnants of sari silk, in to a natural cotton foundation, making the finished product smooth and resilient. Be sure to stop in the showroom to take a look through this beautiful collection.
As we mentioned in prior posts, Emerald green was named the color of 2013. When it comes to marketing and advertising, colors play a very big part in getting a message and feeling across to the public. For example, blue is a color that gives off a feeling of security and truth. According to this theory, 2013 will be a year of growth, luxury and calmness.
If green is the color you will be seeing throughout 2013 why not add some to your own home? Green is a relaxing and luxurious color that can add some brightness to any room in your home. Why not add some green to your living room, some green throw pillows, or maybe even some green candles, allowing your self to really relax. Why not add some green to your own bedroom so you can relax and rest easier. Feeling stressed and over worked? Add some green to in to your life and feel more relaxed and luxurious.
As 2012 comes to a close, we all reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the new year on the horizon. The recovering of a financial disaster, the closing of wars, and the reelection of President Obama all set the tone for 2012. Tangerine Tango was named Pantone’s the color of 2012 as the past year was a year of rebuilding and moving forward, tangerine tango recharged us and gave us the inspiration needed to do the hard work needed throughout the year.
Moving in to 2013 a new color to represent the feeling and mood of the upcoming year has been announced by Pantone. Emerald Green has been chosen as the world now enjoys the hard work it has done in the last year, being a luxurious color representing the new life we have built for ourselves. As well as further inspiring us, this color promoting “balance and harmony”. Pantone went on to say “Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”.
President Obama requested that the Oval Office be decorated with American-made products. The Grand Rapid, Michigan based Scott Group Custom Carpets made the 20-by-30 Oval Office Rug for the occasion. The Group, which was founded in 1969, makes high-end luxury carpets for customers all over the world, including President Clinton’s Oval Office rug.
The rug’s design features the presidential seal in a center medallion and a border decorated with quotes hand-picked by the president. The rug is in very warm, soothing colors: wheat, cream, and blue. There are 13 clouds above the eagle. There are 13 bands that are in the actual shield on the eagle, 13 leaves in the olive branch and then the 13 arrows that are in the talon of the eagle. The eagle is facing towards the olive branch, which is a sign that we are a peaceful nation.
There was a team of 30 craftsmen who put their hands on this product and put 570 hours into producing this rug. It reflects what is done here in America by great craftsmen making great products right here in the United States.
It is made of 100 percent wool, sourced from England and New Zealand. It has 48 individual yarn colors, including some un-dyed natural wool. The Oval Office Rug is made from 25 percent recycled wool.
President Obama selected the following five historical quotes for the rug:
1. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice,” Martin Luther King Jr.
3. “Government of the People, By the People, For the People,” President Abraham Lincoln
4. “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings,” President John F. Kennedy
5. “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us,” President Theodore Roosevelt
Knot density, otherwise known as knots per square inch, are an important indicator of rug quality. Most knots are measured on the reverse side of a hand knotted oriental rug. Simply counting the number of knots per linear inch along the length of the rug and the number of knots per linear inch along the weft, and multiplying these two number, give you the of knots per square inch.
Raj are the units of knot density used primarily in Iran for Tabriz rugs. Raj refers to the number of knots across 2 ¾ inches of a rug.
Knot density is not the most important factor in purchasing an oriental rug. Knot count can vary greatly depending on where the rug was made, how it was made, and the tradition behind the construction.
The quality of wool depends on the length of individual hair and the location on the animal from where the hair had been cut. Other factors that contribute to the quality of wool include climate, habitat/altitude and even vegetation.
New Zealand wool is most well known as the whitest and purest wool in the world. It is known most for its naturally soft feel, due to the vegetation available to herds. The sheep from New Zealand are raised on land unsuitable for crop cultivation or other agricultural production. New Zealand sheep farms do not use any banned pesticides, which creates one of the world’s most environment-friendly animal production industries. This specific type of wool dyes very well, giving long lasting colors to create stylish modern looks. You can be assured of lasting quality and beauty for many years to come.
To understand a rug’s appearance, its care, and how it would erode you must know the characteristics of the fibers from which the fabric is made.
There are two groups of fibers:
• Natural fibers, which consist of animal and plant fibers
• Man-made, manufactured/synthetic fibers
Most of the carpets produced in the United States contain six fibers: nylon, polypropylene, acrylic, polyester, wool, or cotton.
Wool is a natural fiber that is made from the fleece of sheep. Sheep live in a wide variety of climates and conditions, so wool is not uniform among all sheep. The uses of wool differ. There is coarse wool for carpets, soft fine wools for undergarments, highly crimped wools for bulky woolen, and more – a large range for manufacturers to choose from for specific products. Wool is most popular for clothing and home furnishings as it is warm, resists wrinkle, is lightweight, absorbs moisture, flame resistant, and has a natural elasticity.
Nylon is the most common used fiber in carpet today. Nylon is an engineered petrochemical synthetic fiber. It’s durable, retains dyed color excellently, and is readily available.
Acrylic fibers have characteristics uniform to those of wool. It is often used to blend in with other fibers.
Polyester is a strong fiber that has the ability to hold its shape well. Being naturally stain and fade resistant, it is also water repellent and easy to care for. It is primarily offered as a staple yarn and made from terephthalic and ethylene glycol. It tends to shed fiber. Polyester can be made from recycled material such as plastic bottles.
Cotton is the world’s most used fiber. Cotton is a soft fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant. Grades of cotton rage, with even high quality grades like Egyptian cotton. Cotton absorbs a lot of moisture, which makes it extremely difficult to clean.
Jute is a fine natural fiber; it has a soft and silky luster. Jute is quite adaptable yarn, which weaves well. It can also be mixed with wool and linen, thus improving durability.
Staying in the same color family doesn’t necessarily mean being “matchy, matchy”. Meshing a thoughtful mix of styles and textures in variations of one color will prevent your furniture from getting lost in the shuffle. Think of the color wheel as your guide to a world of color combinations.
To begin, you must paint your walls a color that is universally accepted. You can even paint an accent wall for an extra punch of color. For example you can paint your walls beige, and paint the accent wall turquoise. Accent pillows, window treatments, and area rugs add interest to any room.
Since you have made turquoise the star, you must create contrast. It’s best to select pieces to offset the turquoise accents. You should stick to a soft, calming color palette, thought brighter tones are not forbidden.
A monochromatic scheme uses tints and shades of one color, staying in the same column on the color wheel.
A complementary scheme proves that opposites attract. It pairs two colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. These colors add interest and energy to a room. The complement of turquoise is orange-red.
The split complementary gives the room contrast. To find the split complement of turqoise, you look to the let and right of its complement, orange-red.
Analogous colors reside right next to each other on the color wheel,you look to left and right. A turquoise analogous color scheme includes blue and green. These hues always look great together.
Buying a carpet or rug can be a quite stressful experience. There are many options, and it can get quite overwhelming. Here are some things you should think about before purchasing a carpet or rug.
First, think of your lifestyle and where you will be placing this carpet. Will it be stepped on? Will it have a lot of furniture on top of it?
Size and durability are important factors you should think about before purchasing an area rug for your home.
Some additional questions you should ask yourself:
• How much to spend?
• What color to choose?
• What style and grade of carpet should I select?
• What padding type, density, and thickness should I select?
• How can I be sure my carpet is installed properly?
• How do I get a good price on a new carpet, padding, and installation?
You’ve thought long and hard about what you’re specifically looking for. Now here are some questions you should ask your salesperson:
• Does the price of the carpet include carpet padding and carpet installation? Good luck on your purchase !
• If not, how much extra is the charge for carpet padding and carpet installation?
• Is there a guarantee or warranty on the carpet/carpet padding/carpet installation?
• Will the salesperson come out to the home to do an accurate room measurement?
• Where will the seams fall? Avoid seams against the traffic direction.
• Does the carpet price include metal stripping at the thresholds and wrapping the carpet around each stair step?
• What is the charge for removing old carpet and carpet padding and hauling it away?
• What is the charge (if any) for moving furniture?
• Does the price of the carpet include carpet padding and carpet installation?
Good luck on your purchase !
The world’s largest hand-woven carpet was completed in the Iranian city of Neishabour. The carpet is called the Qasr al-Alam, which means the Palace of the World. Iranian artist, Ali Khaliqi designed this carpet in eight months.
It took nearly 1, 200 craftswomen from the Neshiabour to complete the weaving of the luxurious carpet. These women were between the ages of 15 and 60, it took them 16 months to complete the construction of the carpet. There were 50 men supervising them, and giving technical support. These women worked in three villages in northeastern Iran.
Although the carpet is primarily green and cream, twenty-five colours were used incorporating twenty different natural dyes. Traditional Persian motifs of swirling vines and five medallion centerpieces were featured within the piece. Weighing 47 tons, the carpet is made up of 2,268,000,000 knots. The carpet measures at 60, 570 square feet which the size of a soccer field !
The United Arab Emirate officials ordered the carpet for the Sheikh Zayed al-Nahyan mosque in Abu Dhabi.