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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Best Rug Pad for Over Carpet

Just because you are laying a rug over carpeting does not mean you don't need a pad. A quality pad under your rug is very important as it will extend the life of your rug and protect it from wear and slippage as well as make the rug lay smoothly to make vacuuming easier.

The biggest problem with laying a rug over carpet is the rippling and bunching of the rug. This is especially an issue around the legs of your furniture. We have a solution to this problem. We recommend a pad by Teebaud that is very effective for over carpet.

Teebaud is designed for use under rugs of any kind to help prevent slippage and premature wear. The fluffy Teebaud underlay cushions rugs to prevent fiber damage and allows continuous airflow to prevent unwanted moisture and mildew buildup. It is odorless.

The Teebaud pad is a dual purpose pad but we recommend it primarily for over wall to wall carpeting. It features a unique fabric construction that consists of two non-woven polyester fabrics that are permanently needle punched together. The white side is meant to be laid on top of carpet. The gray side is meant to be laid on top of hard floors.

This pad is absolutely skid-proof. Both sides are lightly coated with a scientifically formulated, clean-lift, water-based adhesive. The entire pad actually grips the rug backing and the floor or carpet surface, firmly anchoring the rug in place.

Teebaud clean-lift adhesive is completely harmless to all floor and carpet surfaces. (Read all instructions prior to installation).
Teebaud pads are made in the USA and come in all the sizes you need to fit your rug including runners.

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly providing you Teebaud rug pads for the 
Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mark Gonsenhauser Starts “Rugs of Love” Donation Program

Rugs of Love donation to Equi Kids

Press Release-Virginia Beach, VA, November 12, 2010 –

Mark Gonsenhauser’s “Rugs of Love” donation program places cleaned, donated rugs with charities that need them or can distribute them to families that need the extra warmth and comfort. Rugs that are donated are cleaned by Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore at no charge, the person donating them receives the necessary tax deduction receipt, and the rug is offered to a local charity.

The idea became a reality when recently a couple brought in two rugs that they no longer wanted.
Gonsenhauser realized that with a cleaning these rugs could be valuable to a charity or family. He
connected with the Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk and the refurbished rugs were placed there at no charge to the couple nor the Ronald McDonald House.

“For most people rugs are décor. But for someone who does not have stable heat or needs to feel
more at home, it can make all the difference,” said Gonsenhauser. “We participate in many other
charity organizations, but now we are proud to have a program that we can call our own and try to
make an impact here in Hampton Roads.”

If interested in being a “Rugs of Love” charity or to donate a rug, call Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore at 486-6600.

Having studied the art of rug making around the world over the past 30 years, Mark Gonsenhauser is an expert on the materials, methods of weaving, and the art of fine Oriental rugs and carpets. He has been a guest lecturer at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College as well as a guest curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore can be found online at www.IGotYourRug.com.
Store location:
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Friday, October 22, 2010

Custom Cut Rug Pads

So you just purchased a beautiful new rug and are wondering if you really need a rug pad laid under it. The answer is, yes you do. All rugs should have a pad under them. Especially if you have a fine hand made Oriental rug. If properly cared for, your Oriental rug can last for many generations.

Contrary to popular belief, a rug pad is primarily to protect your rug. Although a good pad does protect your hard wood floors as well.

A premium quality pad under your rug is very important. A quality pad will help preserve your rug from wear and slippage for many years and will extend the life of your rug. Think of the beating a rug takes from foot traffic. A pad will lessen the effects of that by acting as a shock absorber, cushioning the impact of foot traffic.
A good pad also prevents slippage, helps the rug lay flat and makes vacuuming much easier.

There are all sorts of rug pad materials on the market for use over hard floors but we have chosen a material that we think is superior. We recommend a rug underlay called "Cushion Grip". Cushion Grip is a premium quality pad. The material is made of carpet fibers that have been fused together and then needle punched to a waffled rubberized backing material that is non slip. The fused fibers are also coated with a rough surface to help hold the rug to the pad.

Cushion grip is guaranteed to retain its non-slip, non-skid properties for at least 10 years with proper maintenance. The rubberized waffle texture backing holds very firmly. This makes for a slip free transition when walking from your hard surface floor onto the rug and visa versa. This pad also helps prevent ripples around the legs of your furniture.

Cushion Grip padding is about 1/4 inch thick. It is the most effective rug pad to use for hardwood, laminate wood, tile, vinyl and concrete. It will hold well to any hard surface floor.

The other major benefit of this pad is that we custom cut it to fit your rug's actual dimensions. This makes for a perfect fit with no trimming necessary. This is great for Oriental rugs that may be an odd or non generic size. For example if your Persian rug is slightly irregular in shape we cut the pad to its shape. We also cut the pad about two inches smaller overall therefore allowing the rug to completely cover the pad.

Protect your investment, put the proper rug pad under it!

In a future post we will be discussing the proper pad material to use over carpet.

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug & Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly Providing Rug pads to the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and parts of the Eastern Shore and North East North Carolina.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Best Wall to Wall Carpet Source in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

Buying carpet can be a challenging task if you go shopping with no knowledge. Allow us to help you take some of the guess work out of the process and offer some helpful tips.

When you shop for carpeting you will want to shop first for the fiber type, then the carpet brand. The type of carpet pile fiber you choose will significantly impact the overall performance of your carpet. In buying carpet make sure you understand the various types of carpet fiber and how each one cleans, mats or crushes, resistance to sunlight fading and stains.

Different types of fiber wear in different ways so it is wise to make your choice on the basis of where the carpet will go and how it will be used.

The price of a carpet depends largely on its fiber content, pile weight, and style. Wool can be rather expensive compared with synthetics.

Synthetic fibers make up 99% of the fiber used by the US carpet industry. Nylon, the best-selling carpet fiber, typically costs more than polyester or olefin and branded fibers cost more than unbranded.

There are highly advertised brands of nylon fiber that are not carpet brands and it may be difficult to distinguish between a fiber brand and a carpet brand. Some examples of fiber brands are Stainmaster and Triexta by DuPont and Wear-Dated by Mohawk.

There is no perfect fiber and carpet is a fabric that is subjected to incredible abuse through foot traffic, accidental spills, environmental contaminants, and other abuses.

Below is a chart of carpet fibers and the characteristics you may want to consider when making your carpet choice. Click on the image to enlarge chart.

At Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore we have wall to wall carpeting available in infinite colors, designs, patterns and solids. Wools, nylons and blends. We have them ALL to help you create the statement you have been dreaming of.

This is a list of carpets that we sell. Please note that we are always adding new brands and styles to our selection. Do come in and we are happy to give you our expert help with your search for the perfect carpet for your home and lifestyle.

Blueridge Home
Concepts International
Design Materials
Glen Eden
Godfrey / Hirst

Royal Dutch
Shaw Industries
Silver Creek
Sphinx Oriental Weavers
Southwind Carpet Mills

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly Providing your Carpet needs to the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and parts of the Eastern Shore and North East North Carolina.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Design Your Own Custom Made Rug

Mark Gonsenhauser's Custom Rug Department

On a previous post we documented the making of a very large oversized custom rug for one of our customers. In this post we want to show you some of the advantages of having a custom rug made and illustrate how easy the process is from a design point of view. Of course, the primary advantage of having a custom rug made is that you can choose and design exactly what you want in the colors and size you want. 
Below we highlighted two different companies that make custom rugs. The first company makes hand made rugs and the second produces machine made rugs. 

#1- Tamarian hand made Tibetan wool rugs from Nepal.

Tamarian rugs are made in Nepal of Tibetan wool. Also known as Nepalese rugs, they are beautiful wool and silk creations. The Tibetan wool is known for its durability, rich texture and subtle color variation. 

Creating your own design using as inspiration, fabrics, wallpaper, artwork or pictures is a fantastic way to bring your décor some originality and put your own unique style into a room.

Tamarian also offers a vast array of their patterns and designs to choose from.

Tamarian has over 2500 colors you can choose from or they do custom color matching. In addition the options for knot count and wool to silk content ratio give you even more choices.

Below is a Tamarian rug that was just completed.

This is a Tamarian design using the clients own custom color palette.

The finished product looks exactly like the sketch! The turn around time is about 3-6 months, depending on the size. As you can see the final product is worth the wait to get exactly what you want!

# 2- Dalyn Rug Company

Dalyn manufactures over 150 designs in 450 colors. Machine Made rugs are a less costly alternative to hand made rugs. Dalyn’s designs offer a sophisticated selection of patterns, textures, colors and shapes. They come in a pre-set variety of sizes in wool, nylon and polyester. The price points differ depending on the material and size. The turn around time is about 2 weeks.

Some of our other rug vendors are also capable of customizing their existing products. Momeni will take existing patterns and re-color them to your color palette. Nourison will take existing patterns and make them into sizes up to 16' x 40'.

We also have lots of other rug manufacturers that customize their products for you. For example, Capel, Design Materials and Fabrica. Come by our showroom and let us show you how we can provide you with the perfect rug in the perfect color!

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug & Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly providing your Custom rug needs for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rug Repair in Virginia Beach

Our trained rug repair artisans will make your rug look like new!

Mark Gonsenhauser's rug repair department handles all kinds of damaged rugs. Believe me when I say, we have seen it all. Chew holes from teething puppies, loose and worn binding, rips and tears and of course our favorite, the disappearing fringe syndrome thanks to a ravenous vacuum cleaner!

When your fine Oriental rug is in need of some TLC, be sure to bring it in to Mark Gonsenhauser's  where we professionally repair all types of rugs. Orientals, Persians, Machine made rugs, Antique rugs, Wool rugs, Hand Tufted rugs, Silk rugs and much more.

We offer a full range of rug repair and restoration services and our trained rug repair artisans are gifted and adept at performing all types of complex repairs. We do modifications such as adding false fringes or removing fringes. We re-bind by hand and machine the worn edges of your rug. We have a vast collection of wool in order to be able to match your rug's color!

Some of our rug repair wool.
The following types of repairs and modifications are available: 

Fringe removal by two methods:
Permanently removed and over sewn so that the rug does not fray
Folded under and secured which can eventually be restored to the original state at any time
Addition of false fringe of various types and colors

Sides and Ends:
Rebind sides by hand and carefully match colors
Repair, straighten, and over sew worn edges

Re-latex tufted backing
Specialty Repairs such rug painting.

Here are some examples of rug repair projects we have just completed for our customers.

The rug below had the fringe completely removed and has been hand serged.
(Also known as rebinding of the sides and/or ends.)

This rug is being hand bound. The next picture is the completed look.
We matched the original binding colors.

The rug below had damaged ends. The end was transformed to
have a nice neat hand bound finished look. 

The rug below had loose, uneven and frayed fringes. We hand over-sewed the fringes and trimmed where they were uneven. It now looks like new!

Watch our Rug Repair Video below for more examples of the types of restoration techniques our rug repair experts can do to rejuvenate your rug!

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly providing you Expert Rug Repair and Restoration for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Northeastern North Carolina and the Eastern shore.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Decorating with Outdoor Rugs

Capel Indoor / Outdoor Rug

Who doesn't love spending time outdoors? These days having an outdoor space is something many people are looking for in a new home. Outdoor spaces are also popular as add-on renovation projects to existing homes. People are treating the outdoor spaces on their properties as true extensions of their homes, turning porches, pools, patios, decks, and gardens into outdoor living spaces that serve the same functions as indoor rooms. These spaces are ideal for extending your living area and make great venues for entertaining, alfresco dining or just hanging out and relaxing after a long day's work.

A great way to add a design element to your outdoor space is with a rug. There are unlimited options in the category of Indoor / Outdoor rugs. From modern designs to solid colors, textures, patterns, tropical, floral and stripes, the choices are abundant.

Polypropylene is the primary material that outdoor rugs are made of. This is a man made material that performs well when exposed to rain and sunlight. Indoor / Outdoor rugs are also very durable. Most are fade and mildew resistant and easy to clean. That also makes these rugs a great choice for kitchens, baths, door entry and anywhere else you can think of!

Below are some pictures from the Paula Deen collection of outdoor rugs that may inspire you to get decorating and bring some color and life to your patio or porch!

Porch Rug Collection by Kaleen Rug Co.

Be sure to come by our Virginia Beach showroom to see our entire line of Indoor / Outdoor rugs!

Here are some of the fine brands we carry:

Porch Collection by Kaleen Rug Co.
Oriental Weavers Lanai
Kane Carpet- Custom made sizes, a mulitude of patterns!
Capel- Custom made rugs
Other Manufacturers of custom made Indoor/Outdoor Rugs:

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

I've Got Your Rug!

Proudly providing you with Indoor / Outdoor Rugs for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rug Cleaning Virginia Beach, Virginia

Professional Rug Cleaners at Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore

Our short video below shows you what we believe is the proper method for cleaning an area rug. We have developed and perfected our rug cleaning process over many years and you can have confidence that our rug cleaning expertise ensures the best result possible.

As you will see in the video our hand washing and cleaning process is designed to remove dirt and stains thoroughly from your area rugs. We professionally clean all types of area rugs, including; Hand made rugs, Oriental rugs, Decorative rugs, Machine Made rugs, Antique rugs, Silk rugs, Wool rugs, Cotton rugs, Flat weave rugs, Flokati and Shag rugs and more.

We are the only Professional Rug Cleaner in the Virginia Beach area that has our own cleaning plant right here in our store. Our Virginia Beach Rug Cleaning facility is conveniently located one mile east of Town Center. 

We offer pick up and delivery service for all of the cities in the Hampton Roads area; Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, North East North Carolina and the Eastern Shore.

In addition, if your rug is in need of repairs, our Expert Rug Repair and Restoration Department repairs and restores all types of rugs.

For a personalized assessment and estimate to clean, repair and restore your rug please contact our Cleaning Department at 757-333-1010

Click here to Print Your Coupon for 25% OFF Rug Cleaning!

Our Other Services Include:
Pet urine extraction
Moth Proofing
Stain protectant
Rug re-fringing
Re-weaving... and much more.

Please contact us for a price quote:

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

Our Rug Cleaning Website:  http://www.virginiabeachrugcleaning.com/

Our Retail Store Website: http://www.IGotYourRug.com/

Proudly providing you a full range of Professional Rug Cleaning services for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Northeast North Carolina and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hand Made vs Machine Made Rugs

Hand knotted Rug in Ikat style design

How to tell the difference between a hand made and a machine made rug

To an untrained eye it may be difficult to tell the difference between hand knotted, hand made and machine made rugs. This guide will help you understand the differences.

Hand Knotted Rugs

Parts of a hand knotted rug

Hand knotted rugs are made on a specially designed loom and are knotted by hand. The rug weaver inserts the "knots" into the foundation of the rug and they are tied by hand, this makes up the "pile" of the rug. (Click here to read our post about the knot count of hand knotted rugs.) 

Hand knotted rugs can be made of wool, cotton, silk, jute and other natural materials. Silk is sometimes used in wool rugs for the outlines or highlights of the pattern to enhance the design. Hand knotted and hand woven rugs can last many generations if they are of good quality and properly maintained.

Flat Weave or Hand Woven Rugs

Flat Weave Rugs have no pile

There is also a category of hand made rugs called "flat weave." These rugs are hand woven in a flat weave pattern and there is no pile.

A typical small rug loom for hand knotted or flat woven rugs

Machine Made Rugs

Machine made rugs are made by large machines called power looms. A power loom is electrically automated and controlled by computers. Machine made rugs can be made quickly and are manufactured with materials including wool and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, acrylic and art silk. Machine made rugs can offer a lower price alternative to hand knotted rugs. Machine made rugs usually have a life span of about 20 years. There are exceptions if the rug is high quality and well maintained, it can hold up for much longer. Machine made rugs are generally not of any value to a collector.

Back of a machine made rug. Note the uniformity of the stitching which is done by a machine

Hand Crafted Rugs or Hand Tufted Rugs

Hand tufted rugs are another type of rug that is considered hand made or hand-crafted. This particular type of rug is made using a modified hand held drill gun that inserts the pile into a cloth foundation which creates a loop pile. If the loop pile is sheared, it then becomes a cut pile. The loop pile rug, if not sheared, is called a "Hand-Hooked" rug. Some designs have both loop and cut pile combined to create a dimensional effect to the pattern. A latex coating is then applied to the back of the rug to hold the "tufts" in place. A canvas type fabric is then applied over the latex coating to finish the back of the rug. 

These rugs have a hand made look but they cost much less because using the gun speeds up the process dramatically. For example a good quality 8' x 10' hand knotted rug might take about 10 to 14 months, while the same size rug made in a hand-tufted method might take one day. 

Although Hand Tufted rugs can be just as beautiful as hand knotted rugs, they typically are not of value to a rug collector or someone who is looking to buy an Oriental rug as an investment. 

Back of a Hand Tufted Rug

Look at the Back of the Rug 

One of the best ways to tell the difference between hand knotted and machine made rugs is to look at the back of the rug. In hand knotted rugs the weaving and the knots will be slightly uneven and not perfectly uniform. On the other hand, a machine made rug will look very uniform and perfectly even. The more detail in the design when looking from the back, the better the quality of the rug. 

Back of a Hand Knotted Rug. Note the fringe is part of the rug.

Back of a Machine Made Rug. Note that the fringe is sewn on.

Look at the Fringes of the rug 

Another way to determine if a rug is hand knotted or machine made is to look at the fringes. As you can see from the picture above, the fringe of a Machine made rug is sewn on and is attached as a finishing touch. 

The fringe of a hand knotted rug is an extension of the rug foundation, as in the picture below.

The foundation of a Hand Knotted rug becomes the fringes.

We hope this has been helpful! Come by our showroom and we will be happy to help you find the perfect rug for your home or office!

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore

4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly providing you with Hand knotted, Hand crafted and Machine made rugs for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Clothing designers are stepping into brand new territory — rugs

Calvin Klein Rug- Woven Textures

You admired hip designer Nanette Lepore's peacock-patterned dresses, but they were so three years ago. Now you can resurrect the pattern for your floor.

Lepore has joined a growing list of fashion designers — Calvin Klein and Liz Claiborne (with Nourison), Oscar de la Renta (with elson & co.), Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lulu Guinness (with The RUG Company) — all translating their passion for fashion design to floor coverings.

Lepore recently introduced a bold-patterned area rug with her peacock design for the Doris Leslie Blau carpet gallery in New York. The gallery also in early March unveiled two nautically-inspired rugs designed by Tommy Hilfiger (one blue with white anchors, the other navy with a red chain-link pattern).

In a phone interview, Lepore said she was approached by the carpet folks and is happy she did the project, especially since she now has one of her rugs in her own living room.
"The way it transformed my living room with color and a bold pattern, it would be fun to do more of that," the designer said. In fact, she's considering designing another rug for her pool table area that the public may see in stores some day.

What do those in the world of interior design think about fashionistas stepping in?
"I believe good design is good design and a good designer is a good designer," said Thom Filicia, best known as the design expert on the television series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

Filicia, who has also designed for celebrity clients including Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony through his New York firm, Thom Filicia Inc., said the important thing in interior design is understanding people's lifestyles, something fashion designers do well.

"A good designer can transcend from the area they are focused on into other areas and do it very successfully," Filicia said.

But would he recommend consumers start buying area rugs based on what's in their wardrobes?

Filicia said he wouldn't go that far. Still, he has a new show on the Style Network called "Dress My Nest" in which he will use fashion as a springboard to help folks figure out interiors.

"I do think there's a relationship. Saying you want to match your house to your clothes is too literal, but clothes do indicate your point of view, your aesthetic," he said.

"Young and hip or traditional or conservative, you can tell when you see someone," Filicia added. "And you get color from people's wardrobes."

Filicia will also soon launch a series of seminars in U.S. cities as spokesman for Karastan carpets. His big advice: Designing from the floor up is a good start.

"When they (his clients) don't know where to begin, I tell them to start from the rug, in terms of colors and what sets the tone whether classical or modern, or whatever."
And yes, he foresees having his own rug line (in addition to furniture and bedding), but not for a year or two.

Designer Lepore said what was appealing to her about designing rugs was that rug patterns have a longer shelf life.

"People don't change their homes as much as they change their closets," she said.
As for the trend of fashion designers stepping into rug design, she said, it brings "a fresh eye" and new brands that will create more interest.

Julie Rosenblum, brand manager for Nourison, the manufacturer of the Calvin Klein and Liz Claiborn carpets, agreed.

"In this day and age people associate certain looks and concepts with fashion designers," Rosenblum said. "It's reaffirming to the consumer that the product has a point of view and they understand that point of few."

Rosenblum said she suspects more fashion designers will introduce area rugs, and that's a good thing. "It brings rugs to the forefront. They (the consumer) may not know who the manufacturer is. What they know is there's a line by that designer. It takes the business to a whole new level."

By Fran Golden
For The Associated Press


Click here to see more about Designers rugs.

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.Virginia Beach, VA 23452757-486-6600


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Amy Butler Design Handcrafted Rugs

Lacework rug by Amy Butler Design
We are happy to announce the addition of Amy Butler Designer rugs to our product lines.
In fact we are the only rug retailer in Hampton Roads that carries Amy Butler handcrafted rugs.

Here is some information to get you acquainted with Amy Butler Design and why we are excited to offer her designer rugs.

Amy Butler is definitely on to something. As a former contributing editor for Country Living Magazine and now at the helm of her own multi-product design business, she is someone to follow.

Her style is a mix of modest contemporary and updated country and is a look that has been coined "Midwest Modern". With exuberant patterns and lovely colors her style gets your attention and pulls you in.

Georgia Rug- Amy Butler Design 

"I started making small passport sized bags while living in Kansas City in the late 80's. There was a great energy about it.....I started thinking about those little bags that I had made less than 10 years ago. I wanted to create that feeling again so I started my sewing pattern business. My company, my brand, is really just a great vehicle to share my work. I love meeting other artists and trading notes. I love the process. Everybody has a personal story, and a personal creative voice. I just want to help my "friends" realize it." (From Amy Butler website).

Acanthus rug from Amy Butler Design
Amy Butler Design includes the following product lines; sewing patterns, fabrics, fashion and travel bags, books and kits, organic bedding, towels, wall art, desk top collection, paper craft, stationary, gift wrap and table ware, soft wares, and of course hand crafted area rugs.

Caracus Rug by Amy Butler Design

Be sure to come into our store to see these beautiful rugs in person. We carry the full line of styles and colors for your shopping pleasure!

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452



Proudly providing you Amy Butler rugs in the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Making of a Custom Rug

The Making of a Custom Rug

Sometimes a client wants a special rug made specifically to their criteria. We proudly offer this service to our customers.

These pictures walk you through the process of making a custom rug in India for one of our clients.

This particular rug was quite a grand project. Although your custom rug may not require such a large undertaking, this demonstrates that there is nothing too big for us!

This client wanted a rug that could cover a basketball court measuring 20’ x 40’. They chose the colors and style they wanted. They also requested to have their family crest woven into the design.

Here are the steps to making a rug!

Design the Pattern.

Draw the family crest onto the pattern.

This is what the crest looks like woven into the rug pattern.

Choose the wool. This is premium lambs wool from New Zealand.

Dye the wool to the match the chosen colors.

Set up the loom to begin the weaving process.

Weaving of the rug. Notice the pattern is the weavers guide.

Finishing process.

Washing process.

The Final Product !

Inspection Process.

Packing for Shipment to the USA.

Delivery of the rug to our warehouse.

Delivery of the rug to our very happy client!

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Website: http://www.IGotYourRug.com/

Proudly providing you Custom Rug making for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News ans Williamsburg.