Thursday, September 23, 2010
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.
Godfrey / Hirst
Sphinx Oriental Weavers
Southwind Carpet Mills
Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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
|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
Proudly providing your Custom rug needs for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News.