So you are in the market for a new rug?

Posted: July 10, 2010 by DIY Big Boss in Flooring / Tiles / Carpets / Timber / Rugs
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Image from the National Geographic

Back in August 2007 in Iran, the authorities unveiled the world’s largest rug, reported National Geographic.  At 5,625 square metres, the soccer field sized rug is bigger than any house I know!

In fact this amazing run took 1,200 villagers over a year and a half to weave, and with that many workers, do you wonder whether there is a fault?

Well I am not sure, that fact is not contained in the record books. Though, when buying a carpet for your home there are some things you do need to look for.  Check to find out what the carpet is made of, it will usually be wool, cotton, silk or a synthetic material.  It goes without saying that the cheaper it is, the more likely it will be the latter and commercially made on machines.

So the first question to ask yourself is what sort of statement do you want to make with your carpet or rug?  Going for a handmade rug will look fantastic, but are you really going to be prepared to let your kids eat their cereal while sitting on it?  Like most purchases, really consider how you want your rug to work in your house, what uses it will have and how you want it to interact with your lifestyle.  With this information in hand, along with an understanding of your budget you are ready to shop!  DIY Bargain Bin stocks Rugs in the Flooring / Tiles / Carpets / Timber and Rugs category, though most of ours are not your handmade expensive oriental imports!

Oh, and just in case you are wondering, this massive carpet is now located at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The rug weighs 47 tons  and there are 2,268,000,000 knots (but who is counting!).

Not to be outdone, the ‘largest’ chandelier world record is also located in the Mosque.


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