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Mary Kelly Kilims | Specialist Importer of Kilim Rugs | saddle-bags | cushions | Blog


How to Stop your Rug from Slipping

It is very easy if you have the correct underlay. A new product just released called GILTGRIPĀ® Rug Grip does a great job and I stock it. This replaces the sticky blue underlay that many of you will be familiar with. Properly installed, it is guaranteed not to mar, stain, oxidize or discolour, finished and maintained floors and carpeting
The white side will grip any textile floor covering (fitted carpet). GILTGRIP adheres firmly to your rug and
carpet and so helps to prevent slipping or falling over. Place the underlay white side down facing the carpet; then place the rug on top of the gray side.
The gray side is ideal for use on hard flooring surfaces such as marble, hardwood, ceramic, vinyl or stone. GILTGRIP adheres firmly to your rug and floor. Place the underlay gray side down; then place the rug on top of the white side.
Prior to installing GILTGRIP, the floor should be vacuumed, clean and dry. Do not install the Rug Grip on a wet floor. In order to obtain a long-lasting non-skid performance, avoid frequent removal and re-installation of the Rug Grip from its designated installation area
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The Kars Wool Market

The Kars Wool Market

Above is a pic of a most fascinating experience: the Wool Market in Kars, Eastern Turkey. Being a sheep-farmer's daughter, I was captivated by it all. Since wool is the primary ingredient of hand-made rugs, I thought it proper to start at the start!

Only natural fibers are used to make handmade rugs. Wool is soft, durable, easy to work with, relatively cheap and dyes well. This combination of chacacteristics is not found in other natural fibres.

As well as wool, silk and cotton are sometimes used and goat and camel hair are used by nomadic weavers where extra strength is needed, such as lashing together the seams of bags. Cotton is sometimes used for the warp or foundation threads, and white cotton provides contrast in weaving (wool turns ivory with age). Silk is used for very fine weaving.

The fat-tailed sheep of Turkey lives in the high mountainous areas and is famous for its coarse, long staple that makes especially stong wool, gives a lustrous shine and dyes easily.  All necessary to weave a beautiful rug.

New Zealand wool is also commonly used. It is highly sought after, readily available and has a consistent texture. You never know....when you leave Turkey with a newly-purchased rug in you suitcase, it is more than likely you are leaving with a small piece of New Zealand!