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Things to keep in mind when buying a rug pad

Things to keep in mind when buying a rug pad

The benefits of rug pads are numerous. They allow your rug to lay flat and will keep people and pets from slipping on the rug. In addition, they protect your floor from nicks and scratches.

But not all rug pads are cut form the same proverbial cloth. A short google search provides dozens of options and sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. Rug pads mostly differ in density and the materials used.

Most folks who are shopping for rug pads want something that is durable, stops rug slippage, adds cushioning, protects hardwood floors, and extends the life of the rug. If you choose the right pad, you may easily accomplish all of these goals. After researching rug pads and talking to clients over the last 10 years, I've compiled this list of my top three suggestions for rug pads. 

In the meantime, let's look at why the choice of rug pad material should matter in your decision-making process. 

Some of the cheaper rug pads are made from vinyls which include PVC (polyvinyl chloride), an unbreathable petroleum-based chemical. Rugs placed on these types of rug pads will have a hard time absorbing and releasing moisture and the outcome could be that you damage your floors and the finish.

For folks living in more humid climates, it is especially important to use a rug pad that resists mold and mildew and breathes appropriately. Keep your eyes out for rug pads made of all-natural-materials such 100% pure rubber and soybean oil.

With smooth flooring, like hardwood, linoleum, or tile, it's important to get a no-slip rug pad - I would recommend either a felt pad with rubberized grips or a thin grip-only pad. The felt pad is the thicker of the two options and adds extra cushioning underfoot, making for a more comfortable experience. The thicker felt pads have added benefits of offering thermal- and sound-insulation. These felt pads with rubberized grips tend to cost more but may be worth the benefit and peace of mind of keeping your floors safe.

How much should I expect to spend on a rug pad?

Rug pads vary based on their thickness and the types of materials used. The petroleum-based tend to be cheaper, as are the thinner grip-only pads. You can expect to pay a premium for the thicker felt-pads and the pads that are made of all natural materials. 

Rug pads, much like rugs, are sold with a cost per square foot. For instance, a small 3' x 5' grip-only natural rubber rug pad from Rug Pad USA will cost around $30. For more options, check out rug pads from Rug Pad USA.

Meanwhile, a larger 6' x 9' felt and rubber pad from Mohawk Home will set you back approximately $40,For more information, check out Mohawk Home Dual Surface Felt and Latex Non Slip Rug Pad.

 

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How do I choose the best rug pad for my Moroccan rug?

How do I choose the best rug pad for my Moroccan rug?

So, you've decided on which rug you want and now you're thinking about rug pads. And where do you even begin? I'm going to dive into the world of rug pads over a series of blog posts as there are a lot of issues that must be considered when buying the perfect rug pad. These include:

    • What materials should an ideal rug pad be made of? Can rug pads damage my hardwood floors?

    YES. It's important to choose the right material for your rug pad. There are rug pad materials that you should avoid at all cost, especially if you live in warm, humid climates, or have hardwood floors. Read more about it here.
      • What are the benefits of rug pads?

      There are SO many benefits, but a good rug pad will not only keep your rug from slipping -- it will also add cushioning, and preserve your rug for the long haul. 

        The TL;DR version of this is that if you're going to buy rug pads, here are my top three picks:

        Mohawk Home Dual Surface Rug Pad

         

        Why you should buy this rug pad:
        With felt on one side and rubber on the other, this 1/4" rug pad provides ample cushioning and also helps secure the rug to the floor for maximum grip. These rug pads come in a variety of different sizes and are also easy to trim to the desired size.

         

         

        Why you should buy this rug pad:
        This rug pad is thicker than most of the ones that focus mostly on grip quality. In addition, it's made with eco-friendly materials which makes it a great choice for folks who are looking for environmentally sustainable options.This pad should be trimmed down to size and once in place will help keep rugs in place in high-traffic areas, with small children, and with pets. This pad should be avoided on laminate or concrete surfaces.

         

         

        Why you should buy this rug pad:
        This rug pad is made with all natural rubber which is great, as it avoids the harmful PVC chemicals that can damage your hardwood floors in the long term. With super compact construction, this rug pad is able to add a level of cushioning with a thinner profile. This is important for low-clearance areas where doors open over the rug. As most rug pads go, this one can be trimmed to size. It comes in a roll, which is also helpful in that you don't have to flatten out any pesky folds. 

         

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        Browse Kantara's Spring 2020 Catalog of Moroccan Rugs

        Browse Kantara's Spring 2020 Catalog of Moroccan Rugs

        The newest 2020 collection of Moroccan rugs is in stock at Kantara's Los Angeles showroom.

        Browse the latest rugs, which includes a wide selection of Moroccan runners, small pile rugs, and large area rugs. All rugs are handwoven by artisans throughout Morocco. For pricing and to set up a visit to Kantara's Silver Lake showroom, reach out.

        Click here to view the catalog.

        Kantara's Inventory of Moroccan Rugs featuring area rugs, runners, throw rugs, and more

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        New Moroccan Rugs in Los Angeles - Spring 2020

        New Moroccan Rugs in Los Angeles - Spring 2020

        I'm bringing these beauties back from a recent trip to Morocco. The first half of the trip was touring with Smithsonian Journeys as their Morocco expert; the second half of the trip was leading a private tour as a fixer for Mikael Kennedy who was on assignment. In between I managed to sneak away and pick some new Moroccan rugs for my growing (!) collection in Los Angeles.

        There are a variety of rugs in this batch. Some of the ones that stand out are the kharita "map" rugs that are from the south-eastern part of Morocco. These kharita rugs that I picked up are flat-weave kilims on a grey background that is made from carding together the black and white sheep's wool. These kilims are further embellished with delicate patterns and designs woven and embroidered on top of them.

         From this same region, there's a style of weaving called "Zanafi" that traditionally only appeared as a wide band that ran laterally throughout the Glaoui rugs. Now you can see full rugs made with the zanafi black and white twining. There are a few smaller pieces in this batch that I hold up and are double faced. I have a few more coming in the next batch. Stay tuned... 

         

         

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        View Kantara's Fall 2019 collection of Moroccan Rugs

        View Kantara's Fall 2019 collection of Moroccan Rugs

        The newest collection of Moroccan rugs is in stock at Kantara's Los Angeles showroom.

        Browse the latest rugs, which includes a wide selection of Moroccan runners, small pile rugs, and large area rugs. All rugs are handwoven and most are made from wool. For pricing and to set up a visit to Kantara's Silver Lake showroom, reach out!

        Browse Moroccan rugs in Kantara's collection as of November 2019 or click here to download the catalog.

         

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        The newest Moroccan rugs in Los Angeles - Fall 2019

        The newest Moroccan rugs in Los Angeles - Fall 2019

        I just got back from a month in Morocco in June. I was mostly there to set up my new Morocco travel business, a Kantara offshoot that will be aptly called, Kantara Tours. More on this later.

        No trip to Morocco is complete without picking up rugs, or 300 lbs worth of rugs! With a full docket of summer travel, the rugs almost beat me back to Los Angeles.

        It took me a few days to get through all three rolls of rugs, but here they are, in all their beauty. Needless to say I've finally gotten to them -- they're all unpacked, shaken out, and ready to rumble.

        The rugs aren't live online yet, but in the meantime, here's a sneak preview...

        ROLL 1 OF MOROCCAN RUGS

         

        ROLL 2 OF MOROCCAN RUGS

         

        ROLL 3 OF MOROCCAN RUGS

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        How to Custom Order Moroccan Rugs with Kantara's Artisans

        How to Custom Order Moroccan Rugs with Kantara's Artisans

        The Style Guide is a resource for clients and interior designers looking for Moroccan rug inspiration for residential and commercial interiors. This catalog showcases rugs from different tribal regions (Bein Ourain, Azilal, Ait Ouaouzguite, Glaoui), and rugs made from different materials and different weave structures (flat weave, high pile, low pile, or mixed).

        Click here
         to view the whole guide.

        rug with style guide

        We encourage clients to weigh in on the following rug specifications:

        COLOR: How bright and vibrant do you want the colors? Most rugs in Morocco, including vintage rugs, were made with synthetically dyed wool or wool bought in the local souk (market). We can make rugs with vegetable dyes or natural dyes and the rugs will have an earthy, muted tone. We can also color match allowing you to choose from a full spectrum of colors.

        LEAD TIME: Once the design is finalized it will take the women 6-10 weeks to weave the rugs, depending on size of the order, size of the rug, and complexity.

        SIZE: Rug size is determined by loom size, which is informed by the size of the largest wall in the weaver's home or the weaving cooperative. Kantara partners with artisans that can weave up to 15 feet in width and to unlimited lengths. 

        PRICING: per square foot. Reach out for a consult and quote.

        BENI QURAIn style rug

         

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        Return to Tamazgha video

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        Film by Alia Kate

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        The art of weaving in Morocco is one that is championed by women living in the mostly rural areas of Morocco's Middle and High Atlas region. This short documentary tone poem, compiled on a recent buying trip to Morocco, chronicles the process of weaving from start to finish, highlighting artisan groups that Kantara has worked with for many years.

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        On Current Events

        On Current Events

        The last few weeks adjusting to our new political climate has been quite the rollercoaster to say the least. My appetite for posting pretty photos of high-end, hand-woven Moroccan rugs and picturesque Middle Atlas landscapes has waned every time there has been a new Executive Order targeting folks of marginalized identities in the US and beyond.

        At the same time I remember that I first started Kantara after living and working in Morocco in 2006. More than just selling rugs, I wanted to use Kantara as a platform to share stories of the women weavers, of how they live their lives, and of the role religion, tradition, food, and artistry play in their daily lives.

        I'm no expert on the matter but I've been traveling to Morocco on and off for the last decade. On early buying trips, I weathered every form of public transportation that exists (including hitchhiking) and eventually got my systems down to a science. 

        Now when I go to Morocco, I rent a tiny car and travel from village to village over some of the country's more remote terrain. I take back roads, dirt roads, non-roads. I've picked up hitchhikers, gotten pulled over by cops dozens upon dozens of times, and had my car break down several times. There have been many times when I've gotten lost and asked directions only for the person directing me to jump in my car and take us both to my desired location. 

        Over the years, I've crisscrossed Morocco many times, traveling as a single woman, no hijab, and usually alone. I've never had any issues. 

        To the contrary, more often than not, I would be invited in for tea, make a new acquaintance, or at the very least have a good discussion and practice my Arabic. 

        There is so much more to say on this matter, but for now, I'm realizing it's more important than ever for us to use every tool we have to speak truth to power. 

        I have been treated with such kindness and generosity by the artisans and families that I work with in Morocco. I have learned so much from these sage, hard-working Amazigh matriarchs-- about weaving, about life, about resilience. As we settle into our new geo-political reality, I'm going to be sharing more about the women that weave these rugs in an attempt to foster a greater understanding of a people that are not so different than each of us. #KantaraStory

         

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