Rugs and carpets make an apartment more comfortable, turning a house into a home. They are available in all sorts of sizes, designs, materials and price ranges, either off the shelf or handmade. We present the five most popular types here.
In every rug or carpet there is a tradition that goes back thousands of years
It’s unbelievable how much history can be hidden in such a simple piece of fabric on the floor: the invention of carpets is attributed to Asian shepherd nomads who owned sheep and made floor coverings from their wool. Researchers estimate the oldest carpet ever found to be at least 2,500 years old. At the end of the 19th century, oriental carpets, which could be seen at the world exhibitions in Vienna (1873, 1890) and Paris (1878), triggered a real carpet boom. This led to the creation of the first carpet shops in Europe. So, now you know all about the history of the carpet.
Rugs and carpets: everything from plain to very fancy
Today there are all kinds of carpets, ranging from fitted carpets and practical rugs to design objects worth five-figure sums. The question is, which kind should you choose for your home?
1. Sisal carpets: the undemanding choice
If you often have guests, you should choose easy-care materials for your carpets. Sisal carpets are regarded as being easy to clean. sisal is a natural material made from the sisal agave. It is also possible to have your carpet made to measure.
2. Low-pile rugs: the versatile option
Many low-pile rugs also prove to be easy to clean. Cotton rugs are often even washable – but only if they are not permanently fitted, obviously. They are available in all sizes, colors and price ranges. Modern rugs are mostly tufted, traditionally woven or, if they come from Asia, knotted. The method of tufting has generally been taken over by machines since the 1940s.
3. Designer rugs: the exceptional alternative
A designer rug is much more than just a floor covering. It is a design object, an investment, a statement. Classic designer rugs are oriental carpets or modern works of art based on the designs of models from the East. At Negra, an extremely versatile Swiss carpet specialist, you will find a large selection of designer rugs, for example by Hossein Rezvani or other young design manufacturers. There are also modern kilims, patchwork or vintage rugs. Negra has its own gallery in Zurich, which mainly exhibits modern styles. There are also two branches in large furniture stores. Here the company presents its “classic line”.
Kramis produces very personal rugs. Customers can send the company a picture or a company logo, or request a specific motif, and the family business will make sure that the desired rugs become reality. Costs and delivery times vary according to the size, material and work involved.
4. Children’s rugs: a source of inspiration
Children’s rugs are not only soft and cuddly underfoot, but should ideally also stimulate children’s imagination – and be washable. Like this children’s rug by Lorena Canals, which is made entirely of cotton.
The rPET rug, which is made from recycled PET, is also washable. Since it is so water resistant, it is also suitable for a balcony or terrace. The rug has a 70-centimeter-wide runner and comes in two lengths: 1.40 meters or 2.50 meters.
5. Sniffing rugs: the animal lover.
Sniffing rugs are fun for pets: they have large flaps in which you can hide treats, turning the rug into a toy. Rugs from Tierisch Kreativ cost between 30 and 140 francs, depending on their size. You can even provide your own design if you wish.
Conclusion: there is a type of rug or carpet to suit every household
They offer endless possibilities for enhancing your home. Now you are familiar with the five most popular types. Which one will you soon have in your home?