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Carpet buying: Things you must know

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/31/2006 | Shopping

Mrs. Janet Thomas was giving lessons on easy buying tips to her daughter. She noticed that she was getting bored with the highly theoretical discussion and just nodded her head so that her mother doesnt get annoyed. She also feared her mothers scolding. But Mrs. Thomas was not that insensitive.

As soon as she found the dizziness in the eyes of her daughter, she instantly featured a live story on carpet buying. Though she new that buying carpet and buying cosmetics are two different things but she went for carpets as she felt this knowledge is important for her future days. Skin care and cosmetics are something women will dig out from the womb of the earth if required, but the fundamentals of home making are religiously passed from a mother to a daughter.

Mrs. Thomas began with the prerogative note that buying carpet is not an easy affair. Temptation and eyewash rule the game. The carpets that look beautiful may not be durable. The carpets that attract you at the first glance may be very costly beyond your affording capacity. Again the measurement of the floor area of your house is done on a wrong calculation and you waste your money on excess buying of carpet material.

There are many tidbits that must be taken into consideration while buying carpets. Then only you can make a good decision and a right choice, also the best floor-covering item.

The key areas that you must take care of while you handover the dollars to the carpet vendor are not something that difficult that you cannot follow. The thumb rule of every purchase by default remains the same. You require the thing, you spend the money, you buy without enough information and knowledge, you make a mistake and its again you who suffers. The one who has to make profit has endless avenues to fool you; its your turn how will you resist such situations.

v      Whenever you plan to buy a carpet, you must first know about the raw materials the carpets are made of. Its not that you have to have a PhD in textile or fabrics. But the basic knowledge of wear and tear of fibers should be known.

v      Carpets are known for lush and plush. Now materials like polyester will attract you instantly and you will be rejoiced to hear the price. Quite cheaper than silk but with a similar glitter and shine with softness. If you are not aware of the fact that polyester portrays something and in rue sense features the reverse, then you wont make this mistake. Instead you will buy nylon carpets cheaper than the silk but far better than polyester.

v      Every preference accounts for the way of living style. If you really lead a sophisticated lifestyle, then you can easily buy a traditional Persian carpet, thickly woven with single knot style in silken warp and weft. Here you can follow two points. One is the different weaving style and the other is the region where carpets are traditionally made. A clear knowledge of these two aspects will again help you out when you buy a carpet.

v      Whether you will place the carpet for occasional events or for regular use holds importance in the selection of material. So before you come across the wide range of carpet piles to find something suitable for your home, you wont be biased with one notion like, such and such knots are best. A complete idea will give you a more firm way to make the ultimate choice.

Janets daughter wanted to learn more. All yawning was puffed away and replaced by the glitter in her curious eyes. Though there are a few years left for her to get married and settle down, she was searching for reasons to apply her mammas theory on this home right now. She couldnt help asking her mother, shouldnt we change the carpets of our house? They are pretty old!