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We all know how difficult it is for consumers to select an area rug for their home. This is not a purchasing decision they make every day, and therefore do not feel comfortable with it. Not having any knowledge as to the specific characteristics of a high vs. poor quality, as well as the required care and maintenance for these works of art, they often postpone their decisions or even abandon it altogether. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are some tips that may help you make a decision:

1- Decide on the right size and color combination as the first step in this process.  With so many beautiful floor coverings of hardwood, tile, laminate, and so many others out there, you may want to use an area rug as a centerpiece rather than coverage for the whole floor. There is no set of rules indicating that some certain percentage of the floor must always be covered by a rug. Keep in mind that the measurement of a rug, sometimes displayed on a price tag, normally does not include the fringe. So add a few inches from either side if you are trying to picture a certain size on your floor.  As for the pattern and color combination, choose what you like. You will be living with your rug for a long time, so be patient when selecting the one that best meets your taste.

2- A handmade Rug made of natural wool is definitely more desirable compared to one made by machines and often using synthetic fibers in the pile. It has been proven that these fibers can be harmful to people exposed to them. You may have to increase your budget for such a rug, but look at it as an investment of a life-time, and not as gambling. Natural wool of Persian and Oriental rugs is a much better choice compared to artificial fibers of machine-made rugs. Why go with cheap imitations when the original is readily available? Although it is unlikely that a salesperson will sell you a work of reproduction or a machine-made rug as an authentic Persian or Oriental rug, always ask for a full description of the rug on your invoice.

3- If you happen to be travelling abroad and decide to buy yourself an area rug, make sure the merchant provides you with the proper documents, stating the USD value for the rug clearly as getting your rug through the customs can prove to be difficult and take a lot of time. Of course it all depends on the declared value by you. If buying locally, make sure you learn about the dealer’s return policy. An area rug can look very different once you get it on your floor in your own environment. Make sure you have the option of returning the rug if it did not work for you or for any other reason. Remember; do not settle for in-store credit. You may not be able to find anything that you really like.

4- The number of knots per square inch (KPSI) is definitely a factor in deciding the value of any handmade rug. But what is it worth to you if you get the highest KPSI in a rug on your floor, but you still cannot make yourself like it? Try not to pay too much attention to KPSI. Concentrate instead on the proper size and color combination best for your space.

5- The Use of padding underneath your rug is a good idea as it will keep it in place, preventing unwanted movement and wrinkles and, as a result, protecting your rug. However, a more important protective measure would be to keep your rug as clean as possible. Dust particles act as sharp razors once they get into the body of your rug, cutting the fibers of the pile as you step on it. Vacuum clean your rug as often as you wish, at least once a week. It will not harm your rug, only be careful not to get the fringe stuck in the cleaner as it can damage the rug. Have your rug washed professionally every few years. Do not attempt to wash it at home.

Purchasing an Oriental or a Persian rug is a time-consuming process and requires some patience. Do not forget that you will be living with your rug for many years to come. Take your time and select something in which you feel you will see something new every time you look at it. 

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Do you need tips on meditation-how to meditate? If you are new to the practice of meditation, then this article is perfect for you. It was designed specifically with beginners to meditation in mind.

As editor of the website My Meditation Garden, I receive lots of questions from people who are curious as to meditation how to meditate, how to begin meditating and in regards to tips that I can give them to get started. To respond to all these questions, I've created this list. I hope you find it helpful.

Tips on meditation- How to meditate

Don't change your breathing patterns. By this I mean that you should not breathe in and out too slowly to too quickly. You should maintain your breathing patterns as you would normally inhale and exhale.  If you breathe in and out too slowly, it will feel like a chore. If you breathe in and out too quickly, you will lose focus and will not meditate effectively.
Close your eyes. Do not meditate with your eyes open. By closing your eyes, you close your mind to distractions that you would otherwise be open and exposed to with your eyes open.
Sit on a meditation cushion or pillow. Meditating while sitting on a meditation cushion or pillow will help align your vertebra. This will help keep you from getting distracted because of pains and aches in your back caused from the bad posture during your meditation exercise.
Use a guided meditation CD.  You should try out different guided meditation CDs to have different experiences meditating. This will also help you to be able to meditate for a longer period of time. Try out different guided meditations until you find your favorite ones.
Don't meditate on an empty stomach or after having just eaten. If you meditate when you are hungry, you will obviously be distracted by your hunger pangs. If you meditate right after eating, you will feel very sleepy while you meditate and will likely fall asleep.

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It can be a challenge to clean your own Oriental rug. If you think it will be too much of a hassle to do a rug wash yourself, consider hiring a professional rug cleaning company to do it. Oriental carpets are elegant decorations for your floors but will need regular cleaning to keep it looking fresh and hygienic. It is also harder to clean these exotic rugs compared to cleaning a regular carpet.

It is normal for carpets to get dirty over time. They can get soiled more often if they are placed in high foot traffic areas like a hallway, foyer or dining room. If you want to clean or wash an Oriental rug, resist the urge to grab just any carpet cleaner to get your exotic carpet washed. Oriental rugs are made of more sensitive materials like silk. Special cleaning solutions are used for these kinds of carpets.

These are also loose rugs that are cleaned differently from wall to wall carpets that are stuck on your floor. You have to clean this type of carpet the right way to reduce damage to an expensive silk or fine woollen Oriental rug. You will need a broom, a big bucket, tarp, mild soap, vacuum cleaner, soft bristle brush, water hose, rug shampoo, and a squeegee to perform an Oriental rug wash.

The first thing you need to do is to clean your driveway or back patio. You can actually use any flat and sturdy outdoor surface that can be wet with water and soap. Sweep the surface of dirt or leaves and then place your rug on the floor over a clean tarp. Proceed to vacuum the front and back sides of the rug. Be careful about running the vacuum cleaner over the fringes if they look loose or worn out.

Fill your bucket with cool water and add about a tablespoon of liquid soap or rug shampoo into the bucket. Mix the solution thoroughly. Position the rug with the front facing upwards. Dip your brush into the soapy solution and scrub the soft brush in a back and forth motion on the surface of the rug. Clean the fringes too with more gentle strokes.

Brush the surface in gentle even strokes that run the direction of the nap. Keep the surface very moist by constantly dipping the brush in the soap solution. Rinse the soap off the rug’s front side with the garden hose. Once satisfied with the rinse, dry the surface with a squeegee to get as much liquid out as possible. Remove the semi-dry rug from the wet tarp and lay it flat on a dry clean surface.

Try to perform rug cleaning during summer months when the climate is warmer. Washing carpets during fall or winter will not let it dry fast enough to prevent it from becoming smelly or mouldy. Once the front part dries, flip the rug over to air dry the underside. If you find Oriental rug wash steps too difficult, you can always hire professional carpet cleaners to do it for you.

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