nuLOOM Distressed Runner Rug, 2.8×12-Foot
Last updated date: January 25, 2020
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In our analysis of 3 expert reviews, the nuLOOM nuLOOM Distressed Runner Rug, 2.8x12-Foot placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
Editor's Note March 4, 2020:
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From The Manufacturer
At nuLOOM, we believe that floor coverings and art should not be mutually exclusive. Founded with a desire to break the rules of what is expected from an area rug, nuLOOM was created to fill the void between brilliant design and affordability.
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An Overview On Carpet Runners
A carpet runner is a great way to add a pop of color to any room or hallway. This long, narrow rug can be used in a living room, entryway or hallway as an accent piece. It can also become functional if you place it in front of a vanity, kitchen sink or any other area where you stand for long periods of time. With the right pile type and height, you’ll not only get extra support for your joints while you stand, but you’ll also find it enjoyable against your bare feet.
But it can be all too easy to go by appearances when selecting any type of area rug. Although color and design are closely connected to how well your rug fits with your décor, other features will become much more important once the rug is in place. One is simply how quickly it picks up stains. Many rugs are made from polypropylene, which isn’t as soft as other materials, but the fibers are stain-resistant. Polypropylene is also more durable, so it will give you many years of use without showing signs of wear.
The underside of your rug is also an important factor. If a rug promotes a “jute” backing, that simply means it’s woven. As attractive as that is in the store, you’ll need a rubber rug pad beneath it so that when you step on it, it won’t slip. Many rugs come with that rubber backing in place, which will save you the trouble and expense of purchasing and placing it so that it doesn’t show.
DWYM Fun Fact
Rugs evolved over the years to become the standard household items they are today. Long before carpet flooring was an option in homes, 1600s-era housewives would create patterns on their bare floors in sand they poured over the surface. The growing popularity of sawmills later allowed homeowners to enjoy painted wood floors, often featuring black and white squares designed to look like the marble floors found in fancier European homes. Oriental rugs grew in popularity in the 18th century, but homeowners found them too nice to be subjected to foot traffic, which led to them initially being used as table coverings. The ready availability of hooked rugs in the early 1800s pushed rugs into the mainstream.
The Carpet Runner Buying Guide
- If your rug doesn’t have a rubber backing, make sure you purchase a mat that extends all the way to the edge of the rug without passing it. For noncarpeted areas, you’ll need a pad that grips the floor to keep it from sliding along with the rug.
- As attractive as bright, boldly patterned rugs can be, solid rugs and neutral tones tend to work more easily with a home’s existing décor.
- Make sure you measure the space before buying. If you can’t find a rug in the exact size you need, you can purchase custom-sized rugs.
- Shag height is another feature worth considering. A higher pile can provide that luxurious “sinking in” feeling, but it also can be tougher to vacuum.
- A rug with fibers that don’t shed means you won’t have to worry about vacuuming the surrounding area on a regular basis.
- The edges of the rug contribute to how easy it is to blend with your décor. You’ll want edges that are tightly bound to avoid bulk, especially if you’ll be sliding the rug under a piece of furniture like a sofa.
- Although some rugs are labeled machine washable, this isn’t advised. If you need to clean your rug, you’re better off relying on a professional. Spot carpet cleaners are great for getting rid of those occasional stains.