Uncovered floors deprive a room of a homely atmosphere, and Belgian carpets can make it not only cozy, but also truly stylish. Belgian rugs are a combination of practicality, warmth and luxury. This is just a godsend for creating modern interiors that emphasize comfort and beauty. In Europe, Belgium is considered the recognized leader in the production of machine and hand-made carpets. Carpet weaving is a visiting card of the country, and carpets of its production are available and glorified far beyond European borders..
Modern Belgian carpets are distinguished from other floor coverings by their high quality and durability. They are so varied in texture that you can choose any suitable option – from a mat to an imitation of silk covering.. All canvases from different materials have several features that emphasize their advantages:
- richness of color palette;
- attractive design;
- the ability to choose the size and shape;
- high wear resistance and density;
- long service life;
- property not to accumulate dust and static electricity;
- long-term preservation of the original appearance.
But each type of product differs in some characteristics and has its own disadvantages.. According to them, a carpet is selected, depending on the purpose and intended location:
- Viscose at an inexpensive price requires extremely dry cleaning, as it is afraid of moisture, but does not wear out over the years.
- Silk carpets are not affordable for everyone.
- The coat is warm, antistatic, but can provoke allergies and attract moths.
- Tapestry lint-free carpets, although hypoallergenic, are ideal for living rooms and kitchens, but not very good for children..
- Polypropylene is a cheap and stain-resistant flooring product, but prone to wear and tear. It is characterized by low environmental friendliness and fire safety..
Before choosing a carpet, you need to understand its quality indicators, since Belgian manufacturers endow their carpet products with various properties. The only thing that connects these products is the country of origin, the use of environmentally friendly raw materials and modern technologies for their creation..
Bamboo silk carpets produced at a factory in Belgium are so high quality that they can easily pass for handmade silk carpets, but the cost will be much lower than natural counterparts. You can buy such a carpet at a price of 5,000 to 65,000 rubles..
Custom-made design options will cost much more, but the purchase will still be much more profitable than purchasing a hand-made floor covering..
Bamboo silk is an innovative material artificially created from natural raw materials – crushed bamboo stalks.. Fiber first appeared in 2002 in Japan. Bamboo threads are produced using a technology similar to the production of viscose, getting a very thin and soft pile. It is ideal for making carpets with a shiny, smooth surface. In addition, this material is well ventilated and does not accumulate dust in its fibers. It does not cause allergies and is suitable for everyone without restrictions. But since bamboo threads have a very fine structure, a lot of raw materials are required to produce fluffy carpet..
Due to its high density (up to 2 million knots per square meter), the surface of the bamboo carpet looks very clear and luxurious.
Woolen carpets are also in a similar price segment. They are safe in case of fire, do not change shape and do not fade. The natural wool fiber of the covering dampens sounds, retains warmth and has a unique springy structure that helps reduce stress on the spine when walking on carpet. It is also very good for your health to walk barefoot on such a carpet. The colors of Belgian woolen floor coverings are varied – you can find light classic and bright, with catchy patterns.
Propylene carpets are also bright, but synthetic fibers are stiffer than wool and have low antistatic properties. Although the price for them is equally low. The advantage is the hypoallergenicity of the material used and its pliability to thermal processing. The color of propylene carpets is given during the production process, it will not work to paint the finished product.
Polypropylene fiber is used for the base of the carpet and its pile. The threads are solid and smooth, which contributes to easy cleaning of the coating during operation. They can be of different lengths and allow you to create all kinds of patterns on canvases..
Many rugs from Belgium are made from viscose and are of exceptional quality and variety of colors and patterns. Viscose is made from cellulose obtained from pine and spruce wood. The natural basis of artificial raw materials allows us to consider a viscose carpet as a non-synthetic product and endows it with many advantages: resistance to dirt, low weight of the canvas, shiny pile, strength and especially high wear resistance.
Also, in the manufacture of Belgian carpets, mixed fibers are used: viscose and sheep wool. The combination of a thin natural thread with a durable artificial material gives the product durability and allows you to create unique colors and patterns on floor canvases.
And here acrylic carpets Belgian production, despite the synthetic origin of the fiber, is completely indistinguishable from natural wool coatings in terms of softness, density and quality. With eyes closed, acrylic can be confidently mistaken for wool. Walking barefoot on such carpets is a real pleasure. You can confidently choose acrylic products on the floor in the nursery and not worry, because they give safety, resistance to pollution, antiallergenicity, lack of conditions for the development of harmful microorganisms in the fibers, at the same time juicy colors and an incredible variety of designs. Another plus of this material is the relative cheapness in comparison with the one that contains natural wool..
Lint-free carpets are as popular as short or fluffy carpets. The colorful tapestry carpets and mats. Tapestry can be safely called a highly artistic product of the textile industry. For its manufacture, not only cotton and viscose threads are used, but also lurex and acrylic. All threads have different thicknesses and brightness, which gives the pattern and texture of the tapestry cloth depth, volume and incredible beauty. Tapestry carpets are easy to maintain and do not fade in the sun.
If you take good care of the product, the need for dry cleaning will not arise more often than 1-2 times in 10 years..
Styles and shape
Belgian-made carpet can be made not only from different materials, but also have different thickness, shape and style. Based on this, you can choose a separate coating for each room., the most suitable for the overall interior and color scheme:
- Classic style. Carpets with openwork patterns and curls, monograms and floral designs have been popular for decades and are always out of fashion and competition. Premises in the style of conservatism, rustic, Georgian, Empire, Venetian and colonial with such carpets merge into one harmonious space. Suitable for offices, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, children’s rooms. Such versatility is associated with the variety of colors of coatings..
- Abstraction. Coverings in all sorts of bold and sometimes unusual color combinations, with intricate designs or shapes and ornaments with chaotic asymmetry. Suitable for modern interiors: boho, ontoart, steampunk. They will always find their buyer and a place where they will look perfect.
- Geometric pattern. Distinct stripes, squares, circles or rhombuses, singly and mixed, are a separate category of flooring. They perfectly complement the Mediterranean and Scandinavian style, designs with a bias towards post-modernism or contemporary. Also great in rooms for teenagers who prefer creative solutions and bright accents.
- Plain. Such carpets often have a dense structure and a fluffy soft pile. Bright colors of products are in demand for children’s rooms and interiors made in the style of avant-garde, pop art, fusion. The dark ones will complement the grunge and brutalist style, the light ones will fit into the lounge or functional analysis. This is a frequent design solution for the most intimate area of the house – the bedroom..
- Modern. This can include any product in color and pattern, both a rich monochromatic, and a paler background with an abstraction highlighted in a bright color. But most often this group includes single-color carpets with large flowers, woven from multi-colored threads in two-three-color combinations, suitable for the pin-up style and the like..
- Vintage. Fashionable carpets with imitation of the external wear of rich linen. Artificially aged floor coverings are especially good in Belgian craftsmanship. They are combined with different stylistic directions: eclecticism, neoclassicism, retro. They are smooth and soft to the touch that can add a touch of class to your environment..
- Tapestries and mats. The fundamental components of the Japanese and German style, military trends and harmonious in an ecological interior. Popular as floor covering in hallways, corridors, dining rooms, living rooms.
In addition to these several basic styles, carpets can be with Egyptian, Greek, Moroccan, Oriental, African patterns, Gzhel, Provence. And also differ in shape: oval, round, square, traditional rectangular.
Sooner or later, the carpet will have to be cleaned from dirt. To keep its attractive appearance as long as possible, you need to learn how to properly care for the coating.. Belgian carpets are made of fine threads and require careful handling:
- Brush in the direction of the pile.
- Periodically it is necessary to change the position of the carpet on the floor..
- Intensively knocking out dust on the weight is strictly prohibited.
- Remove dust from the snow by lightly tapping with a flexible beater, moving it periodically to a clean place.
- Avoid excessive wetting of the coating.
- Before the main cleaning, check the resistance of the paint to detergent on a small area of the carpet at the edge of the garment..
- Do not brush.
- Store rolled up.
As a cleaner, special factory-made products or a home-made mixture are suitable: 5 g of hydrogen peroxide and 2 g of ammonia per liter of water. Such a composition is able to return the brightness of the colors to the coating and remove all dirt from it. The surface is gently wiped with a soft bristle roller or foam sponge.
According to the owners, an excellent carpet cleaning method is scatter fine table salt over it and then sweep it off with a broom.
Vinegar has proven itself well as a carpet cleaner. One glass per bucket of water can quickly tidy up a large carpet. With a soft cloth soaked in vinegar water, it is enough to wipe the cloth once.
Vinegar or soapy water can help remove fresh stains quickly..
It is not for nothing that Belgian carpets have been used to decorate interiors for decades in a row. They serve as the center of a style or help to put emphasis. Particularly interesting are the options for decorating the floor with designer coatings. Patchwork designs easily create an atmosphere in the house in style patchwork. A carpet in style vintage will complement the room with luxurious antique-style furniture. Light colors will be appropriate even in a children’s room, similar in style. Art Nouveau and Postmodern will also go deeper in style with vintage canvas on the floor..
There can be several carpets in one room, of different sizes and shapes, but stylistically similar. An oval canvas looks unusually attractive in a square room. Modern carpets are capable not only of style, but even the play of color to influence the environment. Lighter shades will make the room visually spacious. A rich floor covering in emerald or burgundy color will create a unique atmosphere filled with harmony and comfort. A carpet in this color scheme looks equally good with both light and dark furniture..
Owners of fluffy carpets welcome their placement even in common guest-type rooms, as they give the interior a special home comfort and visually fill it with warmth and well-being..
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