I am in the market for an Oriental style runner for my stairs. I am torn
between synthetic and wool. I've been told (by a carpet store) that the wool
wears better/longer but they both clean comparably easily. They said the
synthetic compacts more over time.
I have an Oriental wool Karastan area rug in my living room that I
love.....but I find that the moderately priced (~25/linear foot) wool
runners don't reproduce color as nicely as the synthetics. (The reds seem a
bit orangey to me.) And how much of a difference is there between different
synthetics----Olefin vs. Nylon vs. etc, etc. And of course the synthetics
are more reasonably priced (~18/linear foot).
Anyway, I am wondering if you can offer any advice? It's just me, 2 pugs and
a cat here, so wear may not be a big issue.
Thanks for your comments.
There are so many properties to carpeting, you'll have to evaluate
these yourself. I find that nylon wears good, takes color
exceptionally well, cleans up fairly easily, and is reasonably priced.
Carpeting on stairs will takes a lot of wear and tear, compared to an
area or room. You will need to be sure that a runner on stairs is
What he said. If you find one you like that matches or complements the one
in the room, I'd strongly consider buying 2 of them, and carefully packing
the spare away where it won't rot or get eaten. The installed one will wear
out before the area rug does. In the old days, they used to tuck about
8inches extra folded under on the bottom riser, so when the noses got shiny,
you could tug the whole thing uphill about 8 inches, and refasten it. Of
course, back then in fancy houses, they also had removable rails at the
bottom of each riser, often brass, to hold the runner in place. Poor folks
had bare wood steps.
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