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Five Reasons to Love Flat-Weave Rugs

Flat-weave rugs

Never heard of a “flat-weave” rug? No worries! We’ll break down everything there is to love about them right here on the Norman Carpet One blog.

What makes flat-weave rugs different from other rugs is the absence of “pile,” which is the wool or fiber that’s attached to a rug’s backing. (Pile is where the “plush” quality of carpet comes from.) Without pile, flat-weave rugs are, as their name suggests, flat. Another difference is that flat-weave rugs are woven, rather than knotted, on the loom.

So, why do homeowners and commercial clients search far and wide for this type of flooring?

  1. Patterns and Colors Galore: Pizazz is what flat-weave rugs are known for! If it’s a crazy pattern or outlandish color scheme you’re seeking, a flat-weave rug is likely to catch your eye.
  2. Compatible with Nurseries and Playrooms: And not just because you can find patterns to delight your young ones. Flatter than the average rug, flat-weave rugs provide a softer surface than hard flooring, yet are perfect for sliding toys easily across. Not to mention the low pile means less dander and dust clinging to the carpet.
  3. Easy to Clean: Speaking of kids, any parent who’s ever watched a cup of juice spill across the carpet knows that being “mess friendly” is a must for family-oriented homes. Luckily, many flat-weave rugs are machine washable, and larger rugs can be hung outdoors and washed with water and soap. Permission to spill, granted.
  4. Dining Room Convenience: Flat-weave rugs aren’t just for rough-and-tumble homes. On the contrary, they come in some swanky patterns perfect for a dressy dining room, where chairs can slide more smoothly over the flat terrain. It’s coziness without the frustration of pulling a heavy chair across a thick rug.
  5. Affordability: Compared to other types of flooring, you won’t feel like you’re splurging when you invest in a fashion-forward flat-weave rug. These rugs are relatively affordable, especially at Norman Carpet One, where amazing values on top-quality rugs are our specialty.

Want to check out some flat-weave rugs in person? You’re in luck! Just this month, we snagged a batch of incredible wool/paper flat-weave rugs that are totally stunning. With a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns, this collection is sure to inspire you, especially if you’re in search of that certain something to make your interior design sing.

Come see for yourself! We’re right around the corner with two locations in Bryn Mawr and Conshohocken.

Two Eco-Friendly Wood Flooring Trends to Know This Year

“Carpet” may be part of our store’s name, but the supplies we stock go far beyond the best wool and synthetic carpeting money can buy. In addition to being the Montgomery County carpet store for residential and commercial clients, we maintain an incredible supply of rich wood floors any interior designer would love.

Why wood flooring? It is simply special, whether it’s the rustic foundation of a cozy country living room or the gleaming floor of a modern city kitchen. Better yet, the wood floors we sell are far from your grandparents’ flooring. We offer some of the latest trends in wood floors, each offering distinctive qualities like durability, environmental friendliness, and beauty.

Here a two varieties of wood floors that have become popular in recent years — and some reasons you should love them, too!


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When it comes to durability, you can’t do better than beautiful bamboo. The increasingly popular choice for home remodeling, this flooring material ranks higher in compressive strength than concrete, with about the same strength-to-weight ratio as steel! Basically, this is the superman of floors, perfect for heavy-traffic areas of the home.

While harder than both red and white oaks, North American walnut, and North American maple, bamboo manages to be extremely attractive to the eye, available in both light and dark hues with unique natural grain patterns. It makes an excellent choice for the contemporary kitchen or living room, and with its environmental sustainability, it’s a choice you can feel good about.


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Comfort, renewability, durability: Cork floors bring all three to the table. A bouncy material, cork flooring feels great underfoot. Better yet, it’s a natural thermal insulator, which means rooms furnished with cork flooring will be warm and quiet. Furthermore, you’ll find that furniture rarely makes a permanent indent on cork, since it’s highly resistant to markings, cracks and abrasions.

Cork boasts natural resistance to mildew, mold, and termites, with the added bonus of being anti-microbial. Last but not least, it’s harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, a sustainable source for centuries.

Come See These Floors in Person!

At Norman Carpet, we stock most varieties of hardwood out there, so you can get a feel for every choice just by stopping by our store. Plus, our employees know the ins and outs of our inventory, so you can count on them to tell you everything you need to know about each variety. You can’t get that kind of service at a home improvement store!

Feel free to call us with any questions: 800-220-RUGS!

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