Homework: Rug prices as varied as styles
Rugs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, fabrics and designs. The price of a rug may be determined by the rug’s origin, whether it’s handmade, its materials and the intricacy of its design.
This sampling of rugs shows the wide variety of offerings available:
Rosy Chic Rug (Gray): It’s machine-made from a blend of materials: 60 percent wool, 28 percent acrylic, 9 percent nylon and 3 percent other fibers. The backing is 100 percent cotton. On top, there are intricate appliqued roses. It starts at $379 for the 4-foot by 6-foot rug at landofnod.com.
Color Reform Silk Rug: It’s a hand-woven rug made in India using hand-spun silk, which was overdyed in azure and navy. This is a one-of-a-kind item, so each rug ordered will have unique variations. $15,400 for the 8-foot, 9-inch by 12-foot, 2-inch rug at abchome.com.
Surya Frontier Mediterranean Blue/Winter White Rug: This Indian handmade wool rug was flat woven and can be used indoors or outdoors. It comes with a limited one-year warranty. It starts at $64.80 for the 2-foot by 3-foot rug at wayfair.com.
Zebra Printed Rug: It looks like a real hide, but this is hand-tufted out of pure wool and hand-printed, then luster washed so it has a silky feel. The backing is made out of recycled fabric with synthetic latex adhesive. It starts at $449 for the 3-foot by 5-foot rug at potterybarn.com.
Hemmed Jute Rug: These are designed to be durable and are made in the United States and in China out of natural jute, which is strong and resilient while soft to the touch. It’s a minimalist look, which works well in a dining room, living room, hallway (it’s available in a runner size) or bedroom. It starts at $39 for the 2-foot by 3-foot rug at thecompanystore.com.
Hand-woven Bliss Taupe Shag Rug: This hand-woven acrylic shag rug has a canvas backing. While it sheds initially, the shedding should taper. It is $244.99 for the 6-foot by 9-foot rug at overstock.com.
Workshops address solar-energy issues
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks will have two workshops on solar energy this month, led by Ian Smith, a solar energy consultant with Energy Independent Solutions.
The first, Nov. 15, will discuss “Is Solar Right for You?” Smith, who lives in a solar-powered house in Wilkinsburg, will explain how the technology works and if homes are “solar-worthy” using aerial imagery tools. Bring a copy of your electric bill to get an idea of how much solar you need.
The second workshop, Nov. 22, will be tailored to the homeowner who is interested in seeing if a DIY-solar project is feasible.
Both free events are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Ave., Wilkinsburg. Reservations are appreciated.
Details: Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808, ext. 527, or phlf.org
Tickets on sale for holiday house tours
Tickets are on sale now for some upcoming holiday house tours.
• The Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour is Dec. 12 and 13. Tickets are $30, and an additional $12 for the model train exhibit. Special tours with brunch, lunch or dinner are available for $60 or $120.
Details: 888-718-4253 or alleghenywest.org
• The Norwin Historical Society’s 20th annual Holiday House Tour is Dec. 6. Admission is $18.
• The Academy Hill Holiday Tour of Homes in Greensburg is Dec. 7. Tickets are $25, or $50 for the tour and tea at the Victorian Lady.
Details: 724-837-6274 or ahhd.org
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