Originally Posted by mafoofan
Thanks. I stumbled upon that site, but they say nothing of pricing or manufacturing process. I hear that the best rugs are ones that have not been washed in chemicals and are not made from New Zealand wool, which most rugs seem to use. Any ideas?
I am not the biggest expert on flokati. But for persian rugs which use silk and cashmere, it's not about manufacturers, labels, or sellers. You can tell the difference in quality from the numbers of knots/threading per square inch, the material, and the detail of the design. For flokati, I was told the biggest difference was chemical treatments and the weight. My neighbor has a ridiculously overpriced one from Argentina and it's pink (you make your own conclusion as to what's going on there) and he swears by it. If I had to guess on the origin of wool, I'd say that's probably just BS they spout. I will say this. They are a fricking PAIN to take care of. I got rid of my flokati because after a while you realize that you want people to walk in your home and any time people come near it, you get a heart attack. Or maybe I did since mine was pure white. Then the cleaning is an issue. You have to hang it and slap it around a bit to get the dirt out. I ultimately ended up getting a white cloud rug from http://tribalia.net/
and my parents think I got ripped off because it's not an elaborate persian rug, yet it was pricey.