Are Flokati rugs a bad idea?

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  1. sdsurfer

    sdsurfer Active Member

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    I was thinking about buying a huge Flokati rug to place my matteress directly on. I really like those rugs but I'm wondering if they become a pain in the ass after a while. Anyone have experience with this kind of rug? Are there synthetic rugs that are just as soft? I really just want something that feels super soft.
     
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    skalogre Senior member

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    Ohh god.. Uhm... don't do it. Seriously. Pain in the arse does not even come close.
     
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    Ohh god.. Uhm... don't do it. Seriously. Pain in the arse does not even come close.

    Really? Maybe a Shag would be better? I'm thinking of getting something to do a similar setup to this:

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    So I want something super soft around the bed.
     
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    skalogre Senior member

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    A flokkati is like a shag, just a Greek variation (properly done they would be lambswool). Problem is that they are a huge pain to clean, they get matted AND you can lose small items in them. Seriously.
     
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    I have one on the floor in front of my couch in the living room with the coffee table on top of it. This thing is authentic - hand made by my grandmother. It's friggin awesome. More people sit on the floor than on the couch - that's how comfortable the thing is. I recommend having it like this more than having your bed on top of it.
     
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    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    flokati rugs are quite the thing right now, I can't count how many magazines I have seen with them.
    I don't like rugs though, and I don't own any. The aesthetics can be pleasing, but it's far too much of a pain to get them cleaned.

    !luc
     
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    I like them too but maybe not as thick as the real thing. Funny thing, I dont look through "home" magazines but I had already thought of having one ofthose as a center rug in my bedroom or living room (when I get my own place of course [​IMG] )
     
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    We grew up with one in our house. Pain in the ass to clean. And ours was white. I doubt it was genuine (lambswool, I guess), but nonetheless it was not comfortable and it looked horrible (from my memory). It's a big shaggy rug. I hope you don't have allergies. Oh yeah, it was really hard to vacuum too.

    bob
     
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    i say get one
    i have one from relatives in greece
    yes it's hard to clean, yes small children can get lost in it, yes it can get matted, but if you buy a quality authentic wool one, it will last forever and can be very warm and inviting to sit on in front of a fireplace, for example - so put it at the foot of the bed, don't put the bed on top of it
     
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    Anyone know who makes a good flokati?
     
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    Anyone know who makes a good flokati?
    flokos.com
     
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    flokos.com

    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?
     
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    Can't vouch for the quality, but here is the place to which I've been referred in the past:

    http://www.flokatirug.net

    The site has most of the flokati rugs available in several different thicknesses/weights.
     
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    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.
     
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    Wait, you smell that?
    Considering pulling the trigger on the thinnest weight Flokati. Anyone else have thoughts on this before I do? I can get a 8x10 color natural for $495 shipped, no tax, which is cheap for any sort of wool rug (and within my budget). I ordered a sample, and with the long fibers, I can see the issues with cleaning. I also wonder how the hell i'm suppose to clean it if it's so big. i'm in a condo, and don't know how I'd hang the rug to clean it, I guess if I hang it over the balcony, but still a pain since it's relatively big.
     

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