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Area Rugs

Area rugs in Knoxville TN

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Nothing brightens a space or adds a wonderful rich texture to a room like a quality area rug. Area rugs are ideal for bringing a wealth of warmth and texture to your decor. Area rugs are comfortable under foot and even decrease the noise in a space. They are available in a vast variety of colors, shapes, designs, material, texture and price range. Area rugs are highly decorative and easy to relocate, can be very versatile and the focal point of a room. Create a cozy conversation area, provide a splash of color, or be a unifying element that ties colors together. Area rugs can quickly and easily give rooms character.

In terms of structure and design, an area rug can really bring a room together by allowing color schemes and interior style to be accentuated. This is performed by repeating those aspects within its design. Also, area rugs can help define a room’s purpose. Specific areas can be divided up and identified by placing a rug in the center of that space.

The comfort, acoustic benefits and space definition that area rugs provide are needed more than ever with hard surface flooring being the go to choice. Henson's Greater Tennessee Flooring has a fantastic selection of area rugs in stock. Our staff can assist you in deciding which of these incredible rugs is ideal for your decorating dreams. For more information on our area rug selections, visit or contact us today!


  • Area Rugs (many sizes)
  • Custom Rugs
  • Rug Binding/Serging
  • Rug Delivery
  • Try before you buy (on select styles)

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How to shop for an Area Rug

It goes without saying that we love area rugs at Henson's Greater Tennessee Flooring. Decorating your home should start from the ground up with an area rug. Proper rug choice can bring fresh excitement to your room and can impart comfort and warmth as well as tie together various elements of your architecture, furnishings and accessories. Quality rugs are available in nearly every size and price range and there are so many shapes, colors, materials and designs available to suit any and all design preferences and budget.

First, visualize the “look” that you want to achieve. For example, your look could be an uncluttered and single-tone room or even one that is rich with color and various textures. Next, evaluate how the room is to be used. For instance, consider using a durable and/or patterned rug for high-traffic areas such as hallways and foyers.


If you are starting with a bare room, first choose a rug and then compliment the rug with paint colors or wallpaper selections. If you plan to incorporate a favorite painting or piece of furniture, pick up key colors from those pieces. There are few “rules” in interior design, but some useful generalizations follow. Light colored rugs tend to make a room look more spacious and deeper colors lend a look of coziness. A rug with a bold overall pattern can be the focal point of a room, with a sofa and chair in solid or subdued patterns. Consider using round, oval, octagonal or other shapes for a lively look.


How do I select the design or pattern?

All area rugs can be divided into three major designs:

All-over, in which motifs are spread throughout the rug.


  • Medallion, where a large centerpiece is the focal point of the design.
  • ­One-sided, in which the design is woven in one direction.
  • Designs can be intricate or simple, solid, or feature borders.

Style can be defined as the way different motifs, colors and patterns give character to a rug. Styles range from floral to casual to contemporary to traditional. They can also reflect a season, or a theme (nautical, birds, water).

Pattern is one of the most helpful elements in narrowing down rug selection, after size and color. We define pattern as the way lines are used to form shapes on a rug. In the rug industry, pattern is divided into three categories: curvilinear, geometric, and pictorial. The first two refer to rugs with conventional motifs that are woven with curving lines (curvilinear) or straight lines (geometric). The third (a much smaller group) refers to area rugs that portray people and/or animals.




Unless you are having a custom area rug made, choosing the right size rug for your room and function may be a compromise based on standard area rug sizes. The most common sizes tend to be 2x8,4x6, 5x8/6x9, 8x10/8x11, 9x12 and 10x14. Smaller sizes are often used under a coffee table or in a foyer, yet, dining rooms and living rooms often can handle larger sizes such as 8x10/8x11 up to 10x14. Smaller area and “scatter” rugs can be ideal for use in small spaces or at hearthside, bedside or in front of a kitchen sink; perhaps where a splash of color is wanted.




Measure the size of your room.


Measure the space you want covered. Now place a piece of paper where each of the corners will fall; adjust the “corners” as needed to make the space larger or smaller and then re-measure the area. Be patient and careful. What works really well is to use some old newspaper to lie in the area you are placing the rug. This way you can fold and shape it very easily then stand back and look at it to get a better visual of how the size of the rug will work in the space. Once you have settled on the size measure the paper. It is best to come into the showroom knowing what the widest and narrowest the rug can be and what the longest and shortest that will work. This way you will have a broad assortment of rugs to pick from.

If you are placing an area rug under your dining room table, select a rug that is large enough so that when seated at the table, the back legs of the chairs are on the rug with enough space to push back and get up from the table. The rule of thumb is that you will want to measure the table and add a minimum of two feet to all sides. For example if your table measures 4’ x 6’ it would look like this: 4’ + 2’ + 2’ = 8’ so you would need a rug at least 8’ wide. For the length it would be 6’ + 2’ + 2’ = 10’. This means you would need a rug to be a minimum of 8’ wide by 10’ long for this size table. If the space will handle it the perfect situation would be that the rug was 2’ 6” bigger all around that the table.


The most common shape of area rugs is rectangular. There are many designs that also are available in round, square, octagon, oval and runners. Many times when a customer needs a shape other than rectangular we make it for them in any shape or dimensions needed. The cost for this many times is the same as ready made rugs. The only downside is that is usually takes ten days to three weeks to complete the rug.


WEAR – Choose a rug that will look and perform well, with the right combination of fiber and density. Wool and synthetic yarns (nylon, polyolefin, acrylic, etc.) are durable, soft and easy to clean. Additionally, the denser the pile, with closer tufts, knots or stitches, the better your rug will wear. Remember to periodically turn your rugs 180° in the room to equalize wear and sun exposure.


Think of non-skid underlay padding as a part of your rug purchase. Not only does it keep your rug in place, it also helps to absorb impacts, protects floors, reduces wear, adds comfort and makes cleaning easier and more effective.

­Do not use a vacuum cleaner beater bar when cleaning fringe or long-fiber rugs.­

There’s a lot to know and consider before buying your new area rug but it’s well worth the effort. Area rugs add beauty and style, charm and elegance, personality and pride to any home.­We hope this section adds more knowledge, understanding and practicality to your area rug shopping experience.


Area Rug care & cleaning

No matter the size, shape, style or make, proper care and maintenance is the best way to ensure that your area rug will stand the test of time. Below you will find tips on maintaining your area rugs.


Routine maintenance is essential to prolong the life of your rug and keep it looking its best for years to come. Rugs need special attention and the right kind of underlayment to insure a longer life. Like any investment, if you want it to last you must take care of it properly. The best way to keep your area rug clean is to keep it from getting dirty in the first place. Exercise preventative maintenance by placing absorbent mats (i.e. welcome mats) at the most frequently used entrances to your home. This will help prevent dirt from being tracked onto your area rugs in other parts of the home. It is also a good idea to change or launder these mats when they become dirty. Additionally, removing shoes prior to entering your home will cut down on the amount of outside dirt that is brought in.




Frequent vacuuming is a rug's best friend and is necessary to remove dirt, dust and animal hair. Accumulated dirt can break down the fibers in your rug and make it look dull and dirty. Vacuum the surface at least once a week. Be cautious around the fringe and edge of the rug, as they can get caught in the beater bar and unravel. If your carpet is made of one of the newer soft fibers, you’ll want to adjust the head height on your vacuum cleaner to the highest setting. Although an upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush is the best type for cut pile rugs, a suction-only vacuum may be required for a loop pile rug to prevent excessive fuzzing.

While vacuuming is very important to maintain your area rug you also need to be aware that the most damaging effect on rugs can be caused by improper vacuuming. Extra care must be taken when vacuuming your rug. High-powered vacuums will pull threads out of the back of rugs and cause sprouts. These include the bagless Dyson and Oreck. If a vacuum can pick up a bowling ball imagine what it can do to a rug.



Blot as much liquid as possible with a white cloth as quickly as you can.
DO NOT rub – it will only push the stain into the fibers.
Rinse the area with warm water and then blot again with a white cloth. Absorb as much of the water as possible, and allow the area to dry undisturbed.
Don’t step on the wet area or replace furniture until it is completely dry because it can distort the pile. Also, a wet rug will attract stains so it’s best to avoid the area completely.
You may use a hairdryer or fan to speed up the drying process.
When it is dry, vacuum to fluff up the nap.
If the stain persists, use a spot cleaner that is safe for your carpet.

Clean traffic lanes and in front of frequently used chairs periodically with an absorbent powder such as Capture. Do not apply stain-repellent treatments, which contain any silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soiling. Some manufacturers do not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used. Keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand for quick response to spills and accidents.

Never underestimate the power of a good professional cleaning. Not only will your rug look better, it will last longer too. Periodic cleaning will prolong the life of your rug.


Rugs that have been damaged can be restored.

Professional repair is recommended for:

Worn fringes
Holes and/or torn areas
Moth damage
Pile wear
Unraveling and snags
Selvage wear
Mold/mildew remediation
Dry rot repair
Stain and pet damage
In many cases, restoration can make your rug look like new. Heirloom rugs can often be rejuvenated and returned to their classic appearance.


If you are planning to store your rug, there are a few steps to take to minimize the potential for damage and keep it in good shape for when you’re ready to use it again.

Have it cleaned before storing. This eliminates the potential for infestation and can keep spots and stains from worsening with storage. Don’t store the rug until it is completely dry.
Roll your rug into a tight roll. If it is silk or wool with the pile, leave the pile facing out to reduce stress on the backing.
Wrap your rug in the paper, not plastic. Plastic does not allow the rug to breathe and it can become musty or mildewed.
Lay your rug on a shelf – not on the floor. Don’t store it upright, this can cause warping and damage to the rug.
Check on your rug periodically. If you are storing it for a short time, this is probably unnecessary, but for extended storage, you’ll want to ensure that it hasn’t become wet or dry-rotted.

Clean traffic lanes and in front of frequently used chairs periodically with an absorbent powder such as Capture. Do not apply stain-repellent treatments, which contain any silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soiling. As a matter of fact, some manufacturers do not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used. Keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand for quick response to spills and accidents.


Detergent Solution – Mix one teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid or detergent powder (containing no bleaches or strong alkali) with a cup or warm (not hot) water.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with ½ cup water.

Solvent – A dry-cleaning solvent (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores) such as Carbona, Energine, or K2R, (Chemically 1.1.1. Trichloroethane preferred).

Absorbent Cleaners – Capture.


*These instructions are to be used as a reference only. Greater Tennessee Flooring is not responsible for any damage, fading, and or change in your rugs due to following these instructions. Please call a professional for assistance prior to using these instructions. By using this reference, it is understood that Greater Tennessee Flooring relinquishes all responsibility.




­Rug Underlayments

Keeping area rugs safe, comfortable and beautiful is as easy as simply adding a rug underlayment underneath. In addition to extra cushion underfoot, rug underlayments provide the safety of a stable, non-slip surface that helps prevent rugs from sliding around. Underlayments also keep rugs smooth, flat and wrinkle-free for added beauty and ease of vacuuming. Rug pads are ideal for use on any hard surface flooring and carpeting, and can be easily trimmed to fit any size rug. . The rug underlayment should be no less than 1-2 inches smaller than your rug on all sides.


Rug pads are available for any shape and size of rug.


Provides non-slip for safety
Keeps rugs smooth, flat, and wrinkle-free
Extends longevity by reducing wear
Adds cushion or firmness underfoot


Comfort grip is the best rug pad for a loose rug or runner with no furniture placed on it. The comfort grip has been the best pad we have found in 37 years that really works and keeps your rugs in place. The comfort grip is rubber/polymer, and will not mark, discolor or stick to the floor. Comfort grip keeps area rugs securely in place and features a ten-year warranty.


Luxehold is made of totally different materials today. Synthetic fibers are used, which have similar characteristics. Synthetics, however, do not break down (dust); they are non-allergenic and mold and mildew resistant. A fiber pad allows you to have a firm foundation, which takes stress off seams and backing where heavy furniture may dent the carpet. This pad is ideal for low pile carpets and is used exclusively on the woven carpet. We also use it on area rugs when a large rug has furniture placed on top of it. Luxehold is our best-performing area rug pad. Similar to a fiber pad, but it has a unique grid pattern that helps keep your area rug from moving. The bottom has a rubber non-skid surface to keep the pad and rug in place. Luxehold gives a firm body to your area rug.


luxholdAgain, it will not stain, discolor or stick to your floors. Luxehold is the ultimate in rug padding, offering cushioned comfort and protection for both your rug and your floor. Reversible for use on hard surfaces and carpets, Luxehold is ideal for uneven surfaces and reduces puckering under heavy furniture. This revolutionary product is backed by a 20-year wear warranty and should be cut no less than 1-2 inches smaller than your rug on all sides.


­Learn about Weaving

There are two basic classifications of hand weaving: flat and knotted pile. The earliest rugs, made many centuries before the Christian era, were flat-surfaced weaves. These include tapestries, embroidery, brocading, soumaks and kilims. The fundamentals of flat weaving and hand-knotting have changed very little since the 11th Century, with some knot styles remaining indigenous to certain geographic areas.


The oldest of the flat weaves is probably tapestry, which was practiced in ancient Greece and is still in use today. Soumak weaving originated in the Middle East as early as the 7th Century and is still practiced in Caucasia today. Brocading and embroidery are usually done on looms similar to those used for tapestry, and techniques may be combined.


The characteristic feature of knotted-pile rugs is the knotting and fastening of extra strands of yarn into a foundation weave to form a dense layer of loops that completely cover the foundation on one side. The foundation of a rug is a grid of parallel yarns called “warp” (lengthwise) and “weft” (crosswise), creating a rectangle on a loom frame. A row of knots is tied to pairs of the warp and the weft is passed through alternating sides of the warp, then tightly compressed against the knots and another row is formed. The number of knots per square is a determinant of rug quality. The fineness of the weave depends on the thickness of the warps and their proximity to one another. Although wool is often used for warp, cotton is more common because of its smooth surface and its resistance to stretching.


Among knotted rugs, there are distinctions made between horizontal and vertical looms. The horizontal types are generally used by nomadic families and for smaller rugs. They are made by driving stakes in the ground to hold the warp and weft, and non-rectangular rugs often result from the frequent moves and uneven tension of yarn. All large rugs are made on vertical looms and all mechanical weaving is done on vertical looms with steel frames.


The More Popular Mechanical Weaving Styles Are:

Wilton – These tugs and carpets are noted for their sharply delineated patterns and textures. They may also achieve such hand-carved effects as sculptured or embossed textures by varying pile heights or combining cut and uncut pile yarns. The weaving system is an adaptation of the classic Jacquard system. Today, the high-speed Belgian-made Van der Wiehle looms are the standard for the worldwide rug-making industry.
Axminster – This system of weaving offers unlimited design possibilities by mimicking the hand-tufting method used in China. Similarly, the Axminster relies on control over each individual tuft of yarn. Therefore, there are no limitations on pattern complexity and color selection.


Tufted – A contemporary outgrowth of the knotted type is the tufted rug. These make use of a fabric foundation and the individual tufts are driven through the foundation by hundreds of mechanical “guns” and then are sealed on the back by the application of liquid latex. Properly done, the finished appearance can be very similar to that of a knotted rug. The tufted system is used in making the majority of broadloom carpets and also for many area rugs.


­Stair Rods

Beginning in 1970, Zoroufy first brought beauty to homes with their fine oriental rugs and tapestries. Knowledge of design and appreciation for the art of oriental rugs came naturally for its founder, Hassan Zoroufy, as this information had been passed down for generations from his family’s experience in the rug trade.

During the early 1980s, consumers began trading in their wall-to-wall carpeting from earlier decades for the timeless appeal of wood floors. The demand for runners and area rugs soared. Zoroufy’s customers expressed great interest in the beautiful turn-of-the-century staircases featuring elegant runners, stair rods, and stair clips. By consistently offering quality products and services to its customers, Zoroufy has grown into an international brand name recognized throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Its primary office remains in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Family-owned and operated, the Zoroufy name continues to thrive on the values that first made it a success. We listen to our customers and bring them beautiful and unique products encompassing a wide range of styles that complete any home, office, hotel, church, or school. Our customers’ needs are endless. Zoroufy products are timeless.

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