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6 Creative ways to make any white interior cozy

Sunday, July 5, 2020 1:38:00 AM Europe/Paris

Have you always wanted an all-white interior but never quite knew how to decorate it? Indeed, all-white interior design is unique for the cool, clean aesthetic it creates. But it’s also possible to create an all-white interior that exudes warmth and coziness. A cozy white interior makes your home feel more “lived-in” and inviting.

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At Sukhi, we are always excited to share our tips on interior decoration with you all! In today’s blog, we really want to help you take your all-white interior to the next level. We will share with you our 6 creative ways to make your white interior cozy and finally reflect your unique personality. But before we do that, let’s take a closer look at white interiors and how to actually choose the right shade of white for your living spaces.

How to choose the right shade of white for your room?

Can you guess how many shades of white paint actually exist? Let’s help you out: the answer is 50! Surprising, right? Choosing the right shade of white for your room is crucial in creating the look that you want. Some shades have warmer undertones while others have cooler ones. Warmer undertones are better when you are working with timber and other warm colors. On the other hand, polished silver elements pair well with cooler shades of white. So, your first step is to make sure you are choosing the right white paint for your room. 

Now that we are aware of the subtle differences in shades of white, we can start decorating our all-white interior to add character and warmth. You will also be recognizing many of our Beni Ourain rugs in the post as we find (and so do our customers!) that it is the perfect rug to add into white spaces. But since we love all our rugs, we’ve also included a few of our other rugs that can offer the same airy vibe that the Beni Ourain rug does. Let’s dive right in!

1. Invite in nature with plants

Plants are a prominent feature in the “Jungalow” style, which has taken the design world by storm. Lush greenery adds dimension to a living space and literally breathes new life into it. If you’re ever in doubt about how to style a particularly awkward or empty corner of your home, you can’t go wrong by putting a large or unique plant to fill in that space. It will also make for a great conversation piece! 

Plants do more for your home than add beautiful aesthetics, they also offer humongous health benefits. They absorb harmful toxins in the air and help to regulate humidity. Besides, they’re an inexpensive way to add instant color and glamour to your bedroom, living room, or outdoor patio. For a fresh pop of color, add a green plant to your white space.

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To further complement your living space, decorate your white interior with one of Sukhi’s Beni Ourain rugs. This ultra-soft rug is known for its luxurious and decadent quality. Adding a special plant in the room along with the rug will make your home feel like a grand palace.

2. Include a splash of color

Adding a splash of color to an otherwise all-white interior will take your space to the next level. 

Brightly colored throw pillows and colorful, printed wallpapers are great ways of adding color to your white space. Throw pillows are convenient due to their ability to be changed out depending on the season or on your mood. While wallpaper is a bit more of a commitment, the wide variety of options now available on the market will be sure to make you fall in love. 

And you can always trust a handmade rug to add that splash of color you were looking for! Add a statement rug to your all-white interior and you suddenly have yourself a centerpiece that will wow all your guests. We recommend one of Sukhi’s modern oriental rugs - perhaps our hand knotted Balan rug? The tranquil light blue of the rug perfectly contrasts with the snowy white colors making it the perfect addition to any white room.

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3. Invest in beautiful wall art

Eclectic wall art and global accents have taken on a life of their own in recent years. Decorative items such as ornate mirrors, fabric wall hangings, framed images, and rare souvenirs create the look of a well-traveled soul. 

Did you know that some of our customers use our Sukhi rugs as wall art too? We aren’t joking! A rug is an art piece and it can sometimes find its way hung up on the wall to exude all its beauty. 

Some people love to decorate their walls with exotic objects they have collected around the world. Luckily, one doesn’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to collect such beautiful artifacts. Thrift stores offer many lovely and individualized finds at very affordable prices. You can even buy art prints from online digital art shops and frame them yourself once you receive them. These websites offer different styles of prints at affordable prices. From abstract to detailed landscapes, there is something for everyone!

If you want to add a more hipster touch to your cozy white interior, place your wall art on furniture or on the floor: this creates a truly modern look!

4. Warm up your space with timber

Natural timber and white complement each other beautifully and are a great way to make any white interior look cozy, especially the kitchen! 

Timber instantly warms up any white room white while also making it feel airy and fresh. Keep the wood color light to highlight the white walls and illuminate the room. Living rooms, bedrooms, study rooms, timber can find its place anywhere in your home. But let’s take a closer look at timber in the kitchen.

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If you are using light timber and white in your kitchen, you can even add a modern touch to your kitchen cabinets by contrasting shiny white cabinet doors with wood panels on the sides. And if you have a white marble kitchen island, enhance it by adding honey-toned wooden stools. Complete your white and timber look with some green plants and you have yourself a gorgeous interior worthy of a magazine’s front page!

5. Introduce texture

If you are a fan of home decor, you’ve probably heard this all-time favorite advice from interior design experts: add texture to your space! 

Adding texture to your all-white interior can completely transform and add character to your home. Adding texture is also a great way of including a personal touch that reflects your personality. For instance, do you love ruffles, sequins, velvet, or chunky knits? This is your time to mix and match different textures you love to create a more “visually interesting” space. 

For example, roll out one of Sukhi’s cut felt rugs or chunky wool rugs. Since these rugs have a lot of texture - on top of being incredibly soft to the touch- they instantly break any monotony or “flatness” in an all-white room. Not to mention how cozy your room will look with a chunky wool rug. For bonus marks, try layering multiple rugs!

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Other ways of adding texture to your white space are by incorporating velvet curtains, a leather couch, or sequin cushions. This is really your time to let loose and be playful! We also encourage you to add metallic accents to your room but let’s talk more about it in the next point!

6. Play with metallic tones 

Do you love gold, brass, silver accents? We do too! Adding metallic tones in your all-white interior is extremely important as these elements can complete the look and feel of your room. 

Metallic accents, like copper and brass, can transform your monochromatic room into a warm cozy white living space. They also enhance an interior and offer a sense of luxe. And you don’t need to add much to create a sophisticated look! Simply add elements such as gold taps and fixtures to instantly glam-up your bathroom or kitchen. Or decorate your living room and bedroom with silver and gold ornaments like vases and lamps.

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From simple wall art to luxurious fixtures, there is something for everyone when it comes to metallic home decor! Minimalists can choose to add subtle touches like a geometric animal wall decor. Eco-friendly home-owners can let their creativity run wild with repurposing old metal furniture. And if you are going for a more dramatic look, you can include antique gold fixtures to your all-white interior.

Celebrate cozy all-white interiors

We hope you enjoyed reading our 6 creative ways to make any white interior cozy. Indeed, going for an all-white interior look can be a bit intimidating at first but with the right techniques, you can easily create a bespoke white room that brings your heart joy.

We really love the all-white design trend and the different ways our rug-lovers use Sukhi rugs to enhance their white spaces. It is mesmerizing and incredible to see how creative our customers are when it comes to home decor! And we often share these home decor inspirations on our Instagram page, so be sure to follow us there! Happy decorating :)

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How to choose the perfect Turkish patchwork rug

Monday, June 29, 2020 11:30:00 AM Europe/Paris

If you’re reading this, you probably love Turkish rugs. And, you’re not the only one! Turkish rugs have been the gold standard in floor covering for thousands of years. In fact, experts say that there are links between Turkish culture and one of the oldest handmade rugs currently displayed in Russia. This rug, known as the Pazyryk Rug, is believed to have been woven around the 4th century B.C. using a hand-knotting style now known as the Turkish knot. Turkish rugs were also the first rugs to be exported across Europe during ancient times.

In this blog post, we are going to tell you more about a popular Turkish rug that is finding its way in the homes of many rug-lovers: the Turkish patchwork rug. We’ll share with you what patchwork rugs are and how they are made. Then, we’ll discover the different types of Turkish vintage rugs so you can decide which one is the perfect one for you! Finally, we will leave you with 3 important things to consider when buying your next patchwork rug.

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What are Turkish patchwork rugs?

Turkish patchwork rugs are Turkish rugs with a twist! As the name suggests, they are different Turkish rug pieces that have been stitched back together to create a unique patterned rug. The rug pieces usually come from well-loved vintage Turkish rugs that boast excellent craftsmanship and beautiful designs. The end result is a one-of-a-kind rug that you will wow your guests with every time they visit you!

At Sukhi, we create fascinating Turkish rugs that are made to last for generations. Our patchwork rugs are natural, durable, and versatile and you’re going to fall in love with them at first sight. 

How are Turkish patchwork rugs made?

You may be wondering exactly how these vintage Turkish rugs are given a second chance to be loved as modern patchwork rugs. Well, here’s how we do it at Sukhi! 

First, we find beautiful hand-knotted vintage rugs across Turkey. We travel to the most remote areas of Turkey, around the Turkish countryside, to find these absolute gems! We carefully decolorize and wash them, paying attention to preserve the patterns and designs they flaunt. After drying them out in the sun, we start the process of dying them with our color of choice. We then shampoo and rinse them multiple times to remove any excess color. Next, we add a 100% cotton backing to them to make them strong and durable.

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After that comes the exciting part: cutting and stitching the rug patches! Different fragments are sewed together by hand using sturdy yarn. Finally, a border stitch is applied. The whole process turns once traditional rugs into modern work of art perfectly suited for contemporary homes or offices!

Types of patchwork rugs

Now that you know exactly what patchwork rugs are and how they are made, it’s time to choose which type of Turkish vintage rug works best for your home! At Sukhi, we stock 4 different types of Turkish patchwork rugs. They are all unique and crafted with love and care. 

1. Overdyed patchwork rugs

Ever wondered how those bright and dazzling overdyed patchwork rugs are made? Well, the secret is to dye them twice so that they hold on to tons of color creating a truly modern look!

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Overdyed patchwork rugs are the ultimate modern twist added to traditional vintage Turkish rugs. Not only are the colors vibrant and bold, the well-thought mismatch of floral and geometric patterns truly adds to their distinctive appearance. 

2. Kilim patchwork rugs

It is very easy to spot a Kilim patchwork rug. You’ll see it in the unique flatweave knotting style that the artisans use. This gives a truly rustic look to the rug. The materials used in Kilim rugs are goat hair and cotton rug. The result is a robust heirloom rug that can be passed on to the next generations.

Kilim rugs are your go-to if you want a rug that feels “lived on”. Indeed, investing in Kilim patchwork rugs is a way to give vintage rugs a second chance to find a loving home. The rug is given a make-over to fit into contemporary interiors while still exuding the timeless class of an original handmade Turkish rug.

3. Caput patchwork rugs

Caput patchwork rugs distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd with their unique display of stripes. We often underestimate the power of stripes in home decor. According to Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine, “stripes create an illusion that can change the look and size of a space—visual trickery is what stripes can do for a room”.

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Caput patchwork rugs are made of wool, goat hair, and cotton. This creates a beautiful rug that feels soft to the touch. At Sukhi, our Caput rugs are made by hand by craftswomen in Turkey. They create these rugs from ancient Turkish rugs that are between 35-60 years old! 

4. Hemp patchwork rugs

Hemp is a natural fiber derived from the Cannabis plant. It is the go-to material for vegans and vegetarians around the world. Hemp has a texture similar to linen and softens with use. It is easy to dye and it's extremely robust, making them the ideal material to use when making patchwork rugs. 

Hemp patchwork rugs have an organic feel and have the power to transform any room into a welcoming sanctuary. They are becoming more and more popular among interior designers and architects due to their eco-friendliness, durability and charming modern look.

Things to consider when buying a patchwork rug

With so many different patchwork rugs out there, it may sometimes be difficult to know how to choose the right one. Once, you have decided on what color, shape, and design works best for you and how space, here are 3 important things you should consider before finally clicking “buy now” on your favorite Turkish rug.  

1. Quality and design

When choosing a Turkish patchwork rug, pay attention to the quality of material and design. Designs should be modern but feature traditional weaving techniques. How to know if your rug is handmade or machine made? The answer is in the finer details. Look at the rug closely and check for irregularities. A Handmade rug is not as perfect as a machine-made rug, so you should be able to see small irregularities that render the rug unique.

At Sukhi, we are known for our innovative designs and fine workmanship in the creation of beautiful, handmade rugs. Made with unique designs, our rugs tell a story of tradition, lifestyles, cultures, and people. Our artisans only use high-quality, allergy-free, and non-toxic materials.

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2. Ethical buying

Ethical buying essentially means that you are ensuring workers have decent working conditions, raw materials being used are sustainable and renewable and as a consumer, you are being offered better prices. When supporting ethical products, you make a difference in the world.

Sukhi is an online marketplace on a mission to create exceptional, high quality, and ethically produced rugs. All our products are 100% hand-woven, unique, and authentic. We are passionate about preserving cultures, as well as rediscovering threatened rug weaving traditions. For us, rug weaving is not just about the financial benefits, it's also an important craft that sustains the artistic expression of some of the richest cultures in the world while helping create customized spaces for homes.

3. Customizable for your needs

A third thing to consider is whether you need a custom rug made. Our vintage rugs can be custom made to your preference including round shapes, and customized color combinations from 9 available colors. They are very affordable and only take about 2 weeks to make at our Istanbul workshop!

For instance, you might be thinking of decorating your long narrow hallway with a unique Turkish patchwork rug. In that case, you would need a custom runner rug made to fit the space perfectly. Or maybe you need a small rug made to create a cozy space to read your favorite books?

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Indeed, if there is a particular design you are going for in your home, we can help you create a unique rug tailored to your personal taste. Our skilled artisans will custom make a patchwork rug bespoke to your specific requirements. Whether you decide to customize one of our existing designs or let your creativity flow and come up with a new design, our expert artisans will guide you through every step. You could also custom order a patchwork rug and our artisans will incorporate your colors of choice and optimal size.

Final thoughts

When you buy a Turkish patchwork rug, you buy a story. A story that has been carefully crafted and passed down for many generations. This is what makes them so priceless. You are playing an important role in recycling antique rugs and preserving traditions so that future generations can acknowledge the dedication and skill of Turkish artisans. 

If you are ready to look for your perfect patchwork rug, why not shop rugs online on our Sukhi website? Our carefully handcrafted rugs are sure to enhance the overall look of your space and add a touch of luxury to your home.

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How to set up a beautiful home office in a small apartment

Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:51:00 PM Europe/Paris

Are you currently scrolling through thousands of pictures of dazzling home offices and wondering how do you make this work in a small apartment? Guess what? It is totally doable! And Sukhi is here to help you with it! After all, we operate as a fully remote company, so we know a thing or two about creating home office spaces that make us feel happy, inspired, and productive all day long!

In this blog post, we are going to cover the importance of having a dedicated area to work (believe us, it will make all the difference!) and how you can set up a home office in a small space without having to compromise on style or personality.

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Why do we need a dedicated space at home for work?

The home office is an important space, especially if you are working from home as a freelancer or have your own business. Many entrepreneurs have talked about the importance of having a home office and how it has contributed to their business success. Here are 3 reasons why having a dedicated space at home to do work only will help you be more focused, creative, and productive.

1. A home office will get you into the right frame of mind

A home office allows you to be productive and focused. Traditionally, when we leave home and head to an office, our brain rewires to let us know that we should now be in work mode. When you work from home, you want your brain to process that transition similarly. But when we end up working in bed, however tempting and comfortable this is, it confuses our brains! Our minds are wondering, “Why am I not relaxing, right now?”. This confusion ends up making us feel sluggish and unproductive. On the other hand, if we work in bed too much, we might suddenly find it difficult to shut down. We might end up overworking and feeling burnt out

2. A beautiful home office can make your creativity bloom

Here, at Sukhi, we are all about ideas and creativity. And we strongly believe that the environment that we work in has a direct effect on how creative we are in business. In fact, having a beautiful home office that truly reflects your personality allows your imagination to go to incredible places. We definitely recommend you to be as playful and adventurous as you want with your home office so that it becomes a place you feel excited to get to instead of stifling you! 

3. A dedicated workspace can help you with distractions

Have you ever found yourself deeply focused on your work when suddenly you hear someone shouting, “Mom…Mom? Mom! I can’t find me….”. Replace Mom by Dad, Aunty, Honey, or any other cute name that you get called at home. Although our adorable loved ones mean no harm, they often distract us from our work. And it’s not their fault! When you are not working in a designated work area, it’s hard for the people around you to know if you’re working or just browsing the internet and online shopping your next Sukhi rug (although we all agree you shouldn’t be disturbed when you are doing the latter either!). When you have a home office, you can tell your loved ones that when you are at your work desk, they are not to disturb you unless it’s very urgent.

5 Simple steps to create a beautiful home office in your small apartment

Now that we have convinced you of how important it is to have your own designated workspace at home, let’s tackle the next problem! How do we fit a home office in a small apartment? Well, guess what? We are here to help you with that too. In 5 simple steps, we will share with you not only how to fit a home office in a small space but also how to make it look beautiful, stylish, and full of good vibes! Here are the 5 steps:

Step 1: Choose an unused space for your home office

First, find some unused space in your apartment: living room corners, bedrooms, end of the hallway, or even your walk-in closet can work! If you are having trouble visualizing where your home office can fit in your limited space, try drawing your room on a sketchpad and changing the layout. Sometimes, by simply moving our furniture around a little we suddenly create the space we were looking for! Although there are different places in your home you can turn into a home office, our advice is to find some space in the living room. 

We prefer that you avoid working in the bedroom for the reasons we talked about earlier: the bedroom should be a place for relaxing and play, not work! A living room is a multi-purpose room which makes it ideal for studying and working as well. You might even find that your trendy and stylish workstation in the living room becomes the centerpiece of the room! To really define the space and separate it from the rest of the living area, try placing a rug under your desk. Perhaps our modern oriental rugs collection will inspire you?

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Step 2: Declutter and organize your home workspace

Now, your next step is to declutter and organize the chosen space. In a small apartment, less is more. In the Wabi Sabi philosophy, it is believed that less clutter can help you be more peaceful, focused, and productive. The goal isn’t to become a strict minimalist, but to keep the things that bring your heart joy. To create an even more clutter-free space, go paperless and opt for a wireless mouse and keyboard instead of using traditional ones. You will be surprised by how these small tweaks can completely transform your home-office and make it feel inviting and airy.  If you are planning to add a rug under your desk (and you should!), choose a light-colored one, like our Beni Ourain rug. Not only does it feel divinely soft under bare feet, but its minimal design and color also help reduce any unwanted noise in the small designated workspace you have created.

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Step 3: Bring in Feng Shui for positivity in your home office!

Wondering how to attract positivity and good vibes into your home office space? It’s easy! Just follow the Feng Shui for beginners series we have created for you. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that focuses on the flow of energy and how that can affect our lives. Basically, when you implement Feng Shui in your home, you placing every object with the intention of attracting positive energy. To achieve this, simply print out the Feng Shui Bagua map and follow the instructions on our blog. The Bagua map is an energy map that explains how to place objects so that the positive energy flows smoothly around you. For example, if you want to improve your creativity when you’re working, the Bagua map offers to add more silver or metallic elements to your designated space, facing west. 

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Step 4: Choose small space furniture for your home office

Nowadays, finding the right size of furniture for our home has never been easier. Furniture shops stock small space desks and chairs dedicated to people who have small apartments. On top of that, you can even find places that are happy to create custom-size furniture that fits perfectly in your home! When looking for home office furniture for your small apartment, look for a slim desk, an ergonomic chair that slides smoothly under your desk, and shelves to place your books. If you need more workspace, how about having a pull-out or foldable desk you can easily tuck back in when you are not using it?! There are so many creative ways to create a small office space, so let your imagination run wild!

Step 5: Style your home office to reflect your personality!

Finally, we’ve reached the most exciting part of setting up your home office: decorating it the way you want to! Remember, a home office is not the same as a traditional office. No more boring cubicle with grey desks, drawers, and baskets full of papers to sign! Your home office is an amazing opportunity for you to let your imagination loose and personalize it as much as you want! There are no rules here so feel free to add your essential oils and scented candles to relieve stress and anxiety during the ultra-busy days.  Add a cute fluffy cushion to your chair for extra comfort and some framed photos of your loved ones on your desk. Also, bring in nature by adding cute succulents, different types of leafy plants and your favorite flowers to achieve a jungle office look!

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At Sukhi, we believe that everyone is unique and because of that, we offer custom rug options to our clients! You can work with our designers to create the shape, size, and design rug you have always dreamed of! Here’s a guide to explain our step-by-step process on how we create our custom rugs.

Your next step

We hope that our simple steps have energized you to now create your own stylish home office no matter how small your apartment is! So grab a piece of paper and start drawing, use Pinterest or your favorite website for extra inspiration if you need it. Remember, create a space where you can be productive, focused, creative: a space you can truly thrive in! Happy decorating!

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Easy ways to clean and maintain your wool rug at home

Friday, May 15, 2020 4:33:19 PM Europe/Paris

Wondering how to clean your beloved wool rug yourself? You’re not the only one. This thought has passed any rug owner’s mind at least once!

As rug-owners and lovers, our wool rugs hold a special place in our hearts. And for good reason! Rugs are the perfect solution for decorating and defining areas in an open space or adding a bold statement to a room. And wool rugs are a must-have! They provide warmth, comfort, and hold on to colors beautifully making them the perfect heirloom rug to be passed on to the next generation. 

Wool, as a material, provides great benefits for the rug. This high-quality material coupled with the impressive work of artisans produces delightful wool rugs that you can only admire. Because of this, cleaning and maintaining them to ensure their durability is a must. 

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But instead of resorting to a professional cleaner straight away, you can take some simple rules to maintain and clean your rug yourself, at home. And we are here to guide you to do exactly that!

First, let’s look closer at why wool rugs are easy to clean and maintain. Then, we’ll dive into the main ways you can maintain your rug. Finally, we’ll explore some specific steps when cleaning stains and pet urine out of wool rugs and share when to call a professional cleaner.

Why wool rugs are easy to clean and maintain

If you are deciding between different materials for your area rug, wool should be on top of your list! Rugs made of wool are high-quality products that can be placed almost anywhere in your home. Let us explain why. 

1. Wool rugs are liquid and dirt resistant

Wool is a natural material that comes from sheep and comes with a coat of natural oil called lanolin. Because of this, wool rugs repel liquid and dirt.  They hold on to the dirt on their surface making it easy to clean with a vacuum cleaner when the time comes. 

2. Wool rugs are springy

Another reason why we believe wool rugs are great choices for longevity is that they are springy.  Wool rugs go back to their original form quickly after being crushed, stretched, or walked on. In fact, a wool rug can be stretched up to 35% and still come back to its original shape! This makes it ideal for going under furniture or in high traffic zones.

3. Wool rugs are fire-resistant

Did you know that wool rugs don’t catch on fire? Yes! Wool, as a material, does not burn. Instead, it will char and eventually extinguish itself. And this will only happen at extremely high temperatures. So you don’t need to worry when placing your wool rug in places where the temperatures tend to get high really fast like in front of your fireplace or in the kitchen. 

General day-to-day wool rug maintenance

So now that you know why we love wool rugs so much, here are some ways you can take care of these precious products. First, let’s look at some simple things you can do for day-to-day maintenance.

1. Have a no-shoe policy

As simple as it sounds, having a no-shoe policy will do wonders for maintaining your wool rug! Have everyone remove their shoes at the entryway before they enter your home. You can also show off your hosting skills by offering some comfy slippers to your guests! Not only have you saved your rug from soil and dirt from outdoors, but you also provided a warm welcome no one will forget.

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2. Rotate your rug (or move your furniture around)

By rotating your rug, you are ensuring that each section is getting an even distribution of wear. If you feel that one side of your rug ends up being walked on a lot, simply rotate it to give that side a break. The same applies to furniture: rotate your rug so that the furniture is not always crushing the same areas. Or, if you feel like a complete makeover, move your furniture around and create an entirely new look in your room!

3. Flip your rug over

Similar to rotating your rug, also consider flipping your rug over altogether! Not only are you ensuring that your rug will even out wear this way but also, all the dust and dirt that has sunk into your rug will come out. Our favorite rug to flip over in the felt ball rug! This playful rug is also functional as it looks exactly the same on both sides. Enjoy your flipping!

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4. Block out the sunlight

We always advise not to put your area rug in direct sunlight, especially if you have an oriental rug. Sunlight can cause the colors of your rug to fade over time. So to avoid premature fading, do not place your rug in areas where sunlight will hit your rug, use blinds and drapes when possible, and rotate your rug often so that the same area is not being exposed for too long.

5. Consider getting a rug pad

A rug pad is a great investment for rug owners! Essentially, a rug pad will extend the life of your rug and acts as a buffer between the rug and the floor that will help it last longer. Not only that, but a rug pad also adds slipping (think kitchen or bathroom) and provides more cushioning. 

6. Vacuum your rug regularly

It goes without saying that you should vacuum your rug often. But there are a few things to consider while doing so. For instance, make sure that you are vacuuming at the lowest intensity. Avoid using the spinning brush and set the beater bar high for minimal abrasion. You want to be as delicate as possible to keep your rug happy. 

7. Use a rug beater

Did you know that rug beater are still a great way to clean your rug of dust? At Sukhi, we often tell our customers to use a rug beater once or twice a year to get rid of dirt or anything unpleasant that has sunk into the rug. Simply hang your rug up (outside is preferable) and beat the dust out of it. If you don’t have a rug beater, just use the clean end of a broom.

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8. Take care of your fringes

Those beautiful rug fringes, that we love, deserve our full attention too! We can easily forget about them and, without realizing it, end up discolored and damaged ones if we are not careful. And this often happens when we are mopping the floors with chemicals! These chemicals end up being absorbed by the fringes causing damage. So, next time you mop, make sure to tuck those fringes in and move your rug away from the area you’re cleaning. 

9. Air it out

Last but not least, give your rug some fresh air! Hang your rug out once or twice a year to air it out. This helps your rug “breathe” and prevents mildew or mold from building up. This is also recommended when your rug has been in contact with moisture. When hanging your rug outside, make sure that your rug is not in direct sunlight. A place with a lot of shade should do the trick!

How to remove spills and stains

Although wool rugs are liquid-resistant, some spills and stains can be rather stubborn to get rid of. The first rule is to deal with the accident as soon as it happens. Prompt cleaning of spills will greatly reduce the risk of stains on your wool rug. This way, you are catching them while they are still on the very surface and won’t have regrets later!

Here’s our mantra when it comes to cleaning stains: blot, don’t rub.  So first, dab the stain with a dry cloth or white paper towel to absorb all the excess liquid. Then, take some lukewarm water and blot the stain. Show your rug some love and be patient. In case of more stubborn stains like wine, tea, or beer, consider mild detergents such as  James Stain Wonder. We recommend using this product as a “leave-in” stain remover as it may take up to 12 hours to see the results.

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If these steps are not fixing the problem, it’s time to call a professional carpet cleaner for advice. Do not use harsh chemicals or put your rug in the washing machine. This will definitely damage your wool rug and end up costing more in repairs or replacement.

How to maintain rug with pets

Opposite to popular belief, pets and rugs can co-exist happily if you take the right measures! While we love our furry babies to bits, it’s important to recognize any tendencies that can damage your rug. For instance, if your dog likes to chew a lot, it’s best to get a rug without fringes. Not only will they chew and tear these fringes out, but also, these can be a serious health hazard for your pet. If your pet urinates or vomits on your wool rug, deal with the situation as soon as possible. Blot the excess liquid and use mild detergents to disinfect and get rid of bad odors. Vacuum your rug often to get rid of pet hair.

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When to get a professional cleaner for your wool rug

A that concludes our list of tips for maintaining your rug at home! We hope that these tips were useful and can now deal with any mishaps without worrying! Although daily maintenance can be easily achieved at home, there comes a time to get your rug cleaned professionally. In fact, Lisa Wagner, an expert rug cleaner and restorer,  recommends getting your rug cleaned by a professional every 2 to 3 years. Taking this step, and all the others we shared above, will allow your rug to last for even longer!

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3 knock-on effects of choosing an ethically made product

Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:32:26 PM Europe/Paris

It’s important to first highlight why consumers are choosing to support businesses that are transparent in their production. 

Almost 5 years ago to the day, the world was shaken with the news of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. A global tragedy, that saw the loss 1,134 innocent lives. The event occurred partly because of poor working conditions, an overcrowded factory, and some dubious business practices. 

Choosing a product that has been ethically made ensures that the hands that created your product had above-average working conditions and were treated with dignity and respect. 

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Here are 3 knock-on effects that occur when you buy an ethically made product: 

1. You encourage environmentally friendly production and defend humane working conditions 

Ever heard that quote by L.N Smith, “Every dollar you spend... or don't spend ... is a vote you cast for the world you want.” These are particularly wise words and consumers are taking it to heart. We are becoming increasingly inspired to support businesses that are either ethically produced or environmentally friendly or in most cases, both. 

Social Influence has played a huge part in the substantial growth of this industry and we are seeing more and more brands compete with industry leaders that have for a long time dominated the market. In this instance, by purchasing an ethically made product – you get your pie and you get to eat it too. 

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2. You uplift communities 

You may not have the time to go with a hands-on approach to supporting your local communities and that is completely okay. Buying a product that has been ethically produced is another way you could uplift and empower communities around the globe. For example, at Sukhi, we preserve age-old rug making traditions in Morocco, India, Turkey, and Nepal. And, our passion is to not only empower our skilled artisans but to ensure they earn above-average wages as many artisans have families they take care of. 

The result is that our artisans live comfortably and their children can get an education, uplifting the families both now and for the future. 

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3. You play a key role in both the present and future of our planet 

By purchasing an ethically made product, you are putting a direct message out to brands that ethical practices are more important than cheap prices. Each dollar you spend has a lot of weight behind it and it’s pretty exciting that you get to decide where you spend it considering the ripple effect it will have on consumerism, communities and our environment. 

Looking at the above, it’s evident that your impact matters and becoming an advocate for brands that align with your values is powerful. Conscious consumerism is a growing trend that encourages slow design high-quality products, and connections between artisans and consumers resulting in a safer and healthier environment for all involved. 

At Sukhi, we not only support this trend – we encourage it by being transparent in the production of our rugs and the communities that share their skill and tradition with us to create memorable and unique rugs for our customers. Meet our wonderful team based in India here.

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Easy ways to Wabi Sabi your home inspired by Sukhi! [Part 3]

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:58:00 PM Europe/Paris

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that has found its way in the west in art, design and lifestyle. It is the art of embracing imperfection and accepting that nothing lasts forever.

It highlights the importance of not chasing perfection and celebrating any form of progress that is achieved. Indeed, many people choose to live by the Wabi Sabi philosophy to help them ease stress, anxiety and not worry too much about the future.

According to Julie Pointer Adams, an entertainment and decoration expert and author of Wabi Sabi Welcome, 

“Wabi Sabi is all about the beauty of perfectly imperfect. I think that’s the concept to keep in mind because it’s simple but not austere; it’s comfortable. A Wabi Sabi home is a place you want to be; it’s not super sterile or super organized to the point of not feeling homey anymore.”

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In part 1 of the Wabi Sabi series, we had an overview of Wabi Sabi, what it means and what principles guide this Japanese philosophy. In part 2, we explored how Wabi Sabi can be used in the modern world, through design, architecture and art. We also discovered how by embracing the Wabi Sabi philosophy, one can achieve calmness and happiness in their personal and work life.

In this final blog post of the Wabi Sabi series, we will look at the different ways you can Wabi Sabi your home. You will also get a feel of how Wabi Sabi has inspired the Sukhi team to find ways to incorporate this Japanese philosophy in your home with our rugs.

How to Wabi Sabi your home

The important message that Adams shares in her book is that we should aim to make our living spaces “homey”. When interiors are decorated perfectly, a home can feel more like a display house than anything else. 

By embracing imperfection, a house can be completely transformed into a cozy home that welcomes its guests with open arms! 

Here are some tips that will help you Wabi Sabi your home!

1. Declutter without being a strict minimalist

Wabi Sabi is the art of accepting imperfection and enjoying the little things in life. Being able to declutter your home of things that take up space and don’t really matter is the first step towards Wabi Sabi.

But remember that Wabi Sabi is more about simplicity than strict minimalism. Your goal is to create a less-in-more interior that focuses on some key elements that reflect your personality.

For example, you might choose to add a boho look to the living room by adding potted plants and textured cushions. Or you can create a cozy atmosphere in the bedroom by adding mood lamps and a soft rug by the bedside.

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2. Play around with space

When interior designers embrace the Wabi Sabi style, they aim to create honest spaces. This means that they want the rooms to feel airy and not contrived. An airy room gives you a sense of comfort and lightness. It can decrease stress and lift your mood.

Invite Wabi Sabi in your home by making the best use of spaces. For example, place mirrors and light neutral color curtains to give an illusion of bigger spaces. Playing with light and space can help elevate interiors especially when you live in a small apartment. At Sukhi, we created a budget-friendly guide to help people who are looking to makeover their small apartments.

3. Invite nature in your home

One of the key principles of Wabi Sabi is “shizen”. Shizen encourages us to invite nature into our home as it believes that human and nature are interconnected. 

You can do this by incorporating plants and flowers in your home. And feel free to have some fun with it! Play with different designs of pots and vases. Mix up different plant textures and sizes. You can even hang them up using macramé hangers!

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When decorating your home with plants, aim to keep the colors of the plants complementary. This creates more harmony to the living space.  

“Plants are a great way to bring warmth and life to any space.

Another way of inviting nature in your home is by adding a decorating element made of natural material, like wooden utensils, floral potpourris or, even, a Sukhi’s hemp rug!

4. Create tiny corners of beauty

In part 2, we touched on a Japanese art style known as the “one-corner style”. In this art style, the artist paints landscapes that are mostly empty apart from something in the far corner, like a boat in the vast ocean.  This evokes a sense of wonder in the audience. 

You can apply the one-corner style in your interior décor as well! So, don’t hesitate to decorate empty corners of your rooms with elements that reflect your style! 

For example, add a glass vase with a single orchid on a corner table or introduce a splash of colour with an accent armchair. More artistic people can have some fun with tall sculptures that take minimal space. Or have some fun with different types of green plants to add texture and nature to your sitting area.

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To be in tune with Wabi Sabi, make sure that the decorations you choose to invest in are modest and reflect your true self.

5. Discover re-purposing

Wabi Sabi operates with an “old is gold” mindset. In fact, “kintsugi” is a Japanese art style where broken vases, bowls and teacups are mended using liquid gold!

Have you ever discovered you could reuse things you possess in creative ways? With Wabi Sabi, you can give life again to used objects you already own! Like using an old cup as a pencil holder or a straw basket as a magazine holder!

Not only are you recognizing how versatile some objects can be, you are also being more conscious of the environment. Great places to find used items for decorating are flea markets and yard sales. 

At Sukhi, we believe strongly in the art of repurposing. That’s why we created our unique collection of patchwork rugs, where we add a modern touch to old Turkish rugs.

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6. Invest in things you really love

When you have a Wabi Sabi mindset, you choose to consume consciously. This does not mean that you engage in minimalistic behaviors. Instead, you choose to buy objects that you really love.

Whether you are buying a scented candle, a new book or an expensive painting, you choose to do so because this object represents great value to you. 

By living by this philosophy, you create collected spaces with important objects that you have acquired over the years. Each object tells a story and evokes a feeling. 

Investing in a beautiful felt-ball rug or a new couch is done after a lot of thinking. The beauty of this is that you learn to truly appreciate these items once you own them.

7. Choose handmade products

There is a certain charm in handmade products that you will never find elsewhere. Slightly rough on the edges, asymmetrical and unique, these products are the definition of Wabi Sabi, that is, the beauty in imperfection.

Artisans create incredible works of art with their bare hands, crafts that have been taught through generations. Their dedication, skills and attention to detail in their work can only be applauded. 

The Wabi Sabi philosophy invites you to appreciate handmade products for their true value and what they represent: history, traditions, and culture.

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8. Live modestly

When we embrace Wabi Sabi, our mindset changes as well. We choose to feel gratitude for what we already possess rather than yearning for what we want to buy. 

This powerful shift in mindset allows us to be more relaxed and less tempted by greed and consumerism. We feel more at peace since we see the value in the few things that we own, and we cherish them.

Wabi Sabi allows us to develop a more modest lifestyle. It is often believed that the less things we have, the less worried we feel. In fact, best-selling author, Greg McKeown, believes that extreme consumerism can create a “busyness bubble” that can slowly destroy someone’s life.

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The philosophy of Wabi Sabi can be applied to every aspect of life, including the way we choose to design and decorate our homes. 

In its essence, approaching home décor with a Wabi Sabi mindset is seeing beauty in imperfection, celebrating progress and making conscious choices. 

It can be as simple as using mismatched dishes for dinner or having an unmade bed in the morning.

Wabi Sabi is about embracing our flaws and recognizing that happiness is not achieved when chasing perfection. Instead, we should learn to find peace and contentment in the way things are in the present.

The beautiful thing about this philosophy is that it does not require a great amount of time or money investment. 

With a focus on simplicity, Wabi Sabi invites us to consume consciously, and decorate with a “less-is-more” mindset to find comfort, peace of mind and true happiness.

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Wabi Sabi: How embracing imperfection can make you happy [Part 2]

Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:01:54 AM Europe/Paris

In Part 1, we discovered the meaning of Wabi Sabi and where it originated from. We were transported back in time, in ancient Japanese tea ceremonies where Wabi Sabi was born as a way to explain that one does not need to be perfect to be precious. As Wabi Sabi made its way to the West through arts and books, more and more people found serenity and happiness in its message.

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So now that we understand the meaning and the importance of Wabi Sabi, how do we apply it in our life? In this blog post, Part 2 of our Wabi Sabi series, we will explore the different uses of Wabi Sabi. We will touch three main points: design, architecture and art.  Also, as the icing on the cake, we will find out how exactly these Wabi Sabi home tips can help enhance your personal life and create a less stressful work life. 

Wabi Sabi in architecture, design and art

The philosophy of Wabi Sabi can be most seen in architecture, interior design and art. But we can apply its principles in any design philosophy like storytelling, presentations, fine art, or web designing. It is a way of thinking that “less is more”, and that unevenness can be charming.

In the West, design mostly involves clean lines and symmetry. Wabi Sabi moves away from this idea of continuously perfecting your space to, instead, appreciate what you have. This often leads to decluttering and more authenticity. 

The design focuses on only a few tribal symbols, diamonds or waves. Simple designs can be powerful, even in home and interior decor. It allows people to feel enriched by the story behind creating a heirloom product.

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 (Editor’s note: If you want to learn more about creating your own Sukhi custom rug, we created some tips and an easy-to-follow guide for you!)

1. Wabi Sabi in architecture

In Japanese architecture, Wabi Sabi has also found its place. Many Japanese homes have a washitsu, a traditional room which is mostly empty apart from having a few tatami mats, a vase with a single flower or a piece of wall art. Once more, this encourages you to pause and appreciate these few items you see as individual pieces of art.

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2. Wabi Sabi in design

Another way of applying Wabi Sabi in design is celebrating empty spaces. Indeed, creating minimalist designs with plenty of empty spaces and only a few items is a way of presenting art powerfully. The focus is being placed on what’s the most important – those 2 or 3 key items that you have decided the audience would value the most. Like adding  a modern oriental rug in a minimalist living room.

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As Antoine de Saint-Exupery puts it, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” 

This reflects the beauty of embracing Wabi Sabi in design.

3. Wabi Sabi in art

Have you ever seen the “one-corner” style in Japanese paintings? An example is a painting depicting a large ocean and sky with only a small detail to the corner of it. This may be a bird or a fishing boat. But that tiny detail is hardly visible, and this is the Wabi Sabi style. It evokes the depth and space that the ocean and sky occupy, leaving you feeling a sense of being part of something so vast and incredible. Often, this visual can give you a sense of peace and relief. We are all part of something bigger.

Implementing Wabi Sabi in your life

It is not only in design and art that Wabi Sabi finds its place. Being a philosophy, Wabi Sabi can be implemented in your everyday life, from the most mundane tasks to the most complex and meaningful decisions you make.

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“When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.”

In relationships, careers, health, money matters, interest and life goals, we constantly experience changes, we re-assess what we really want, and we reconsider options. Sometimes the changes are subtle, like deciding to go with a different wine for your dinner one night. Other times, the changes are major: you decide to quit your job, you decide to move to another city or country, or you decide to embrace a life-changing habit. Let’s now look at how Wabi Sabi can be implemented in our life and our careers.

1. Wabi Sabi and life

Wabi Sabi teaches us that all things are dynamic, and nothing is everlasting. So, trying to hold on to the past and over plan the future is pointless and stressful.

In the award-winning book, “Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life” by Beth Kempton, the author discusses with her friend about Wabi Sabi. This friend explains the concept of Wabi Sabi creatively by comparing it to bamboo. While bamboo grows, it is sensitive to its environment. It flexes itself and follows the wind and the sunlight. Its roots are firm, but its direction is ever changing as it shows little resistance to the environment. As a result, bamboo stands strong and in harmony is what is around it.

Holding on to the past, does not allow us to live in the present. Being caught up in the nostalgia of the best times of our lives or the regrets of failures we think we could have avoided can cause more damage than good. The past is meant to remain there. It offers invaluable life lessons that can be used to make decisions in the present. 

Worrying about the future, does not allow us to celebrate current achievements. How many times have you achieved a small goal and started asking yourself what’s next without celebrating the moment? How many times have you questioned yourself on how you can achieve more or do things better? If you are quick on your feet and ambitious, chances are this has happened to you many times. 

Wabi Sabi allows you to become aware of this and live in the present more. It allows you to accept the good and bad things that happened in the past and let it go. So, the next time something good happens in your life, slow down, relax and soak up all that joy!

2. Wabi Sabi and career

Being stressed at work seems to be a normality, these days. Afterall, that’s how the expression “Thank God it’s Friday!” or “TGIF” became popular! 

No matter whether you are working in a major corporate firm or if you are self-employed, you will be juggling with tight deadlines, external pressures and, many times, the need to attain perfection in your tasks. 

And, more often than not, we find ourselves multi-tasking. However, being busy does not always mean that you are being productive. Wabi Sabi encourages us to give our undivided attention to one particular task. So instead of trying to do multiple things at a time, embrace Wabi Sabi!

If you have a project that needs to be done or a deadline to meet, isolate yourself and create small achievable goals. Remind yourself, progress is better than perfection. Close all social media, put your phone on silent mode for a few hours and find a quiet spot to focus. You will be surprised how much you will get done this way! Also, remember to re-assess, adapt to changes and celebrate each small task completed. That’s the Wabi Sabi way.

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Focus is important in any task we choose to do. From writing the next best-seller to baking a delicious black forest cake, being present in that moment guarantees you are giving your best.  Artists and craftsmen often give love and undivided attention to their creations. The result is a unique piece of art that can be kept and enjoyed for years.

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What’s next?

In Part 2, we explored the uses of Wabi Sabi and how to implement it in our lives and careers. We looked at practical ways this Japanese philosophy can be achieved by taking small actions everyday. As we come to the last part of our Wabi Sabi series, we invite you to take some time and reflect on how you can use Wabi Sabi in your life. What are some habits you can start now that will allow you to live more in the present and accept imperfection?

Maybe, you might choose to start journaling every morning to help put your thoughts on paper. Maybe, you can start revisiting everything you have achieved this year and show gratitude towards it. Maybe, you can review your own flaws and imperfections and instead of blaming yourself for them, learn to accept them and be more aware of them. Use that awareness to improve your life and the lives of those around you.

Whatever you choose to do, do not stress yourself with how big or small it might be. Remember, everything changes. So, no matter how small a change might feel today, the end results, in a year or 10 years, will still amaze you!

In part 3, our final part of this series, we bring Wabi Sabi home and have some fun with our Sukhi rugs! We will focus on how to apply Wabi Sabi in your home and how Sukhi rugs can demonstrate the principles of Wabi Sabi.

Sukhi relates well with Wabi Sabi, as every Sukhi rug is a unique piece of art. They may differ slightly from the design on the picture which shows it is made just for you.

We hope you are enjoying the Wabi Sabi series so far!

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Wabi Sabi: The Japanese philosophy of accepting imperfection [Part 1]

Friday, March 20, 2020 3:27:07 AM Europe/Paris

In a world where we are being constantly exposed to social media, new products and services, technology and the need to always improve ourselves, it can be difficult for us to stop, look around and appreciate what we already have. Many of us chase the things we think we need instead of being satisfied and content with our current state of life. This is when Wabi Sabi can help! 

This post delves deep into this Japanese philosophy of accepting imperfection as a way to improve our lives and happiness. Our own philosophy revolves around joy and serenity and we believe that Wabi Sabi fits harmoniously with it. In its very essence, Wabi Sabi means embracing imperfection as nothing is, in fact, perfect in life. We decided to create a detailed blog post in 3 parts to explore this philosophy and see how our Sukhi fans can embrace it! 

First, we will look into what Wabi Sabi means, its history and how it made its way to the West. In Part 2, we will explore the different uses of Wabi Sabi, how Wabi Sabi can be applied to interior décor and why interior designers embraced this philosophy.  Last, but certainly not least, in Part 3 we will explain to you how to Wabi sabi your home using interior elements like rugs, lights and plants while paying attention to what you choose to purchase.

If you are looking for ways to apply the Zen philosophy to your life, Wabi Sabi may be the solution for you! So, make yourself a cup of tea, sit in your coziest chair and enjoy your read.

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What is Wabi Sabi?

Wabi Sabi is a complex concept that does not have a concrete definition. Its philosophy has been passed from master to student indirectly over the years and is now ingrained in Japanese culture. In fact, in 2009, Marcel Theroux roamed through Japan and asked people to describe Wabi Sabi, as part of a BBC tv series “In Search of Wabi Sabi”. Unsurprisingly, many Japanese simply said that Wabi Sabi was unexplainable.

According to Richard Powell, famous author of the book “Wabi Sabi Simple”, Wabi Sabi is “a way of life that appreciates and accepts complexity while at the same time values simplicity”.

“Wabi” can be translated as “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance”. It means that less is more and that there is beauty in simplicity. It highlights how we can feel free from stress and anxiety when we own less material wealth.

“Sabi” is translated to “appreciating the old and faded”. This means that “Sabi” invites us to take pleasure in imperfection and understand that everything grows old, gets damaged and fades away. It accepts the natural cycle of life and death.

Together, these two words create a beautiful symbol of humility, simplicity and gratitude. At Sukhi, we can’t help but admire this philosophy and feel humbled by this Japanese vision of life.

The 7 principles of Wabi Sabi

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If you want to achieve the Wabi Sabi lifestyle, there are 7 principles you must embrace:

1. Kanso: Simplicity

In Kanso, you choose to rid your life of clutter and focus on clarity. Similar to the philosophy of minimalism and essentialism, Kanso invites you to live in a less-is-more manner. Indeed, this lifestyle allows you to be more selective with what you consume, worry less and choose to devote time to what is most important to you.

2. Fukinsei: Asymmetry

Do you ever find yourselves obsessing too much on creating perfect symmetry? This is most common in art and design and creates stress. Fukinsei challenges our idea of controlling balance and symmetry. Instead, it describes asymmetry as natural and beautiful, and a reason why the world is so amazing. Everything falls into place, even if imperfect. 

3. Shibumi: Beauty in the understated

Do you believe that there is beauty in simplicity? The principle of Shibumi invites you to focus on elegant simplicity and not flashiness. This is commonly used in minimalist fashion and nude looks. In Shibumi, we highlight natural features without over-embellishing. This way, we preserve authenticity.

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4. Shizen: Naturalness 

The Japanese definition of nature or naturalness (shizen) distinguishes itself from the western definition as it includes human intervention. While we are mostly prone to see nature as something untouched and wild, Japanese describe nature as being intertwined with humans. The most used example to illustrate this is the Japanese garden. The design of the garden is not raw nature but created in harmony with nature with purpose and intention.

5. Yugen: Subtle grace

In Yugen, we find beauty in what is not revealed. This form of beauty is mysterious and leaves the mind imagining the possibilities. Photographers, artists and designers can use this principle to visually imply more by showing less.

6. Datsuzoku: Freedom from habit

When living by Datsuzoku, we free ourselves from daily routines and habits. Instead, we embrace the unknown and explore being unconventional. By doing things differently and thinking outside of the box, we open ourselves to a world of possibilities. Often, this allows us to have fun and be more creative in design, like repurposing rugs into overdyed patchwork rugs.

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7. Seijaku: Tranquility

The final principle is Seijaku, meaning tranquility, stillness and solitude. This relates to the feeling of mindfulness you can cultivate to help you deal with a busy life. Thus, we can design our lives in such a way that we find tranquility amidst the noise, calmness amidst chaos.

In part 3 of our Wabi Sabi blog series, we will explore these 7 principles with Sukhi rugs and see how we can embrace them by designing our living spaces!

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Origins of Wabi Sabi

According to a Japanese legend, there was a young man named Rikyu who wanted to learn the Way of Tea. He went to a tea-master who tested him by asking to tend the garden. Rikyu did so perfectly but, just before showing the immaculate garden to his master, shook a cherry tree. This caused a few leaves and cherry blossoms to fall on the ground. And this is how Rikyu presented his “perfect garden” to his tea-master. To this date, Rikyu is recognized as the one who understood the meaning of Wabi Sabi.

So, the concept of Wabi Sabi has its roots in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It was also illustrated by the well-loved teacup which has an irregular shape and had been chipped from years of being used. This teacup, although old and used, symbolized enjoyment, love and serenity.

Wabi Sabi emerged in the 15th century as a reaction to the dominating lifestyle of lavishness, material wealth and ornaments. Wabi Sabi quietly revealed itself as the art of finding beauty in imperfection and accepting that nothing is everlasting.

A well-known example is “kintsugi” where cracked pottery is fixed with gold dusted lacquer to highlight imperfections and show that it is more beautiful as time passes.

It is important to highlight, however, that this form of art is not sloppy. Indeed, Wabi Sabi isn’t an excuse for poor craftsmanship. Instead, Wabi Sabi is an art that focuses on quality, care and attention.

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Wabi Sabi in the West

As westerners value the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection, Wabi Sabi can feel like a breath of fresh air. The relentless pursuit of perfection can tire us down and cause stress, anxiety and judgement. This is where the Wabi Sabi philosophy comes into play. Wabi Sabi invites us to pause and feel grateful for what we already have and accept that nothing lasts eternally. 

As popular writer Leonard Koren highlights in his book “Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers”

“Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”

This book came out in 1994 and instantly became popular among artists and designers. After that, countless books were published in the West exploring the philosophy of Wabi Sabi and its use in modern life, especially in interior design and garden architecture. 

These days, it is believed that there are more people in the West adopting Wabi Sabi in their homes than in Japan itself! More and more westerners embrace Wabi Sabi when designing their living spaces to create serene environments.

You might have been embracing Wabi Sabi too without even knowing it! Do you love anything vintage, rustic and antique? Finding beauty in what is well-worn, chipped and scratched is the wabi sabi philosophy!

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What’s next?

In Part 1, we explored the meaning of Wabi Sabi, its origins and how it found its way to the West. Part 2 covers the different uses of Wabi Sabi in art, design and lifestyle. Part 2 allows readers to really incorporate the values of Wabi Sabi in their life to increase happiness and peace of mind. 

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How to design your own custom rug

Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:16:54 AM Europe/Paris

Have you ever imagined designing your own custom rug? Maybe you want to add a cute bunny to a nursery rug. Or maybe you took a picture of a beautiful pattern you saw while walking the streets in India and wish you could have brought this back with you. At Sukhi, we can make that dream into reality! We make custom rugs so you can add your own personal touch and have creative power over the design of your rug. In this blog post, we choose to focus on oriental rugs as they are the easiest to customize. But you can still make custom rugs from our collections, including our felt ball rugs and other Indian wool rugs. We always make sure this is an enjoyable and hassle-free experience for you!

Custom rugs are made with an innovative process where, as the customer, you decide the style, design, colors and shape of your rug. With Sukhi, you not only get to design your very own custom rug but also experience the entire rug making process with us! This is becoming more and more popular among Sukhi rug-lovers and, therefore, we created a clear process to help you choose and design your rug effortlessly.

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Over the years, we have created masterpiece custom rugs which are unique, creative and rare. And, we are constantly pleasantly surprised by how fun and creative our rug buyers are!

But before delving deeper into the process of making your perfect custom rug, let’s talk more about oriental rugs and how they are made. This will help you understand the craftsmanship of these incredible rugs. It will also help you decide if you prefer a hand tufted rug or hand knotted rug.

What are oriental rugs?

Many people believe that oriental rugs are, basically, rugs that are made in the Orient. This usually includes rugs from China, Nepal, India, Turkey and other parts of the Middle East. They are also known as Indian rugs or Persian rugs due to their origin. However, oriental rugs are not so much named after “where” they are from as much as “how” they are made! 

Oriental rugs are made in a very special way which make them the heirloom rugs that can be passed on from generation to the next. They are stunning both in quality and design. They are the perfect living room rug if you want to create a bold statement and add an exotic historical touch to your room. 

Sukhi rug-owners often receive compliments for displaying one of our modern oriental rugs. They definitely make a huge impact as they harmoniously marry contemporary and antique. But it is truly the craftsmanship involved in making Sukhi’s modern oriental rugs that make them special.

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At Sukhi, we make our modern oriental rugs in India. This results in our rugs having beautiful interwoven patterns and floral outlines. We use high quality wool and bamboo silk. Our rugs collection showcases detailed designs and vibrant colors made of natural dyes. Our oriental rugs can be hand knotted and hand tufted. 

Making hand knotted rugs and hand tufted rugs

Hand knotted and hand tufted are both oriental rugs, but not quite the same! The difference lies in the complex way they are made. Because of this, the time frames of making a hand knotted and hand tufted rug are quite different. 

Hand knotted rugs are made by our skilled team of weavers using ancient techniques. These rugs are made by hand and are very time-consuming. Each piece of wool is placed on a specially designed loom so Sukhi weavers can carefully and slowly work their magic. The raw wool is carded, cleaned and dyed into beautiful vibrant-colored yarn. 

Then, the makers set vertical threads in the loom to hold the yarn together tightly and create the durable rugs they are to become. They start tying knots one by one into the warp thread, paying close attention to the design requested. This is a meticulous job so you can understand why admire our weavers so much for their expertise!

Finally, the knots are secured, and an exquisite oriental rug has been created! The final step is washing the rug and trimming any extra pile to even it out. Complex, stunning and glossy, our hand knotted rugs are a true work of art.

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On the other hand, we have our beloved hand tufted rugs. These rugs are less labor intensive as they are not made by tying individual knots. This allows them to be a more affordable option, although they boast the same exceptional quality.

Our experienced rug makers receive a backing that features an imprint of the requested design. Then they carefully use a tufting gun to push the wool through the backing following the design. A foundation is applied to the backing using a safe latex glue. After that, a protective cloth is added to the rug’s back.

Lastly, the rug is sheared to create a high-quality pile. Although less complex than hand knotted rugs, hand tufted rugs are still beautiful pieces to add to any living space.

Which one is the right choice for you?

Now, you might be asking yourself which rug is the best choice for you. There are some key differences between our hand knotted and hand tufted rugs and these might help you choose.

If you are looking for delicate craftsmanship and a durable heirloom rug that can be passed onto the next generation, opt for the hand knotted rug. Here, you are not just paying for the high quality of the rug, but, especially, for the devotion, precision and attention of the artisans.

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On the other hand, if you enjoy redecorating and switching things up every few years, then a hand tufted rug might be the best option for you. These rugs are eye-catching but do not come with a hefty price tag. Their affordable prices will allow you to follow trends and easily buy another modern oriental rug when you are itching for change!

Whichever rug you decide to choose, you will never feel disappointed by Sukhi’s quality and designs. These luxurious rugs carry a historical, cultural and artisanal value like no other rug you will find! 

How to customize your oriental rugs

So, you have finally decided which rug is best for you and now you wish to customize it! Here are four simple steps that Sukhi has created to make it happen!

1. Choose your design

Here, you can select from our vast range of rug pictures. You can specify the size, colors and designed that you find in our display. Or, if you can ask for specific changes to be made, like, different colors, shape, size or design.

If you have a specific design in mind, don’t hesitate to share that with us too. Our team of designers will help you turn your words into drawings so that you can recreate exactly what you had in mind. You can even send us pictures or paintings if you have any!

2. Review and approve CAD drawing

Our designers, then, create custom CAD drawings for you to show how your design looks like on a Sukhi rug. Don’t hesitate to ask specific questions and to make changes if you want to. We really enjoy this part of the process as you get to be involved in the making and learn more about designing oriental rugs! To give you a better idea of what a CAD drawing will look like, here is an example below. To the right you can find the CAD drawing of a hand knotted rug and to the left is the CAD drawing of a hand tufted rug.

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While reviewing these CAD drawings, you have the opportunity to work closely with our design team to have a behind-the-scenes experience with the Sukhi Team. You can even ask for a sample of the rug if you want to - although this might add to the delivery time of the finished product.

Once you are happy with the design and colors, you can approve the CAD drawing and let the work begin!

3. Making your custom rug!

This is the exciting part: your dream is about to turn into reality! Now that you know the difference between hand knotted and hand tufted rugs, you have a clearer idea of what to anticipate in this stage. 

We will keep you updated at different times during the making process. Hand knotted rugs can take up to 14 weeks to make depending on the design and size you choose! Hand tufted rugs will take less time (about 10 weeks) since they are less complex to make.

Our amazing weavers and makers will pay attention to the CAD drawing you approved to create your custom oriental rug. They will use the highest quality wool and bamboo silk. We chose these materials as they are natural and sustainable. Bamboo silk gives your custom rug its beautiful sheen and wool creates strong and durable products. 

Our artisans take care of the fringe, backing and evening out the pile. The rug is washed and cleaned multiple times to rid it of any dirt it might have. The result is breathtaking! We have been making these rugs for years, and yet, every time we can only admire the quality of the finished product!

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4. Ready for shipping

Finally, your rug is ready for you! And we are happy to ship it to you for free! No matter where you are in the world, Sukhi promises your rug will reach your home safely. We also promise to refund any extra costs such as taxes or custom fees. 

So here you have it: your own custom rug! And don’t forget, if you are looking for something different than our oriental rugs, you are welcome to make custom rugs from our other rug collections as well!

Now that you are well-informed and ready, you can start this fun adventure with us by checking our online rugs collection. The Sukhi team is happy to answer any additional questions you might have about this, so feel free to reach out. We hope this blog post has helped you clear any doubts you had about custom oriental rugs and allows you to start designing your own piece of art!

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Runner rugs: why we need one and how to choose it

Sunday, February 9, 2020 12:49:44 PM Europe/Paris

Have you ever found yourself dealing with a narrow empty space in your home and were not quite sure what to do with it? That’s when runner rugs come into play! Runner rugs have become trendy worldwide: they have become the go-to for many interior designers when it comes to filling long narrow spaces or giving the illusion of elongating a particular space. In today’s blog, the Sukhi team has decided to look into runner rugs and find out how to use them. We will look into the best places to have a runner rug and how to pick the perfect runner rug. So, is a runner rug a rug worth investing in? Let’s find out!

What are runner rugs?

So, what exactly are runner rugs? No, they are not rugs that you run on- although that would be the case if you have young children! However, a big reason runner rugs are called “runner” is because they are usually placed in areas with a lot of traffic. Runner rugs are rugs that a longer than they are wide. They have the appearance of being narrow and long as if to fit a hallway. These long rectangular rugs are often placed in specific areas. They serve multiple purposes, such as guiding people to a certain destination, protecting flooring in high traffic zones and bringing texture and décor to empty spaces. 

Why do we need runner rugs?

At Sukhi, we believe runner rugs are one of the essential rugs every home needs. Here are some main reasons why:

1. Décor

First of all, runner rugs are an effortless way to enhance the décor in the empty narrow spaces in your home. They can easily add character and comfort to any room or space in your home. Runner rugs come in different shapes and forms. The possibilities are endless! If you love boho-décor, try a beautiful modern oriental rug. If you are more of a minimalist, opt for a flat weave rug with a neutral color like grey, white or cream. And if you have young children running around barefoot, how about adding a fun and colorful felt-ball rug in their bedroom?

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2. High traffic areas

Another important reason why everyone should own a runner rug is because they can be used in high traffic areas around the house. In areas where there is a lot of traffic, it is easy for the floors to get damaged from wear and tear. Having a durable rug in that area, like a hallway or on a staircase, will help protect the flooring from that risk. In addition to that, these places are more likely to get dirty from spillages, pet urine and shedding, and dirt from outside. Runner rugs are a great way to manage this problem, especially if you have expensive wooden flooring.

3. Leading to a space

Runner rugs are often used to guide guests towards designated areas in your home. Being narrow and long tricks the mind into thinking that a certain destination awaits at the end of the line. So, you can use a runner rug in your house to help guide your guests in an artistic way and, thus, be the perfect host! This makes them a must-have rug, especially in open floor plans where you need to visually separate different living spaces.

Where are the best places to have runner rugs?

1. Hallway

So now that we know why it’s a good idea to own a runner rug, let’s determine the best places to put them. First, the most obvious place you would want your runner rug is the hallway. These are those long narrow corridors that lead to other rooms in your house. These areas are usually the most boring and uneventful parts of a house. However, you can easily turn that around and make it your favorite place by adding a runner rug! How about a dazzling hand-tufted rug to create a dramatic entrance for your guests? Or a dark color entryway rug to help with that high traffic?

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2. Staircase

Runner rugs are an essential rug to have if you have hardwood stairs. Hardwood stairs are classy and luxurious. However, they can be very slippery with socks on! To avoid slips and falls, especially if you have young children, roll a runner rug down the stairs. This will not only add interesting details to the staircase but make it safe for you to run up and down the steps anytime of the day. It also helps with reducing noise of heavy or rushing footsteps!

3. Kitchen

Let’s admit it: rugs in the kitchen have become very trendy these days! Place a runner rug between your cabinets and island and watch your kitchen transform! Also, make sure that it is placed in front of the sink so that you can enjoy the plush feeling on your feet while doing the dishes. No more need to go looking for socks and dreading those cold tiles during winter. You will finally start enjoying those chores!

4. Open floor plans

Finally, another place you absolutely must have a runner – or many- is in open floor plans. Open floor plans are large living spaces that are not separated by a wall or partition. Common open floor spaces include living rooms and kitchen, living rooms and dining room or living rooms and study. Another example of an open floor plan are studios, where your bed, kitchen and living room are in one open space. Because of this lack of direction, runner rugs can be used to define different spaces and guide visitors around. For example, in a cozy studio apartment, you can use a runner rug to guide your visitors towards the eating or sitting area and away from the sleeping area.

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How to pick a runner rug?

1. Material

Since runner rugs are placed in areas of high traffic, it is important to consider the material of the rug. You want to ensure that the rug is durable and can handle people – and pets- walking over it multiple times every day. For this reason, wool rugs remain our material of choice! We believe wool rugs are the perfect rug to use as runner rugs as they are durable, dirt resistant and springy. This means that no matter how many times it is walked on, a wool rug is most likely to go back to its original shape. A wool rug can be stretched out 30% and still return to its original form! 

On top of that, wool has natural fibres that are resistant to dirt and liquid. This means that the dirt lies on top of the rug and can be easily vacuumed away during cleaning time. Wool rugs are also perfect rugs to have in the entryway as they will not absorb all the dirt, slush or rain from outside. These are only a few benefits of wool rugs but there are many more!

2. Style

What style runner rug is best for you? Have a look at your room and decide what style you are going for. A beautiful oriental rug can add an exotic feel to your home. A contemporary rug will blend in with your chic furniture. Or maybe you want to jazz things up with a magnificent Turkish patchwork rug to add a bit of history in your kitchen. Find the right style that reflects your personality and wow your guests.

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3. Color

Runner rugs cover a large surface area, especially in hallways and on staircases. So, finding the right color is very important. Think about the type of color that will reflect your personality. Do you want something more muted, that will blend in to offer a serene and minimalist feel? Or do you prefer to create a dramatic effect with a bold contrasting color? This will really depend on how you feel and what emotions you are trying to convey about your space and, evidently, yourself! Also, think about the needs of the area you place your runner rug in. For instance, Entryways might want darker colors to handle the high traffic!

4. Texture

Rugs come in different shapes and forms. So, deciding on what the right texture is for your runner rug is important. This will depend on what your needs are for that given space. Are you looking for a robust rug that will stand the test of time in a high-traffic zone? In this case, you might want to opt for a flat weave rug as these tend to work best when it comes to wear and tear. They are durable and easy to clean which make them the perfect addition to a hallway.

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Or do you want to create a luxurious and soft guide rug in your open floor plan? In this case, you might want to try a soft felt-ball rug. These are nice additions in a living room area as they elicit feelings of relaxation and unwinding. Entertain these different ideas and decide what is most vital for you. There are so many textures you can choose from: hand-knotted, braided, felt ball, chunky and flat weave. The possibilities are endless!

Where to get custom-sized runner rug?

Finding the perfect runner rug can prove to be difficult. This is because all our spaces are different, so it becomes hard to find the perfect size for that narrow hallway we have. On top of that, maybe the only rugs available in that size are not the right color, design or texture we need! However, the Sukhi team has your back! At Sukhi, we offer custom-size rugs and nearly all of our rugs online. You can easily decide how long and wide you need your rugs to be based on the space you need covered. So, make sure to select the custom size option when picking your perfect Sukhi rug!

If you are shopping for rugs online on our website and have some questions about delivery times and costs, here are some answers to help you!

How long does delivery take?

The production time depends on the rug you choose. It can vary from 2 weeks to 12 weeks! The information is always shown on the website: when you select your chosen product, you can see the delivery time details. As a general rule, felt ball rugs and most Indian rugs take 4 weeks. Once the rug is made, it takes 1-3 weeks for it to be delivered.

Is it free shipping?

Yes, it is! Not only does Sukhi offer free shipping, but if there are any custom fees or taxes added, we guarantee refunding these costs to our clients. 

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes! Sukhi offers free delivery all over the world!

Read our FAQs for more answers to any questions you might have about Sukhi and your next eye-catching runner rug!

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