Flokati rugs were popular in the 1960's and 1970's and now growing in popularity again!
They are very fluffy and whimsical. And correct me if I am wrong, I think the rug in the Billy Joel video
for 'Pressure' that a guy got sucked into was a flokati rug!
Flokati rugs are made from wool from New Zealand. They are not usually dyed, but instead retain their
natural color - an off white, creamy color. They come in many different pile weights, to suit any tastes.
Some are thinner weaves, some heavier.
Some flokati rugs however, do come in many different colors.
They make great bedroom rugs. Who wouldn't want to wake up on a cold morning and
put your feet on one of these warm, soft, luxurious rugs!
Some rugs are even hand wove in countries such as Greece, depending upon where you buy
yours from. Some only have a thin backing though, so you may want to consider using a pad
under the rug to keep it from slipping.
In the fifth century flokati was invented by the Vlachs in Greece. It was used as clothing
and bedding, then later as rugs.
The best way to clean a flokati rug is to shake it clean, rather than getting it wet, since
it is wool. If it flattens out, shaking is the best way to get it fluffy again.
If it really needs to be washed, do it by hand and don't use any detergent.
Some people comb theirs too, to make it softer. If you do this, use a wide toothed brush.
Vacuuming isn't recommended, as it may catch in the vacuum.
Enjoy your flokati rug - just don't get sucked into it!
See the rest of the Rug Decorating Guide series of articles to learn all you ever wanted to know about rugs (and more)!
Natural fiber rugs,
Bear, zebra and other animal skin rugs,
Rugs for specials needs and special rooms,
and Kilim rugs.