I have mixed feelings about Home Decorators Collection. A lot of the furniture is made of medium density fiberboard, plywood and veneers that often do not look or wear as well as solid wood. Some of the wall art is made of faux wood and thin metal and looks cheap.
By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian
The Kansas City Star
So I was surprised recently when a local interior designer with upscale clients noted what a great deal the collections 100-percent wool rugs are. Sure enough, the summer 2013 rugs catalog contains 51 pages of gorgeous rugs with shapes ranging from round to rectangle and weaves from flat to flokati. Many are hand-knotted, hand-tufted and hand-loomed.
Theyre not all wool, of course. Other rugs are made of materials such as leather, bamboo, synthetics, silk blends and natural fibers like cotton and sisal.
Some of my favorites are the beige Sassy Area Rug, which features petit-point stitched blossoms on slender vines framed by leaves. The Gravel Bay area rug is made of chenille, cotton and polypropylene. It looks super soft and would be perfect in kids rooms or family rooms. The Grasse area rug is hand-tufted of New Zealand wool blend then put through a multi-step washing process to highlight its intricate design. I would love it in teal for my living room.
Prices range from less than $60 to well into the thousands, depending on size, weave and material. You can also get a free rug pad with the purchase of a rug through Aug. 19.
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