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Is Shag Carpet Back? The Answer is Yes


I want to invite you to take a seat in a metaphorical Delorean let’s take a journey back to 1972. Why do we need to go back? The answer is simple. We need to go back and look at shag carpet because it is back, baby!

Shag carpet was a staple in almost every 1970s living room and ahead of its time in every single way. Today the shag carpet is back. Is it back for good? Maybe, we can’t tell the future. Today we are going to look at why the shag is so amazing and why you should consider it for your home.

History of The Shag Carpet

Shag carpet became popular in the 1970s as we have already mentioned, but traditionally they are more commonly known as Flokati rugs. Flokati rugs were initially produced as a part of a long-standing Greek tradition.

One story you may be familiar with is that of Alexander the Great using a Flokati or shag carpet as a sleeping mat. What you probably don’t know is that this is story unfortunately fake and was devised to gain a few more sales from a few failing companies.

What Is The Shag Made From?

Your everyday shag carpet is made from a deep pile. Deep pile is loops of yarn fashioned around a raised fabric surface. Using long yarn fibers give the carpet that shaggy appearance – hence the name shag carpet. When it comes to materials, they can range from cotton to wool and even leather. Generally, the leather option would be an ideal choice, but you do you.

What Kinds of Shag Carpet Are There?

kids-laying-on-shag-carpetGiven the sudden resurgence of shag, knowing which one to choose can be difficult. Below are a few options you can choose from and a little detail about each:

  • Flokati. The Flokati is the most traditional of the shag carpets and rugs. They are usually only available in either cream or white. They can, however, be dyed to meet the requirements of specific buyers. They are 100% yarn, front and back. So if you want to cocoon yourself in a shagpile, this would be the option for you. It is also great for pretending to be a polar bear if that is how you like to roll.
  • Wool. When it comes to wool shag rugs, there are two types available. Shaggy and noodles. The noodle rug has thick woolen fibers that some say resembles noodles. The Shaggy wool rug has fibers that are thinner and closer together making it the more durable option.
  • Synthetic Shags. The synthetic shag carpet is a more cost-effective option and does not feel as luxurious as the Folkati or wool options. Don’t let this put you off, though. They can make a great addition to any home, are aesthetically pleasing and super easy to clean.
  • Leather. The leather shag carpet can be quite a challenge when it comes to maintenance and was created for those who have a more adventurous taste in home decor. They may not fit into every home and can be pretty pricey, but, they are still quite popular.

The Comeback

Recently we saw two amazing comebacks. The first was the television remake of Lethal Weapon and the second has of course been the spectacular reappearance of the shag carpet. Despite the fact it hasn’t been around for years, it came back with gusto. You can now get a plethora of styles, colors and designs to suit almost any home.

Why Get A Shag Carpet?

The one thing we all want nowadays is to add something to our home that gives it a more cozy and unique feel.

When it comes to our homes, there are certain feelings we all want to obtain. That number one feeling is to be comfortable in our living space. Adding a happy, soft shag rug to the center of your living space is one of the best ways to achieve this – along with some awesome blankets and throws.

Shag carpets aren’t what they were in the 70’s they have now evolved to fit the modern home’s aesthetic, and they are back with a vengeance.

Nowadays, one of the most sought after looks in the home is one of minimalism. The addition of a shag carpet to a living space, especially one that incorporates some light tones and reduces clutter will ultimately give a positive and cozy feel to the living area.

So What Now?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, now’s the time to go and get some shag carpet. With so many varieties to choose from, why wouldn’t you?

From time to time the maintenance can be a bit tedious but if you keep a regular eye on things, it will remain pretty hassle-free.

Interested in updating the look of your home? Call (913) 608-5700 to speak with one of our design experts today!

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