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Flokati Rugs

If you love your feet, you will love Flokati rugs! Fluffy, deep pile Flokati rugs are made from 100% New Zealand wool, considered by many to be the finest wool in the world. For soft luxury underfoot, nothing says comfort and style better than fashionable Flokati rugs.

When you step onto a Flokati rug, you stand not only stand on one of the trendiest rugs on the market, but your feet will be steeped in over 1500 years of Flokati rug tradition. Originating in Greece, Flokati rugs have been a customary art form for centuries. The 5th-century Vlachs, who lived in Samarina in the Pindos Mountains, were the inventors of the Flokati rug. Used historically by shepherds for clothing, tents, beds and a source of winter warmth, the Flokati rug tradition has not ceased until today. Produced by the Mazarakis family, high-quality Flokati rugs continue to soften floors as well as feet around the globe.

Soft, luxurious and plush are the best ways to describe hand-woven, deep pile, 100% wool Flokati rugs. Continuing the time-honored process of being washed in the waterfalls of the Pindos Mountains, Flokati rug wool is subjected to water pressure for 40 hours in the friction baths of the Greek highlands. As the backing swells, the pile unravels and fluffs out, giving Flokati rugs their unique texture and loft that give feet the lift they deserve!

Flokati rugs, also known as shag rugs, easily complement a wide array of home decorating schemes. Shag rugs were all the rage in the '60s and '70s and continue to be popular today. Flokati rugs are available in different weights, measured in grams of wool per square meter. The higher the weight, the more thick, plush, fluffy - and pricey - your Flokati rug will be. Typical Flokati rug weights are 1200 grams, 1400 grams, 2000 grams, 3000 grams and 4000 grams.

Today's Flokati floor coverings come in all sizes and in multiple high-fashion colors, although their natural color is off-white or black. Let your toes experience the exotic softness of lavish Flokati rugs! And here is another Flokati fact: Flokati rugs are machine washable and will maintain their beauty for years to come!

To care for your favorite Flokati rug, follow these Flokati rug rules: If your Flokati rug arrives flat from packaging, give the rug a good shake. The more you shake Flokati rugs, the fluffier they are! To maintain fluff, gently raking the wool from the bottom up with a garden rake is the most recommended means. For a softer texture, comb Flokati rugs with a wide-toothed plastic hairbrush or pet brush. Brush the pile from the center of the rug outward. If some of the wool sheds, this will not harm your Flokati rug.

To clean Flokati rugs, shake regularly to remove dust and dirt. You may wash Flokati rugs by hand using lukewarm water and a mild wool cleaning solution. Do not use hot water, detergents or bleach. Rinse thoroughly in running water or hose down. You may also wash small Flokati rugs in a washing machine with cold water on the gentle cycle. Washing may cause some minor shrinking. Flokati rugs larger than 30" x 54" should be hand-washed or washed by a professional. Lay Flokati rugs flat to dry, out of the sun. There are also many rug companies that will pick up, clean and return your Flokati rug to you.

It is recommended that you do NOT vacuum a Flokati rug, since its long fibers get caught and damage most vacuums. Always store wool Flokati rugs with a moth repellant.

And now that you have "piled" on your Flokati facts, step up and invest in Flokati rugs today!

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