By LIN ELLIS
Flokati rugs date back to 5th century Greece. Made of 100% New Zealand wool, an authentic Flokati is hand woven on a loom using a centuries-old process & must be washed in the high pressure of the waterfalls in the Pindus mountains for approximately 40 hours. This high pressure water-only treatment, not only cleans the rug but also shrinks its back, thus making the pile thicker & transforming coarse yarn into soft, thick fluff.
Flokati rugs are naturally stain-resistant & easy to clean. They are better suited to lower traffic areas.
There are a lot of flokati style rugs in the market ~ so if you want the real deal, make sure you research what you are purchasing.
Lin Ellis is one of the principals of Running in Stilettos, a full-service property care, personal concierge & lifestyle management firm covering the southern Lake Norman area. Lin is passionate about art & design & started a design blog, Style is in the Details, two years ago & also writes all of the blog posts for Running in Stilettos.
photo credits: Gail Werner, Decorpad, House Beautiful