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Southwestern Area Rugs

May 15th, 2010

southwestern-area-rug.jpgLast night I commissioned an article on southwestern area rugs from a new content source called TheContentAuthority.com. My regular writer is apparently out of town for a few days and has not been sending in articles fast enough to keep up with demand, so I took the opportunity to test this new system. So far the results have been pretty good. I ordered two articles including this one and actually received them within 8 to 10 hours, which is much faster than the usual turnaround time. The quality is better than I expected, especially considering that I ordered it at “Basic”, which is the lowest quality setting (it is possible to order at higher quality levels, but this is more costly). These were my instructions to the writer:

Describe different types of area rugs that are made in the styles of the southwestern regions of the United States. Include as much detail as possible, for example where they can be purchased, what they are best used for, approximate price ranges for different sizes, etc. You may also include some information about area rugs in general, but this should not comprise more than half of the article.

Any references to other Web sites should be written in the form YourDomain.com (capitalize distinct words and do not include www or http://).

Overall, the writer seems to have followed the instructions pretty well. Although we cannot see the names of authors (they are displayed and tracked by ID numbers, which in this case was 19932c52), we do have the ability to “favorite” or blacklist writers who are exceptionally good or poor.

For this entry I will go ahead and leave the original article unedited so that if you happen to be a webmaster, you can see the approximate level of article quality being produced by this source. Although it is not grammatically perfect (I noticed a sentence fragment and a singular vs. plural agreement issue in there), I actually learned something about the southwestern types of area rugs from reading it, so this is a good sign.

Beautiful southwestern area rugs come in many different styles, colors, materials, and sizes to accentuate many rooms in the house. Decorators and homeowners may purchase them through many online stores, as well as Target and Wal-Mart. They are so beautiful; they could also be used as wall coverings.

While most southwestern style area rugs are machine made from synthetic materials, some can still be purchased that are hand made from wool. AddaRug.com offers southwestern area rugs woven by hand from wool. The rugs are made in India. These particulars rugs are a woven flatweave, and the smaller ones are good for wall hangings. Because they are handmade they cost more. A 3.5′ x 5.5′ rug has a price of $215.00. While an 8′ x 11′ runs $942.00, and a 10′ x 13′ goes for $1295.00. The Pueblo-Tuft exhibits a number of southwestern geometric designs. It has a solid coffee bean brown bound edge, no fringe. This beautiful rug sports a mixture of interior colors including ivory, red, brown, camel, and terra cotta.

Hand woven southwestern area rug made by Native Americans are also very beautiful, and detailed. However they are rather expensive, and not meant for a typical living room floor. These are artistic works of art. GarlandsRugs.com sells handmade Navajo rugs. For example, a 12′ x 17.5′ area rug made by Susie Yazzie will cost $35,000. A little steep for most consumers, but worth it to the collector for a one of a kind design.

In addition to southwestern Native American geometric designs, a southwestern area rug may also incorporate spiritual designs. RugsGalore.com offers an area rug with Kokopelli, the Anasazi deity that plays the flute. Home Dynamix manufactures the rug, and machine made from the synthetic Olefin. It is 5′ x 7′ with a price of $55.00.

A number of web sites sell southwestern rugs manufactured by Home Dynamix including Amazon.com. The synthetic materials are stain, soil, and fade resistant. An 8′ x 11′ carpet weighs about twenty-one pounds, and costs $109.

Target sells Wide Ruins Southwestern rugs from Stainmaster, which is soil and stain resistant. It is made from 100% Nylon, approximately 5′ x 7′ with a price of $249.99. It weighs about twenty-two pounds. Wide Ruins design refers to a particular Navajo region. The design is characterized by the geometric designs being repeated in horizontal rows. The colors are muted pinks, ivory, gold, green, and tan.

So far the discussion has focused on square or rectangular southwestern area rugs, but they also come in round or oval. LoneStarWesternDecor.com sells a Sherriff’s Posse round rug. The rug has a large sheriff’s star in the center with a posse riding horses around the outer edge. It has an eight-foot diameter, and sells for about $600. Its colors are red and cream, and it is made from polypropylene.

Southwestern style area rugs give the consumer a tremendous number of options for accenting their interior design. Carpets come in a number of sizes, shapes and materials. The designs depict Native American, Old West, and Mexican motifs. No matter what the design need, a southwestern area rug fits.

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