Works of art you can walk on

HOME FRONT

July 18, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Beautiful and dramatic, authentic Oriental rugs are as popular as ever. No longer only affordable to the affluent, these days many of the decorative rugs are within even ordinary folks' budgets. Just visit www.rugman.com to find an inventory of about 14,000 handmade, new, old and antique Oriental and Persian rugs, all at about 80 percent off the estimated retail price. The company works directly with rug weavers in the Far East and Middle East, cutting out all middlemen, such as local dealers and merchants, exporters and importers.

Visitors to the Web site, Rugman.com, will find small, medium, large and palace-sized rugs, as well as runners, in traditional and modern styles. Rugs are pictured in color and described with information on their size, knots per square inch, age, region of origin, hours taken to weave and more. New arrivals include several multicolored, hand-knotted 20-to-30-year-old Gabbeh rugs, measuring about 3 feet by 4 feet ($200), as well as aged Golpayegan rugs with floral and garden designs, measuring about 8 feet by 11 feet ($700-$800), and antique Bakhtiari, Shiraz and Tabriz rugs, of various sizes ($200-$900).

Rugs come with a certificate of authenticity and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Visit www.rugman.com or call 877-784-6261.

Give stains the shock treatment

What's all the buzz? That would be the new Tide Buzz Ultrasonic Stain Remover, powered by Black & Decker, which promises to remove clothing stains on the spot, before washing. The appliance features a buzzing hand-held wand that dispenses Tide cleaning fluid and creates energy shock waves to loosen stains, sending them through the fabric and onto disposable stain-catching pads.

Tide Buzz promises to remove fresh stains, including juice, gravy, butter, grease, oil, ink, blood and grass, from all types of fabric. It even promises to remove some set-in stains.

A starter kit with Buzz Stain Remover, Tide cleaning fluid and five stain-catching pads retails for $49.99 at Walmart, Target, Kohls and other stores. For more information, call 800-879-8433 or visit www.tide.com.

Marrying your decorating tastes

You've just tied the knot. Happily ever after, it'll be. You're sure of it. But there's just one thing: how to blend your individual styles in your new home. Furniture.com has some simple, smart and potentially marriage-saving decorating tips for creating a happy new home, instead of a house divided:

* Mix it up. Don't worry about matching. If you're both happy, that's what counts.

* Respect each other's feelings. If he's emotionally attached to that well-worn chair, gladly put it in the bedroom.

* Together, prioritize what pieces are needed most. And set a budget, keeping in mind what might be a "forever" piece and what might be more short-term.

* Collaborate. Do research together. Discuss friends' furniture pieces and styles. Scan magazines, watch decorating shows and shop online -- always with each other. For more tips, visit www.furniture.com / common / styleguide.

Event

* See utilitarian pottery at the exhibit Mark Hewitt: Giving Contemporary Expression to North Carolina's Stoneware Tradition, running through Saturday at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave. Pictured is Hewitt's "Small Teapot." Call 410-578-1919 for hours.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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