FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Related to Canvas Rugs
We thought it might be helpful to assist our customers with some of the FAQ and explain a few technical things with regards to the making of our hand-painted canvas rugs and decor items. This page will be frequently updated…as time goes by and more questions are asked.
1) Do you make round canvas or octagonal rugs?
Yes, we do! Initially the difficulty was getting a smooth, clean curved hem so instead of a round rug we designed the octagonal shape. Put we have perfected the process for the round and now can make both round rugs and octagon shaped rugs. We hem all of our canvas rugs. . allowing the rugs to lay flat. Sewn hems are important providing extra thickness on the edges where the rug receives the most abuse. Round rugs are popular but we think the octagonal shape adds a much more interesting design aspect to a room.
2) On larger sized rugs, is the canvas all one piece?
The availability of large rolls of canvas material is not, as yet, available in Costa Rica. So, the answer is no, the larger sized rugs are not made in a single piece. However! We have tested with many friends, customers and designers to tell us if they can see a seam on the finished product of our large rugs and the answer is invariably, “nope.” The two pieces of canvas are joined together with a durable tape on one side and sealed and sanded on the upper side. With the application of the primer, and after the painted design is completed, the attention to seams – unless one got nose to the floor with a magnifying glass – would not detect a seam. Nevertheless, we felt we should bring this detail to the attention of our customers.
3) Canvas Wall Hangings: What Options to Consider?
There two types of material utilized for our entire line of cotton canvas products: a heavy canvas for floor coverings and /or area rugs and a lighter weight canvas used for our beach bags and totes, pillow covers, curtains, duvets, cushion covers, etc. Either of these can be used for wall hangings, however, as you’ll soon learn, there are a couple of considerations, and of course, pricing variants.
The width of canvas available here in Costa Rica is 60 inches; after processing (washing to preshrink) and hemming the edges, the widest measurement, without a seam, is then reduced to 57 inches (4’9″). Now, we have made several larger custom rugs that required a seam in order to meet the needs of our clients, however, with the process used for preparing the material, combined with the paint and design layout, a seam is very difficult to observe, as it would it be for a wall hanging. There is, however, no limit on length if a very long wall hanging were needed.
Regardless the size of a wall hanging you might have in mind, a couple of things to consider: using the heavy weight canvas with acrylic paint and electing to include a varnish coat, the finished product would hang well due to its weight. Additionally, the varnish option would protect from fading as well as mold build-up and allow for a damp wipe cleaning, providing decades of enjoyment. Moreover, with the lighter weight canvas, a wall hanging would need to be stretched over a frame in order to maintain its form and to hang well. Again, selecting acrylic paint there would not require a polyurethane finish and thus subject to fading and more difficult to keep clean.
4) At What Price?
Our canvas rugs, floor cloths, are priced either per square meter or per square foot in either dollars or colones. The fluctuating rate of exchange allows for a quote price to be honored for one week; once deposit is made, the quoted price remains. The price for a rug is based on both the square footage (or meter) of a rug and by the design. Customization of paints or design incurs an additional fee.
5) Measurements: Square Feet or Square Meters?
In Costa Rica the metric system is used, so let me clarify for those not familiar with the metric system: a square meter equals 10.76 square feet. Price per square foot is categorized by the design and size; you will find this information listed on the Rugs Online page. If you need a price per square meter, please contact Laurel with the size rug and design choice and she will provide the information for you.