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Shag Rugs: Thick Pile Tradition

 

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When most people think of shag rugs, what some other things that come to mind?  The 1960's, rotary telephones, orange or lime green carpeting (WITH shag rake), the VW Beetle, lava lamps.... Groovy?  Well according to Hellenic Rug, importers of the famed "Flokati Shag Rugs," have much more extensive history than most would think.  

While we often associate these thick, dense wooly-mammoth-of-an-area rug as a generation or era, they're actually are founded in ancient Greek tradition. 

Ancient Greece

"Flokati rugs have been a Greek tradition for centuries. The 5th century Vlachs who lived in Samarina, the highest village on the Pindos Mountains, were the inventors of the Flokati Rugs...  They used these rugs primarily as clothing and bedding for their tents, keeping them warm during the long winter months. The women of the village, having access to the wool, would weave Flokati rugs to be sold at bazaars during the winter.

During the past fifteen years, we have seen a tremendous demand for higher quality Flokati rugs. Our customers have realized that a definite niche exists for quality Flokati rugs in the home."*

 

"Bedding"?  Sure, we can see that...

 

Thick Shag Rug

Flokati Rugs are hand made with heavy dense New Zealand Wool, and come in a wide array of sizes, shapes, colors and and designs.

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Sources:

*http://flokati.com/flokati.php

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