The look and feel of an area rug can add dramatically to the overall experience of a space. In addition to adding a cushioned surface to a non-carpeted floor, an area rug brings color, pattern and texture to your décor. Rugs can help define a space and add personality and panache.
SHOW OF HANDS
From hand-knotted to machine-made, every type of rug has its own unique craftsmanship and design features. As you shop for the right rug for your room, you’ll hear a lot of terms used to describe how the rug is made. Here’what you need to know:
The most painstaking method for crafting an area rug, hand-knotted rugs are of the highest quality, and can last 100 years or more. You can tell if a rug is hand-knotted
by looking at the back—if the knots and overall
pattern are visible on the under side, it’s
Not as meticulous a process as hand-knotting, hand-tufting involves a tool that punches strands of wool or fibers through canvas. These rugs usually have a cut pile surface and depending on their quality, typically last three to 10 years.
Similar to hand-tufted, handhooked rugs use the same tool-driven process. The main difference between the two is the looped pile of a hand-hooked rug, as opposed to the cut pile surface of hand-tufted. These rugs typically last 3 to 10 years, depending on quality and use.
Both hand-woven shag and flatweave rugs are manufactured on handoperated looms. The shag has a deep pile and lasts two to 8 years, while the flatweave version (often referred to as a kilim or dhurry) has a shallow pile and can last three to 10 years. Flatweave rugs are identical on either side and can be flipped to extend their life.
Hand Loomed Wool
Also constructed on a hand-operated loom, these rugs can have a cut or looped pile and are sometimes handcarved for design. They have a low to medium pile and typically last two to 8 years.
These rugs are manufactured by computer-driven equipment and backed with a coarse latex backing to hold the fibers in place. Machine-made rugs typically last two to six years, depending on use.
These rugs are hand-hooked or machine-made with synthetic fibers to withstand the elements and resist fading. Resistant to mold and mildew, these rugs often have a latex, rubber or vinyl backing and can last one to five years, depending on use.
Tightly woven from plant-based fibers, natural fiber rugs are environmentally friendly and even biodegradable. They’re typically made from jute, bamboo, cotton, linen, seagrass or sisal and typically last two to six
Consider this. You will spend 1/3 of your life in bed. Many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep, which has a huge effect on our waking hours.
What would it be worth to own the most comfortable, allergy free, no need to turn or flip, handcrafted mattress with a lifetime guarantee?