Area Rugs: Demystifying Types of Rug Construction

When it comes to choosing the right rug for your needs, color, design and size are some of the most common considerations. What customers may not always understand are the many ways rugs are made.

Persian Rug Making

While some of the terms may sound familiar, what exactly are the differences between tufted, knotted and hooked rugs? And how do these different methods affect the value of a given rug? Here’s a quick look at some of the different constructions you’ll find at Area Rugs Club:

Braided rugs hail back to Colonial times when settlers used scraps of material to make floor coverings that added warmth and comfort to the home. These days, braided rugs are common and come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns. Braiding is a sturdy and simple method that results in a durable floor covering.

Flat Weave
Flat weaves are rugs are woven on a loom, with no knotting. Weft strands are passed through the warp strands. Common examples are the popular Kilims and Sumaks.

Hand hooked rugs likely made their debut in Yorkshire, England in the early 1800s. They are made by pulling loops of yarn through a stiff woven base. Using a crochet-type hook, the loops are pulled through the backing.

Hand-tufted rugs are hand made using a tool that punches strands of yarn onto a canvas that has been stretched on a frame. When the rug is finished, a scrim fabric is adhered to the back of the rug, holding the pile in place.

Hand Knotted
Hand knotted rugs are highly desirable, durable rugs that are painstakingly made by skilled artisans. A short piece of yarn is tied around two neighboring warp strands creating a knot on the surface of the rug. Experienced weavers can tie up to 10,000 knots per day, but when you consider that one square inch of rug can have as many as 1,000 knots, it’s easy to understand why these rugs are both an investment of money and time.

Whatever your preference, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the many different types of rugs we offer. Contact us to find the rug that’s just right for your needs.

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