Uncovering the Timelessness of Oriental Rugs.

Oriental rugs are a curiosity to be treasured. Their enigmatic nature begins with the ease of locating one. Any high end rug and carpeting store (such as ourselves) is bound to carry a quality selection. Regardless of being so ubiquitous, these rugs are treasured and valued like the rare and individual works of art that they are. In the end, we’re left with one massive oriental oxymoron.

All curiosities aside, like any other purchase deserving of a splurge, a discerning eye must be taken to guarantee the desired quality is delivered. So how does one find the perfect oriental piece to adorn their home? It might be easier than you think.

If you’re in the market for an oriental rug there is one thing you can be sure of. You will be spending more money than you would on any other ordinary floor enhancer. The answer to why the wallet must be opened a little wider is simple. With such individuality and variations to the design of each piece, you are virtually paying for a piece of art. In addition of course is the process of creating one of these pieces. Authentic oriental rugs are hand woven or knotted. A meticulous care and personalization is inserted into every rug making them a novelty in a world of mass production. The delicacy of the knotting process conversely results in rugs that rank ten out of ten when it comes to durability and prestige. Authentic oriental pieces encompass both aesthetics and utility— priceless.

Oriental rugs are made in myriad places. Their individuality shines through with particular touches characteristic to the region the rug was crafted in. With their origin serving as their characterization, narrowing down the particular region a rug is from is a great jumping off point towards finding the rug for you. Other important features to consider assuring a quality purchase are; the degree of complexity in the rug’s design, wool quality, color quality, and the quality of the weaving itself. Be sure to be delicate yet tactile when making a selection. Quality shouldn’t pill.

The quality, look, and feel of an oriental rug truly makes it worthy of an investment. Characterized by individuality, a rug like this could quickly become the conversation piece in any home.

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Handmade vs. Machine-Made Area Rugs

There are so many factors that go into an area rug. Each of these impact the quality of the rug, the price, and the options you have. One of the major factors is weaving technique, which there are three of. Each of these techniques brings something different to the table and it is important to know this information before making a purchase.

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The first technique is machine-made. These rugs tend to have a flatter nap and less color variation than other rugs, but they can still be quite creative and functional. Because they are mass produced, machine-made rugs are less expensive and are not generally considered works of art. You can distinguish a machine made rug by examining the fringe. If it is sewn onto the rug, then the piece is machine-made.

The second technique is hand-tufted, which is in fact not a handmade rug at all. Instead, a mechanized “gun” is used to shoot pieces of wool through a canvas backing. The knots are not tied in but instead painted over with a rubber backing. This rubber backing is the giveaway for a hand-tufted rug because no handmade rug will have a backing to it.

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The third technique is handmade or hand-woven and these are made entirely by hand.  These are the most valuable and exquisite rugs. Each one is a unique work of art. When examined closely, they often reveal the personal touches of the artisan who made it. Modern weaving is an ancient art. The warps and wefts are the backbone of the rug. Knots are hand-tied horizontally across the warp threads row by row to create the design. Following each row of knotted threads, a second series of threads, known as weft, interlace with the warp. The color and thickness of the yarn and the knotting style determine the appearance of a rug.