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An area rug can completely transform a space. With so many different patterns and colors to choose from, what is the best option for your home? At Cherry City Interiors & Design, we offer custom area rugs as well as leading manufacturers. You can select any broadloom carpet in our store and have it cut and bound to fit your style and space. When ordering an area rug, it’s important to understand the different types of construction. Below are the different ways area rugs are made:
Hand-knotting is the most intricate, labor-intensive rug weaving process in use today. A higher number of knots per square inch typically translates to better quality. An average weaver can tie about 3,000 knots per day.
Compared to hand-knotted rugs, tufted rugs are less time consuming to produce, so they are more affordable. Tufted rugs tend to have a thicker pile height, so they’ll have a more cushiony feel. You will typically see a canvas backing applied with an adhesive to hold the yarns together.
Compared to hand-knotted rugs, hooked rugs are less time consuming to produce, so they are more affordable. The surface pile of a hand-hooked rug will appear looped (rounded).
Hand Woven Shag
Hand-woven shag rugs are made on hand-operated looms with hundreds of plush, twisted and slightly felted yarns. They have an unusually deep pile, giving it a shaggy appearance. May or may not have a canvas backing.
Machine Made/Power Loom
This is usually the most affordable rug construction. They are typically made out of synthetic materials like polyester, polypropylene, and nylon, which are great for high-traffic areas. A coarse latex backing is used to secure the fibers in place. The back of a machine-made rug will look very uniform and even (in contrast to the back of a hand-knotted rug, which will have slightly uneven knots).
Often referred to as dhurries or kilims, flatweave rugs are woven on a loom rather than knotted. They are typically constructed from wool, cotton or synthetic materials. In most cases, the pattern on the front of the rug can be viewed clearly from both sides, making these rugs reversible.
Indoor/outdoor rugs can be hand-hooked or machine-made and typically have a latex, rubber or vinyl backing, which enables them to withstand the elements.
Area rugs can be the “cherry” on top accessory that completes your living space. We invite you to visit our showroom so that our team can help you select the perfect rug for your home.