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The process of making a rug can be broken down into many stages and categories based on 2 main factors:


1. The fiber

  • Can be a natural fiber such as: Cotton | Sisal | Jute | Wool
    or
  • Can be a synthetic fiber such as: Polyester | Polypropylene | Viscose | Acrylic

2. The construction technique

  • Hand Knotted : A weaver sits behind the loom and hand ties individual knots onto the vertical strings seen on the back side of the rug. Most prestigious, high quality rug construction.
    Durability 20+ years | Production time 5 – 7 months
  • Hand Tufted : Made using a “gun” as a hand operated tool that punches strands of fibre in to a canvas stretched onto a frame. More affordable than hand knotted depending on what fiber is used.
    Durability 3 – 10 years | Production time 3 – 5 months
  • Hand Hooked : Made by tufting loops of yarns or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap or linen that has been stretched over a frame. The design is printed on the base fabric and and the loops of yarn are pushed through the fabric.
    Durability 3 – 10 years | Production time 3 – 5 months
  • Power Loomed : In these large machines, hundreds of heddles are threaded with yarns that are mechanically woven into a thin mesh backing. The machine is computerized to produce mass volumes. Usually the most affordable rug construction.
    Durability 3 – 10 years | Production time 2 – 3 months
  • Flat Weave : The fabric it self is braided or woven into a loom to create the structure of the rug, no base material is used so the pile is thin (hence the name “Flat” weave).
    Durability 20+ years | Production time 3 – 4 months

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