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Monday, July 7, 2008

Hand-Made Area Rugs

There are different types of hand-made area rugs: knotted, tufted, hooked, looped and flat weave.

Hand Knotted
Hand knotted area rugs are woven by hand; and depending on size, construction and density, it is a very time-consuming process. Hand-knotted area rugs are secured to the foundation by knotting, versus gluing, producing exceptional density and quality.

Hand-Tufted Area Rugs
Hand-tufted area rugs are usually created by punching yarn in a cloth that is attached to a frame, and then gluing the backs with latex after hooking the yarn. The surface loop pile is then sheared to produce a flat surface. This process creates an area rug that is very plush, generally less expensive and easier to make than hand-knotted area rugs.

Hand-Hooked Area Rugs
Using a pattern and a hooking device, yarn is punched through a canvas cloth creating a looped pile. The yarns are then glued in place in lieu of knotting, and a cloth is attached to the back.

Flat Weave Area Rugs
Flat weave area rugs are less expensive, easier to make and are usually made of wool, cotton, bamboo, or nylon. Because they are looped, flat weave area rugs do not have a pile and are reversible.

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