How Rugs are Made
Hand-made rugs have a certain built-in value that ranks them above machine-made
products. Hand-made labor is more costly and carries with it a certain expectation of care and quality. Hand-made carpets involve an endless series of choices and decisions, minor twists and turns, that collectively give the piece its personality and presence, something that the finest machine made carpet lacks.
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Since the advent of western industrialization in the nineteenth century, rugs have been manufactured by machine loom processes of various types. Such rugs are generally made from the same materials as hand-made rugs, wool, silk, and cotton, often of high quality. The standards of fabrication may also be high, and consistently so. But machine made rugs are mechanical in their execution, and often in their design as well.
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Materials Used in Making Rugs & Carpets
The materials that go into a rug are as important as the design and workmanship. They contribute enormously to the overall impression of the rug – its color, texture, tactile feel, and above all its durability. Wool, Cotton, Silk, Dyes
Techniques & Construction of Rugs & Carpets
Different Rug Weaves
Pile or Knotted Rugs
In many ways design is the ultimate quality in which the appeal of a rug may reside. In interesting or unusual design, one that makes effective use of line and color, or perhaps one that that is unusually detailed and intricate may have the appeal that attracts the interest and passion of the viewer.
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