Dhurrie Rugs Offer Wide Range of Design Possibilities
Dhurries are similar to kilims but have a thicker flat weave texture. They are not only used as floor coverings but are also used as bedding, packaging, table coverings or as wall hangings for insulation. They are created for practical purposes, but they may also be created for special occasions. Let’s explore these special textiles a bit further.
Origins and Purpose of Dhurrie Rugs
“Dhurrie” is a term used to refer to a flat-woven rug that can be used for many purposes. They are most typically made from cotton or wool. However, it is possible to find some for special occasions that are woven in silk. Some of them are also made using jute or a rough plant fiber for outdoor purposes or used on the bare ground. As a class, they are one of the most diverse in terms of their function, purpose, and techniques.
They are hand-woven on a loom, using a technique that is similar to tapestry weaving. The warp is strung vertically on a loom, and the weft is passed in an over and under pattern. Each row alternates which threads are passed over and which ones are passed under. The designs are created by changing the color of yarn used.
One thing that sets dhurries apart is the variety of colors and patterns used. They can be pictorial, have an Oriental flavor, or use geometrics. The range of colors is virtually unlimited. They also come in a variety of sizes ranging from one foot by one foot to large, room-sized pieces. They can be simple or complex in their design.
The term “dhurrie” usually refers to area rugs produced in India, but there are also versions of the rug produced in the surrounding areas including Pakistan, Burma, and Afghanistan. Sometimes the terms “dari,” “durrie” or “durry” are used to describe these rugs. They are durable and have beautiful designs, making them a staple in markets across the globe.
Characteristics and Dhurrie Rug Designs
The weaving technique used to create a dhurrie is such that it is difficult to tell the front of the rug from the back. One of the characteristics that distinguish a dhurrie is that the rug can be flipped over and will look the same on either side. This is not possible with a pile rug or hand-tufted rug. They are easy to take outside and give a quick shake for cleaning because of their durability and simple weaving technique.
Presently, the centers for dhurrie weaving are Punjab and Pakistan. In some cultures, there are traditional, distinctive types of dhurries that are woven. For instance, some are specifically woven to be given as part of the dowry at the time of the daughter’s marriage. Many are woven using a traditional, primitive loom, even today.
Dhurries are an excellent choice for interior design. You can find them in one of the most extensive ranges of colors and designs in the world of carpets. They range from all-over geometrics to more traditional Persian designs. They are produced in a wide area of the Indian subcontinent, where there are many regional and local traditions. This produces a range of selections in design and colors, according to the historical influences and preferences of weavers in the area.
The wide range of colors and styles available in dhurries makes them one of the most highly desirable carpets in the world of interior design. You can find one to go with almost any decor style from traditional to modern. They are an excellent choice for styles that have a Bohemian, eclectic or tribal theme too. When you choose a dhurrie, you are getting a hand-woven piece of art that has thousands of years of tradition behind its techniques and design.
One of the best features of a dhurrie is its durability and ease of care. They were woven to be a functional piece that would last for many years. However, just because they are functional does not mean that great attention was not paid to design and artistry as well. There are certainly some beautiful and intricate examples in our collection.
Antique dhurries hold a special place in interior design. They are one of the few types of rugs that uses cotton on a large scale. This means that they can have a very fine weave and intricate designs. A dhurrie of fine weave takes time and effort to create from start to finish. The weaver carefully placed each thread according to traditions that go back thousands of years. Every carpet is a heartfelt piece of the weaver’s heart and soul.
Dhurries are one of the more popular items that we carry in our collection. As such, our inventory of dhurries is continually changing. We encourage you to explore our collection and keep checking back because our inventory of these special carpets changes often. If you see a piece that catches your eye, be sure to contact us because they are a type of carpet that is appreciated by many around the world.