Learning About Machine Made Rugs
Machine Made Rugs – Since the earliest days of western industrialization, beginning in the 19th century, many rugs have been manufactured (or mass-produced) by a wide variety of machine loom processes.
Such rugs – which are commonly referred to as “machine made rugs” – are generally made from the same materials as hand-made rugs – that is to day, wool, silk, and high quality cotton, with a small number of pieces being woven from different materials.
In addition to an emphasis on high quality weaving materials, the standards of fabrication for machine-made rugs may also be high, and consistently so. After all, machine-made rugs are consumer-end products that are manufactured with the express purpose of selling a very large number of them.
High quality weaving materials are assistive in mass-production, as they ensure fewer problems will arise during manufacture.
However, this utilization of high quality materials is unfortunately the most that one can expect to celebrate about most machine-made rugs, which are mechanical in their execution, and often in their design as well.
Machine-made rugs are programmatic and contain no surprises, no idiosyncrasies, none of the little bits of magic that add up to make a great hand-made rug. In other words, machine-made rugs simply lack the personality that one finds in authentic hand-made rugs.
As mass-produced items, machine-made rugs are almost always less valuable than their hand-made counterparts, although there are some examples of machine-made rugs, such as the perennially popular Wiltons or Karastans, that will in fact command a high price.
Of course, while cost is certainly an important factor, the most important distinction between machine-made rugs and hand-made rugs is the simple and inescapable fact that hand-made rugs are almost always more expressive, more adventurous, and more exciting than machine-made rugs, which may be artful, but are not art the same way that hand-made rugs are.