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Although you may have always admired hand-woven rugs and wanted to be the owner of one, many people hesitate to purchase one because it can be a significant investment and they don’t know where to begin. There are so many choices, and without knowing how to judge the quality, you put yourself at risk of spending too much or buying a piece that isn’t right for you. That’s why in today’s blog from carpetonline.co, we want to help by explaining some of the things you should look for in determining the quality of a hand-woven rug. Read through our tips and if you’re thinking about investing in a high-quality handmade rug, we invite you to shop carpetonline.co.
Wool, silk, and cotton are the primary materials used in making the best hand-woven rugs. Silk rugs tend to be more expensive, but wool rugs are often more durable. Many rugs are also made with a combination of materials such as wool on cotton and wool on silk. Lesser-quality rugs are made with synthetic materials such as artificial silk made from cellulose. Artificial silk tends to wear and lose its beautiful shine quickly.
Rugs that have sharp colors and patterns usually take a long time to make and therefore are more expensive. When you find a rug that appeals to you, take a good look at it up close as well as far away. Can you see a clear and precise design? If not, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it, it just means that it didn’t take as long (and therefore is likely not worth as much) as one where you can see every line and design feature.
Finding the perfect handmade rug is always a personal decision. Just as a piece of wall art or a sculpture, if you don’t love its look and design, it’s not worth purchasing. When it comes to finding that perfect eye-catching design, there’s something to be said for the skill of the weaver. Rug-making is a learned skill that is often passed down through generations. Someone particularly skilled at their craft will be able to create more intricate and detailed designs. These masterful works of art will often fetch a higher price because they are prized for the time, effort, and talent that went into creating them.
Rugs are made with many different kinds of dyes, and the quality of the dye used can affect the appearance, durability, and value. High-quality dyes, when combined with natural rug materials, create beautiful, eye-popping colors that shine in the sunlight. Rugs that have been made with inferior dyes will fade quickly — especially if the rug is in an area that is exposed to direct sunlight.
Many modern and antique rugs use natural dyes that are made from vegetables or insect shells. Because this is the traditional way of coloring a rug, those made with natural dyes are often worth more money if they have been cared for properly.
Another key indicator of quality is related to how tightly woven a rug is and how defined the knots are. Knot density is measured by “knots per square inch”. This measurement is determined by counting the number of knots in a 1” by 1” area both vertically and horizontally and then multiplying the two numbers. A higher number is usually an indicator of higher quality.
Regarding fineness, this refers to the knots on the back of the carpet. Those with many small knots are preferred as they create a more clearly-defined design.
There are many people who are on the lookout for vintage or antique rugs. That’s because as time goes by, they become more rare and valuable. While people don’t always agree on what is considered an “antique,” usually it's a rug that falls into the range of being at least 70 to 100 years old.
When buying an antique rug, chances are it will show some wear and tear — since rugs are meant to be walked upon. However, the appearance of wear and some minor damage doesn’t necessarily reduce the value — especially if any repairs appear to be done with great care.
If you’re in the market for a new rug, you might be wondering where to begin. The most important thing to remember is to buy a rug that speaks to you — but there are a few other factors to consider. First, consider the size of the rug you’ll need for your space. Are you looking to add one to your spacious living room or are you going to place one at the foot of your bed? Keeping the size of the rug in mind will help to narrow down your choices as you browse through the seemingly unlimited number of choices available to you.
Next, consider the color and style of your room and try picturing which type of rug would complement it. There are so many different color combinations, patterns, and materials that trying to match the rug to your space may prove to be more difficult than you might think. If you have the opportunity, some people suggest starting with a blank canvas. In other words, first, find the perfect rug and then paint and design the rest of the room around it.
Whether you’re looking for a handmade rug of a particular color, style, or size, you’ll find a huge selection of hand-woven rugs at carpetonline.co. While some carpet stores only sell one variety of rug, we offer many different types including silk, tribal, antique, and kilim rugs. Looking for a little inspiration? Check out our Client Photo Gallery where you can see some design and placement ideas for your rug.
If you’re in the market for a hand-woven rug, or you just want to browse our collection, you simply won’t find a better selection of quality, handmade rugs anywhere else. Visit carpetonline.co to start shopping today!