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Overview of Handmade Rug Types

When you are looking to buy a new rug, you have seemingly endless options. Before you select what type of rug you would like to get, it’s a good idea to become aware in advance of the pros and cons of different types of rug material, styles, production processes, and where to place them based on their size and style. 


  • Area rugs — Large rugs that can alter the entire style of a room

  • Runner rugs — A more subdued rug that can help anchor bedrooms, hallways, and kitchen areas

  • Door mats — These are also a type of rug

  • Border rugs — Rugs featuring a design on the perimeter

  • Chevron rugs — Rugs with a design of interconnected V-shapes (or a zig-zag pattern)

  • Novelty rugs — Rugs themed with maps, sports teams, clocks, dinosaurs, and so on

  • Oriental rugs — A traditional type of ornate, hand-knotted with several decorative borders and a central ornate medallion

  • Etc.


One useful distinction is between machine-made rugs (which are more affordable) and handmade rugs (which are more unique). In this page, we will be telescoping in on some of the different types of handmade rugs, to help you narrow down your rug search. Looking for inspiration for a new rug for your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or somewhere else in your home? Browse handmade rugs online at today!


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Also, if you have any questions that we don’t address below about different types of rugs, feel free to use the chat through our website or contact us directly by telephone or email. We value each and every one of our customers and are always pleased to share our love  

and knowledge of hand-woven rugs with them.

Handmade rugs are usually very unique and meaningful. The first thing to break down are the two main different types of handmade rugs — flatweave and knotted. 

  • Flatweave — These are rugs that are made using strands of material on a loom instead of knotted by hand. The most popular type of flatweave rug is a kilim.

  • Knotted — These are rugs made up of thousands of knots tied on top of each other, creating a piled surface. Because of the labor-intensive process, hand-knotted rugs often take much longer to create than flatweave rugs. sells both flatweave and knotted rugs of all different sizes and styles. Shop our collection today!

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  1. Modern Rugs — carefully selects modern rugs for people who are looking for unique colors and design elements in their home. 

  2. Traditional Rugs — If you’re looking for a modern-day rug that has been woven to look like the Turkish, Persian, and Asian rugs of ancient times, you’ll love our collection of affordable traditional rugs.

  3. Tribal Rugs — These are some of the most treasured types of rugs in the world; made by nomadic tribes mostly (but not exclusively) in the Middle East and in Asia. 

  4. Silk Rugs — These rugs are very luxurious and desirable. Not only that, silk is extremely durable and makes for a great heirloom. 

  5. Old & Antique Rugs — At, you can trust that you are getting authentic, high-quality vintage rugs. 

  6. Kilim Rugs — Pile-less, tapestry woven rugs using a flatweave technique. 

  7. More — We also have some exclusive rugs for sale that you won’t find anywhere else!

Shop All Types of Handmade Rugs at CarpetOnline.Co Today!

With so many beautiful types of rugs available, you might wonder how you can possibly choose. If you need help selecting what rug would be best for your home, we can help. Contact us today and we’ll be glad to consult with you!

Since you can trust the quality of all the rugs in our rug store, the only thing you have to do is find one that fits your preferences. Maybe you are looking for one with certain colors or made of a particular material? Maybe you appreciate the meaning and story behind the rugs that are made by the people in a particular tribe or geographic region? These are all factors that can guide you to find the perfect rug. Of course, you can also just browse our complete inventory and find one that speaks to you!  

CarpetOnline.Co has a long legacy. Carpet and rug selling goes back five generations in our family. If you have additional questions or would like to see more pictures of a particular rug, please let us know and we would be happy to help. Our goal is to make it easier for shoppers to find the quality carpet they’re looking for at a fair price.