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Rug Construction Techniques

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In addition to its material and size, the method by which your rug was created is the biggest factor in determining its cost. Rug construction also affects rug plushness and lifespan. There are two main points to consider to understand rug construction:

  1. Handmade vs. Machine-Made
  2. Tufted vs. Woven 

Handmade vs. Machine-Made

The biggest universal difference between rugs is whether they are handmade or machine-made.
handmade rug

Handmade Rugs

A handmade rug, whether hand-woven or hand-knotted, requires a skilled craftsman and is truly an intricate, one-of-a-kind work of art. They often blend inspired and dazzling uses of color.  Handmade rugs are investment pieces that can last for generations.

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Machine-Made Rugs

On the other hand, machine-made rugs can be mass-produced and have the benefit of complete consistency. They are also less expensive than handmade rugs. 

Tufted vs. Woven

With a few exceptions, such as animal hide rugs, the majority of all rugs are either tufted or woven.
tufted rug construction

Tufted Rugs

Tufting is a technique of punching yarn pile through a base fabric backing. Tufted rugs tend to have a sturdy, comfortable pile, which is either left looped or cut. They generally last between five and seven years. Most rugs are tufted.
woven rug construction

Woven Rugs

Woven rugs are made on looms by lacing together the yarns and the backing into one product. Woven rugs tend to be more luxurious and higher quality than tufted rugs, which is often reflected in their prices. They are known for the long life span and can last 20 to 30 years, or longer! Some examples of woven rugs are many Oriental, kilim, and dhurrie rugs.
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