Rug Construction and Weave Guide
Nebraska Furniture Mart | On November 8, 2015
When you’re picking out a new rug, you may at first be overwhelmed by the selection, sizes, and styles. Today, we’ll focus on the weave style and rug construction techniques so that you have a better idea of what to look for and what will meet your needs next time you search for a new rug.
Different construction methods for rugs will match up with different designs. For instance, hand-made rugs can be considered individual pieces of art and since each one is unique in its own way, you may notice slight variations in color. On the other hand, machine-made rugs typically deliver a more consistent look from rug to rug. Let’s take a look at the four construction methods you’ll typically find from rugs at Nebraska Furniture Mart.
On average, hand-tufted rugs take about 4-6 months to manufacture. You can identify a hand-tufted rug by examining the backside. You’ll notice that they have a canvas backing that is glued on and holds the knots in place. The individual tufts of yarn are punched into a pre-made backing fabric with a tool that hooks and pulls the yarn through to make piles or loops. Hand-tufted rugs are an affordable option that you can expect to last up to 10 years with proper care.
Hand knotted rugs are crafted by specially-trained artisans that follow a rug map and complete the rug’s design one row at a time. As a result of this time-consuming process, it can take up to a full year to make a hand-knotted rug. These special works of art should be treated with the utmost of care and can be expected to last for decades. Oftentimes considered heirloom items, these rugs shed very little and feature beautiful, ornate patterns that you simply must see up close to truly appreciate the craftsmanship.
Braided rugs feature a variety of colorful patterns and offer excellent insulation for cool floors like tile or hardwood. They can be constructed in a variety of methods. Braided rugs offer a laid-back look that will be a perfect fit for busier households.
When it comes to manufacturing efficiency, it’s tough to beat machine-made rugs. These rugs are constructed on a power loom and can feature an almost limitless number of patterns, designs, styles, and sizes. You’ll notice that these rugs feature uniform stitching on the back side and they will shed very little over their lifespan. Machine-made rugs are an affordable alternative to hand-knotted rugs and are an excellent choice for high-traffic areas or homes with small children and active pets.
Once you’ve selected the perfect rug, be sure to check out our rug care and maintenance guide so that you get the most out of your new purchase.