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The Make

Hand-knotted

Millions of individual knots tied by a skilled craftsman.

  • Built to last
  • Can be repaired, cleaned
  • Fine details
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Hand-woven
(a.k.a. dhurrie, kilim)

Weaving material by hand through a warp and weft.

  • Affordable handmade
  • Can be repaired, cleaned
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Power Tools

Tufts of material are punched through the loom with a powered powered tufting guns.

  • Short production time
  • Affordable piled rug
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Machine Made

Similar to a newspaper ream, "woven" by machine and cut to size.

  • Shortest production time
  • Inexpensive
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The Materials

Natural Fibers

Wools, cotton, jute, sisal, silk, etc.

Natural Dyes

Indigo, madder, and others are dyes created with roots and plants.

Modern Fibers

Acetate, Nylon, Polyester, Polypropylene are synthetic or processed materials.

Modern Dyes

Chrome dyes synthesized from potassium bichromatic.

The Look

Light Colors

Whites, beiges and grays will brighten up a room and make it appear larger.

Rich Colors

Deep or bright colors will create a cozier atmosphere and segment a room sharply.

Traditional

Centuries of weaving have established classic and regional designs with rich histories. Commonly rely on natural, local dyes, but some have been updated with modern color palettes and washes.

Modern

Pop and contemporary art influence rugs with an array of abstract, amorphous and geometric designs. Commonly found in very bright colors or neutral tones.

The Size