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(520) 825-8256

11015 N Oracle Rd Ste 121
(In Steam Pump Village)
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Area Rugs 101

Rugs are an easy way to give a room a fresh new look. Adding a rug can change the entire look of the room.

Selecting the right rug is not as easy as some think. There are many factors we consider when helping our clients select the perfect rug for their room:

  • LR 3Traffic in the room
  • Color in the room, goes back to the rug
  • Size—does furniture sit on rug or not
  • Consistent look / style of the room
  • Maintenance considerations
  • Rug pad needed?

Rug Styles

Most rugs fall into one of several styles

  • Traditional
  • Transitional
  • Contemporary
  • Tribal
  • Oriental



Nepal Earthquake Impacts Rug Pipeline

Rug Making

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake, which killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000 has had a major impact on a major rug source region.

Besides those in the rug industry which were killed, the remaining rug makers can now earn much more working to rebuild the region.

Parts of a Hand-Made Rug

Parts_of_a_rug-300x232The warp threads run length wise and make up the fringes of a rug. The weft threads run across the width of the rug.

The selvage or edge of the rug is made by wrapping several warps at the edge of the rug with yarn to reinforce this part of the rug.

The knots which are tied to the warps create the pile or nap of the rug.

The weft and warp threads make up the foundation of the rug and cotton is generally used on the back.

In a hand-made rug, the knots which are tied around the warp threads and make up the “pile” of the rug. Rug can either be wool, silk, cotton or other natural materials.

Types of Rugs

Hand Knotted rugs are made by skilled weavers who hand tie every knot. Traditionally made with wool or silk. An Oriental rug can consist of 25 to over 9000 knots per square inch and can take many months to produce just one rug. Each rug becomes a one of a kind piece of art. Since hand knotted rugs take the longest to make, therefore they cost more.

Tufting Gun

Tufting Gun

Flat Weave rugs are a category of hand knotted rugs, woven on a loom and are constructed without a pile. They are usually made of wool or cotton and are thin yet durable rugs that are used in casual, rustic, or more relaxed settings. The particular flat weave rugs we sell are reversible. One side is a herringbone weave and the other side is a sweater weave.

Hand Tufted rugs are semi-handmade with a device called a “tufting gun”. Hand tufted rugs can be made of wool, silk, or man-made fibers. They are made much like hand knotted rugs, except with larger loops, and are sheared to create a flat surface pile. Hand tufted often have a latex glue on the back to hold the tufts in place. Cost is typically greater than machine made rugs.

Machine Made rugs are created using highly automated looms. Patterns are usually created in the computer and the looms recreate the design. Machine Made rugs are usually made with man-made fibers like polyester, nylon, rayon, polypropylene, etc. Machine made rugs are usually lower priced, and without the unique artistry of other rug types.

Insider Tip — Look at the Back of the Rug

One of the best ways to tell the difference between hand knotted and machine made rugs is to look at the back of the rug. In hand knotted rugs the weaving and the knots will be slightly uneven and not perfectly uniform. On the other hand, a machine made rug will look very uniform and perfectly even. The more detail in the design when looking from the back, the better the quality of the rug.

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Oro Valley / Tucson Interior Designer
Interior Expressions
11015 N Oracle Rd Ste 121
Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Phone: (520) 825-8256
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