Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors in Alba.
Hand tufted: A tufted rug is made using a mechanical tufting tool that secures and inserts the yarns in the backing, often canvas. Since the tufted yarns are not securely enclosed by a knot, the backs of these rugs are usually sprayed or painted with adhesives to secure the pile yarn. These rugs cannot be truly called “Oriental rugs.”
Hand knotted: In a hand-knotted rug, each yarn is individually tied in a knot by the weaver. Each knot of yarn is tied securely around two or three strands of warp yarn, which is the vertical yarn set up initially on the loom as the basis for the rug that will be woven upon it. This is a completely handmade process, no mechanical tools are used.
A hand-knotted area rug will be more expensive than a tufted rug. In addition, a hand-knotted rug made in the crossed style of weaving is more time-consuming and durable (and expensive) than an uncrossed rug.
Shearing: After the rug is woven, overall shearing of the pile is done by hand, to an even depth or to variations of textural depth specified by the designer. Shapes within the overall design are usually incised, cut around carefully by hand to create dimension and clarity of design.
Knot count: This term refers to “knots per square inch.” The more detailed and complex the design, and the finer/thinner the wool, the more knots are required for clarity of color and design. High-quality rugs usually range from 50 to 100 knots per inch. Imagine the work that goes into that kind of hand weaving. Knot density will affect the cost of the rug.
We are going to talk about vintage rugs, and vintage rugs is a very unique product that's really popular today. A lot of people think that vintage rugs arerugs that were old rugs that are aged and have been around for a long time and theyare basically antiques, or maybe they are not antiques or…they really don't know what the difference between a vintage rug and an antique rug is. A vintage rug is a rug that's made to look old. It has what we call a vintage -- like in jeanstoday where they'll wear it out and make it look like it's been, you know, around fora hundred years and it's got holes in it and things of that nature. Where, in a rug, basically what we do is wetake an old Persian rug -- usually, I mean it could be any rug, it doesn't have to bethat, it could be a machine made rug, it doesn’t really matter -- basically we shear it downto the back so it's almost zero pile. We’ll will take it and then we’ll stripthe color. Usually it's some kind of caustic or chemicalsthat we use in order to strip the color out, so once you get done, it’s a rug that basicallyhas no color in it. It's just basically shadows of grays and brownsmostly, and maybe hints or hues of blues and blacks, that kind of show the design whichwas woven into it originally. You have taken a perfectly brand new rug,very bright and colorful, and you have taken all the color out of it that point. Then there's also a process that we do alsowhat we call over-dyeing, and that can also be part of that vintage look. The rug behind me is an example of basicallya vintage rug that's been over-dyed. So we’ve take a 30-year old Persian rug,and basically what we've done is stripped it down, sheared it, recolored it to makeit more into today's world. It is so popular, I can't even explain howpopular it is. Mainly because it looks so real, it looksso worn, it looks so inviting, and also it's just a dream to decorate around. You can imagine that you're not like mostoriental rugs with a lot of patterns and color, you know, popping off the rug. This is a rug that's very subtle and you backoff of it 10 to 15 feet into the room, you really don't even see the pattern. You just see the beautiful warmth of the coloringand the irregularities to those colorings. What you are seeing in the back, the whitestuff, that is actually the foundation of the rug popping through, because again youare at zero pile, so there's little imperfections that happen because of that. Also, there are also some damages done tothat as well, so we correct those damages as best that can be done, and so part of thevintage thing is to have those holes in them or wornness in them or repairs in them. Either you get it or you don't, I always havecustomers who get it home and they'll realize, ''Hey, it looks like it's been repaired”. Yes, it has, and it's been done professionally,it's going to hold up, but a lot of people are saying, ''I want my money back''. I can understand that too, and we unfortunatelyhave to accept that that is part of them not understanding the product, and we didn't reallyexplain it enough, but it really is a gorgeous product that allows us to take rugs that are…notselling, basically, and convert them into a very popular, hot item, that has a lot of appeal. So that's what a vintage rug or an over-dyedrug can be.
If something seems to be missing in an otherwise well-decorated room, chances are an area rug will be your solution. If an area rug is on your wish list, don't be afraid to spend a little extra to get exactly what you want. Rugs are a wise investment, providing years of service and pleasure.
All area rugs can be applied over any type of floor covering. If you're building or remodeling, consider insetting the rug in the tile, marble or wood floor so you have a flush floor throughout, with no fear of tripping over the rug corners.
Here are the types of area rugs for your consideration:
- Dhurrie rugs. These are thick, flat-woven cotton rugs made in India. They come in a variety of color combinations, pastels being the most popular. The designs on the rugs are geometric shapes, with animals, flowers and people woven in in a chiseled-looking fashion. Dhurries fit in well with most types of decor. Prices vary from $150 to $1,000, depending on size and quality.
- Bordered rugs. These are simply rugs of any size or shape with a base color in the middle and strips of border on the edges. The borders can be one strip in a coordinating color or several strips in two or three colors. Bordered rugs' uses are innumerable. They can be put under cocktail tables, dining tables or an entire living-room set or used as a foyer piece. Prices will depend on the quality of carpet used, the shape of it and the number of borders tacked on the edges.
- Inlaid rugs. Here's where your imagination can take over. Anything your mind can conjure, a good carpet designer can manifest. Doodle on a piece of paper until you come up with at least a semblance of what you want, and your designer can take it from there. Geometric shapes, florals, birds, stars and stripes, fans, your name or initials¾there are no rules. Pricing here again depends on the quality of the carpet and the complexity of the design.
- Oriental rugs. These rugs have always been a symbol of wealth, and rightfully so, as they're quite expensive. They're a great investment, as their value never decreases and sometimes increases. The purchase of an Oriental rug should be preceded by careful study of the varieties available. Most are handmade. Silk Orientals are often woven with real gold threads, adding to the value. Wool Orientals are less expensive, though still a good investment.
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