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What Does Handmade Mean?

Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors in Blue Lake.
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.
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Guide to Oriental Rugs

What Does Handmade Mean?

Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors.
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 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.

Where Was the Rug Made?

You've heard of a Persian rug or a Chinese rug or a Tibetan rug — all of which fall into the Oriental rug category, which covers rugs from China to Vietnam, Turkey to Tibet, and Iran to India. The finest Tibetan rugs are hand-knotted in Nepal and India, often by organizations that employ local families in the rug-making process, says Barbara Jacobs, an artist who designs her own line of rugs.

What Is It Made Of?

Many Oriental rugs are made from wool and/or silk. As the basis and primary material, wool is the most resilient, comfortable and durable material to use in these rugs. To add variations of color, texture and design, silk is often used as a highlight accent. Another interesting and durable material that is used for textural and color variation is the fiber called "Allo" or Himalayan Nettle plant. Oriental rugs often incorporate hand-dyeing and hand-carding as part of the weaving process.

Should I Order a Rug Sight Unseen?

Time: As with all custom furnishings, high-quality rugs take time to produce. If you don't find what you want in stock, you can order a rug and expect delivery in about four months, Barbara Jacobs says. Customizing your rug will take longer and will usually carry a surcharge because with each change that is made a new graph or design pattern needs to be made by the manufacturers before starting the rug. Additional fees may also apply when you ask a designer to create custom variations and color specifications.
Strikeoff: This term refers to a sample size rug, made to confirm colors for a custom order. Usually these samples are from 1 foot square to 2 feet square. There is typically a fee for creating the samples, since yarn has to be dyed and the piece has to be woven as if it is a miniature rug. The design on a strikeoff, however, is not of the entire rug but rather of a corner piece or other segment to show yarn types, colors and weaving style.
Pros and cons: Although there is a nominal additional cost, and many weeks added to the production process, you will have an actual piece of rug to see (and keep), that has your custom color selections incorporated in it. This can be particularly helpful if you will be shopping for other furnishings for the same room or adjacent areas.

Guide to Oriental Rugs

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There’s nothing that I love more than an outdoor living room. As the design trends keep moving toward the idea of creating outdoor spaces that feel just as comfy as your indoor spaces, it’s important to make sure that you have all the elements right. One of the most important pieces of decor I rely on to help make an outdoor space feel cozy is an outdoor rug. And while our choices used to be quite limited, these days you can find some gorgeous outdoor pieces with budget-friendly price tags.
Here are 10 of our must-have outdoor rugs, and they all cost less than $300.

Diamond Fuchsia + White Rug Dash + Albert

Dash & Albert

For a bold outdoor space, go with something like this fuchsia rug for a giant burst of color. And if you’re not quite sold on pink, there are 16 other colors available to choose from.

Blue + Cream Rug Rug And Roll

This blue striped rug would look gorgeous with some crisp, white furniture or fluffy, white pillows. The cream color would also go a long way in camouflaging inevitable marks and stains.

All-Weather Rug Home Decorators Collection

Home Decorators Collection

This rug looks like a natural-fiber sisal or jute rug, but it's actually made from synthetic fibers (so it’s much easier to clean and care for). It has a flat weave and is a great choice if you have a bigger area to fill.

Optic Diamond Rug Urban Outfitters

I love the graphic pattern of this black-and-white rug. It would be the perfect choice for a modern space or a small balcony.

CB2

This is another fun, graphic rug with pops of yellow and light blue. Consider going with simple, solid pillows, furniture and decor if you're opting for a colorful, patterned rug like this.

Koppelo-Print Rug Marimekko for Target

Target

Finnish super-brand Marimekko has teamed up with Target to create this playful pattern for their outdoor rug collab. It’s easy to keep clean and would look great in a kid-friendly space.

Overstock.com

If you love the look of animal hides, this outdoor rug is for you. This rug is a fab take on the classic zebra-print and is available in black, brown, gold, navy, green or red. It’s shaped to look like a traditional animal hide, too.

Gray + Bone Geometric Rug Kohl's

Kohl's

This geometric-patterned rug has a distinct Moroccan vibe. It’s neutral but makes a statement with its bold pattern.

Gunner Stripe Rug Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

An antique dhurrie from Morocco inspired this budget-friendly outdoor piece. It’s crafted entirely from recycled materials, making it an eco-conscious choice for your outdoor space.

Checkered Black + Cocoa Round Rug Wayfair

Wayfair

For a more neutral outdoor setup, this brown and black natural rug is a great choice. It’s simple but can easily work with almost any style or color scheme.

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