Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors in Etoile.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Marimekko for 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.
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
This geometric-patterned rug has a distinct Moroccan vibe. It’s neutral but makes a statement with its bold pattern.
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
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.
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.
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