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What Does Handmade Mean?

Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors in Portland.
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 “Persian 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

How important is the size of your rug?Super important. Area rugs are designers' dream decor accessory for severalreasons - they add comfort, texture, color pattern, and most importantly, they defineyour space. Even if you have the best color in your rug or the best pattern inyour rug it all falls by the wayside if you don't have the right size of rug. Area rugs define your space. In a living room, the rug defines the main seatingarea and gives that furniture arrangement a sense of place andpermanenc. A rug that's too small will look like it's floating and you losethat sense of place. I've got some guidelines here to help you make theright decision. The first is to size the rug according to the room. This means youwould deduct 3 feet from the overall length and width of the room leaving anideal 1 and 1/2 feet of floor space all around the rug. However this might meanyou'll need a custom size rug! Alternatively, you can determine the rugsize by measuring the area beneath your main seating area. So here we have atypical layout for a living room and something that I see often is a smallrug, maybe a 5 by 7, sitting in front of the sofa like so. None of the furnituresits on top of the rug in this case. The distance between the rug and the wall isalso quite large. All of this makes the rug feel like it's floating in thecenter of the room. Similar to this image. The rug just isn't connected to theseating or the room. If we use a larger rug, perhaps an 8 by 10, you'll noticethat most of the furniture touches the area rug. This is an important guideline!When the furniture, even just the front legs of the furniture, sits on the arearug there's a visual connection from the furniture to the rug and vice versa. Plusthe size of the rug is now larger so it sits more comfortably in the roomoverall so this is a much better layout because the main seating area is nowdefined by the rug. Here's a great example of having a rug that defines theroom because the seating area is connected to the rug. If you have an evenlarger living room where your seating is away from the walls then I wouldrecommend having all the furniture sit comfortably on the rug. This is much morepleasing to the eye because it further connects the rug to the furniture andthe rug to the room as well. You can see in this image thearea rug contains all of the furniture in this living room. This is especiallyimportant when you have an open-concept space where you might have a dining roomnearby. By placing your furniture completely on an area rug you create avisual boundary and define your living room seating arrangement. So here's yourtake away: In a living room, the rug defines the main seating area and givesthat furniture arrangement a sense of place and permanence. Either all or atleast the front legs of the furniture should be sitting on the area rug. Thiswill clearly define your seating area and it's the foundation for a greatliving room. Thanks for watching this little design tip. I'll have lots moredesign tips just like this one coming soon so don't forget to subscribe!I've got new videos every week. And leave a comment! I love hearing from you alland if you like this video please hit the like button! See you soon!.

Area Rug 101

hand knotted persian rugs 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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