Handmade can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors in West Point.
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.
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.
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!.
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