General Rug Information

Choose a rug either as the starting point to base your room design off of or to coordinate with the existing colors. For a new room choose furniture that enhances the rug design or colors found in the rug.


•Handmade (hand-hooked, hand-tufted, hand-knotted, hand crafted)
•Machine made (machine made pile rugs and machine made flat woven rugs)

These can be broken down into plush rugs, flat-woven, carved, shag, looped, carpet mats, and other textures.


•Natural (bamboo, cotton, sisal, wool, jute, silk, seagrass, leather)
•Synthetic materials

Backing usually consists of cellulosic fibers like cotton and jute.


B - Border Rug - a rug that features a design on the outer rim of the rug, surrounding the field.
H - Hand Carved - Rug pile is cut to different lengths in a sculptured pattern.
Handmade Rug - A rug that is either entirely hand knotted (finished with knots) or hand tufted (yarn is pushed through the canvas using a tufting instrument)
Hooked Rug - A rug made by using a hooking device (either hand-operated or machine-operated) to push and loop yarn through a canvas. This is either looped (creating a "loop hook" or "latch hook" rug) or sheared to create an open pile.
J - Jute - A soft natural fiber used in rug weaving for centuries. Grown in Bangladesh and India, the Jute plant's inner fibers are spun into durable yarn.
K - Knot Count - In making handmade, hand-knotted rugs, each piece of yarn is knotted through the back of the rug as it is incorporated into the rug. The higher the number of knots per square inch, the higher the quality of the rug.
M - Machine-Made Rug - A rug that is produced using an automated loom for yarn placement and weaving. Today's machine-made rugs have achieved the look handmade beauty at affordable prices.
N - Natural Rug - Often refers to an ivory or earth-toned rug where the texture of the rug is the main feature. These rugs are usually made of sisal, jute or wool.
O - Olefin - A petroleum-based synthetic material, which is often heat set to guarantee vibrant color, long lasting beauty, easy maintenance and long-lasting superior performance. Also known as polypropelene.
S - Sisal - A popular natural fiber known for its durability. Sisal originates mainly in Mexico, where the fiber is harvested from the leaves of the Henequen plant.


Woven: The carpet is produced on a loom similar to woven cloth and is a cut pile. Normally many colored yarns are used and this process is capable of producing intricate patterns from pre-determined designs. These carpets are normally the highest value on the market.
Tufted: The carpet is produced on a tufting machine using a single colored or sometimes non colored yarn. If non colored yarn is used the carpet will be dyed or printed with a design as a separate process. Tufted carpets can be either cut pile, loop pile or a combination of both. This type of rug is normally at the low to medium end of the market. Modern tufting technology now enables the production of mainly basic geometric patterns.
A flatweave carpet is created by interlocking warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads. The most common types of flatwoven carpet are plain weave and tapestry weave
A hooked rug is a simple type of rug handmade by pulling strips of cloth such as wool or cotton through the meshes of a sturdy fabric such as burlap.
On a knotted pile carpet the structural weft threads alternate with a supplementary weft that rises from the surface of the weave at a perpendicular angle. This supplementary weft is attached to the warp by one of three knot to form the pile of the carpet.

Tips for selecting a rug:
Choose a rug either as the starting point to base your room design off of or to coordinate with the existing colors. For a new room choose furniture that enhances the rug design or colors found in the rug. If you start with furniture, choose a rug to pick up the colors used in your furnishing patterns. Patterns can be mixed if they are coordinated by color. Elements of a rug design can be further incorporated into the overall design scheme.

Remember, the rug has to fit the room - in more ways than one. Consider how the room is used and how much traffic the area gets.

Size up the size of the room and the area you want to cover. The most common area rug sizes are 4-by-6 and 6-by-9 feet. They work well under a coffee table. An 8-by-11-foot rug or larger can cover an entire room. Smaller area and scatter rugs can be ideal for infusing a small area with a splash of color and warmth.

A rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued patterns.

Light colored rugs make a room look more spacious, and deeper colors lend coziness to a room.

Synthetic yarns - nylon, polyester, acrylic, and polypropylene - and the naturals - wool and cotton - are durable, soft, and easy to clean.

Consider a circular or octagonal-shaped floor covering versus the traditional rectangular rug.

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