Hand Made Rug Or Machine Made Rug
Rugs have been made by hand since almost the beginning of time. One day the ground got a little too hard and he or she took a few hairs from an animal skin and knotted them together to make life a little more comfy. Before they knew it they were knitting together not only animal hair but grasses and reeds too.
Others liked what they saw and felt well enough to make their own, and then got others to make ground covers for them. Soon the artist stepped in and figured out how to put patterns and pictures into the weave. The industry grew as the weaver’s industriousness grew. For hundreds of years making carpets was done much the same, with loom improvements slowly being advanced.
And then it all came crashing down in in the early 17th century when weaving industries began to figure out ways to manufacture rugs more quickly, and without the artisan, In 1839 Erastus Bigelow introduced the power loom for weaving carpets rug world was forever changed.
In today’s world machine made rugs are the norm, and handmade rugs are the luxury. As a luxury they cost more, and are often imitated by machine manufacturers.
Here’s how to tell the difference between the hand and the machine made rug.
- What’s in the nap? Polypropolene, polyolefin, or a blend of synthetic polymers and wool, means it’s been made by a machine made rug.
- Where was it made? If it was made as a “Belgium Oriental,” or it was made in Belgium, Italy, or western Europe, its machine made rug.
- If the tag looks like this, its machine made.
Look at the fringe if the fringe is sewn over, and it’s machine made.
If bindng or serging is used again its machine made
Look at the knots on the back
As you can see here the handmade rug has much larger knots than the tightly pack knots on the machine made rug also the handmade rug has some imperfections where the machine made rug has none
Always look for more pronounced detail in the design of a rug on the back. The better the detail, the better the quality.
More knots mean more durability, and if its hand made that means more time and care was used to make it.
Cleaning Handmade Rugs
Can my handmade rug be cleaned?
The answer is simple yes.
Call our office on 0800 389 8218 or email email@example.com and we will arrange to pick up your handmade rug clean it using our seven stage process and return it to you wrapped in breathable paper
Cleaning Machine Made Rugs
Can my machine rug be cleaned?
Well I guess you know the answer already YES
Buying quality in a rug matters most to whom it matters most. Most people buy a machine made rug to walk on, so the quality means little to them. However, there is a great market out there for the buyer who is investing in the artistry and craftsmanship of a fine piece of hand made rugs , not just a floor covering. The difference is not only in the make and quality of a rug, but could also mean hundreds of pounds difference in the cost, as well.