Is My Rug Handmade?


Is My Rug Handmade?

Everyone likes the notion of a handmade, hand knotted rug. Every handmade rug comes with its own unique and rich story. It takes a lot of skill set and hours of hard-work to make a hand knotted rug. Precisely because of these reasons, these pieces of art are often more expensive than machine made rugs. With an advancement of technology in machine made rugs, for customer it can be very difficult to differentiate between a real handmade rug and the one that was made by a machine. Our team at Arian Rugs has put together this guide to help our customers differentiate between the two and to make an informed decision when finding a perfect rug for your home.

Check the backside of the rug

One of the best ways to tell if your rug is handmade or not is by checking the back or underside of the rug. If the knots and weaving are not perfectly uniform, then it’s a handmade rug. You can also distinguish the individual knots when you look at the back of the rug as when making a handmade rug, weavers manually insert the knots into the foundation of the rug and then proceed to tie each knot by hand. For almost all of our products we have displayed backside of the rug so that our customers are certain and confident that they are buying a hand knotted rug.

Are there any variations in colour?

If the answer is a Yes, then its a great news! Handmade rugs are more likely to have slight variations in colour. This is due to the fact that the process of making a handmade rug is completely manual including the actual method of dying colours. When materials of a rug are manually dyed in different batches, this will often result in a slight variation in the colour. On the other hand when it comes machine-made rugs, the materials used are typically dyed in a single go and the colours will therefore be uniform throughout the rug.

Watch our for those Fringes

In a Machine-made rug, the fringe of the rug is sewn on at the end of the process and serves no purpose in holding the rug together. When making a Hand-knotted rug, each knot in the rug is secured to a warp thread that naturally forms the fringe of the rug. Unlike Machine-made, the fringe on a Hand-knotted rug essential to the rug’s construction. If the fringe of a rug appears to be sewn on and not a naturally occurring component of the rug’s design, then you are looking at a Machine-made rug.

Hand-tufted is not Handmade!

It is important to note that hand-tufted rugs aren’t the same as handmade rugs, although many can be mistaken that they are the same due to their similar look. But when you look closer, you will see there are differences between them, so don’t buy the wrong rug and be disappointed. Hand-tufted rugs are easier to make and cheap to recreate with the use of a tufting gun which brings the yarn to the back to create the tuft. Then glue material is used to the back of the rug to hold the fibres in place. Hand-tufted rugs can look similar to handmade rugs, which often makes it difficult to distinguish. In addition to it, area rugs that are hand knotted may take many months to be completed, but a Hand-tufted area rug may take only a day. The shorter amount of time keeps the price low at the expense of quality. Because of this difference in value, it is important to pay careful attention to the differences between a hand-tufted rug and a hand-knotted rug.

If you are a collector of quality rugs or you are interested in buying high-quality handmade rugs, vintage rugs, oriental rugs and more for your home, check out our huge range on our online store today or visit our showroom in Toronto. All our handmade rugs are selected for their quality and beauty and we guarantee you will find a rug that will complement your home.

If you need more help in choosing the perfect area rug for your living space, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at Arian Rugs for any further information. We invite you to become part of our Persian heritage!

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