Introduction To Rugs
Rugs are one of the most used decorative elements in every house as well as for other utility purposes, in spite of the fact that rugs are as old as humans, they have been used from the earliest times of mankind. There are various types of Rugs now available in the market which are used in homes.
A historian has found some references to the art of rug weaving in classical writing and ancient scriptures, the marks in history denote nomadic Mongolian, Eurasian, and Siberian dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C.
According to the first rug weavers, who introduced the idea behind making rugs and carpets to the rest of the world, these rugs are majorly used for sitting purposes, and as sleeping surfaces to keep them warm in cold weather.
Types of Rugs
The various types of rugs are available in the market, which is enlisted below:
- Knotted Rugs
- Shag Rugs
- Braided Rugs
- Hooked Rugs
- Natural Fibre Rugs
- Wool Rugs
- Silk Rugs
- Cotton Rug
- Machine Woven Rugs
- Tufted Rugs
- Hand Woven Rugs
- Square Shaped Rugs
Here, the above-enlisted types of rugs are explained briefly,
1. Knotted Rugs
The Knotted Rugs are made up of a special type of loom that creates a pattern out of materials such as silk, cotton, wool, and many more. This knotted rug is aesthetically beautiful and also durable, in fact, many knotted-type rugs are handmade by definition.
This knotted rug is generally more expensive as compared to non-knotted counterparts, they are also known for their durability and longevity, such as in some cases it lasts up to 20 years, also it depends upon whether or not you are taking care or maintenance.
2. Shag Rugs
This shag-type rug or carpet originated in the groovy decade adds beauty to a room or house because of its unique appearance and texture, and it is incredibly soft to the touch, which makes users pleased to walk on and gives extra coziness in cooler weather.
3. Braided Rugs
Braided rugs were a staple of colonial interior design in the United States; they were popular because they could be made of virtually any material, including scraps and excess fabric.
Due to the nature of construction, which occurs in a circular manner, braided rugs often feature colourful patterns that are unique, however, it is possible to have a braided rug come in a single or solid colour.
4. Hooked Rugs
These hooked rugs are made by using connected threads of yarn and a crochet hook, the end result is a slightly rustic-looking rug that keeps its imperfection and natural bumps.
Also, this hooked rug is delicate in nature, has a slightly shorter lifespan than some other rugs types, and it lasts up to 10 years.
5. Natural Fibre Rugs
This natural fiber rug brings an organic look and neutral texture in a flat weave to any setting, also this type of rug adds a casual look to your house or living room.
6. Wool Rugs
Wool is one of the most famous materials for rugs and is needed for the ability to bring comfort and warmth, and also an eco-friendly and sustainable option for making rugs or carpets because it is harvested from sheep in the summer season and again it grows naturally year after year.
Also, this wool rug may last up to 60 years, and its fibers are remarkably durable and retain their shape when stretched. Overall the wool rugs decorate a room and open space and have a good floor covering which is soft to walk on and sit on.
7. Silk Rugs
These silk rugs are luxurious types of rugs, the elegant brilliance of silk makes it ideal for creating works of art and provides a smooth texture.
Manufacturing silk rugs takes a longer time as compared to making wool rugs, also more durable than silk rugs, wool rugs. Also, it requires proper maintenance and professional cleaning.
8. Cotton Rugs
This type of rug is mostly used in the bedroom, dining room, living room, and kitchen and it is the most versatile rug which comes in countless variations like colors, design or pattern, and weaves.
The biggest advantage of using this cotton type of rug is that it requires low maintenance and is easy to clean, also you can wash them in a washing machine.
9. Machine Woven Rugs
Machine woven rugs as the name suggests is made by large machines called power looms, this power loom is electrically automated and controlled by computers, also this rug can be made quickly and manufactured with different material such as synthetic fibers, wool, nylon, acrylic silk, art silk, polyester, polypropylene, etc.
Also, machine-woven types of rugs can offer a lower price as compared to hand-knotted rugs because they require less effort, and less time it usually has a long life span of about 20 years or less, and it completely depends upon the fiber and quality used.
10. Tufted Rugs
This hand-tufted rug is also known as hand-crafted or handmade, but it is made using a modified hand-held drill gun that inserts the piles into a cloth foundation and creates a loop pile. If the loop pile is sheared then it becomes a cut pile, the loop pile rug if not sheared is called a “Hand-hooked rug”.
Some rug designs have both cut pile and loop pile combined for creating a dimensional effect to the pattern, a latex coating is then applied to the back of the rug for holding the “tufts” in place. And a canvas–type fabric is then applied over the latex coating for finishing the back of the rugs.
These types of rugs have a handmade look but they cost much less because using the gun speeds up the process dramatically, for example, a good quality 8’x20’ hand-knotted rug might take anywhere from 7 to 14 months it is depending on the quality, while the same size rug made in a hand-tufted method might take one day.
11. Hand Woven Rugs
Handwoven rugs are woven on a handloom and it requires 1 to 4 people to weave rugs, however, the number of people required totally depends upon the size of the rugs. Also, the yarn with the weft and warp cycle makes a smooth weaving process.
The hand-woven types of rugs last longer due to their durability, it is a versatile product because it is easy to wash or clean, and reuse, and also gives better resale value.
12. Square shape rugs
Its name suggests this rug has four equal sides and making them square-shaped rugs, and is easily available in various colors, designs, and patterns, also it is best for a square–shaped room.
Mostly these square types of rugs are used for putting square furniture on it like a coffee table, TV Stand, bookshelf, and shoe rack.