Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Handmade and machine made rugs


Handmade rugs and machine made rugs are equally beautiful, however you don't get the sense of history and culture with a machine made rug.  The rules of cleaning are also different between the two so it is important to be able to tell the difference between a handmade rug and a machine made rug.

Here are some key pointers to consider:

  • Rugs made in the known rug making areas are more likely to be handmade, these are mainly:
    • Persia (now Iran),
    • Morocco,
    • China, 
    • Turkey
    • Tibet/Nepal
    • India
  • Man-made rugs are more often made of wool, synthetic fibers would indicate the rug being machine made.
  •  At a glance 
    • http://www.persianrugcleaningcambridge.co.uk/
    • Look at the fringing - if the fringe is part of the rug then this is likely to be a handmade rug, if it appears to have been stitched on then this has likely been made by machine.
    • Look at the edging - if the edge of the rug is a nice tidy straight finish this is an indication of machine work; if the edging has a more natural, fluid finish then this is very likely man-made.
    • Look at the reverse - if you look at the reverse of the rug you will see more easily the stitching process of the rug.  Nice clean lines indicate the regimental structure of machinery.  A more organic looking, imperfect formation would most likely lend it's self to a handmade rug, you may also notice little white knots

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