Every wondered if you have purchased a handmade rug or a machine made rug?
How To Tell If A Rug Is Handmade
An image from our last Indian Trip
Turn the rug over and look at the back of the rug.
Is my Rug Handmade?
So you have turned your rug over and it doesn't appear to have little knots. This does not mean it is not hand made. It may be just another less labour intensive weave but still just as masterful and made on a loom. Handmade rugs are usually woven on a loom like a punja or pit loom. Punja weave usually makes a flatweave or durry rug.
A flatweave rug like our Moroccan Trellis Rug or Pink Sahara Rug below by Oh Happy Home .You can see the warp (in this case it is a white warp). The weft is handwoven through the warp. A Handmade rug like this flatweave rugs is usually the same on the back and front.Handwoven or Flatweave Rugs example above is our Pink Sahara Rug - Buy Once Buy Well is our motto here at Oh Happy Home
Our handwoven or flatweave rug is made on a loom by one or two weavers working together. A flatweave rug is usually reversible meaning that you can use it on with either side. Especially handy if it is getting a little dirty or worn on one side.
If you are looking for flatweave rugs another great example of hardwearing , high traffic rug is our Moroccan Trellis Sand Rug. Exactly the same on both sides so you can tell it is made on a hand loom. Of course our rugs also come with the Goodweave Accreditation.
Machine Made Rugs Vs HandKnotted or Handmade Rugs
A machine made rug will look very even and display perfectly even knots. (knots that aren't really knots! )
Some rugs may appear to have a handknotted oriental pattern on the top but on closer inspection they are printed.
When buying online be careful to read the description as it may be a cheap printed copy rug.
3 Tips To Know If Your Rug Is Handmade
No. 1 FLIP IT
SHOP OUR Jasper Knit Rug
NO 2. Look at the Fringes of the Rug
The fringe on a rug is generally made from the warp threads of handmade rugs but on a machine made it is usually sewn onto the rug at the end of the making to make it appear that is is handmade.
NO 3. Look at the Edges of the Rug
On a hand knotted rug the edges are overcast by hand whereas on a machine made rug the edges are stitched with a machine.
Let me know how you went with your rug in the comments below?
Is it machine or made by hand?
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A quote I heard the other day
"The purchases you make today will determine the world tomorrow. "
Have a happy day,