Handmade rugs are a great way to add personality and beauty to any room, whether it be the kitchen, hallway, bedroom, or living room. They beautify the space and add comfort and warmth to your home. Handmade rugs come in different designs, textures, colors, shapes, and sizes that make them perfect for your home decor. Even though the cost of handmade rugs is more than that made by machines, the demand for these rugs is more. There are certain reasons for their demand. Firstly their quality is the highest that contributes to your home decor for life long. The unique designs and prints of handmade rugs are also one reason. Also, these rugs are more durable than any other rugs providing a perfect look and comfort to your house for generations.

Difference between Handmade and Machine-made rugs

The handmade rugs are made on a loom and weaved or knotted manually by hand. On the other side, machine-made rugs are made by a specially designed automated machine known as a power loom which is controlled by a computer. With the help of some basic features, we can differentiate between handmade and machine-made rugs.

  • Pattern and Design- Machine-made rugs have very precise patterns and do not have any inconsistencies or faults in designs. While this inconsistency is common in the case of handmade rugs as the designs are made by use of the memory of the weaver.
  • Size and Shape- The shape and size of machine-made rugs are always precise and there is no variation in them. While there are slight variations in shape and size every time as all the work is done by hand.
  • Backside- The knots and weaves at the backside of a machine-made rug have perfect and uniform. But in mostly hand-made rugs the knots and weaves are not aligned properly and are inconsistent.

Different Types of Handmade Rugs

Handmade rugs come in different types depending on the process of making them. Some types of handmade rugs are as follows

  1. Hand-knotted rugs – These types of rugs are made by stretching the cotton wraps vertically in a number of columns on the loom. Then applying hundreds of knots around these vertical cotton wraps. The knotting process is very hard and takes a lot of time. But the quality of the carpet that comes out is great.
  2. Hand-tufted rugs – A tufting tool is used in making these types of rugs that secure and inserts the yarn in the canvas. After the rugs are tufted they are sprayed with adhesive or painted on their back so that the yarn does not come out as it is not knotted.
  3. Hand-hooked rugs – These types of rugs are made using a hook device. They are made by pulling the loops of yarn through a woven base known as rug-warp in a pre-determined design. Hand-hooked rugs have very small knot bumps as compared to other rugs.
  4. Flatweave rugs – The weft and the warp, these two types of threads are used to make flatweave rugs. The warp threads are extended on the loom vertically and then the weft threads are threaded across warp threads going back and forth. There are no knots used to make these types of carpets.