Because of their flexible designability, area rugs can be used in every room and as part of any project you undertake. They also can be a final accompaniment to any flooring you have now or plan to buy.
Area rugs are works of art. Use them for self-expression. Consider buying two or more, not only for the seasons but also to make the Holidays special, and for those days your home needs a little lift or for special family occasions. (Rugs have an inherent added bonus. Whether inexpensive or heirloom quality, they can be taken to your next home or passed on to the next generation.)
Better area rugs are often referred to as decorator rugs because they come in many types, varieties and patterns.
Oriental rugs are hand-made rugs, famous for intricate patterns. A genuine Oriental rug can be either a pile or flat woven fabric which is hand-knotted and comes from one of the traditional weaving areas of the middle or Far East: Afghanistan, China, India, or Tibet. Hand-knotted rugs may take months or years to make. Genuine Orientals are not made in the United States, Belgium or Western Europe.
Hand-tufted rugs appear in colors and patterns so close to hand-knotted rugs that they are often mistaken for hand-knotted. Hand-tufted rugs are made using a tufting “gun” which punches strands of yarn into a canvas stretched on a frame until the rug pattern is filled.
When the design is complete, fabric is glued to the back of the rug. It is the glue that holds the yarn in place – not hand-knots as with real Oriental rugs. Since tufting does not produce fringe, separate fringe is often glued or sewn to the ends of the tufted rug. Hand-tufted rugs are often half the cost of hand-knotted.
Area rugs can also be made from cut or loop pile carpets, and they can include custom colors and customer designs or a boarder or an intricate pattern that is actually sewn or etched into the rug. These are created by special machines with computer-aided technology that can create whatever you can imagine in a rug.