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What is a handmade rug and why are some more expensive than others?

When shopping for rugs online you’ll see a vast range of styles at various price points that use the term handmade. At first glance, this can be confusing because some rugs are really low priced while others are through the roof. So how does a handmade rug at a low price point actually compare with a high priced rug?

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The answer to this can be fairly complex as there are many permutations, however, the main factors are the quality and amount of the material used per square meter, and the hours of labour it takes to produce the rug. Put simply, some rugs use a cheaper grade of material, some rugs use less material in their construction, some take an hour to produce while others can take several months to weave.

Material costs vary, generally, the most expensive component of the rug is the pile or decorative surface. The traditional material for a pile surface is woollen or synthetic yarn, however there are many other materials that can be used to produce a handmade rug, for example, silk, cotton, sisal, seagrass, jute, coir, hemp, linen, leather, rope and even shredded clothing can be woven to make rag rugs.

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Usually, rugs are made with either a soft cut pile surface with a secondary jute or integral woven backing, or they’re flat woven and the reverse of the rug can look similar to the face and feel like a heavy blanket. However, there are several variations to these textures such as shaggy piles which are longer and more open in construction or loop piles which is a continuous uncut texture.
The material is important because it often depicts the style of rug that is being produced. Sisal and seagrass are courser natural fibres that are more suited to flat woven techniques, whereas softer more pliable yarns like wool, cotton and synthetic fibres are suited to both flat weave Kilim rugs and softer cut pile rugs.

So, I’ve used the words “generally” and “usually” quite a lot because there are always exceptions and innovations in rug production. Some designer rugs will often mix different materials to create interesting textures, for example, the Calvin Klein Canyon rug uses a combination of viscose with suede. Of course, the designer element can add another modulation to the price. Buying a new rug with a “designer name tag” will add more than an innovative and exclusive element, the prestige of a designer label will always drastically reflect on the finished price.

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I’ve briefly established that the additional cost of a rug can differ because of the quality and quantity of material used, the labour hours it takes to produce and the label that you may be paying a premium for.
Because of the work entailed in producing handmade rugs, the majority of new handmade rugs are produced in countries like India and China where labour is inexpensive. If we focus on the most popular of these, rugs made from wool, we can take start to understand the process.

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With a rug produced in wool fibre, there are three main methods of making the rug. The most timely and expensive method of producing a rug is hand-knotting, This method requires the weaver to create a frame and attach the vertical threads, this is called the warp.

While there are many methods of hand weaving the one common factor is a warp. The warp is the threads that run the length of the rug, it is these threads that allow the construction and design of the rug to exist. Some rugs are produced with a pile surface while others are produced flat woven.
The weft is the threads interwoven into the warp to hold the construction of the rug together. In the case of hand knotting, each yarn is physically tied and knotted to the warp and the weft is inserted to hold the rug in place, in case of kilim or flatwoven rugs the weft and the surface yarn can be on in the same.
To make a hand-tufted rug the pattern is first drawn onto a base cloth and the yarn is inserted using a gun. Some of these guns are electric or compressed air while some are hand pulled. Either way the colours are added to the cloth in much the same way as you would paint by numbers.

A bespoke custom made rugs service to fit a standard budget

One hundred percent wool handmade bespoke rugs produced in virtually any length and width, where you choose the colours and design! Yes, believe it or not, there is now such a bespoke rug service available at iwantarug.com. What’s more, this custom made service is pitched at a price that is comparable to like for like qualities from many high street and internet retailers off the shelf brands.

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Rug Design & Colour Templates

Why not be more exclusive in your home furnishings?

It’s always puzzled me why some women get upset at wearing the same dress as someone else at a party. Yet, are quite happy to walk into someone else’s home and happily exclaim, “I’ve got those cushions”.

We are surrounded by mass production, it’s claimed one in ten Europeans are conceived on “Ikea” beds, and one in five Brits use their mattresses. Every time I’ve visited Ikea, I can’t ever recall seeing anyone struggling with a bed or mattress in their trolley. Which makes me wonder, what percentage of soft furnishings and home décor items are we are stuffing into our homes? The mind boggles to think just how many of us actually must have exactly the same décor.

Being individual by having a custom-made rug produced shouldn’t be restricted to the super-rich, at iwantarug.com we want to bring a level of exclusivity to the average householder. Our custom made rugs can be as individual as you, it just takes a few minutes to design, size and colour. Okay, it’s going to be more expensive than your run of the mill rugs, but we’ve pitched our price to be directly comparable with similar quality branded rugs.

 

Size and shape

The most common reason for choosing a bespoke rug is often the size. Our design software will allow the customer to size and price a rug from as small as 60cm x 120cm up to 400cm x 600cm. Long and thin, square, oval, hexagonal or round, the client can manipulate virtually any shape and size. We can do larger and smaller sizes, just call us for a quote.

 

 

Maybe there’s call for a client to have a company or club logo designed into a rug. That isn’t a problem, we just need a good quality image of the logo to start the ball rolling.

The concept of designing a bespoke rug

At Rug Zone we produced many designs that were different and exciting, to escape from the corporately branded styles. To help us visualise our designs as rugs, we developed textured templates and picked the colour from poms, that offered over 1,400 colour options. Which shade of the 50 blue hues should we use with which of the 80 shades of beige? The task became a nightmare.

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1,400 colour options

To simplify the colouring process, we turned to contemporary matt emulsion colour charts, the theory being if the paint is popular then the rug colours will need to match. We also added a splash of classic colours to round off the selection. With all that colour choice we had available, over 90% of the rugs we produced, used less than 50 colours.

To allow the customer to colour and design their own bespoke rugs online, we have adapted the template design system we used to visualise our textured rug images to iwantarug.com. By virtually doubling the colour availability to 96 colours we believe that should be a colour combination for everyone.

Using this controlled colour bank has another advantage, it is possible to have plain samples produced in the quality of the actual rug the customer will receive. We can cut and send the customer feeler samples in the colours to be used in their custom-made rug, alleviating any worries regarding quality, texture and colour. In the unlikely event that there isn’t a colour in our offering, we can always revert back to the 1400 colour poms.

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Production of the feeler samples

Our online design app will allow you to produce and colour, a rug in the size and colours to suit the customer. It’s there to give you a visual impression and cost of the rug. It will distort the design to fit the size of the required rug. Our templates normally assume the rug is going to be an oblong shape, but the client may be opting for a square or a long narrow carpet runner, here the design elements could look a little out of proportion. The client and ourselves will be able to see this instantly, and we will make in-house adjusts to marry the design with the shape of the rug.

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Bespoke rug with border to match marble tiles

As with any bespoke products we expect the customer to want to tweak the design. A typical example is in the above photo of a rug we had recently produced for a client. This customer wanted a rug in a non-standard 180cm x 250cm size to sit centrally in a hall. He requested it coloured in plain cream, with a terracotta and black border to match his marble tiles. We produced the pattern using our standard template and forwarded him the design plan for approval. He asked; “Would it be possible to make the border the same size as the tile”? He sent us the sizes and we reproduced the design template to the exact dimensions of the border tiles. A relatively simple request that is easy to execute, which is what our bespoke rug service is about.

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Adjusting the size of a border

About the rugs we produce.

Over the years we have had many wool rugs produced from handmade carpet suppliers in Bhadohi, also known as “Carpet City”. Located in the Uttar Pradesh region of India, whose most famous landmark is the Taj Mahal, Bhadohi is renowned for the production of carpets and rugs, producing and exporting around 40% of the worlds handmade carpets and rugs. “That’s a lot of experience”.

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Profile our custom made rugs.

Our supplier is highly experienced in the production of hand woven and hand-tufted rugs, they have produced rugs for some of the biggest and most renowned rug brand in the world. The rugs are hand-tufted using 100% wool, it’s a high-grade longer staple length wool that is less prone to excessive shedding. We opt for a shorter, more compact cut pile surface that keeps its shape longer and is better for carving. The backing of the rug uses a good quality hessian and is folded and taped for a clean edge.

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Backing of the finished rug

Because we are buying and shipping direct from the maker, we can keep the costs to a minimum. With no middlemen and no “big brand” marketing costs, we price the finished bespoke rug, delivered to the client’s door, at similar or less per square metre price than high street brands. How cool is that?

Producing bespoke rugs isn’t new to us, however letting the client lose on the design tool, is. We encourage you to take a look, design and share this concept on social media. Any constructive comments that will help make the design, colouration and purchasing experience better, are welcome.

How to Choose the right rug for your home

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Opinions vary as to the function of a rug; on one hand there are some use rugs simply to protect fitted carpet or wood flooring and others use rugs as a decorative centrepiece to a room. With the increase use of real wood flooring in our homes many more large rugs are now used under dining tables and beds. Whatever or wherever your rug is to go, when choosing your new rug, other than colour, there are a few basic things you should take into account theses are size, texture and design.

The Rugs Size:

You will first need to establish the size of rug that you require to cover the area of your floor taking into account the positioning of furniture you are using to compliment the rugs. This can be done with a tape measure by taking the rough length and width of the area you wish to cover. Because manufactures don’t have a standard sizes it is highly unlikely that the rug you select will get the exact size for the area so you will often need to compromise a little, that is to say, you may have to settle for a slightly larger or smaller size.

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When planning to use the rug in conjunction with settees and occasional furniture such as a coffee table, think about the overall effect. The popular option is to sit a coffee table on the rug, however to do this you may require the rug to be fair bit larger than the coffee table or the overall effect of the rug may be lost. In contrast when using a coffee table with a glass top you can often afford to use smaller rugs as the design or texture will be visible through the glass.

When using a rug under a dining table establish whether you require a rug that is large enough to accommodate both table and dining chairs, or just large enough to accommodate the table. Dining room tables are often extendable so don’t forget to allow for this. Popular sizes for rugs under dining tables vary between 160cm x 230cm and 200cm x 300cm.

Using rugs under beds has become increasingly popular particularly on wood flooring as many of us still prefer to step out of bed onto a soft warm rug rather than cold hard flooring. You can use an extra large rug that will cover a large area of unseen and unused area under the bed, whilst there is a degree of waste the advantage is that it will also dampen the sound of creaky old beds echoing around the home. You can also lay smaller rugs each side of a bed a popular bedroom choice for rugs is single or double sheepskins.

The Rugs Texture:
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A rugs texture will vary dramatically from product to product and your final choice will depend upon varying factors including, visual appearance, underfoot comfort and durability. Rugs that have a high degree of intricate design are usually produced closely woven on a short velvet pile, whereas plainer rugs will generally rely on shaggy, twisted or carved textures to enhance the overall appearance. Some rugs will have a combination of textures the most popular being cut and loop, this is a texture of a soft cut velvet pile combined with a harder loop pile.

The Rugs Design:
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Rug designs come in four main styles, Plain, Traditional, Modern or Transitional. Plain rugs use a single colour, classic or traditional rugs are designed using a Persian or Oriental style design usually using a combination of five or more colours. Modern or contemporary rugs use abstract or geometric designs or a combination of abstract and geometric to create a modern design. Transitional rugs are designs that are an amalgamation of traditional and modern designs. A typical transitional design in today’s market would be the many contemporary Damask designs available.

Ah love a bit of flat weave, me!

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Elegant Two Tone Designs

That’s flat woven rugs if you didn’t already know. These are rugs that have no pile to speak of the surface texture resembles a blanket rather than a carpet. Many of these are woven like heavy throws using wool, cotton or acrylic fabrics better known as Kilim rugs. You know the sort of thing you’d expect to see in a shop Laura Ashley.. The type of thing you won’t find on our website, simply because in my opinion they are not worth the money. They never stay in place, curl up and move on virtually any surface you put them on. It is literally like having a blanket on the floor.

But it’s the other type of flat weave that I like! The ones produced on Wilton looms and have the backing stiffened to give a rigid stability. With a surface yarn of durable polypropylene woven into the warp and weft (backing) usually with only two to three colours to produce the design. Whats lost on colour is usually made up with the way the yarn skips a row here and there while exposing the weft threads to produce intricate natural textured tones in combinations of herringbone, dogtooth, checks, plaids barleycorn and twills. The Wilton looms can produce virtual high and low yarn finish to create simply stunning effects.

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Flat Woven Wilton Rug Pile Surface

I have to admit flat weaves do lack in comfort because they don’t have a soft pile to sink into. But there are many areas in the home where practicality overrides comfort. For example, halls, kitchens and conservatories are typical of a living space that benefit from less underfoot comfort. Easy cleaning is essential in these locations because they are generally the work areas of the home.

These areas of the home are also the most likely to have a hard floor surface and without a shadow of doubt because of the light weight, thin profile a Wilton woven flatweave rug sits better on a hard floor than it does on a carpet.

When you consider your next rug for an area of the home with a hard floor surface, don’t just head for the deep soft shaggy rugs, take a look first at the flatweaves on offer at rugzone.co.uk and be amazed at the stunning designs and weave patterns on offer.

Why You Should Buy Rugs and Carpet runners

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You want your home to be comfortable and look  beautiful  specially inside.  There are of ways to do this.  You  ensure that the layout is pleasing to the eyes, maximize space. You can put decorative materials on the walls  and  floors.

When it  comes to home decorations, modern rugs and carpets are the best. They are not only used for beautification purposes, but  also for protective  purposes.  They  protect  floors from  premature  damages  and also  protect people from accidents. Naked floors are usually slippery specially when wet  and more than a few people  have been injured because of them.

Shaggy rugs come in various colors, sizes  and designs, so you can always find  something  that suits the overall interior motif of  your  home. If  you want  your home to look up to date, there are many modern rugs  that you can choose from.  Now that  more  materials are available for…

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From Rugs to Riches !

qhashghai55497-0.jpgThanks to modern manufacture, there are now many opulent and attractive rug designs that emulate the magnificence of the stately homes of rural Britain or the palaces of Persia. Most Persian rugs feature a central medallion with borders on the edge that reflect the design of the central medallion.

These designs are internationally recognisable, due to their popularity and the huge spread of Persian influence across the Middle East, where these rugs are still produced in their millions. Handmade rugs are generally more expensive than their machine made counterparts, although larger cheaper labour forces in the Middle East and China have sustained the handmade rug industry.

Traditionally Handmade rugs have evolved over the centuries, and more affordable examples are predominantly hand knotted or pulled and made from recycled materials. They do not reflect the same design or manufacture intricacies of the traditional Persian rug, these still carry large price tags.

Fortunately now there are machine made examples of these types of rugs, which are ethically more palatable and good on the pocket too! Bokhara rugs have classic Middle Eastern design, and are not only affordable, but their propylene/wool mix means that they are also very easy to maintain. The Sarouk range of rugs is machine made in Turkey, and includes the classic medallion border designs of Persia.

These rugs are available to fit all the areas of your home with small circular rugs, larger rectilinear rugs and hall runners. With prices ranging from under £20, these rugs, once unattainable for many, are now available to even those on a tight budget. In a range of colours and classic designs, Rug Zone has a great range of oriental and Middle-Eastern inspired rugs.

chatRedIf you were looking to maintain a design motif throughout your home, it has never been easier. Taking a three bedroom home with a living room, dining room, hallway and landing, it is possible to have a large and beautiful rug in each room, runners in the hall and landing for less than £350, a budget which would not let you carpet a living room alone.

With free shipping on larger models, and fast worldwide delivery, check out Rug Zone’s huge range of machine-made rugs, with a detailed list of dimensions and excellent prices, it is possible to design your own décor without having to leave your living room via the online rug specialists’ website.