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What do most people mean when they use the term "luxury rug?" Does it just mean that the rug is expensive? Not necessarily. It actually has more to do with the way it is made, its use and the effect that it creates in its setting. The term also implies that the rug will last for many, many years - possibly for many, many generations. The word "heirloom" is often used interchangeably when discussing rugs of this superior quality and craftsmanship.
Luxury area rugs are defined by their superior quality and craftsmanship. Often called "functional works of art for your floor," the warmth and beauty of handmade rugs brings interest and appeal to any room in the house. There are three major construction techniques used to create beautiful luxury rugs. The common factor is that they are carefully made by hand - no machines, no shortcuts here. One yarn at a time in the hands of an experienced craftsperson.
The creation of a hand-knotted rug requires the infinite patience of a team of experienced, dedicated craftspeople. Each tuft is created by tying a knot around a warp thread and then placed one by one into the rug's pattern. It can take six months to a year to weave a large rug, but the final product is the ultimate in luxury and precision.
This technique involves shooting small clusters of yarns through an extremely fine and tight canvas. By doing so, a rug is created that is almost identical to one that is hand-knotted, but at a fraction of the time and expense. Because there are no knots, an additional backing must be adhered to the canvas. Typically hand-tufted rugs do not have fringes.
This basic construction technique is used to create highly versatile and durable floor coverings and tapestries. Originally developed in rural areas around the world using the simplest of lines and colors, today flat-woven rugs are designed to fit any setting. A great appeal of area rugs created this way is that they are reversible, which can dramatically extend their life in your home.
When you purchase a luxury handmade rug you are not just buying a floor covering; you are decorating your floors with a unique and special type of art for which there is no equal. Consider a luxury rug an investment that will hold its value - and beauty - for generations.
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