Beautiful, hand crafted area rugs are among the most versatile and elegant flooring choices. Easy to transport, area rugs work on top of virtually any floor, adding color and texture to your home. At Dalworth, we pride ourselves on being experts in cleaning and maintaining fine hand crafted rugs. If you are in the market to add a beautiful hand knotted area rug to your home, count on us to provide a convenient shopping experience and top notch service.
Dalworth features the latest in fine area rugs. We have some great choices in stock, but we can also assist you with the design of a custom rug that will be perfect for your room. Perhaps you need a certain size, or you need to match a particular color scheme, or you have a found a fabric or a picture with a wonderful design that you would love to see as a rug. If so, you should consider a custom rug and Dalworth can help. Be sure to visit our Custom Rug Design Studio to see the possibilities.
Area rugs are very similar to carpet in terms of construction. However, the most coveted area rugs are hand woven, making them priceless heirlooms that can be handed down for generations when cared for properly. Man-made area rugs, while not considered long term investments, will still add beauty and charm to any room. All rugs share three fundamentals: weave, knotting and dyes.
How a rug is woven greatly affects the look of the rug once it's finished. Read on to learn more about the three types of weaves for area rugs.
Pile Weave - Also known as knotted weave, pile weave is the most common method of weaving. In pile weave, a knot is created by wrapping yarn around two adjacent yarn strands. A rug can have anywhere from 25 to 1,000 knots per square inch. All knots are tied by hand.
Flat Weave - The flat weave process does not have knots. Yarn strands are passed in and out of the adjacent strands, creating a flat surface. Flat weave rugs have no pile.
Hand Tufted - Hand tufted rugs are do not have knots, similar to the flat weave. Instead, a backing is used and strands of yarn are pushed through and glued in place. Hand tufted rugs can have a short or tall pile depending on how the yarn is cut in the final step of the tufting process.
Tying knots is the way pile weave rugs are made. The style of knot indicates the part of the globe where the rug was made. Learn more about the knots in area rugs to help you find the rug that's right for you.
These are known as the Persian or Senneh knot. These create a very tight weave and are considered to make the finest rugs. The asymmetrical knot is typical of Iran, Turkey, Egypt, India and China.
The symmetrical knot is used in the Caucus, Turkey and Iran by Turkish and Kurdish tribes.
This refers to the number of knots per square inch. This can range from 25-1000. The higher the knots per square inch, the finer the rug.
Dye refers to the process of changing the color of the yarn in your rug. There are both natural and synthetic dyes.
Only in the past 150 years have synthetic dyes become popular. Until then, it was only natural dye extracted from plants, animals and minerals. Natural dyes are still used in some areas where access to these resources is prominently available.
As the demand for handmade rugs grew, synthetic dyes were invented to accommodate demand. Chrome dyes are popular for being fade-resistant, affordable and available in a variety of colors.