Handmade rugs versus machine-made rugs

Genuine Oriental rugs are woven completely by hand. Knowing the difference between a machine-made and a handmade rug could mean the difference between a wise investment and a short-term solution. As you invest in quality, its beauty and value can last forever.

First, you need to think of handmade rugs as works of art. Thousands of fibers are carefully placed and knotted by hand to create intricate designs. A weaver tries to recreate the original design by hand, but it is almost impossible to keep the exact spacing of each knot or to match the same color with dyes. Handmade rugs have underlying details and untold stories that cannot be seen at first glance. Here are basic differences between the two types:

Handmade Rugs Machine-made Rugs
No two are the same Many are identical
Grow in value with age Lose value immediately after purchase
3-18 months to complete Can be made in an hour or less
Each strand is secured with
a hand-tied knot
Each strand is secured with
latex backing
Made of wool and/or silk Most made of polyester
Can be repaired Damage can not be fixed

So because of the cost of labor and materials, you get a machine-made rug for cheaper. But on the other hand, a handmade rug is a unique work of art that will go up in value and become a family heirloom.

Handmade rugs start to develop a rich patina through use. Like fine wine, books, and friends, you will appreciate them more with age. This is why they are so avidly collected around the world. Because, in this world of mass production, it is difficult to find something totally unique, something created individually by hand, knot by knot!

Please note that handmade rugs are also known as hand-knotted or hand-woven rugs.

Now that you have learned the basic differences between handmade rugs and machine made ones, you can decide what to buy. The original, a unique work of textile art, or the cheaper machine made replica. The choice is yours.

"Just got our rug for the family room and want to tell you how it has changed that room. Wow! Nice warm, cosy feeling. Great!"
Nancy, Lake Surich, IL