Hand-Tufted Rugs: Affordable Durability
A hand-tufted rug is faster to make compared to other handwoven rugs, making it a more affordable option. But it still has all the personality and warmth and durability that comes from human hands bringing fibers together. Learn why these beautiful, durable rugs are worthy of gracing your floors for the next decade or two.
First, the backing is made with the rug’s design punched out into a frame. A tufting tool is used to punch wool or yarn through that design. Once the rug’s pattern has been brought to life, a binding is glued to the back of the fibers to give them strength.
This backing, called a scrim, is an easy way to tell if a rug is hand-tufted. A hand-knotted or flatweave rug, for example, would be bare and reversible. The underside of a hand-tufted rug will be covered.
With the scrim holding the yarn safely in place, the rug’s exposed loops are shaved down. This flattens the rug pile height, which makes it more walkable. Hand-tufted rugs come in a variety of pile heights. Try to use low to medium piles in high traffic areas so people don’t trip over the woolly tufts.
Look and Feel
Looking for luxe, plush density? You’ll find it humbly offered by a hand-tufted weave made from natural wool. This type of rug was shorn for cozy intimacy.word
Wool is very absorbent of deep, natural dyes, so a hand-tufted rug allows you to enjoy a richly colorful design while keeping a soft, soothing base. A hand-tufted rug’s homey charm and lovability can help to relax any classic interior. Because it’s so deeply textured and moody, this rug construction easily lends itself to eclectic styles.
While luxurious to the touch, hand-tufted rugs tend to be more absorbent and prone to deep stains, so avoid placement in bathrooms and kitchens.
Durability and Maintenance
With the sturdiness of natural wool, this type of rug holds up well in most areas. In fact, with proper care, a durable hand-tufted rug can last 10-20 years. The affordability of these rugs makes them easy to swap out in family-friendly spaces, since wool stains are easily cleaned by simple blotting. Just don’t oversaturate your rug’s fibers, which will cause the backing to dissolve.
While hand-tufted rugs are tougher than machine-made rugs, their speedy construction means they’re not as structurally sound as hand-knotted rugs. You probably won’t be passing them down as heirlooms if they’re well-loved, but with proper care, you should be able to enjoy them for many years. Avoid vigorous shaking or beating your hand-tufted rug, for example, because the fibers are a bit more delicate and easier to crush. Hand-tufting is an easy skill to learn, and as a result, the quality of this rug construction is known to vary.
Some hand-tufted rugs may yellow as their under-coating falls apart over time. Protecting your rug with a rug pad and proper room placement can help to slow this process. Weekly vacuuming will preserve the raw, earnest quality that comes from their organic materials. For more tips, check out How to Get Stains Out of Carpets and Rugs.
Hand-tufted rugs are soft and gorgeous, with a long-lasting construction perfect for when you want a focal point that looks beautiful and intentional. To learn about other types of handwoven rugs, check out our Guide to Rug Construction.
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