Hand-knotted rugs are the most unique, and since they require more effort and time to create, cost more. The benefit of these rugs is that no two would ever be exactly alike. You’re getting a piece of art. “These types of rugs are produced on big looms, quite similar to other fabrics, which are woven. The piles can be berber or plush. However, plush ones are generally cut piles and berber ones are loop piles. Innovative style carpets combining the two techniques have also been launched. Vibrant colorful yards are usually employed to weave intricate patterns and designs on the rugs. Woven rugs are generally the most expensive ones due to the involvement of a lot of toil and labor.”
Hand-tufted rugs are a tier lower but they have similar features to the hand-knotted types. “Hand-tufted rugs use high quality wool so the finished product looks and wears much like a hand-knotted rug. Unlike a hand-knotted rug, a hand-tufted rug is created without tying knots. Making a hand-tufted area rug takes a fraction of the time to make, therefore greatly reducing the cost. As a result, hand-tufted rugs are very affordable area rugs.”
Machine made are the least expensive but depending on the quality of the materials and the pattern you can still find wonderful selections. "Machine-made rugs consist of plastic derived fibers being glued onto a strong plastic base which makes them initially very durable, but over time the adhesive degrades and the fibers detach easily from the base."
Each type of rug offers different features and benefits. Knowing which is right for you depends on traffic, how long you want the rug to last, durability, ease of cleaning, and overall how the rug contributes to your decor scheme. Using our Choosing A Rug Guide will help you make the right choice.