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All About Rugs Part I: Selecting the Right Make

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Choosing a rug for your home can feel daunting with so many styles, sizes, materials and price-points available. We've put together a guide to help make picking the perfect rug a little easier. Check back soon for part two of our post where we’ll break down how to select the perfect size rug for every room in your home.

HAND-KNOTTED
Hand-knotted rugs are one-of-a-kind creations, made by skilled weavers who individually tie each knot. A complex pattern can require very dense knotting and take a long time to produce, contributing to their high price point. Our hand knotted rugs are available in combinations of Tibetan wool, New Zealand wool & Chinese Silk.

Pros:
- One-of-a-kind collector’s piece
- Durable and constructed to last for generations
- Fully customizable; available in a wide range of colors, patterns, sizes & shapes
- Visually stunning, the combination of silk & wool adds great detail and sharpness

Cons:
- Higher cost compared to other types of rugs
- Longer lead time due to the hand-made technique


Check out some of ours:
Flow Ocean Rug, Flowers on Water, & Peony Apple Hemlock

HAND-TUFTED
Hand-tufted rugs are an affordable alternative to hand-knotted rugs. They are made by punching strands of wool or nylon with a hand operated tool into a canvas backing stretched on a frame. Pile length can vary which allows for some unique high/low texture combinations to be created.

Pros:
- Soft, thick pile texture
- Cost efficient compared to hand-knotted rugs
- Fully customizable; available in a wide range of colors, patterns, sizes & shapes
- Extremely durable and can withstand high traffic areas like hallways and the family room

Cons
- Typically glued to a backing which may separate over extended time
- Usually mass produced


Check out some of ours:
Bombay Rug, Cohen Rug, & Allen Rug

SHAG
Shag rugs have a long pile, giving them a shaggy appearance. They are made from a variety of materials, ranging from synthetic fibers like nylon to cotton, wool, leather and other natural fibers.

Pros:
- Creates warmth in a home and is cozy on your feet
- Fully customizable; available in a wide range of colors, patterns, sizes & shapes
- Wool shag rugs have lanolin, a natural oil produced by sheep, that repels dirt and adds sheen. This natural fiber is a great option for those who prefer non-synthetic materials.
- Nylon shag rugs do not shed and are hypoallergenic

Cons:- Shag rugs collect dirt and debris, so you’ll need to vacuum these rugs on a more regular basis
- Wool rugs shed, especially when placed in high-traffic areas. What you see are loose fibers that are not held tightly by the yarn.
- Not ideal for dining areas, as food can get lodged in the fibers


Check out some of ours:
Hannah Shag Rug, Luxe Shag Rug, & Amir Shag Rug

FLAT WEAVES
Flat-woven rugs have no pile and can be made from wool, cotton or synthetic materials. They can be hand woven or machine made and the pattern can be viewed clearly on both sides.

Pros:
- Do not shed
- Cost efficient
- Simple way to add pattern & color to a room

Cons:
- Not as plush or cozy as other rug options and act more as a visual addition. Consider adding a plush rug pad underneath to increase comfort and reduce slippage.
- Not usually customizable; available in standard sizes (generally 2x3, 5x8, 8x10 & 9x12) 


Check out some of ours: 
Maroc Medium GrayFeza Medium Gray, & Fallon Navy Rug

Talk to us about all of our rug options because our design experts can recommend the perfect rug for your budget and space. And be sure to check out second installment about rugs where we talk about which size rug is best for your room. 


 

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2939 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(800) 65-WEEGO
contact@weegohome.com

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