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Which Rug Weave Type is Right for You? 

“Rug Weave” refers to how a rug is made. Rug weaves will vary in look, quality, texture, and durability depending on their construction type. The selection of rugs available online can seem overwhelming, but really there are 3 rug weave types that are most common.

Below, we will discuss the 3 most common rug types to help you choose which rug weave type is right for you. 


Machine Made Rugs

Machine Made Rugs

Machine Made rugs are the most common type of rug weave found in the American market. These are power loomed rugs that are highly durable and low cost. Because they are typically made with synthetic materials, power loomed rugs are perfect for high-traffic areas. 

Machine woven rugs are excellent for:

  • family rooms
  • kids bedrooms
  • entryways
  • mud rooms

These rugs are popular because they are very easy to clean and stain resistant. With the proper maintenance, power loomed rugs can last for 5+ years, which is an ideal lifespan for high-use, low-cost area rugs. 


Printed Rugs

Printed Rugs

Printed rugs are perfect for those looking for a stylish, low pile, low-cost rug option for their home. What sets printed rugs apart is that they are designed to look handmade, even though they are made by machine. From afar, printed rugs look like Persian or Oriental rugs. However, unlike handmade rugs, printed rugs are cheaper, more durable, and easier to clean. 



Handmade Rugs

Handmade Rugs

Handmade rugs are the most expensive rug type available because they are hand-knotted by a skilled artisan, making them very time consuming to manufacture. They can take weeks, months, or even years to produce depending on the size and knot density. This makes them rare and highly sought after. 


Handmade rugs are wonderful additions to your home that can be inherited by future generations. But, in addition to their cost, you will be investing time and money in their upkeep. Since handmade rugs are made with natural materials like wool, jute and silk, they require more effort to maintain. 


Special Care for Handmade rugs:


Cleaning Rugs

  • Handmade rugs need a rug pad. This will prevent it from slipping in high traffic areas, which prevents wear from showing over time. 
  • Vacuum handmade rugs often. Make sure to be gentle when vacuuming and do not run over loose loops or it will could pull the rug fiber
  • Address spills and stains immediately. The material your handmade rug is made of will dictate how you address spills and stains.


Ready to start looking for which rug weave is right for you?  Call our Customer Service toll-free line (24/7, 365) to speak with professional sales representatives who can assist you in making this decision easier for you. We want to see what you come up with, so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @rugsdotcom with your favorite kids room rug pictures.

*NOTE – Safety is of most importance.  Be sure to have an anti-slip pad under your rug to prevent it from moving and sliding.

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