Difference Between Hand-Made & Machine-Made Rugs
Can you differentiate between a handmade and a machine-made are rug? It’s not that easy for an untrained eye to differentiate, but you can do it as soon as you finish reading this article. Following are the 3 main features to examine so that we can differentiate between a handmade and a machine-made area rug:
1. The fringe
2. The edge finishing
3. The back
You can know if a rug has a fringe, simply by examining it whether the rug is handmade or not. See if the fringe is sewn onto the rug. If it’s sewn on, the rug is machine-made. If it is an integral part of the rug, the rug is handmade.
2. Edge Finishing
Another way to differentiate is by looking at the finishing on the edges of the rug. It is machine made if binding or serging is used. A hand knotted rug is always finished on the edges by hand, which might look like sewing at first look, but you will not notice the machine stitches on its back.
3. The Back
One of the easiest ways to figure out if the rug is hand or machine made is to look at the back. If you inspect the back of a handmade rug closely, looking at weaves or knots, you’ll notice some slight imperfections, they might be slightly uneven. But if they look perfectly even, it’s a machine-made rug. Whether your rug is hand-made or machine-made, the more detailed and clear the design is, when looking from the back, the better the quality of the rug. This clarity means there are more knots or weaves per square inch, and this is the best measure of quality in a rug. A rug is more long lasting if it has more knots per square inch, and if it is handmade, it means that it took a very long time to make.
4. Ziegler Rugs
Ziegler (Zeigler) is a given name to a design than the name of an actual city or tribe. They are also known as Chobi rugs or Peshawar rugs. A German company based in Manchester (England), Ziegler and Co. commissioned the development of the original Ziegler rugs back in 1993. These types of rugs were designed with the western market in mind and fit perfectly into almost any home. Based on a softer version of the Sultanabad design, their muted colors using vegetable dyes and simple, yet striking pattern fit well with modern neutral color schemes and both contemporary and traditional furniture. They are possible the most popular and sought after handmade rugs due to their gentle tones and softer patterns. Ziegler rugs help improvise the room with its own kind of attractiveness.
Oriental rugs are handmade carpets that are either knotted with pile or woven without pile.
By definition, oriental rugs are rugs that come from the “Orient” (East). Rugs that were made in Asian countries, such as: China and Vietnam in the east to Turkey, Maghreb countries, Cyprus and Iran in the west, the Caucasus in the north, and India in the south. People who are from different countries, cultures, race, and religious faiths are involved in the production of oriented rugs. Oriented rugs are categorized by origin: Arabian rugs, Persian rugs, Anatolian rugs, Kurdish rugs, Tibetan rugs, Caucasian rugs, Turkestanian rugs, and Central Asian rugs.