When a person is thinking of buying an area rug, they want to know what type of area rugs they will have to place in particular areas. If you think about it, there are many different types of rugs available in the market today that some people can’t decide which one to choose. 

Today, however, there are many more reasons why people prefer to use these rugs instead of others. The area rug has become quite fashionable as more people want to use it as part of their interior design scheme.

Two Types of Area Rugs

Area rugs are made using the same processes used by talented master weavers over thousands of years. Here are two types of area rugs:


  • Machine Woven Area Rug


In order to get the most out of a machine woven area rug, you will want to choose one with a higher thread count, which will make it last longer and look better. Also, if you buy a machine woven area rug, ensure it is machine washable fabric. Here are some characteristics of machine woven rug:

  • A machine-woven area rug is basically a pile of yarn woven into a larger loop, which is then turned into a larger loop and spun again. 
  • Machine woven is also known as a bobbin weave, and it is the most common method used today. Because a bobbin weave is a continuous process, it can create larger loops, so they can be pulled apart and made smaller. Then the smaller loop is turned into a larger loop and turned again into the larger loop.



  • Hand-Woven Area Rug


A handwoven rug is made partially by hand. This type of rug is made of wool. The process for creating a handwoven. Here are some characteristics of a handwoven rug:

  • A handwoven area rug will last longer, as well. These carpets are also made using the same process, but there are no machines involved in the process. This is because the handweaver works with natural fibers like cotton or wool.
  • Hand-woven area rugs are made with two different threads. One of the threads is handwoven, while the other one is machine woven. You may be able to find hand-woven area rags that have both threads, but if you do, then the colors may not be the same, or they could have a different weave pattern.

Hand Woven Area Rug Vs. Machine Woven Area Rug

Handwoven rugs are made on a specially designed loom and are knotted by hand. The making of hand-knotted rugs is a very ancient art that deserves a lot of admiration! The size of the loom depends on the size of the rug and the weaving is done from the bottom to the top. The rug weaver inserts the “knots” into the foundation of the rug and they are tied by hand, this makes up the “pile” of the rug. This is a very tedious and time-consuming operation.

Machine-made rugs are made by large machines called power looms. A power loom is electrically automated and controlled by computers. Machine-made rugs can be made quickly and are manufactured with materials including wool and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, polyester, acrylic, and art silk.

The main difference between a machine woven and handwoven area rug is the fact that a machine weaver cuts the pile yarn at the point where it is ready to be turned into yarn, and a handweaver will do so much later. This is because it takes more time to turn the pile yarn into yarn when it is raw.

Some of the most popular high-quality area rugs available today are those made from cotton and wool. Other types of natural fibers are often considered more traditional and are available, but not as widely used as the two mentioned above.


In Summary

Machine-made rugs on the other hand are made using synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester. While these materials are inexpensive, they are little more than plastic and are easily prone to breaking. Materials such as these are shown to only be able to withstand a few hundred bends during testing.

Because of the strength of the rug, the uniqueness of its design, and the quality of the materials used, a Hand-knotted area rug is by far the superior choice if you are searching for a beautiful, functional work of art that will last for generations to come.