Differences Between Machine & Handmade Rugs

Difference Between Machine & Handmade Rugs

Machine Rugs VS Handmade Rugs

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.

Machine-made rugs can offer a lower-priced alternative to hand-knotted rugs. Machine-made rugs usually have a life span of about 20 years or less, depending on the quality and fiber used. For example, a high-quality machine-made wool rug can last for decades if it is well maintained. Machine-made rugs are generally not of any value to a collector.

Hand-made rugs are made on a unique specially designed loom and are custom knotted by hand. For centuries, they are handmade the effort taken for it can be highly time-consuming, with greater making efforts, they can be made according to your personal design (if have any), and the price can vary within the material used.

Typically they’re expensive rugs and need to be taken with greater care by professional experts. 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.

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How to Spot the Differences

The best way to tell the difference between the two types of rugs is by checking the underside or the back of the rug. If the weaving and the knots are not perfectly uniform, you know it is a handmade rug. In addition, you can actually distinguish the individual knots when you look at the back of the rug. 

Spot Difference

This is because, in making handmade rugs, weavers manually insert the knots into the foundation of the rug and tie each knot by hand. Not surprisingly, because it is a fully manual process, this results in the unevenness that you can see on the underside of the rug.

Machine-made rugs, on the other hand, are manufactured by large, heavy-duty power looms, and because the process is entirely automated the resultant rug will have a smooth and even underside. In a machine-made rug, the back of the rug will typically be very uniform and perfectly even.

You cannot see individual knots at the back of a machine-made rug because there aren’t any. The pile is held together by an overstitch construction and this smooth over stitch pattern is what you can see on the entire back of a machine-made rug.