Hand-Knotted, Hand-Tufted, and Machine-Made Area Rugs: How do the Differences Between Them Matter?

A rug can transform and customize any space or area it is laid on. Thereby, bringing the whole surrounding and together into one. You might have often witnessed rooms where the wall just does not compliment the floor and its design. Scenarios like these are a few of the reasons why people seek to bring rugs to their living and office spaces.

To sum it up, here are numerous reasons why you need a rug in your life. But when it comes to buying a rug, many of us can not comprehend taking the right decision on this matter. One of the major obstacles that come to the mind of most of us, what kind of rug do I buy to effortlessly transform any room? 

Modern interiors; sofa; area rug

To answer these questions, we would like to let you know that in the widest set of ranges of rugs, there are three kinds of rugs that are most famous and widely available in the market, more so than the other types because of their demand.

These rugs are mainly hand-knotted, hand-tufted, and machine-made rugs. Now while you get somewhat a gist of meaning regarding what each of type rugs they refer to, customers such as yourself still face struggles while choosing between the three types of rugs. 

After all, buying a rug for your living space is a major decision in life. You want your rug to blend in with your rug while looking gorgeous and feeling plush underneath your feet. Moreover, investing in any type of rug does not exactly come cheap.

Of course, a rug is affordable on the pocket but it also has to be durable while looking splendid laid out on the floor. In other words, the quality of a rug matters a lot while choosing the most preferred out of the available options and types. 

First Things First: What Are The Three Types of Rugs? 

When we mentioned the three rugs prior, you must have formed a gist of meaning in your own sense while reading out the names, hand-knotted, hand-tufted, and machine-made rugs. To clarify in moments like these, there is a common misunderstanding among people that pops up, that is, some of you might think hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs are kind of similar in nature.

In a sense that both hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs are hand-made. There are actually several major differences that exist between these two. 

Flat woven process

For instance, in the case of hand-tufted rugs, they are actually made with the help of machines. Spoiler alert! Hand-tufted rugs are created using a tool, is known to be as the tufting gun. These rugs are often mistaken for hand-knotted rugs but there is a visible lack of intricate art and design that is unavailable on the surface and in the creation of a hand-tufted rug.

A few clear signs you can clearly while judging the differences and identify hand-tufted rugs is that they have their fringes generally sewed or adhered to the end of the rug. Also, you will see the design on the hand-tufted rug missing on the back/reverse side of the rug.

Many rugs and a couple

Coming to the case of hand-knotted rugs. Hand-knotted rugs are the most revered type of rug because of their design, quality, intricate detail, durability, and value. Hand-knotted rugs have a splendid and grand appearance, and this should be the telltale indication while identifying a hand-knotted rug anywhere.

Hand-knotted rugs take days, weeks and even months sometimes to produce, depending on the pattern that you will see is mirrored on both sides of the rug. The value of the hand-knotted rug is often expensive, and several factors are justifying the high price such as artisans' elaborate efforts and details while creating the rugs and density of knots. A greater density of knots in a rug means more high-grade quality – and thus, a higher value.

If you are looking for a place where you can buy the best quality of hand-knotted rugs at an affordable price then The Rugs Cafe is the right place for you.

Rug making process machine made

Last but not least is the machine-made rugs. While manufacturing machine-made rugs, large machines such as power looms come into play. Machine-made rugs are, in comparison, less valuable and less durable than the above-mentioned types of area rugs.

Machine-made rugs normally last a decade or so if they are cared for on a regular basis. In a general sense, machine-made rugs are great if you are not in for a long haul, i.e., if you want something cheap and functional to serve the purpose of being an underfoot but do not expect it to last long and awe your guests with it.

Comparing Differences in Material Between Rugs

When it comes to area rugs, one of the major distinctions we draw while comparing the rugs that are available in the market is based on material. The material of an area rug is the fundamental factor that defines its price, durability, and design.

You must want your rug to highlight your mood while being plush enough to rest on. The material of an area rug differs when we consider the three major types of rugs available in the market. Let us delve deeper into the difference in the material in rugs such as hand-knotted, hand-tufted, and machine-made rugs.

First, the hand-knotted area rugs are most often manufactured using wool, cotton, silk, jute, and other natural materials. On a larger scale, you will find wool most often used as the preferred material while creating hand-knotted rugs because woolen hand-knotted rugs are the most desired among customers.

Another common phenomenon you might often see in hand-knotted rugs is that silk being used in woolen hand-knotted rugs to create the highlights or the outlines of the pattern or improve the design of a rug. For instance, you can see a clear example of the said combination of woolen and silk in the craftsmanship and design of hand-knotted rugs in this amazing, one-of-a-kind rug from The Rugs Cafe.

Gol Gumbad Area Rug

Second, comes the hand-tufted rugs. The hand-tufted rugs that you see in the market are generally made of natural material, the same as a hand-knotted rug. But the difference lies in the creation process of these rugs. A hand-knotted rug may take about 10 to 14 months to complete while a similar kind of hand-tufted area rug can be created in a day.

Hand-tufted rugs are made partially with the help of a machine while involving some human labor too, thus we may call hand-tufted rugs less labor-intensive. Taking all of these factors, craftsmen of hand-tufted rugs are often seen using a combination of various kinds of materials while creating hand-tufted area rugs.

Hand-tufted rug

At last, machine-made rugs primarily are manufactured using materials like wool and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, polyester, acrylic, and art silk. These rugs can be made quickly using 'machines' thus you will see different kinds of materials in one rug alone. On another note, you might not often see wool, silk, and cotton materials used to produce machine-made rugs.

Machine made rugs

Comparing Differences in Appearance Between Rugs

We, as humans, are superficial creatures. With that in mind, it is completely acceptable, natural even to choose our area rugs on the basis of their appearance. After all, you do not want to be stuck with a rug that emptied a portion of your bank balance and later finding out that it does not even go with the décor in your living space.

To help you make precise decisions in moments like these where you decide which kind of area rugs has the best appearance, we have brought for you a small but detailed guide on the same.

A hand-knotted area rug showcases the ancient art of rug making on the exterior itself. The grand and intricate knots on the surface of a hand-knotted look marvelous combined with the intricate Oriental, Persian, Victorian, or European designs and patterns on both sides of a hand-knotted rug. Hand-knotted rugs in general have a flatter pile with scarcer texture.

The density of the knots in a hand-knotted rug come in to play a lot when judging its appearance along with the designs and patterns on its surface as mentioned prior, and the clear example of such as phenomenon is brilliantly showcased in this hand-knotted area rug that accentuates any room from The Rugs Cafe called the Gol Gumbad Design Carpet (Inspired by Taj Mahal's Dome).

Gol gumbad design carpet

The hand-tufted rugs partially include the labor of artisans along with the work of a mechanized too. Hand-tufted rugs can be placed best on hardwood or tiled floors. Keep in mind, if you lay hand-tufted rugs in high foot-traffic areas, they will become vulnerable to wearing out and losing their charm with time. Hand-tufted rugs are also more vulnerable to shedding because of their weaker 'tufts' that may come loose along with time. 

Hand-tufted area rug in bedroom

Machine-made rugs are the lower-priced alternative if you can't afford either a hand-knotted or a hand-tufted rug. The machine-made rugs are manufactured easily, within a day or two factories and they are less valuable. Machine-made rugs are lesser in quality and texture than hand-made rugs in comparison and that is why they usually do not look as good as the alternative styles of rugs.

That is not to say, machine-made rugs fail to transform a room but it is unlikely it will continue to transform a room with its charm and appearance for long, as it is more susceptible to wear out.


Comparing Differences in Texture Between Rugs

When you touch and feel an area rug on your skin, you might often come to the judgment that every area rug seems different, in the sense that there is a variation in texture among every type of area rug. Some rugs tend to be thicker, smoother, or coarser, depending on the material and weaving technique used in the creation of the rug. 

For instance, the hand-knotted area rugs are made on a special loom and are knotted by the hands of skilled craftsmen with years of experience at The Rugs Cafe. The feel of every hand-knotted is luxuriously thicker and smoother, and behind every rug is a story. 

The hand-tufted rugs are known to be thicker and coarser under the skin and they are heavier in comparison too. Machine-made rugs are the smoothest kind of area rugs in the market. One of the reasons behind the smoothness and lightweight of machine-made rugs is that they are generally made out of synthetic materials. 

Comparing Differences in Durability Between Rugs

When we are investing in area rugs, one of the major things we expect out of our chosen one is that it proves to durable and continues to glamorize our living space for the longest time. To maintain the durability of an area rug, we of course need to take well care of it. But the primary factor that determines the durability of an area rug is often its type, i.e., what kind of area rug it is. 

If you are looking for the best kind of area rugs that prove to be the most durable, well look no further because the answer is the hand-knotted area rugs.

Yes, hand-knotted rugs are revered for their durability and several of the factors in their making come into the play to their advantage to prove this claim. Such as knot density or knot count in an area rug is a key determinant to prove its durability. The higher the knot density of an area rug is, the longer it will prove to be durable, even under high foot-traffic areas.

There are different kinds of knots that you will see represented in several different hand-knotted rugs such as the Persian knot, the Turkish knot, and The Jufti knot. In short, The number of knots on a hand-knotted rug is a major determinate to figure out its durability. 

The hand-tufted rugs in comparison, hold the middle ground when it comes to durability. While a hand-tufted rug may get passed down for many generations if it is taken well care of, it is unlikely that the same rug will be held as a collectible. Hand-tufted rugs are more susceptible to becoming faded and wearing out with time.

While rest assured, a hand-tufted rug will last a decade or two if sustained well, it will not continue to retain its out-of-store appearance that you wished would last forever.  

Machine-made rugs are prized for their affordability but not for their durability. If machine-made rugs are properly maintained, they may live to see a decade and two but that largely depends on its materials, while machine-made rugs are functional and serve the basic purpose of being a good area rug, you simply can not expect to last forever because it won't.

Machine rugs do not shape to become prized collectibles to their owners and they generally show signs of wearing within a few years. 

Comparing Differences in Value Between Rugs

From the perspective of any general customer, one of the first things that we come to look at while investing in a rug is its price tag or asking price. An area rug serves important obligations when it is laid out in a room or a living space, such as to enhance its décor and make your living area or abode more inviting to visitors.

One thing you can guarantee to be represented in the price tag of an area rug from a respectable seller is that the value reflects the quality of a rug. Thus, differences in values of rugs at any place showcase the variations in craftsmanship, quality, texture, appearance, and material. Keeping in our minds the popular kinds of area rugs we have taken into account, let us discuss what makes the differences in their costs justified. 

A hand-knotted area rug takes months, even years of hard work, precision, and expert artisans skills. Hand-knotted rugs have higher value not because they are mass-produced, but because they are desired and authentic to the core. A hand-knotted rug can not only be passed down for generations within a family but you will witness it at its prime appearance even after decades have; granted if the rug is maintained properly.

A hand-knotted rug is a collectible and often a prized possession of those who own it, for it remains to look luxurious and never out of style even though centuries have passed. 

The hand-tufted rugs that you see in the market are a great alternative if you are not ready and/or prepared to opt for a hand-knotted tug. A hand-tufted rug will serve its purpose of being a great rug but it is unlikely to remain in prime condition if you wish for it to be passed down for generations. Hand-tufted rugs as mentioned before take less time and effort to make and thus they cost less too. 

Machine-made rugs are the cheapest area rugs available for purchase in the market. In a general scenario, machine-made rugs are not considered to be an investment and thus are of no value to a collector. These kinds of rugs are less durable and do not take any labor or much time to make. Thus, the manufacture of machine-made rug passes on their savings to you in form of a low asking price for a machine-made rug.

What Type Of Rug Is Best Suited For You? 

Do you want to change the look, mood, and essence of a room entirely without doing too many 'changes'? Well, introduce your choice of area rug on the floor of the room.

Now that we have highlighted the key aspects and contrasts that make each of the three styles of area rugs unique and different from each other, the final choice on which one to choose lies in your hands. On the same note, we would like to suggest to you the best and our opinion titles towards hand-knotted rugs.

It must not come as a surprise why we have chosen hand-knotted rugs as our preferred style/kind of rug but one of the most important determinants that influenced our decision to favor hand-knotted carpet as the most desirable was The Rugs Cafe.

The Rugs Cafe presented us with a massive collection of hand-knotted rugs of different materials and styles and all at affordable prices. Moreover, the intricate craftsmanship in the designs and pattern of their area rugs left us awestruck. We welcome you to visit The Rugs Cafe anytime and pick your desired hand-knotted area rug out of the numerous available selections. 

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