rugs are a flat weave style of carpet -- But how are these
Needlepoint rugs are a flat weave style of carpet. They are
made by sewing thousands of stitches onto a large piece of
cloth. Often these stitches are made to follow a pattern or
design that has been chosen by the rug maker. A skilled needlepointer
will use many different colors and a vast range of stitches
during the rug making process and this will help him to achieve
the particular look he has chosen.
The history of needlepointing can be traced back as far as
the ancient egyptions, around three thousand years ago, where
the fine needlepoint stitches were used to decorate their
clothing. More recently needlepointing has been adopted by
the rug maker to produce high quality tapestry style rugs.
One of the best example of this are the fabulous aubusson
rugs of france.
The process used when making a needlepoint carpet starts
with an image of the pattern or design for the rug. This image
is applied to the canvas, also known as a scrim, that the
carpet will be based on. This makes it easy for the needlepointer
to apply the correct colored stitches throughout the rug making
process (a process can easily take many weeks to complete).
Once the needlepointing is finished a cloth is normally applied
to the back of the rug to tidy up any untidy threads and stitches,
however, some high quality needlepointers pride themselves
on keeping the back of their rugs so tidy, their rugs are
When choosing needlepoint wool area rugs for your home you
should always ask yourself the following questions: Does the
design feel authentic? Has the rug maker been inventive in
his use of color? Is the rug handmade from 100% pure wool?
Does the rug incorporate a backing cloth? Will I need to use
a rug pad to prevent the rug from sliding? And finally, does
the price seem fair for the rug you have chosen?
April 30th, 2005
By: Paul Goodwin
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