is thousands of years old -- But which is the most popular
style being made today?
The art of rug making is thousands of years old, but today
falls into three main categories of weaving style. These are
handwoven rag rugs, braided rugs, and hooked rugs.
Handwoven rag rugs, which are probably the most popular category
of rug produced today, include both flat woven and pile rugs
and are both made using similar rug weaving techniques. Here,
horizontal and vertical threads or warps are crafted together
to form the basic made rug. Pile rugs undergo an additional
step in the weaving process, where a pile, normally of wool,
is attached to the base threads during weaving. This category
of making rugs has produced many varied styles, from flat
woven Kilims to luxurious piled tibetan made rugs.
Braided rugs are produced by sewing small strips of cloth
together to form a longer strip. These long strips are then
crafted together to form a braid. This is then laid down on
a flat surface in a coiled pattern making the basic shape
of the rug. The braids are then sewn together to hold the
rug in shape.
Hooked rugs are made using a hand hook, similar in appearance
to a crochet hook. This hook is then used to form loops of
either yarn or fabric on a stiff woven fabric base.
September 27th 2005
By: Paul Goodwin
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