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The Anatomy of the Traditional Rug

What's in a rug? The anatomy of the traditional rug

If you’re on the hunt for a new rug for your home, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about traditional rugs. In fact, it’s a term we all come across at some point in daily life – but what does it really mean? ‘Traditional rug’ is one of those sayings that seems to be used almost as a synonym for any patterned rug, but there’s much more to it than that.

In today’s blog post, we’ll explore what goes into a traditional rug, and take a brief glimpse at their history.

The many variations of the traditional rug

Many of us would know a traditional rug if we saw one. They tend to feature deep red, yellow and ochre colours with a hint of beige or green. Likewise, these traditional rugs usually take their inspiration from the natural world, with floral motifs featuring flowers, vines and repeating patterns. Much of the history of the traditional rug actually stems from the both the Middle East and the orient. Countries such as India and China are very much the progenitors of this type of traditional rug, and the craftsmen who originally wove this type of piece set the standard for the next few hundred years.

Traditional weaving techniques

Another sometimes forgotten aspect of the traditional rug is the actual physical method of production. The weaving technique used on the rugs often focused either on hand-tufting, or the use of rudimentary looms. The people weaving these rugs would need to be highly skilled, and brought a lot of their personality to each of the traditional rugs they created. Most techniques used in the production of traditional rugs would refer to the vertical and horizontal threads of the weave as the warp and the weft. It’s on this basis that almost all modern weaving techniques were born – and practically every traditional rug you find will be crafted this way.

Traditional rugs in modern times

You may sometimes here terms like Persian or Oriental being used in reference to these rugs, and this generally refers to the places they were woven – or the inspiration they’re based on. However the techniques used today to produce traditional rugs are a little more optimised than they were. While hand-tufting is still quite prevalent, you’ll find that the majority of modern traditional rugs are produced via automated processes in factories. While some may think this may not be the optimal way to produce these, it can’t be denied that modern traditional have a longer life and are far more durable.

Looking for a traditional rug of your own? Check out the full range of traditional rugs now and discover the perfect piece for your home.



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