Flat, knobby, shaggy, plush, silky, smooth—the world of rugs is full of glorious textures, and here at Rugs USA, we celebrate them all. That said, with the thousands of rug styles we have to offer, it could be easy to get overwhelmed by some of the terminology and rug weave types. If you’ve ever wondered what hand tufted is, exactly, and how it may work in your space, this post is for you!
Flatweave rugs live up to their name: They are woven to be flat, with no pile. These thinly-woven rugs boast a beautiful array of patterning, making them a great choice in any room; they have a special knack for being placed under doors, with plenty of clearance to spare. Also, they’re often reversible.
Note: Due to how thin flatwoven rugs can be in comparison to other weave types, it is important to place a rug pad underneath them to prevent slippage.
Hand Tufted Rugs
When a rug is hand tufted, individual threads are loaded into a “tufting gun” and pushed through a canvas to create a cut and/or looped pile. A fabric backing is then glued to the completed design to keep the threads in place.
Hand tufting results in a tight, yet soft feel underfoot. At Rugs USA, our hand-tufted rugs are usually made of wool, a resilient and naturally water resistant fiber; but some, such as our Striped Shaggy Rug, are made of synthetic fibers.
Note: When you choose a wool hand tufted rug, keep an eye open for shedding—but regular vacuuming will help to lessen the shedding over time. Other factors such as pile height, where you put the rug, and how much traffic it receives may affect how much shedding you’ll see.
Hand Woven and Hand Knotted Rugs
Hand woven and hand knotted rugs are created on a large loom using a “warp thread” (threading stretched from the top to bottom of the loom) and “weft thread” (stretched from the left to right sides of the loom). Rows of knots are then tied along the warp and weft.
At Rugs USA, natural fibers such as cotton, jute, and sisal are hand woven. This makes each rug a one-of-a-kind addition to your home.
Hand woven and hand knotted rugs are a great choice if you’re interested in organic texture. Many of our best sellers—Braided Rug, Chunky Loop Rug, Flokati Rug—have an irresistible feel, and a rustic-boho look that’s always on trend.
Note: “Sprouting” (fibers popping out from the rug surface) of handwoven rugs is common. Don’t pull these—it could damage your rug! Instead, trim the thread down to the face of the rug.
Hand Hooked and Hand Looped Rugs
Hand-hooking and hand-looping makes these rugs durable and long-lasting. And a vintage-inspired pattern such as our Rose Bouquet rug never goes out of style!
Note: Some of our most beloved outdoor rugs at Rugs USA are hand hooked of water-resistant synthetics, making them not only soft, but durably weather resistant. Many of these rugs look terrific indoors, too!
Machine Made Rugs
Machine made rugs are powerloomed, or made on an electronically controlled loom. Most are made from synthetics and have serged (bound) edges.
Machine made rugs have a unique superpower: the possibilities for their design are truly endless. At Rugs USA, we carry powerloomed rugs in every color and style, in durable synthetics that stand the test of time.
Note: Our famous Moroccan Trellis rug—named “The Rug” by The New York Times—lives up to its promise as a powerloomed rug that goes with everything!
If ever there were an iconic rug texture, it would be a shag. Sometimes seen as a hallmark of the bygone Brady Bunch era, today shag rugs could not be more of-the-moment. Ever-trendy Moroccan styles range from tranquil ivory and diamonds, to riotous texture and color. Even more compelling than the look of a shag rug is its feel, adding a warm, welcoming touch to any room.
Note: Weaving methods vary for shag rugs, but they are known to have a much thicker, “shaggy” or “fluffy” demeanor. Shag rugs come in a variety of textures and lengths, all with their signature soft pile.
We hope you love dreaming about texture as much as we do, and have summoned the confidence to order the rugs that appeal to ALL of your senses. When in doubt, don’t forget to read reviews . . . not to toot our own horn, but our rugs have inspired 79,500 reviews and counting!
Happy rug hunting!