Lay­ing it out straight

WHEN IT COMES TO FIN­ISH­ING YOUR NEW OR REN­O­VATED HOME WITH DECOR, RUGS ARE A GREAT WAY TO DE­FINE SPA­CES

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To help you iden­tify the many types of rugs avail­able, here is a run-down of the most com­mon.

TUFTED RUGS

These rugs make up the vast ma­jor­ity of the rugs and car­pets sold.

The tufted ma­te­rial is in­jected into a back­ing ma­te­rial, which is then bonded to an­other ma­te­rial, such as hes­sian, for added strength.

KNOT­TED RUGS

These rugs can be ma­chine-made or hu­man-made, de­pend­ing on their ori­gins.

The thread mak­ing up the carpet is pulled through the back­ing ma­te­rial and ar­ranged in colours and pat­terns.

FLAT WEAVE RUGS

Threads or long pieces of ma­te­rial are wo­ven in and out of the cot­ton in­stead of be­ing tied around it. Soumak, dhur­rie and kilim rugs are all ex­am­ples.

PER­SIAN RUGS

Per­sian rugs are in­cred­i­bly el­e­gant and their pat­terns tend to be elab­o­rate as they are of­ten crafted by hand.

Of­ten val­ued higher than other rugs, they can be col­lectable.

EM­BROI­DERED AND AUBUSSON RUGS

Highly col­lectable, they are tra­di­tion­ally hand-stitched on to a cot­ton or linen back­ing, while held taut by a frame.

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