How to choose an AREA RUG
An area rug can transform a room in the time it takes to unroll it. Our
guidelines will help you find the one that fits and avoid shopping snags.
Knowing the lingo helps you shop
smart. These terms refer to construction
TUFTED Pieces of yarn are punched through a backing then cut to
create a smooth surface (called pile).
Tufted rugs shed more than others.
HOOKED Though similar to a tufted rug in that loops of yarn are pulled through a backing, the yarn isn’t cut, leaving
a looped pile.
KNOTTED Pieces of yarn are tied, often by hand, to warp fibers on a
loom. It’s the most labor-intensive way
to make a rug.
BRAIDED Lengths of fabric, yarn, or natural fibers
are braided then sewn to one another.
Often called kilims or dhurries, these are woven on a loom, either by hand or machine. There’s no backing, so they are lighter and reversible.
SHAG Any tufted, woven, or knotted rug with
long, plush pile.