When you visit a vintage place, you cannot help but be in awe with its interiors and the things used in its decor. The vintage,handmade rugs are also one of the
things that sets the place apart. What makes a rich interior looks richer is how classy and expensive is the RUG that is placed at that place. When you want to
recreate that look at your place and you go buy rugs, you find it to be very expensive and sometimes you actually wonder, are they actually worth it?
So, Are Expensive Rugs Really Worth It?
The price of rug depends on many factors such as the material used in makingg the rug, the density of knots, the method by which its made, the ethics behind making it, its size and so on. Every factor plays an imperial role and not a single factor can be ignored.
Material of the Rug
WOOL: Wool is undoubtedly the first choice for any person who has a thing for rugs. It is commonly used for making rugs because of its durability (it can last from
decades to generations) without its quality being affected. It gives a soft, sturdy comfortable feel and it gives out luxury and richness.
SILK: Silk is the second choice to wool, in terms of durability and royalty. Silk is among the famous materials since generations because of its shining
nature and luxurious look. But one of its shortcoming is that it is highly expensive and not just that…. it is also high maintenance. It needs to be cleaned
professionally and cannot withstand places having more footfall or places with kids and pets.
COTTON: One of the natural fabrics, cotton is less durable than its counterparts but provides a soft finish. It is also less expensive than wool or silk and is low
maintenance. Highly suitable for places with kids and pets but cannot withstand much foot traffic (owing to its smaller shelf life)
JUTE: A natural fabric, easy on the pocket Jute gives a good look as it can be dyed into other colors and is ideal for places having more footfall. It is usually combined with other materials for making a rug. However, one thing is that jute sheds a bit which might be a turn off for some people inspite of having high durability.
POLYSTER: It is made synthetically and is non durable but easy on the pocket and maintenance free. Though man-made, it is eco-friendly as it is made of recycled
NYLON: Nylon is other man-made fiber which is known for its high shelf life so it is commonly used at high foot-traffic places. Budget-friendly that it is , it
needs to be maintained as it gets visibly affected by spills.
Here are Some of our Recommendations:
1. Persian Cream 8 x 11 Area Rugs
This unique blend of oriental and modern rug is 10’6″*7’8″. It gives cushioned, soft feel to the feet and is machine-woven. Its easy to clean and suitable for high traffic areas. It is ideal to use and gels well in any corner of your house and not just living room.
2. Soft Indoor Modern 6.6x10 Area Rugs
3. Merelax Modern Soft Fluffy Large Shaggy Rug
This artificially made rug, made of very soft fur is good for low to medium areas. Ideal for kids and pets as it is so soft, plush and totally organic. This gives a stylish look to any corner of your home wherever placed, can be gifted for house warming or christmas.
Method of Making and Knots Per Square Inch
The rugs can either be Handmade, Machine-Made or a Mixture of both. As we know the handmade things require ample amount of time, hardwork, skill and patience, it is usually heavily priced. Making the rugs by hand can take months to complete it but it is totally worth it. Handmade process has a high number of knots per square inch and ensures each knot is weaved safely and appropriately giving a detailed version of the art created by the maker. Because of more number of knots per square inch, it is more amount of material that goes into the making of the rug giving a plush and shiny look. Some of the ancient famous Oriental and Persian rugs took around years to complete the process making it vintage and antique. This makes it last for decades and can even be passed to the next generation.
Machine-Made rugs (totally or partially) are relatively cheaper as it has low thread count and are not much durable (can only last upto some months or hardly a year) The lesser number of knots per square inch do not give that refined look and detailing of the art. These are liked by those who like to change the rugs very often and want to follow the latest trend.
Type of Dye Used for the Rug
Fabric dyes have a direct correlation with the price of the rug. Natural dyes do not fade with time making it more durable, also the natural process requires more labor, thus making it costlier.
Chemically dyed rugs do not have a very long lasting effect and the rug gets lighter with every wash and exposure to sun. Easy on the pocket, these are available in vibrant colors.
The Ethical Factor
Rugs that are handmade and available to you at a very cheap rate might be manufactured via child labor at a very low salary, only then the makers could afford to
do so. On the other hand, there are also rugs that are sold at a handsome amount whose workers are treated properly and not harassed. Do not forget to do your part of research on this factor as well.
Some of the other factors include its
Design – More detailed the design, the costlier the rug.
The Rug’s Size – Larger the rug, more the material goes in its making making it pricier.
The Place Where It’s Made – Labor costs vary from region to region and country to country. The same rug can have a different price if its origin is from different
countries because the labor can be costly at some places and very cheap at others.
So, Finally we can conclude that When you are buying an expensive rug, you are buying the art of the artist, you can personally relate to its design and sometimes
it seems impossible to imagine that the whole rug is actually made thread-to-thread which had required millions of naturally dyed threads taking thousands of hours to complete the process. And this can also be preserved and proudly passed to the next generation.
ITS NOT JUST A PURCHASE, ITS AN INVESTMENT.