Area Rugs(827 items)
Welcome to our Area Rugs Showcase, featuring exceptional designs from artisans throughout the world. Beautiful and practical, each is an exquisite work of art - favorite styles include the wool rugs, sisal rugs, jute rugs and alpaca wool area rugs.
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Your answers straight from the village experts
Rug pads are great because they prevent slippage, prolong wear, protect the floor underneath, and provide additional comfort and quiet. That being said, most of our rugs do not actually require a pad underneath. Many, like those from the Andes, crafted with sheep wool and cotton, are durable and sturdy enough to be placed directly on the floor. But for enhanced protection and longevity, a rug pad is always a welcome addition.
Area rugs are a design-friendly way to absorb sound and insulate a room. They are a wonderful way to reduce noise, as footsteps on a rug are more muted than on hardwood floors or tile, and they also dull ambient sounds. Additionally, they provide warmth and a general sense of well-being. Who doesn’t love a good area rug!
Most area rugs are easy to maintain with a few simple steps. For small stains and spills, you can spot clean with warm, soapy water. Never rub the affected area, always blot! You should vacuum your rugs to remove dirt and debris. And to ensure that rugs wear evenly, it is recommended to place a pad beneath them, and rotate them regularly. As with most vibrant works of art, direct sunlight may dull the colors. For more substantive cleaning, it is recommended that you dry clean your area rug.
We’re huge fans of eco-friendly everything! When it comes to area rugs, you can look for certain indicators that it is produced in a sustainable way that reduces our carbon footprint. Some artisans, like a handful of weavers from India, use recycled fabrics: cotton, rayon, and polyester. Others stress the use of natural dyes and ethically-sourced wool. (Wool is particularly celebrated for being recyclable, abundant, and naturally stain-resistant.)
They say variety is the spice of life. For every personal preference, there is an ideal area rug to match. Whether you’re drawn to the geometric patterns and natural dyes of Zapotec rugs done in traditional Oaxacan style, or gorgeous dhurrie rugs from India woven from jute fibers, the elegant sisal rugs from Jaipur, or soft alpaca wool from the Andes, there is an area rug that is perfect for you.
Handmade, or footmade! Many of the weavers who produce area rugs use a pedal, or foot, loom. While they technically have the assistance of a machine--a treadle or handloom--its operation requires the dexterity, strength, coordination, and patience of the artisan. Additionally, most area rugs are finished by hand.
Traditional area rugs are mostly woven on looms. Treadle, or foot, looms make use of pedals to lift and lower the loom’s harness. This raises the threads of the warp, so that the weft can pass through the opening in the threads. This type of loom is common in the Andes, Central America, as well as Mexico, and traces back to Mayan weavers in the period after the Spanish arrived. Elsewhere, such as India, handlooms are still used. The designs are mapped out in advance, and it takes about four to five days to complete a dhurrie, or traditional Indian floor covering. While the work to craft each of these rugs may be labor intensive, the beauty of the finished product makes it well worth the wait.
While area rugs are handcrafted by artisans from all over the world, they share certain features in spite of their vastly different regions. From the Andes to Central America, Mexico to India, most artisans use some combination of sheep wool, cotton, and natural and industrial dyes. Some artisans, like those from India, may incorporate other materials, like jute, or recycled cotton, polyester, and rayon, into their works. Some of the Zapotec weavers in Mexico use dyes made from natural materials like walnut shell, cochineal, and flowers. With these materials, artisans create vibrant colors and authentic patterns, ideal for adding dimension and warmth to any home.
Featured Reviews on Area Rugs
The living room Pops!
I just purchased three of these for my living room and they are all just fantastic looking. The colors are amazing, and they bring a real warmth to the room. They go very nice with everything, including new cork floor.
Sonik Sethi Woven rugs and runners
"I worked for more than seven years with handicrafts until I realized that this was my cup of tea."
Popular Area Rugs
Mexican Star Motif Loom Woven Zapotec Runner Rug, "Azure Star"$699.99
Bands of multicolor diamonds dance delightfully across an ivory background. Gracing a handloomed rug, the intricate motifs allude to ancient Zapotec motifs. Alfredo Ruiz weaves a beautiful Zapotec rug in orange, beige, yellow, green and turquoise.
Titled "Estrellas azules" in Spanish.
Zapotec wool rug (2x3.5), "Mountain Paths"$147.99
Shades of deep red, brown, tan, black and ochre define mountain paths. Woven on the handloom of naturally tinted wool, this accent rug is an elegant example of Zapotec weaving. Mario Chávez creates the stunning design, named in Spanish.
Because each piece is individually hand-woven, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm).
Loom Woven Red and Black Zapotec Wool Rug (2 x 7 Feet), "Red Star Path"$269.99
Crimson diamonds evoke dazzling stars, created with Zapotec artistry. Working with wool, Mario Chavez weaves a colorful path as he crafts the rug on a traditional loom.
Titled "Pasillo de rombos" in Spanish.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm).
Zapotec wool rug (2x3.5), "Path of Fire"$107.99
Glowing like embers, this rug depicts the traditional Zapotec diamond motif. Cool paths of blue lead across the fiery fields. Woven on the handloom, this rug exemplifies the craftsmanship of the Ruiz Bazán Family. The artisans use virgin wool to create masterpieces with the essence of their culture.
Because each rug is individually woven on handlooms, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm) (2 in).
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