3 x 4 Rugs(24 items)
Welcome to the 3 x 4 Rug Collection at NOVICA.
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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 doesnt 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.
Were 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.)
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 looms 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 Review on 3 x 4 Rugs
The color scheme and artwork of this rug lifts my living space to new heights. The rug is one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. Thank you so much.
Popular 3 x 4 Rugs
Handwoven Geometric Motif Earthtone Wool Rug (2.5 x 4), "Andean Zigzags"$319.99
Intricately woven by hand, this beautiful rug recreates images and colors from the Wari and Inca civilizations. Warm earthen tones of chestnut, burnt orange and honey brown contrast with deep cherry red and ivory. Gerardo Fernandez works in wool, colored with natural dyes derived from pecan tree leaves, bark and shells as well as from cochineal.
Handwoven Andean Wool 2.5 x 4 Ft Accent Rug, "Wari Geometry"$319.99
Gerardo Fernandez takes his inspiration from Peru's pre-Inca Wari peoples. Working in wool, he emulates their precise geometric motifs in colors obtained from natural dyes. This dazzling area rug is woven by hand on a traditional loom. The various shades of brown come from pecan tree leaves, bark and shells. The leaves, stems and roots of or seepwillow shrub yields varying shades of green while cochineal provides the deep, rich reds.
Hand Loomed Wool Area Rug (2.5x4), "Vibrant Colors"$319.99
Gerardo Fernandez of Peru takes inspiration from the ancient civilizations of his land, including the Paracas and Wari cultures. This stunning area rug is woven of wool yarns on a traditional loom; the wool has been tinted with only natural pigments obtained from locally-sourced materials. Rich shades of orange, red, gold and brown make this rug a striking accent for any room.
Handwoven Bird and Mask Motif Peruvian Wool Rug (2.5 x 4), "Paracas Birds and Masks"$319.99
Colorful Peruvian masks and birds in earth colors mingle in an intriguing rug. Handwoven by Gerardo Fernandez, it is crafted of wool, colored with natural dyes derived from leaves, tree bark, stems, and roots as well as from cochineal.