Area rugs are mostly cover a part of the room , it could be settled under the furniture, bed, table etc.. Area rugs are could be used in any place depends of their size and their matching with the furniture. Most of the rugs can be called as area rugs.
What is a Handmade Area Rug?
An area rug is a rug that covers part of the floor. Since handmade rugs have usually been made in certain sizes, they cover part of the floor. If they are made of wool they are called handmade wool area rugs. These rugs have many advantages compared to wall to wall carpets. While choosing a handmade wool area rug you will see that there are so many options. They are easier to clean, they adapt to the design of your home and they are easy to change when you want a change of design in your space. The most widely encountered sizes are 2x3, 4x6, 5x8, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, 10x14 and up. They come in nearly every color.
What is an Antique Rug?
Antique rugs are usually 100 years or older and they are quite rare. It is important that they carry design elements and materials of their period for them to be categorized as antique. Antique rugs were made by masters of rug making in their region and era; or by well known workshops. They were a specialty product in their day, not easy to purchase by most people. Therefore, they are in limited quantity.
What is a Vintage Rug?
Vintage rugs were made some decades ago. They carry motifs and character of their production era. Since they were made in large quantities and used by many back in the day they were made, we now have such a large quantity of them.
What is a Classic Rug?
Classic rugs are designed with motifs, borders and colors of their production era. To give an example to this category, we can look further into the three types of Oushak rugs of the 16th century.
Medallion Oushak Rugs: Red, blue, green, yellow and light blue are prominent colors. The field contains large medallions and they are embellished with flower designs around them. The field color is red.Star Oushak Rugs: Red, blue, green, yellow and light blue are prominent. The field is embellished with eight pointed star designs. The field color is usually red.
Bird Oushak Rugs: The field is white on these rugs. Motifs are red, blue and yellow. The main design of the field reminds of birds, therefore they are named after this design. Following Turkey other countries and regions well known with their rug production are Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Caucasus, Tibet and India.
What is a Turkish Rug?
Another characteristic that sets a particular type of rugs aside from others is the type of knot used in the making of it. The prominent knotting technique in Turkish rugs is the ‘Turkish Knot’ which is also known as the ‘Ghiordes Knot’. Since the ghiordes knot is a double knot, it adds to the durability of the rug. Compared to Persian rugs that use the single knot technique, when the knot is pulled from one side of a Turkish knot, the knot does not come undone; on the contrary it tightens. Knotting the Turkish knot is harder compared to the Persian knot and it takes longer. Therefore, a Turkish rug of the two rug types with the same knot density is preferred.
As rug making is only possible with extreme meticulousness and patience it can not keep up with the fast consuming culture of our day and rug makers decrease in numbers with each passing day. In our present day the well known brands of Turkish rug making, Hereke and Oushak rugs are very rare and expensive due to the changing market norms. Geometric wool Anatolian rugs are more widespread with less craftsmanship therefore cheaper and easier to find.
When speaking of Turkish rugs, the most prominent types are Hereke rugs, Kumkapi rugs, Oushak rugs, Demirci rugs, İsparta rugs, Kayseri rugs, Ladik rugs, Milas rugs, Gordes rugs, Taspinar rugs and Bergama rugs.
What is a Persian Rug?
In our present day rug making is one of the most widespread art forms in Iran. Persian rugs are famous worldwide with their artistic motifs, eye catching designs and high quality materials. Persian rugs differ from Turkish rugs with the knot technique used in the making of them. The most prominent types of Persian rugs are Keshan rugs, İsfahan rugs, Kirman rugs, Tabriz rugs and Herat rugs. Rugs are considered as one of the most important artifacts in long standing museums and Persian rugs have taken their place among the most highly regarded pieces of art alongside world’s most exquisite pieces of handmade rugs.