What are hand tufted area rugs?
Hand tufted rugs are those rugs created without tying any knot. Instead, a tufting gun shoots strands of wool through a canvas. Unlike a hand knotted carpet, a hand tufted rug takes very little time to develop. This greatly reduces the cost of production. As a result, hand tufted rugs are affordable.
Faisal International produces hand tufted carpets from plain and simple designs to living figures and to very high-end tufted.
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Types Of Tufted Rugs
There are various types of rug patterns and designs in hand tufted rugs that give more options to choose from. There are contemporary designs, the modern, Persian design and printed tufted rugs.
Hand tufted wool rugs are by far the most popular and most produced of all the other types of rugs.
We use high quality wool – New Zealand wool, semi-worsted wool and Indian wool as well. The other rug fibers we use are bamboo silk, viscose, jute, and others.
Wool and silk are quite a popular blend in our hand tufted carpets.
Modern Tufted Rugs
Modern tufted rugs are the most ongoing patterns amongst the tufted. These rugs are designed especially in geometrical patterns.
Persian Tufted Rugs
Hand-tufted Persian rugs are a great substitute to hand-knotted Persian rugs. These are not only beautiful but are also inexpensive compared to the hand-knotted.
Hand knotted Persian rugs are one of the most appreciated and demanded rugs in the world of flooring. Unfortunately, they are very inexpensive and not everyone can afford these royal rugs.
If you love Persian rugs but are not willing to spend much on it then a Persian hand tufted rug is all for you.
Benefits of Hand Tufted Area Rugs
There is not one, two or three ways that tufted rugs can benefit. It will surprise you to know that tufted rugs take over more than 60% of all other pile type rugs.
Let us discuss some of the added benefits of these area rugs.) An interesting fact about a hand tufted rug is that the majority of them are wool made, the finest fiber for rugs. Yet, you will find tufted carpets made in bamboo silk, jute, acrylic, viscose, and polyester.
- Quick production – Be the rug small or extra-large, it takes less time to produce them. An average rug sizing 8’x10′ can take up to 5-10 days(excluding dying of wool) to complete.
- Inexpensive – While hand knotted area rugs are expensive, tufted rugs can mimic knotted carpets but at very low cost.
- Durable – Hand tufted area rugs are definitely not as durable as hand knotted rugs but they do last for long.
- Shape and size – Hand-tufted carpets also come in small and very large sizes. These rugs also come in all shapes like round, square triangle, animal figures, and birds. If you are looking for a custom hand tufted rug, contact Faisal International.
- Colors – Another great advantage of tufted carpet is that its made in plenty of colors. Match your flooring with the walls or the curtains. You can choose the color that decorates your room more beautiful.
- Carries all types of designs – Other than colors and shapes, they are also made in many designs and patterns. It will surprise you to know that the carpet can also be a duplicate of the hand-knotted rug. Hand tufted carpets can carry modern, traditional as well as contemporary designs.
- Pads not required – The latex at the rug’s back form like rubber and acts as a pad for the rug. So a rug pad isn’t required as the rubber protects the rug from slipping.
Process Of Making A Hand Tufted Rug
A large cotton cloth or canvas is tightly stretched and pined of a metal frame. The frame has a series of needle tooth-like on all its four sides. A tight canvas on the frame helps tufting easier and creates clear cut designs.
Before tufting, the desired design is first drawn on a large transparent paper. The paper looks like a butter paper. The designs on the paper are carefully pierced with tiny holes. It is then placed on the canvas. A cloth is then dipped into blue ink and rubbed on the paper. Doing so carries the design from the paper onto the canvas.
Now begins the making of the rug. Dyed color wool/silk is set in the weaving tool called a ‘tufting gun’. Tufting gun is a semiotic tool that works with human hands. It is this tool that makes the construction less labor-intensive and inexpensive.
Wool is shot through the canvas where loops of wool appear at the canvas backing. The canvas forms the foundation of the rug. This is the basic compared to knotted rugs. The blue ink lines on the canvas guide the weavers to carry the process with ease.
After looping the whole design on the canvas the canvas is then removed from the frame and sent for a wash. Washing brings more luster and sheen to the carpet.
The next step is to add the protecting layer to the looped canvas. This is important as it secures the pile from getting apart from the rug. A hand tufted rug is never complete without two latex layering.
The next step is applying a layer of rubber grid called ‘scrim’. On top of that a layer of latex glue is again applied. The glue helps the wool and the canvas to stick together.
How To Clean Hand Tufted Wool Rug
The way to clean these woolen tufted rugs is simple. Hand tufted area rugs do not require professional cleaning. You can clean your own rug by yourself at home.
Warning: The foremost point is to remember is that never wet wash a tufted carpet. Always avoid these rugs from getting wet. Once the water reaches the rug’s backing it can react with the glue and damage the rug.
The latex at the backing can weaken due to water and loosen its grip with wool.
Let’s discuss a few easy steps you can take to clean hand tufted area rugs.
- Vacuum the rug regularly to avoid soil accumulation. Vacuum at least 1-2 times a month to keep the rug looking fresh and new.
- To clean wet stains first blot the stain with a paper towel. If there is excessive wet stain, blot and turn the rug upside down. This will prevent the stain from escaping deeper into the fiber and to its backing.
- Pour cold water in a bucket and mix any dish-washing soap or shampoo in it.
- Soak a piece of white cloth/towel into the mixture. Now rub it on the rug surface to clean the stain.
- Repeat the process until the stain disappears.
- Leave it to dry.
Difference Between Hand knotted and Hand tufted Rugs
Tufted and knotted rugs vary largely from their weaving techniques to washing. Not just that, they have their own pros and cons. You can prefer one over the other on the basis of their durability, usage area, and affordability.
Know about the similarities and more about hand-knotted vs hand-tufted rugs.
Shedding here refers to the fiber coming off from a rug. Often you will notice that when you bring a new hand tufted rug home some fiber shed. If you find this happening with yours, do not worry, it’s completely a normal thing with handmade rugs.
Hand tufted area rugs shed for about 2-3 days from the day of buying. After a few days, it will lessen and then stop.