BuyNowOrNever.com Shares How to Shop for an Area Rug

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Shopping for the perfect area rug for your space can be a challenge. BuyNowOrNever.com shares a few tips on the basic construction of great quality rugs and their benefits.

The Jardin JAR321A Area Rug

While choosing a rug for your living space may seem overwhelming, being an educated buyer helps prepare you for the experience.

How a rug is constructed will impact the overall cost and quality of a rug. While some rugs are trendy and interchangeable, others are more expensive and can be considered investment pieces. BuyNowOrNever.com shares key differences between the many methods of making rugs.

Typically the most labor-intensive technique used to make rugs is hand-knotting. The surface, or pile, of the rug is built of tiny, individual knots tied by weavers. These rugs can take up to *8 months to complete and are as unique as they come. Hand-knotted rugs are more durable than others lasting anywhere from 10-25 years. While this type of rug does shed, it will not shed as much as other constructions. Hand-knotted rugs are perhaps the most costly of rugs, costing anything between $500 and $2000.

Tufted and hooked rugs use a similar technique--loops of yarn are pulled through a mesh backing material to create the pile. The weaver follows a pattern on the backing material and uses a small tool to place the loops. Tufted rugs’ loops are then sheared to create a smooth surface while hooked rugs’ loops are left intact. Because of this difference, tufted rugs tend to shed more easily than others. These rugs can take up to *5 months to complete and will last between 3 and 10 years, depending on use. These rugs can run anywhere from $200 to $1200.

Flat-woven and braided rugs differ from all other rug types because they lack a pile. Flat-woven rugs are created by weaving yarns into a pattern or design. Braided rugs are self-explanatory--yarns are braided into one, long rope and then sewn together in a spiral. These rugs take up to *5 months to complete and can last up to 10 years. Since these rugs are reversible, owners can continually flip their rug to extend its life.

While choosing a rug for your living space may seem overwhelming, being an educated buyer helps prepare you for the experience. Researching construction styles and their benefits will guide you as you search for the perfect completing piece for your home.

BuyNowOrNever.com carries many quality brands, including Surya, Jaipur and Safavieh. For a more in-depth look at how to choose the perfect rug for your space, visit BuyNowOrNever's blog.

*for a 5x8 area rug

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