The carpet as we know it today, has been with us for years, and to begin with it was something that was produced for personal use, to provide warmth and protection in the tents in which people lived. The technique of knotting and weaving carpets has developed over the years and the motifs became more and more detailed. It was nevertheless still a unique handicraft for private use.
n the 19th century, as industrialism gained momentum, the loom was also being developed, becoming more and more automated. This meant that more industrialised rug production could begin and in England, machine-knotted rugs were being produced on a major scale, in places like Axminster and Wilton, which is also the origin of these famous carpet types. Over the years, production techniques have become more sophisticated and today most rugs on the market are machine-knotted.
Machine-knotted rugs are currently available in a range of different materials and material combinations. There are rugs produced mechanically in natural materials, such as wool and cotton, but also synthetic fibres and materials are also common. Development is constant and rug materials have started to appear that are more or less impossible to stain, but these are currently still relatively expensive. All materials have their own unique properties, with advantages as well as disadvantages.
Wool is usually associated with sheepskin, but wool can also come from other animals. Once the wool has been sheared, it is spun into yarn which is then dyed. This material is common in rugs, it has a dirt-repelling effect and the higher content of lanolin, the softer the wool and the better the lustre. The wool used in machine-knotted rugs is partially reinforced with a core of synthetic fibres to improve durability, but also to ensure it doesn’t split during the actual production process.
Machine-made rugs may be more of a suitable fit for you and your needs if you’re looking for an area rug that can take more wear and tear without feeling guilty about it. Machine-made rugs can sometimes have a lifespan of up to 20 years before they should be replaced. With that being said and with anything in life, this is dependent on how well the rug is taken care of. Because they’re created quickly by machines, the quality is lower. The yarn or material may not be as tight or well dispersed as a material that is on a hand-made rug.
Machine-made rugs can be made out of common materials like wool or silk but can also be created with synthetic materials like polypropylene, nylon, polyester, and acrylic. Depending on personal preference, these types of materials could work well in your environment or clash with the overall theme. Although these materials are synthetic, some of them have the ability to hold up extremely well.
Lower quality does allow for a lower price which can be a great option if you’re someone who needs to buy rugs in a higher quantity, if the rug is going to be used for more wear and tear, or if you simply have a lower budget for purchasing a rug. Machine-made rugs can also be machine-washed whereas sometimes
Machine-made rugs can be a great option if your number one priority is to save on costs and you’re looking for something quick and easy. Due to the fact that machine-made rugs are always massed produced and sold for cheap, there doesn’t seem to be as much emphasis placed on design, which makes it hard to find a unique, stylish machine-made rug. While nothing quite beats a hand-crafted item of any kind, machine-made rugs should be given a chance to meet your needs.