Know the difference between a hand-knotted rug and a machine made rug.
Before you make a rug purchase, make sure you understand how the rug is made. How the rug is made determines the level of quality and durability of the rug.
Machine made rugs
Machine made rugs can be made quickly and are manufactured with materials including wool and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, polyester, acrylic and artificial silk. These rugs are lower in price and have shorter life spans, some up to 15 years if made mostly from quality fibers, like wool.
When you look at the back of a machine made rug, the stitching is very ev