The Pros And Cons Of The Hand Tufted Wool Rug
Rug manufacturers continue to make steady strides in the advancement and improvement of their products and the hand tufted wool rug is one such product. The goal is almost always to make better products at more affordable prices. Of course, there will always be high end and low end rugs but the hand tufted wool rug is making itself known to consumers everywhere.
A hand tufted wool rug is made by pushing loops of wool through a backing using a tufting gun. They are quickly taking the place of hand knotted rugs because they are so much faster to make and require considerably less skill. The hand-knotted rug requires a weaver to tie thousands of knots by hand. The hand-tufted or gun-tufted construction speeds up the process and increases the design options while still producing a rug that is durable and less expensive.
Once the craftsman who is making a hand tufted wool rug has completed the process of injecting the wool into the backing material, a second backing is applied and anchored in place with latex glue. Then an additional protective cloth backing is added to provide a finished look. Finally, the rug is sheared to create the pile. The number of tufts, just as the number of knots, determines the thickness of the pile.
A quality hand tufted wool rug is a relatively new addition to the imported rug market and can be distinguished from hand tied rugs by the presence of the backing. They look much the same and even wear the same depending on the quality of material and construction. Consumers can expect a hand tufted rug to hold up in heavily used areas, such as hallways and entryways, for 12 to 20 years and longer in areas that see less traffic.
Many hand tufted rugs are being made with a wool blend that combines wool and synthetic fibers. Wool is a very durable fiber and has decided advantages. It is not prone to collecting allergens, is warmer, will not easily burn or melt like synthetics and is easily dyed. But, adding a small amount of a synthetic such as nylon to the wool will increase its durability. The combination most often used is 80% wool and 20% synthetic fiber.
By far the biggest advantage of the hand tufted wool rug is that it gives the consumer the option of a better quality rug at a better price and these rugs are beginning to make their presence felt in the retail world. They are quickly taking the place of other types of rugs on the showroom floor. Like any area rug, you often get what you pay for in terms of quality. Even hand tufted wool rugs can be constructed with less fibers, offered at a cheaper price and not hold up over time.
When purchasing a hand tufted wool rug be sure and look for a reliable manufacturer and a reputable retailer to insure that you are purchasing a quality area rug. Verify the fiber content and the density of the pile. It may be to your advantage to spend just a bit more for a better quality rug. A hand tufted wool rug will still be less than a hand knotted rug and look just as beautiful.