Hand-woven Indian Rugs

What makes hand-woven Indian Rugs
as affordable as they are beautiful?

Whether the centerpiece of an elegantly furnished living room or adding style to a high traffic area, a hand-woven rug from India enhances any space. For centuries, all the rugs woven by hand in India and the other rug-making countries were one-of-a-kind. These “unique creations” were priced like paintings and other original works of art, which made them unaffordable to all but the most affluent.

To adapt to changing decorative tastes and trends – and accommodate a broader range of budgets – a few innovative area rug manufacturers began modifying traditional Persian and other classic designs in the early 1980’s. The enthusiastic response to these new interpretations led to the production of an array of designs in a range of sizes, and in a variety of designer-influenced color combinations. However, unlike machine-made floor coverings, these new hand-woven rugs were produced in limited quantities, and in the same painstaking way as the one-of-a-kind carpets, helping maintain their value.

The new production process also offered the option of customizing rugs to meet special size requirements and individual design and/or color preferences. In short, this revolutionary development, along with the emergence of new weaving techniques and materials, not only made hand-woven Indian rugs much more affordable, it also opened up a host of new and exciting ways to incorporate area rugs into homes, apartments, and commercial spaces.

Presented by CARPET EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL in cooperation with the Oriental Rug Importers Association. For the complete .pdf of “A Shopper’s Guide to Hand-Woven Rugs from India” click here.