Many people believe that the “best quality” area rugs are made in Asia by hand and the only way to obtain one is to import it. Historically this may have been true, but modern advances in machine weaving technology make it possible for you to now buy an incredibly beautiful, durable rug that is 100% made in the United States of America. Case in point – Made in USA area rugs.
These rugs are made in the United States and come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. We’ve highlighted a few of the most popular USA-made rugs below:
If “Made in USA” is important to you, then you most certainly need to explore our Made in USA section where you’ll find brands like American Classics, Colonial Mills, Dalyn, Milliken, Oriental Weavers and many more!
The terminology and jargon used in the world of area rugs can be confusing. The more you learn about the fascinating world of rug-making, the more intricate and complex you discover it is. So to help those of you interested in the many words used to describe the various styles and attributes of area rugs throughout the world, we present to you The Ultimate Area Rug Glossary!
The word used to describe the variations in color found within a single color in an Oriental carpet. Abrash is commonly seen in tribal nomadic rugs and in reproductions of them. Mild Abrash is caused by variations in yarn diameter native to nomadic dyeing and yarn spinning. Heavy Abrash is caused by the change over to a new dye batch. Generally Abrash is desirable in tribal carpets and undesirable in urban carpets.
Named for the Afshar, it describes the presence of silk pile in an urban carpet.
A Turkic speaking nomadic group living mostly in southern Iran known for fine quality of their rugs.
A chemical bath that tones down colors to simulate aging.
Home of the 14th century tombs of Sheik Safi ad-Din and Shah Ismail. The city that shares the name of The Ardebil Carpet one of the finest and most famous objects of Islamic art. There is controversy, though, as to whether the carpet was actually made there. Modern era carpets from the region are generally of dubious quality.
Also called artificial silk it describes a yarn for weaving made from mercerized cotton that attempts to take on the appearance of silk. The fiber is very soft to the touch and is used to create a price category for smaller budgets whose tastes run toward expensive silk rugs. Rugs sold as silk as given a burn test to check for the presence of cotton.
Fine flat carpets woven in France from the 15th to 19th Centuries. They were derived from Moorish weaving with the assistance of Architects and Artists of the royal court.
A complex machine made rug woven to a flexible cotton frame that can contain up to 70 colors of wool. Its invention in 1882 in the midst of the industrial revolution practically destroyed the handknotted rug industry. It was thought that mechanized items were all going to be of superior quality, a theory later shelved.
A nomadic group of southern Persia. This tribes weaving is popular among collectors and the rugs themselves tend to be of unusually durable construction lasting as long as 200 years in heavy wear environments. The most popular design feature a square grid with a floral vase in each.
A nomadic tribe living in Afghanistan and bordering countries who produce a large volume of commercial weaving. Their rugs are generally brown, black, and gold.
The rug design named for the Bidjar region of Iranian Azerbaijan. Originally the design was Kurdish featuring hundreds of trees and was really responsible for earning the region its fine reputation. Commercial Bidjar are factory woven and feature a distinctive diamond shape medallion. Commercial Bidjar are thought to be the most durable carpets in history as most will last 300 years. This has earned the Bidjar the colorful moniker The Iron Rug of Persia . Both types of Bidjar are still made in limited quantities.
The capitol of Usbekistan and the traditional trading center for Turkmen tribal carpets. Today, rugs called Bukhara are generally commercial copies knotted in Pakistan and India. Actual Turkmen carpets are called by their tribal names to ease confusion with their popular reproductions. Commercial Bukhara carpets are available in about twenty quality gradations, though surface appearance may be similar. Commercial Bukhara carpets are the best selling hand-knotted rugs in the world.
A small tuft of fibers from a rug may be burned to test for its content. For example cotton has a vegetable smell when burned. Wool smells faintly like hair. Silk smells distinctly like human hair when burned.
A technique used for the duplicate manufacture of the finest urban rugs. The colors of the pre-dyed yarn are chanted rhythmically to assure that rugs are more perfect than rugs made with other techniques. Most fine carpets from Tabriz and Isfahan are made this way.
The often derided name for Caucasian type rugs made in Chechnia and Dagistan.
The fine whiskers from the chin of sheep that are sometimes set aside a special ceremonial carpet. Chin wool carpets are considered finer than silk ones but are very rare. Turkmen tribes most notably use this fiber for their finest carpets.
A low grade kilim from India. They are generally a product of the Indian prison system. It is also a term used to insult the quality of Kilim from other places.
A large mostly settled tribe of northwest Afghanistan who make both urban and tribal rugs. They are renowned for the quality of their nomadic saddles and tent gear.
A catchall term that describes any rug without pile including Soumaks, Kilim, Verneh, Sozani, and Dhurie. Aubuson carpets are also flat but are excluded due to their extreme complexity.
A fluffy long piled rug used by nomads as a mattress. They have only been sold commercially in the West since 1990. Gabeh usually have a simple colorful design often with a pastoral scene. The Gabehs charm has only been appreciated recently and they now are being produced commercially for export.
Persian word for flower, it describes the common ornaments found in Turkmen carpets. Guls are the design element often mistaken for elephants feet.
Turkish city famous for its factories where the most elaborate silk rugs in the world are made. Though Hereke is in Turkey they use the Persian Senneh knot in rugs made there.
A large city now located near the border between Iran and Azerbaijan. The geometric medallion rugs woven there in the early 20th century were extremely popular in Europe and the U.S.A. Commercial carpets bearing the Heriz design are woven in every rug producing county in the world. The Heriz design is the most popular Persian design in the west.
An element of the larger nomadic Qashqai tribe of southern Iran famous for the quality of their rugs.
The name for the fancy village carpets made of silk or mercerized cotton in the Islamic region of India. Kashmir are woven with a Persian knot and mimic the designs of newer urban carpets from Iran with an emphasis for Indian tastes for brilliant color. Coloration used in these rugs is unique to India.
The people of Kazakhstan and the Turkish style rugs of that region.
Any pileless carpet in which the pattern is formed by the colored weft strings being wrapped around the warp. In Farsi the word is Gileem. The word is also used to describe the pileless side of nomadic bags and saddles.
There are two basic types of knots used in oriental rugs:
Persian Senneh – A fine asymmetrical knot used in fine urban and complex tribal carpets. Observers will notice that these rugs have a light and a dark side.
Turkish Ghiordes – The symmetrical knot used in most tribal carpets it makes for a higher pile heavy wearing style of rug. Chinese carved carpets also feature this knot.
A tribal people who live in eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, and the Kordistan region or Iran. They produce what are commonly thought to be the finest tribal style rugs in the world. Kurdish rugs are a passion among rug collectors and connoisseurs and bring the highest prices at market.
Formerly nomadic people of south western Iran. They are renowned for the quality of their rugs and kilim.
Traditional word that means of the Eastern World or of the land found by ship when Africa has been circled , it has come to more accurately describe characteristics of Turkey, Iran, India, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Pakistan. The modern definition excludes characteristics of China and Indochina now classified as Asian.
A powerful Turkish dynasty that ruled most of extended Persia from 1290 to 1924. It was named for its founder Osman.
Name of a former politically confederation of southern Iranian nomadic tribes mainly: Shesh Boluki, Kashkuli Bozorg, Amaleh, Derrehshuri, Farsi Madan, and Kashkuli Kuchek. The regional trading center for these tribes is Shiraz. Most Gabeh carpets sold in the west are of Qashqai origin.
A Turkmen tribe famous for the quality of its rugs that has been virtually wiped out by military conquests. Modern era rugs from this group are rare and highly prized among collectors.
A Turkmen tribal people known for the quality of their older rugs. Newer units are of dubious construction and design.
The name given to French piled carpets made until 1890 that look similar to Persian Kermans. These rugs were more foot friendly than their cousin the Aubuson and had an impressionist quality many find very appealing.
A Persian dynasty remembered for Shahs Tasmasp and Abbas who were great patrons of the arts and ambassadors for Persian rug weaving to the rest of the world. They are credited for the enduring international popularity of Iranian style carpets.
The factory woven carpets woven in the vicinity of Serouk in Iranian Azerbaijan are some of the most beautiful ever made. Most were manufactured with intent to export to the United States. They were frequently found in the lobbies of fine hotels and in American living rooms in the post WW2 era. Serouk rugs often remind people of their grandparents or a relative visited during the holidays.
Design element that features swirling feathers and Lotuses named for the Shah who commissioned its design. Its found in most modern urban Persian style rugs.
The once powerful confederation of Turkic speaking tribes living in Azerbaijan. They are decimated by military losses and now mostly make kilim.
A heavy flat woven rug made with a weft wrapping technique. This technique is also used in commercial rugs that are designed to look like antiques. Most traditional Soumak are made in the Caucasus region.
In Farsi Sozani translates as Laundry Bag . They are heavy flat woven carpets similar to soumak with an additional embroidered design on the surface. They have been the rage in recent years with the increased popularity of tribal carpets. Sozani are the most exotic type of flat woven tribal carpets and are even being made in silk.
A special notation used to record and reproduce the designs of Kashmir carpets.
The largest Turkmen tribe in the 19th century thought to make the finest rugs made in the Turkmen style. The Tekke carpets are among those most highly prized by collectors.
A mechanically assisted technique for manufacturing rugs in which tufts of wool are punched through base fabric to color in a silk screen design painted on the base. The back of the base is then painted with thick Latex glue and covered with a sacking material. Mostly this method is used in China to produce inexpensive versions of their handknotted rugs.
A Shahsavan type of soumak rug featuring interlocking birds.
A rug made by a variety of people working on the clock on a loom located in the center of a village. Usually some form of day care is provided. Most large size tribal carpets are made this way.
The English design firm named for its founder that specialized in adopting middle eastern designs to western tastes. Most of their beautiful designs were used in institutional settings like Grand Hotels and Government Buildings. They actually made Persian style carpets in London from 1890 to 1914 with labor imported from Pakistan.
A machine loomed carpet with a limited color palette. Most today are made of synthetic fiber and have dubious durability. Well made wool wiltons can last as long as 15 years of more. Most Wiltons are made in time sharing factories that manufacture wiltons for many companies at the same time. Modern Wiltons are the first type of rug to be computerized and automated.
The Turkish word for nomad. It is used to describe any nomad living in Turkey.
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American rug manufacturer Milliken has long sought to put more on their floor coverings than beautiful patterns and colors. With their Wildlife Impressions Collection they have managed to capture some of the most stuffing wildlife art from two of the country’s premier studios on area rugs that are now available to you from Rugs Direct.
James, Robert and Joseph Hautman have established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have been a dominating presence in many state and national duck stamp competitions.
At last count, the three brothers have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal conservation stamps. Jim, Bob and Joe are the only brothers ever to win the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The talents of the Hautman Brothers as well as their unique family gift were mentioned in the motion picture “Fargo.” They have received national accolades on television and National Public Radio, and from newspapers such as USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as TIME, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, U.S. Art and North American Hunter magazines. The Hautmans’ creations have been displayed in the Oval Office of the White House and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Milliken has placed close to 30 of their top designs on area rugs that are available in two different sizes – a small 2’8″ x 3’10″ and convenient 3’10″ x 5′ 4″ size. Unlike many rugs featuring fine artwork, some of the Hautman Wildlife Impressions rugs are available in what is known as “portrait” orientation. That is, the image is taller than it is wider. The decision was made to honor the vision of the artists and create the rugs in the style of the original artwork. This gives you many more options and possibilities when deciding where to decorate with one of these beautiful rugs.
The Milliken Hautman rugs are made of 100% nylon for durability and longevity. They are suitable for an entry way, although for obvious reasons, many people don’t like to place these rugs in areas of high foot traffic. Another great location is in front of a fireplace – although it’s not uncommon to see one of these rugs hung on a wall in a den, family room or lodge-theme living room.
Well-known wildlife artist Eddie Leroy comes from Eufaula, Alabama. His career as an artist began in college in 1986 when he entered an Alabama Wildlife Federation art contest in Birmingham. He did not win but a collector purchased his painting, his first art sale. Just two years later, he won that Alabama contest and has been chosen as the artist for a number of stamp-print programs since then.
About of dozen of his most beautiful wildlife paintings are available in the Milliken Wildlife Impressions Collection. Interestingly, Leroy is known for “painting from life.” That is, each picture he paints is from an actual place in North America and there is a factual story behind the image.
To explore the complete line of Hautman and Leroy Wildlife Impressions rugs from Milliken, take a look at Rugs Direct.
The popularity of hardwood floors is at an all-time high. Some designers are going so far as to recommend to their clients that they take a peek underneath their wall-to-wall carpeting to see if there isn’t a beautiful wooden floor hiding there that someone foolishly covered up several years ago. It happens more than you might think!
But this surge in the popularity of hardwood has also resulted in an increased need for area rugs. Unlike traditional carpeting, rugs can do a whole lot more for a room than many people realize. So, what are some of the many things you can do with an area rug?
Create a Focal Point
Depending upon the size of the room and the amount of wood on the floor, there many not be a place (or places) that focus your attention. A rug can do this – either with a pattern, or a color, or a combination of the two. Contrast is the key. Don’t copy the color or style of your walls, drapes and furniture – complement them.
There’s no mistaking the sound of heels or hard soles on a wooden floor. A rug will all but eliminate this. So if you need to dampen the sound of footsteps in a hall or well-traveled passageway, a soft, padded rug will do the trick.
Warm Up a Cold Room
Actually this can mean two different things, and both apply equally to the benefits of area rugs. A room might physically be cold – as in having a low temperature. A rug can insulate your feet from a cold, bare floor better than just about any other option. But also the room may be cold in the sense of being uninviting or lacking “warm” colors. The addition of even a small area rug on tile or oak flooring can do wonders toward making the room simply feel warmer and more inviting.
Protect the Floor
It’s a lot harder to repair a fine wooden floor than clean – or even replace – an area rug. In a high-traffic area it makes common sense to place a rug to preserve and protect the floor underneath. The importance of this increases exponentially if there are children in the home!
Cushion Your Feet
As anyone who regularly works on his or her feet knows only too well, standing on concrete or tile or a wooden floor all day is not very comfortable on the feet. Simply by placing a padded area rug in the space can make a world of difference. The same is true in your home. Living spaces should have soft rugs available so you can kick off your shoes and give those barking dogs a break.
Keep Dirt Out of the House
Although many people don’t think of them this way, a simple doormat is a type of area rug. In addition, a wool or braided rug just inside a door is a great place to trap all the outside dirt that might normally be tracked inside on one’s shoes. Again, it is so much easier to vacuum a rug – or even wash it, depending upon the material – than to clean the floor underneath. Every outside entrance should have a durable area rug as the initial landing point.
Create Livable Spaces
Most designers agree that large rooms with expansive floor space look better if broken up into smaller, more inviting areas. The best way to do this is by starting with area rugs and then arranging furniture and objects to create these smaller living modules. It can be challenging and does not apply to every home, but rugs are a great way to subdivide large rooms to make them more practical, inviting and enjoyable.
Obviously there are many more things an area rug can do for you and the only limitations are your imagination – and budget! There are literally tens of thousands of choices available to you, but a great place to start your search is Rugs Direct. Our search engine for area rugs can help you narrow down the vast styles and selections available to quickly find the one that is perfect for your home. To get started, click here.