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How to Best Use Flat Woven Area Rugs in your Home
Flat woven rugs are a very traditional method of create a hand made area rug, and when you use one as the centerpiece of your room or incorporate it into accents throughout your home, you’re sure to see just what makes them so special. These rugs have been around for a long time, but they haven’t lost any steam in terms of popularity. Flat woven rugs are a little bit more affordable than traditionally hand loomed or hand knotted area rugs, and best of all, they’re available in a lot of sizes, shapes, and colors to help you find just what you’re looking for.
What are Flat Woven Area Rugs and how to Use them?
Flat weave rugs are a type of area rug that can either be made by hand or by machine, although it’s much more common to find them made by hand. These rugs can range from the very simple to the incredibly complex, and depending on the material you’re interested in purchasing, you might be able to save a lot of money on a complex design by sticking with a power loomed rug. You might also end up being a little more limited in terms of size, shape, and style if you choose a rug that’s made out of a more expensive material, such as silk or real wool.
Flat woven rugs, whether handmade or not, are created on a loom. The vertical fiber threads are placed first, and the horizontal ones are woven into them to create a finished piece. The methods by which these rugs are woven vary from piece to piece, and they may differ significantly depending on the place from which your rug comes or the style it’s trying to represent. You can incorporate one of these rugs easily into just about any room because of the many different looks, feelings, and styles in which they are available.
Best Sizes of Flat Woven Area Rugs
There are pretty much two types of flat weave rug sizes available: small and large. It’s hard to find an in-between rug because of the two different methods by which these rugs are made. For example, larger flat weave area rugs, like 8x10 and 10x12 ones, are made most of the time by machine, which helps cut down the cost of hand making such a large and complicated piece. Because it doesn’t take nearly as long for a machine to produce a rug like this as it would for a human, they can be very cost effective ways for home decorators on a budget to bring home a beautiful new addition to their favorite rooms.
On the other hand, when these rugs are handmade, they’re usually found in smaller sizes such as 6x8, 4x6, and even 4’ round rugs. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. A smaller rug made by hand isn’t going to take as long to create as a larger one would, so it’s more common to find rugs in these sizes produced by hand. Either way you look at it, rug sizes, materials, and production methods are usually chosen based on how cost effective they are. When shopping for the best rug size for your home, you’ll need to keep your budget in mind to help you narrow down your selections.
What Shapes of Flat Woven Rugs are Available?
There are a few different shapes of flat woven rugs available to help you create the room of your dreams. If you’re looking for modern flat weave wool rugs or ones that are made of other all-natural and eco friendly fibers like jute, hemp, seagrass, and sisal, you’ll probably want to stick to more unique shapes like round and runner rugs. These rugs are great options to incorporate into transitional and modern spaces because they are usually a little smaller and available in more dynamic and striking colors and patterns than other, more traditional rugs.
Of course, if traditional is the way you want to go, rectangular and square rugs can be a good way to make this happen, too. Stick to neutral colors like brown, grey, white, and even sometimes navy blue and black if you’re looking for very traditional flat woven rug patterns. While floral prints are usually some of the most traditional available, you can also create this type of space with a geometric print or even a very small solid rug if you’re creative with your interior decoration options, too.
What is the Best Room for Using Flat Woven Rugs?
In the dining room and kitchen, you can incorporate flat weave tribal rugs into your decorating by sticking to durable materials that won’t be damaged with frequent foot traffic or food spills. Use polyester, nylon, polypropylene, synthetic blends, and acrylic fibers for these rooms, and try to stick to machine made and power loomed rugs whenever possible. Choose runners and round rugs for the dining room, or stick to runners and small square or rectangle rugs in the kitchen for best results.
You can even use flat weave rugs in parts of your home you might not have considered. A red flat weave rug, for example, can be a fun and vibrant addition to a more modern and contemporary hallway, especially if you choose a 2x8 or 2x10 runner rug to help you create this type of space. You can even use smaller square flat weave rugs in your bathrooms as long as you, once again, stick to materials that are a little bit easier to clean.
Flat woven rugs can look amazing in just about any room of your home. These rugs are available in plenty of different colors, styles, patterns, and shapes to help you put together the perfect space no matter what theme you’re going with. Bring home one large one to use as a centerpiece or stick to smaller ones to work into your décor as accents. Remember that hand made flat woven rugs, while much more common and popular, are still going to be more expensive than the machine made and power loomed ones you might find. Don’t be afraid to shop around and consider a lot of different styles to help you find the perfect match.
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