Flat Weave Rugs
By Lisa June 17th, 2013
I’ve noticed a lot of design photos recently featuring flat weave rugs. These rugs are often colorful with interesting patterns and really tie the elements in the picture together. Since I am by no means a rug expert, I thought it would be helpful to learn a little about them. Here’s what I found out:
Flat weave rugs have been around forever. Traditionally we are used to seeing them as kilim rugs from the middle east with subtle floral patterns or brightly colored striped ones from the southwest (the American southwest that is). The prayer rugs we increasingly notice are also middle eastern flat weave rugs.
These rugs are woven instead of knotted which is what makes them so flat. Antique and high end new flat weave rugs are made by hand on a loom; less expensive ones are machine made.
Their flatness makes them less insulating and plush feeling, but also allows them to be used as floor coverings, wall hangings, saddle pads and prayer rugs.