Handcrafted Oriental Rugs – An Investment in Home Decor

This is theMomBuzz’s unbiased opinion on a rug received for the purpose of this review.

It’s amazing how your tastes change. When I first moved into our little home, we wanted heavy wood and leather. Now I am leaning towards a more stream lined, mature and classic feel for our home. So I am busy pinning my must-haves for my dream home, because when we move in 2 years, we aren’t taking a lot of our current furniture with us.

One item that we are keeping FOREVER because it will never lose its appeal is our Hand Woven Oriental Rug. I always wanted an Oriental Rug. This one is made of wool with a contemporary style. It is circular with an 8′ diameter. I chose circular because I plan to put it in our dinette area of our future home. Currently it is in our great room, where it will sit under a circular kitchen table. But the style is just as perfect in a living room, family room, or bedroom.


When choosing a true Oriental Rug, it’s a bit of an investment. So choose something you love! Prices for these area rugs can seem high, but for these four reasons I believe they are worth the price!


Thread Count: Usually the more threads or knots, the higher the quality and price. An 8′ x 10′ rug can have as low as 640,000 knots to over 1.7 million knots! The amount of knots can differ, depending on where the rug was created. But it does give you an idea on why a hand-crafted area rug can be so expensive when you think of the labor that goes into it!



Material Type: An authentic Oriental Rug should always use natural fibers. Wool is considered the best for these rugs, being soft and durable. And it is sheep friendly – remember sheep are not harmed for this fiber, they are simply sheared! You may see that some Oriental Rugs are cotton. It is strong and maintains its shape, but it is susceptible to mildew. Another option for Oriental Rugs is silk. For us, it’s even more expensive, not as plush and would be scuffed too easily in our house with boys and dogs. No genuine Oriental Rug is made of nylon, polypropylene or other manufactured fibers.


How It Is Made: Hand Crafted on a loom is more expensive than machine-manufactured. One Oriental Rug can take five weavers up to four to six months to make. They are either considered Hand-Woven (flat) or Hand-Knotted (with a pile). And remember how I said an 8 x 10′ rug can have over 1.7 million knots – imagine each of those knots being tied by hand!


Where It Was Made If it was machine-woven locally the quality probably won’t be as great. With machine-made rugs, you get a lower price and lower quality. That’s because machine-made rugs have their pile glued to the rug’s foundation, while hand-woven Oriental Rugs have their pile tied to the rug’s foundation. That’s why Oriental Rugs seem to last forever, becoming antiques in a home. And although the term Oriental Rug can be used generically, to refer to any patterned area rug, keep in mind that a true Oriental Rug will be traveling from one of the traditional weaving areas of the Middle or Far East. Genuine “Oriental Rugs” come from places like Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet, and Turkey, to name a few.



The rug I chose was a Chinese Contemporary Round area rug from the Medallion Rug Gallery. I chose this specific design it for it’s shape and because I love the way it looks. It will fit this house, my next house and all houses in the future. And unlike some of the cheaper, machine made ones – this one will last many years. And the price didn’t hurt either! It was an investment in my house, but still a fraction of the cost you would find elsewhere.

Ordering online did make me wonder about the quality. But the pile is smooth and even, and the colors are appealing and will complement almost any decor. I love the ivory background, the pop of pink and violet in the flowers, the subdued greens and the golden border.


And like any great Oriental Rug dealer, Medallion Rug Gallery lets you “try out” the rug for 30 days. So you can try out this investment in home decor risk-free!

Originally posted in themombuzz.com by Erin Tales