Tufted rugs are area rugs that are manufactured with a hand-held tufting gun. This method can produce a very nice looking rug which can very closely imitate a handmade oriental rug.
But ‘Buyer Beware.’ These are NOT hand-made rugs! They may be attractively priced and are sometimes actually sold as handmade rugs, but the long term cost can actually be higher.
The difference is in the ways they are constructed.
In a hand-tufted rug (so-called because the tufting gun is controlled by the crafter's hand), a gun shoots the lines of yarn through fabric in loops. The loops are then cut to form the pile.
There is nothing to hold the pile in place. Therefore, to keep the rug from falling apart, latex (glue) is lathered onto the back and then a backing, typically consisting of a netting material followed by a jute or a canvas-like material, is applied on top of the glue.
The backing is there to hide the glue that is holding the rug together.
In a hand-knotted rug, each tuft of wool is 'tied' onto the foundation of the rug and is packed down and held down by the arrangement of the wefts that go from left to right over the warps (fringed ends). The knots are very tightly woven and the tufts of the pile cannot be pulled out of the rug.
In some of these rugs, the latex, netting, and backing can be carefully removed and new glue and a new backing can be applied to make it possible to use the rug for a longer period of time. (Please see 'Beware of Tufted Rugs' video on the right).
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Beware of Tufted Rugs!
And here is why...
How to Tell if a Rug is Hand-Tufted, Handmade or Machine-Made
The video below explains some of the differences between Hand-Tufted Rugs, Handmade Rugs, and Machine-Made Rugs.
Another Video about Tufted Rugs vs. Handmade Rugs
A short and informative video.
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