Though always underfoot and only occasionally out of mind, rugs are undeniably one of the most important elements of home decor. Far from being a recent trend, rugs have been a vital part of decorating the home for more than a few centuries. Decorative as well as functional, rugs have been the crowning achievement of rooms of all shapes and types for cultures from all over the world.
A flatweave rug is any rug that is constructed without including any knots at all. Instead, the parallel running fibers that comprise the length of the rug (warp) and those that run along the width (weft) make up the whole surface of the rug. Flat weaving is a popular technique that has been used to create a number of rug types including some of the most popular and trendy rug styles in modern design.
There are plenty of older styles, such as Chainstich rugs, Needlepoint rugs, Aubusson Weaves, and Hooked rugs. And if you haven't heard of too many of these before, don't feel bad. In addition to their obvious beauty, flatweave rugs offer a number of great benefits, both functionally and aesthetically, that make them a favorite for decorating.
Flatweave Rugs Are The Perfect Transitional Pieces
Now don't get us wrong. We love giant, floor-sized antique Persian rugs with all of their gorgeous design, their layers of meaning and history and the unmistakably global feeling that they bring to a room. Honestly, who wouldn't? But not only are antique rugs a major monetary investment, but they're also a pretty sizable commitment in terms of space and style as well. If your current room plan includes a large rug with a distinctive color palette, then smaller decor transitions, such as seasonal changes or quick updates to the color scheme can become more complicated as making the changes you want might mean having to switch out the rug as well.
Now if you've ever rolled up a good-sized rug and tried to move it, you know that they get heavy fast. It gets to be even more of a task if your rug has furniture sitting on it as well. In contrast, flatweave rugs have a light construction that makes them easy to move, which by extension makes them easy to switch out or replace. So if you've got a room where you think you'll be changing up the look on an intermittent to regular basis, you may want to forego the oversized Persian rug and opt for a lightweight Dhurrie instead.
Flatweave Rugs Are Great All Year Round
Flatweave rugs aren't just great seasonable pieces because they can be easily removed and replaced. They can also have a beneficial effect on the temperature inside your space that can last all throughout the year. People have been using rugs for insulation for centuries. And like all rugs, flat woven rugs can help to insulate a room, keeping heat in and utility costs down during the colder months of the year. But unlike heavier rugs, which can continue to trap heat in the summer as well as in the winter, most flatweave rugs are made of a light and breathable cotton that traps less heat in the warmer months, which can keep your favorite room from becoming too hot to spend time in.
Flatweave Rugs Come In A Dazzling Array Of Colors And Patterns
Like all rugs, flatweave rugs come in a wonderful variety of colors and patterns that make them a delight to look at and a joy to decorate with. But it doesn't take long perusing through a collection of authentic Kilims or dhurries to fall absolutely in love with the amazing color palettes and sheer number of pattern options that flatweave rugs offer. From simple yet timeless stripe patterns to sophisticated geometrics formed from interwoven shapes, whatever the different pattern motifs in your room might be, you're almost guaranteed to find a float woven rug that will complement them all while giving a layered sense of coherence to the entire space. And in terms of color, dhurries, Kilims, and Soumak rugs easily match Moroccan boucherouites or Persians for the number of colors that they can pack into each individual rug. So whether you're looking to ground a space that's in danger of becoming too colorful or trying to liven up a space that may be going a bit too heavy on the neutrals, with the right flatweave rug, balancing out your color story will be no problem at all.
Flatweave Rugs Are Very Budget Friendly
As much we all love rugs, it's a well-known fact that they can easily put a strain on a decorating budget. Whether you're in the market for something well-aged and historic or something more modern but of high quality, either option can send you digging deep to finance your home makeover. Typically, the danger of bargain shopping with rugs is the same as doing it with anything else: occasionally you get what you pay for. But, on the whole, a high-quality flatweave rug will generally cost less than a well-made Persian or an authentic boucherouite. And the possibility of coming in under budget on your latest facelift project could be enough to make flatweave your new favorite rug type all by itself.
Flatweave Rugs Are Very Family Friendly
Despite all of the fantastically sophisticated weaving technique and time-defying quality that goes into making a truly great rug, the finished pieces are in fact kind of fragile in some ways. There are any number of common household realities that can spell disaster for your rugs over time. Pets, moisture, insects, even too much sunlight can all damage your rugs, sometimes even irreparably. Of course, with the right know-how and a healthy sense of vigilance, many of these common threats can be lessened if not completely removed.
Still, it's no wonder that high traffic family areas, especially those frequented by little ones, might not be the best place for putting an antique, investment piece on the floor. This is another way that flatweave rugs can provide a perfect option in places where other rugs may not work as well. The simple construction and low profile of these rugs make them very durable and far more resistant to normal foot traffic than other, more delicate, rug types. They're also far easier to clean, so that when accidents do happen, the results are less likely to be permanent. So in places where the patter of little feet can easily turn into a stampede, a flat woven rug will have you spending less time fretting over the condition of your rugs and more time enjoying a day with the kids.
Flatweave Rugs Don't Shed
Here's a bit of rug-making science for you: most rugs are pile woven, also known as knotted-weave rugs. These rugs are made when warp threads (the ones that run north-to-south and create the length of the rug) are woven together with weft threads (the ones that run east-to-west and make up the width of the rug). The surface of the rug is created by knotting silk or wool around pairs of warp threads. The wool is then cut to the height desired for the particular rug. This process can be carried out with machines or by hand, and using natural or synthetic fibers. The highest quality rugs are hand-knotted using natural fibers. The lowest are machine-made from synthetic materials. And one of the major ways to tell the quality of the rug you're living with is by how much it sheds.
Shedding comes from the wool surface of the rug and can be a major source of dust in a room in addition to trapping other allergens. A flatweave rug is comprised solely of warp and weft threads, so with no wool surface to contend with, flat woven rugs trap far lower quantities of allergens, produce far less dust and don't shed at all. In addition to their natural durability and ease of cleaning, that makes a flat woven rug one of the lowest maintenance rug choices that you can make.
Some Truly Amazing Designers Make Them
And finally, the last reason to love flatweave rugs is: there are some truly amazing designers working hard to make sure that these wonderful rugs just keep getting better. Among them is Miles Redd, a world-class designer, known for his modern take on classic, high-concept design. Redd has just released his first collection of rugs, including a number of beautiful flat-woven offerings. With gorgeous colors and bold patterns capable of making a statement in any room, high durability, low maintenance and a collection of modern offerings that are getting bigger and bigger, it's easy to see why so many people are falling in love with flatweave rugs. And now you know why, too.