Rugs: How and Why.

At Bazaar Velvet, we take great pride in bringing you some of the most stunning designer rugs from around the world. We sell rugs of all shapes, sizes, styles, materials and designs. But, for those who are not so familiar with the different kinds of rug construction, here’s a short briefing!

Tufted Rugs

These rugs make up the majority of rugs available today and are easy to mass produce. Tufted material, often synthetic, is injected into a backing material and then sealed and strengthened with an additional material, often hessian.

Hooked Rugs

This style is often used by hobbyists due to it’s ease of construction. The carpeting material is drawn up through a hessian (burlap) cloth to create a rug of simple design.

Knotted Rugs

Knotted pile rugs use thick knotted thread and can be either handmade or machine made. Like the hooked rugs, the thread is pulled through the backing material.

Needle Felted Rugs

In relation to the history of rug making, needle felted rugs are very young, having only been around for the last thirty years or so. The compact fibres of a needle felted rug are attracted to one another through electrostatic machinations. Rugs of this type are more expensive and more durable. As a result they are more often seen in high traffic commercial areas rather than in homes.

Woven Rugs

Woven rugs are far more traditional in their design. Most woven rugs these days are created on loom. The advantage if this is that several different coloured threads can be used. Using this method is the best if one is after an intricate design. Hand loomed rugs are some of the world’s finest. The techniques of woven rug production can be used in conjunction with other methods of rug-making to create hybrid styles.

Flat Weave Rugs

Flat weave rugs are made by using longer threads or pieces of material. Instead of tying the threads around the base they are woven in and out of the base material.

Embroidered Rugs

Embroidery is an ancient pastime, and compared to modern techniques, this method takes a little bit more time to complete! Instead of a loom, materials are hand sewn into the backing material. This means that the attention to detail is second to none. It can also mean (due to the high number of man hours used in each rug’s creation) that the rug can be quite expensive.

Why buy a rug in 21st Century?

So you’ve read about some of the rug making techniques available. You have it in your head now that you want a rug; but how should you justify your purchase? Here are a few reasons why a rug is purchased:


One of the principle reasons why someone would want a rug is for decoration. Have a hallway that is lacking colour or pizzazz? Brighten it up with a lively rug!

Sound dampening

The sound of footsteps from the dance studio upstairs keeping you up all night? Rugs have fantastic soundproofing capabilities. So buy them a rug and get a good night’s sleep.


Although hard floors are practical, they lack the same ability of rugs and carpets to retain heat. Keep your home warmer and save money on heating bills by investing in a couple of rugs.

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