Area Rug Glossary
Area Rug Facts

Welcome! At you will learn everything you need to know to make an educated decision about your next area rug purchase - including how to spot the differences between a machine-made and handmade rug, understanding rug durability, ideas for planning your room and caring for your area rug.

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Shop Area Rugs

Area Rug Buying Guide
Rug Buying Tips

Caring for Area Rugs
Rug Care Basics
Removing Stains from Rugs
Proper Rug Storage

Decorating with Area Rugs
Area Rug Quiz
Measuring for a Rug
Room Layout Ideas
Decorating with Color
Decorating with Style


How Area Rugs Are Made
Braided & Cotton Rugs
Hand-Knotted Rugs
Hand-Tufted Rugs
Hand-Hooked Rugs
Machine-Made Rugs
Flatwoven Rugs
Natural Fiber Rugs
Flokati Rugs
Rug Dyes
Watch Rug Making Video

Where Area Rugs Are Made
Oriental vs. Persian Rugs
Understanding Rug Names
Parts of a Rug Design
The History of Rugs was assembled by some of the nation's top rug experts, including rug buyers, rug sellers, rug manufacturers and professional rug cleaners.

As part of our extensive area rug research, we spent a week traveling India to study and photograph the fascinating art of hand making rugs.


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