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Flatwoven Rugs: Dhurrie and Kilim Rugs


Flatwoven rugs have no pile and can be made from plant, animal or synthetic materials.

Dhurrie and kilim rugs are flat woven, meaning that they have no pile. They can be made from wool, cotton or synthetic materials and can be hand woven or machine made. These rugs are usually reversible. The pattern on the front can be viewed clearly from both sides. Strictly speaking, authentic Dhurries are made in India and are made of wool or cotton. Authentic kilims (pronounced ‘Cah-lim’) are usually made in Turkey, China and Egypt, and are made of wool only.

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Advantages/Disadvantages of Flatwoven Rugs


Advantages

  • Flatwoven rugs are reasonably priced.

  • There are many beautiful colors and patterns available.

  • Flatwoven rugs are reversible.

  • A flatwoven rug can also be considered a collecting piece if the rug was made by hand in the Middle East.

Disadvantages

  • Flatwoven rugs can cause slippage without a proper rug pad.

  • They are not as thick or as durable as hand-knotted or hand-tufted rugs.

  • It's difficult to identify machine-made from hand-woven construction.

  • Flatwoven rugs do not hide stains as well as rugs with pile.

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