Flat Weave Rugs
They may not be the softest underfoot, but these durable, low-maintenance flat weave rugs make the perfect solution for many spaces. Flat weave rugs come in a wide range of colors (muted or vibrant) and patterns (classic, modern and tribal). There also one of the most affordable options when it comes to floor coverings. Dominating showrooms and the display racks at the High Point Market, flat weave rugs have become a must-have item in home decor.
What exactly is a flat weave rug? Flat weave rugs are woven on a loom, rather than knotted. They are created by interlocking warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads. Types of oriental flat woven carpet include kilim, soumak, plain weave and tapestry weave. Types of European flat woven carpets include Venetian, Dutch, damask, list, haircloth and ingrain. Often crafted from either wool, cotton, the materials used to make flat weaves can vary. Some are made with linen, jute, silk, hemp and animal hair. Because these pieces are hand woven instead of knotted, they do not have a pile and they're thinner than knotted rugs. For hundreds of years, many cultures around the world have been creating woven textiles with very distinctive patterns. Afghanistan is well-known for their intricately woven kilims and prayer rugs with delicate floral patterns while the Navajos in the American Southwest are known for their striped and vibrantly colored flat weave rugs. Flat weave carpets have been used not only as floor coverings, but also utilized as wall hangings, bed coverings, throws, meditation and prayer rugs.
Flat weave carpets are a good option for allergy-prone people, since dust and dander won't get embedded in thick piles, like other floor coverings. Though not as soft and plush as a piled rug, the flat pieces are often used in the family room and playrooms because furniture and children's toys can slide easily across. Most flat weaves feature a geometric pattern, sometimes simple, sometimes complex – making them transition so easily from traditional to more contemporary interiors. They blend a surprisingly modern sensibility with an exotic old-world aesthetic.