Are Flatweave Rugs Good?

Flatweave Cotton Lina Mosaic Tassel from Palatine by NuLoom

A flatweave rug has no pile and is an excellent choice if you need a large rug to cover a high-traffic area. Flatweaves usually don’t cost as much as high-pile rugs. A well-constructed flatweave rug is within most people’s budgets. The price ultimately depends on the size of your rug and the material you choose.

Flatweave Basics

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A flatweave won’t fill up with as much dirt as shag or high-pile rugs. You can wipe them down with a damp cloth or vacuum them regularly keep them clean. Cotton flatweave rugs are often machined washable. If you don’t have time to clean your flatweave rug right away, you can turn it over, since most flatweaves are reversible.

Flatweave rugs make a sturdy but attractive base in any room, and you can also add high-pile rugs for a homier feel.

Use a flat woven rug in high-traffic areas like a kitchen or dining room. It’s easy to put chairs on top flatweaves or move furniture around on them since the rugs are pile-free. These rugs work great in kids rooms, as they can withstand a lot of rambunctious play with toys or pets. Soft flatweaves made with wool or polyester may match the decors of many bedrooms.

Use a cushioned rug pad with flatweaves if you want to use them in a bedroom. A flatweave rug with a thick rug pad will feel soft and springy to bare feet or playing children. A rug pad under a flatweave will cushion you from cold hardwood floors. A flatweave rug is prone to cause slippage on wood or tile floors, so it’s important to invest in a rug pad.

Flatweaves Don’t Shed

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Most area rugs are knotted or pile woven. Warp threads that make up the rug length are woven with weft threads that make up the rug width. Wool or silk is knotted around warp thread pairs. The wool or other material is cut to the proper height for the rug.

These knotted-weave rugs are made by hand or with machines, and they can be made of synthetic or natural fibers. The best rugs are made of natural fibers and hand-knotted. The lowest quality is made on machines from synthetic materials. You can determine the ultimate quality of a rug by its durability, or its tendency to shed.

A shedding rug can trap allergens and cause lots of dust in a room. No-pile flatweave rugs consist of warp and weft rugs, and no surface material. Flatweave rugs don’t shed since they don’t have this additional coverage. They produce less dust and trap fewer allergens than pile rugs. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance rug, choose a flatweave area rug.

You Can Use Flatweave Rugs Year-Round

KLM351A from Kilim .25 by Safavieh

Flatweave rugs are versatile enough to be used in any room year-round. They insulate your house and keep heat in and energy costs down in the winter. Flatweave rugs are made with light, breathable material (usually cotton) that won’t trap heat like heavier rugs. The lighter material prevents a room from getting too hot during the summer.

Flatweaves Work in Any Room in Your House

KLM215A from Kilim .25 by Safavieh

These non-shedding rugs are perfect for high-traffic areas that normally spell disaster for shag or high pile rugs. Place flatweave rugs in family rooms, dens, hallways or other areas where people and pets congregate. Use flatweaves in spaces where you need an attractive but durable rug. Save your expensive Persian rugs for less-trafficked rooms.

If your living room or bedroom has a specific color scheme, or if you’re remodeling, using a heavy Persian or shag rug can be problematic. A lightweight flatweave is easy to move from room to room, and you have a wide selection of designs, colors, and materials at your disposal.

Many Popular Brands and Designers Offer Flatweave Rugs

Cape Cod from Coastal Living Shores by Jaipur

Calvin Klein offers several neutral-color wool flatweaves, and Kathy Ireland features geometric and floral pattern flatweave rugs made from acrylic and viscose. Safavieh has hundreds of flatweave designs, like this Dhurrie. Dhurries are traditional flatwoven rugs used to cover floors in India. Most traditional Dhurries are made from wool or cotton.

Kilim rugs originated in the fourth or fifth century and were also popular in the Ottoman Empire and nearby regions, including North Africa, China, Iran, China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. These rugs are sometimes grouped in with Oriental rugs but are actually in a class of their own. These no-pile rugs use the same basic interweaving technique as any flatweave rug but expand on it with a technique called slitweaving. A slit is a block left between two color blocks. The weft is returned around the last warp into one color, and the weft of the next color is returned around adjacent warp.

The rug weavers cover the warp by packing the weft tightly. Kilims often have diagonal patterns, as vertical slits may weaken the rug’s structure. The bold, colorful patterns of a Kilim are usually geometric, although there are some bold floral designs as well.

A beating comb, optional shuttle, loom and scissors or knife are used for hand-woven Kilims. Wool is the most popular material for these rugs, although silk and cotton are often interwoven with the wool.

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