Area Rugs(510 items)
NOVICA’s Area Rug Collection showcases handmade and handcrafted traditional and contemporary designs by global artisans. This colorful tactile collection of plain and patterned rugs includes a diverse range of fibers such as sisal, jute, wool, silk and cotton.
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Your answers straight from the village experts
Rug pads are great because they prevent slippage, prolong wear, protect the floor underneath, and provide additional comfort and quiet. That being said, most of our rugs do not actually require a pad underneath. Many, like those from the Andes, crafted with sheep wool and cotton, are durable and sturdy enough to be placed directly on the floor. But for enhanced protection and longevity, a rug pad is always a welcome addition.
Area rugs are a design-friendly way to absorb sound and insulate a room. They are a wonderful way to reduce noise, as footsteps on a rug are more muted than on hardwood floors or tile, and they also dull ambient sounds. Additionally, they provide warmth and a general sense of well-being. Who doesnt love a good area rug!
Most area rugs are easy to maintain with a few simple steps. For small stains and spills, you can spot clean with warm, soapy water. Never rub the affected area, always blot! You should vacuum your rugs to remove dirt and debris. And to ensure that rugs wear evenly, it is recommended to place a pad beneath them, and rotate them regularly. As with most vibrant works of art, direct sunlight may dull the colors. For more substantive cleaning, it is recommended that you dry clean your area rug.
Were huge fans of eco-friendly everything! When it comes to area rugs, you can look for certain indicators that it is produced in a sustainable way that reduces our carbon footprint. Some artisans, like a handful of weavers from India, use recycled fabrics: cotton, rayon, and polyester. Others stress the use of natural dyes and ethically-sourced wool. (Wool is particularly celebrated for being recyclable, abundant, and naturally stain-resistant.)
Handmade, or footmade! Many of the weavers who produce area rugs use a pedal, or foot, loom. While they technically have the assistance of a machine--a treadle or handloom--its operation requires the dexterity, strength, coordination, and patience of the artisan. Additionally, most area rugs are finished by hand.
Traditional area rugs are mostly woven on looms. Treadle, or foot, looms make use of pedals to lift and lower the looms harness. This raises the threads of the warp, so that the weft can pass through the opening in the threads. This type of loom is common in the Andes, Central America, as well as Mexico, and traces back to Mayan weavers in the period after the Spanish arrived. Elsewhere, such as India, handlooms are still used. The designs are mapped out in advance, and it takes about four to five days to complete a dhurrie, or traditional Indian floor covering. While the work to craft each of these rugs may be labor intensive, the beauty of the finished product makes it well worth the wait.
While area rugs are handcrafted by artisans from all over the world, they share certain features in spite of their vastly different regions. From the Andes to Central America, Mexico to India, most artisans use some combination of sheep wool, cotton, and natural and industrial dyes. Some artisans, like those from India, may incorporate other materials, like jute, or recycled cotton, polyester, and rayon, into their works. Some of the Zapotec weavers in Mexico use dyes made from natural materials like walnut shell, cochineal, and flowers. With these materials, artisans create vibrant colors and authentic patterns, ideal for adding dimension and warmth to any home.
They say variety is the spice of life. For every personal preference, there is an ideal area rug to match. Whether youre drawn to the geometric patterns and natural dyes of Zapotec rugs done in traditional Oaxacan style, or gorgeous dhurrie rugs from India woven from jute fibers, the elegant sisal rugs from Jaipur, or soft alpaca wool from the Andes, there is an area rug that is perfect for you.
Eight facts about handmade area rugs you probably didnt know
Zapotec Wool Rug 4 X 6 "Red Maguey An area rug can change the dynamic of an entire room. It can add depth, dimension, and a sense of authenticity to a living space. Rugs provide warmth and comfort. They mute unwanted sounds. Plus, they are... read more
Featured Reviews on Area Rugs
The color scheme and artwork of this rug lifts my living space to new heights. The rug is one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. Thank you so much.
Nearly 15 years ago, I spent time in Oaxaca and visited Teotitlan del Valle, the village where most of these beautiful weavings are created (perhaps I even stopped by Albertos shop). I was unable to purchase a rug at that time, so it gives me much joy to have discovered Novica and to now have Albertos gorgeous rug warming my bedroom floor. Muchisimas gracias!
Exactly What I Wanted
My girlfriend and I moved from New Jersey to Sedona 8 months ago. We are in the process of decorating in a manner that is southwestern without being cliche, without being cartoonish. We looked at Zapotec rugs in local stores. They were what we were looking for in the way of rugs. I was prepared to pay the high price they were asking, but we didnt find exactly what we wanted. Then I happened on Novica, had never heard of this site, and found exactly what I wanted, for much less money, and a lot more of that money going to the artisan. This piece by Alfredo Ruiz is simply superb!
Alfredo Ruiz Hand-woven Zapotec rugs
"I believe the art of weaving Zapotec rugs is unique. My inspiration comes from everything I see around me – the landscapes, nature, people and animals."
Popular Area Rugs
Jute Area Rug Natural Dyes Indian Dhurrie (6x9), "Kashmir Kaleidoscope"
A hypnotic composition in shades of green and coral rust transforms this jute rug into a textile masterpiece. Woven on a traditional loom with a wool warp, the colorful palette comes from natural herbs to achieve an antiqued illusion. Sonik Sethi presents this elegant rug from India.
Zapotec wool rug (2.5x5.5), "Star Flowers"
With petals like stars, wildflowers bloom in gentle pastels, covering the hillsides with summer beauty. Browns, greens, yellow and pale grey mingle with beige and navy blue. Neatly woven by hand in virgin wool, the elegant motifs grace a traditional Mexican rug. Gregorio Ruiz Lopez works on the handloom to create designs his father taught him. Titled "Diamantes zapotecas" in Spanish, this rug features lush fringe.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm).
Zapotec Area Rug (2x3.5) in Red and Green, "Daybreak in the Sierra"
Daybreak over the Oaxacan sierra offers a fantasy of colors to inspire Irene Ruiz. She prepares natural dyes such as cochineal, pomegranate skin and flowers to obtain the vibrant hues that underscore the traditional Zapotec patterns. The hand loomed wool rug is finished by hand.
Mexican Zapotec Blue Wool Area Rug (4x6.5), "Warrior Life"
Irene Ruiz designs a spectacular rug to honor the brave lives of Zapotec warriors. Zigzag glyphs exude a sense of energy while the step-like patterns symbolize the journey between life, underworld and heaven. Ruiz prepares colors from natural dyes and weaves the wool rug on a traditional loom.
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