We welcome pricing comparisons because we know you will find our prices to be favorable. If we have not posted prices for particular rugs on our web site, we invite you to send us a note or call us for price quotes. We guarantee the best online price on any given rug, if the size and quality are the same.
It’s important in purchasing a rug to understand what it is you’re buying. There are many rugs in stores and catalogues that are being marketed as “handmade” or "handwoven" rugs, which in actuality may have been tufted or hooked by “hand,” but which then have glues applied to the back and then fabric glued over that to hide the whole “mess” on the back of the rug. One of the greatest drawbacks to these glues is the smell and outgassing. This glue also breaks down in a fairly short time and the rug will delaminate.
Because tufting is much faster than hand weaving (or knotting), and because the quality of the wools (or synthetics, in some cases) is often not the best, tufted rugs can be sold at lower prices - surprisingly, often not much lower - than the sturdy hand-knotted rugs that are made on a loom.
Kilims and "Dhurries" are also advertised in many catalogues. These rugs are essentially a flatweave fabric (see diagram in our tufted rug info) that is much less dense than oriental knotted rugs and soumaks, and are much quicker to weave; therefore, they cost much less -- but also have a much shorter life expectancy.
By contrast, our hand-knotted rugs are all "Green," usually wool on a cotton warp (the yarns on the loom on which the design is created with knotting). They have no chemical additives and are completely non-toxic. There are no smells like you find in the modern tufted or hooked rugs. And there is no comparison in the durability. Hand-knotted rugs last for a very long time, often generations (learn more about hand-knotted oriental rugs). Our Soumaks, which are considered a type of flatweave rug, are much denser and more tightly woven than the kilims or dhurries -- while offering usually a lower price than the knotted rugs. We take pride in the rugs we sell, not only for their beauty, but also for the wonderful wool that is used to make them and the quality of the workmanship.
So in the case of rugs, you get what you pay for! It can be difficult for people who have little or no experience with rugs to recognize these differences.
Please send us a note or call us, and tell us what you're looking for. We would be happy to discuss your needs and, if you like, suggest rug possibilities that may be just the right fit for you. We guarantee your happiness with your rug and offer a generous return policy.
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