Cotton Rugs(109 items)
Welcome to the Cotton Rug Collection at NOVICA.
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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.
Featured Reviews on Cotton Rugs
Absolutely Lovely rug
I received the rug earlier than expected and was amazed at the quality and craftsmanship. The colors are vibrant and much more beautiful than the pictures can show. Thank you so much Sajad for creating such a beautiful and well made piece of art. I love it.
I didn?t get a full notion from the pictures of how beautiful this was going to be. The colors are vibrant and stand out on the background. I doubt that I would put this on the floor though ? I?ve got animals and I?m always tracking in from the yard. There is a backing that will make it easy to turn into a wall hanging. For now I have it on the back of a chair. This was a gift, and, though I did pick it out myself, I think anybody who likes nature themes would be pleased with it
a unique rug
I have three beautiful Ushak rugs and wanted a different style from the east. This rug is now on my living room floor. I love the coloration -- the blues, the pinks, and the fact that it combines Islamic and Hindu styles in one rug. Much praise to the designer.
Sonik Sethi Woven rugs and runners
"I worked for more than seven years with handicrafts until I realized that this was my cup of tea."
Popular Cotton Rugs
Chain-Stitched Animal-Themed Wool Area Rug (3x5) from India, "The Jungle World II"
Says Indian artisan Amit Moza, "Kashmir is famous for beautiful and creative works of art. I want to spread Kashmir’s art and craft." He creates this stunning wool area rug, featuring chain-stitched patterns performed by hand to depict jungle animals in their natural habitat. Using a specialized hook known as an Amit carefully embroiders each animal for a winning composition that brings the beauty of India to your home.
India Aari Rug Chain Stitched Wool on Cotton (4 x 6), "Blue Tile Palace"$269.99
Inspired by tiles in a Mughal palace, Sajad creates a beautiful Kashmiri rug. The intricate patterns are drawn on a cotton backing, and embroidered by hand with soft woolen floss. The technique of chain-stitched rug crafting was introduced to India by Persia in 1460.
Chain Stitched 100% Wool Tiger Motif Rug from India, "Royal Tiger"$289.99
Amit Moza designs a unique and dramatic rug to bring a traditional Indian craft into the modern home. Shaped like a tiger design, it is skillfully crafted with intricate chain stitch work, done by hand. The uniquely shaped honey yellow tiger is patterned with cream, golden yellow, and jet black details that can take up to 20 days to complete. The plain cotton backing adds durability.
Block-Printed Cotton Area Rug With Purple Motifs (3x5), "Deep Lavender Hills"$59.99
Designed by Indian artisan Rahul Khandaka, this area rug showcases a mastery of Jaipur handicrafts. Handwoven from cotton on a traditional loom, this antique white rug is ideal for any space. Intricate triangular motifs in deep lavender are applied using the block printing technique, where hand-carved wood blocks are used to stamp the designs by hand. Fringes complete this rug at each end.