Earthtone Rugs(55 items)
Welcome to the Earthtone 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 Earthtone Rugs
What a wonderful rug
This is a truly beautiful rug and the artists heart is evident in it. I am so pleased to have it in my home. I will come back for more rugs as I continue to redo rooms in my house. Thank you so much for your artistry.
By Maryanne Bernini
Exactly what I was looking for
Beautifully made and just what I needed for this spot. It was just what the room needed to feel finished. Having visited Oaxaca years ago, I remembered the local rug making and appreciative being able to order this on line and receive such a beautiful piece of work. Thank you.
This rug adds joy to our home
We could not be more pleased with this rug. We love the design and the colors are so vibrant. Everyone who has seen it thinks it is spectacular. Thank you so much for your lovely work
Delfina Ruiz Zapotec wool rugs
"This is the art my parents dedicated their lives to, and it's what I know best."
“We have worked with you for some time now, which has taught me in a very special way to listen to my heart. Thank you for the confidence and perseverance in being part of our growth process. Thanks to you, we are creating more and more handwoven rugs and... read more
Popular Earthtone Rugs
Geometric Wool Peruvian Area Rug (6x8.5), "Dazzling Stars"
Stars twinkle in a dark ochre sky, each one shining with dazzling color. Sunbursts flank the central motifs, and concentric diamonds point to the four cardinal directions. Expertly hand-woven by Cerapio Vallejo, this generous accent rug will be a focal point in any interior.
Titled "Estrellas" in Spanish.
100% Wool Area Rug in Red Black and Tan with Diamonds (2x3), "Desert Diamonds"$149.99
Closeness to the earth inspires this Zapotec area rug's colors and design from Marco Bautista of Mexico. Woven by hand of 100% wool, earth tones including tan, black, and deep red form a large diamond pattern at the center of this design.
Zapotec Wool Runner with Small and Large Crosses (1x6.5), "Cultural Intersection"$109.99
The Zapotec weaving tradition to which artisan Gregorio Ruiz of Oaxaca belongs bears the stamp of both ancient customs and more recent European influences. The patterns and natural dye ingredients hark back to pre-Columbian times, but the use of sheep's wool and foot looms was introduced by the Spanish. This fringed Zapotec runner which Gregorio Ruiz crafts features wool that has been dyed lovely shades of alabaster, forest green, and brick using natural dyes. Larger crosses are bordered by horizontal rows of smaller crosses in the loom-woven runner's design. Ivory fringe adorns the ends of the colorful home accent piece.
Collectible Hand Loomed Wool Area Rug (2x2.5), "Fiery Hills"$99.99
Fiery hills arise from deep green meadows in a beautifully stylized design. By David Laura Zanabria, this hand-loomed accent rug takes its influence from the Wari culture. Its precise geometry and brilliant color make it a focal point in any setting.
Titled "Maqui" in Quechua.