Wool Area Rugs(706 items)
Welcome to NOVICA’s Wool Area Rugs collection! Natural dyes, traditional looms, and soft alpaca fleece: these are some of the elements that go into creating this exceptional gallery of wool rugs:
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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 Wool 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!
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 Wool Area Rugs
Modern Wool Striped Multicolor Area Rug (4x6), "Multicolor"
Simple yet striking in design, this multicolored reversible rug by Cerapio Vallejo offers a modern interpretation of traditional Ayacucho geometric patterns. The work is elaborated from wool and cotton blend and Vallejo uses a combination of warm, comforting colors and sky blue rays. Vallejo's mesmerizing rug is a creation of superior quality, lending distinct Andean innovation to the home.
Titled "Multicolor" in Spanish.
Zapotec wool rug (2.5x5), "Night in the Sierra"$209.99
By Flavia Ruiz, this extraordinary rug is inspired by star-filled nights in the Mexican sierra. She patiently weaves the intricate motifs in rich shades of red, blue and orange, coloring the wool with dyes derived from natural plants and flowers. Titled "Sierra nocturna," this traditional Zapotec rug is finished with fringe.
Because each rug is individually woven on handlooms, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm).
Modern Zapotec Wool Rug 2 X 6 Ft Handmade in Mexico, "Fish Fiesta"$249.99
Woven by hand, this handsome runner features fish in fiesta colors. Alberto Ruiz García and his wife create bright mirror images in virgin wool. Navy blue borders the bright area rug named "Armonía de Peces" in Spanish.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 1 inch (3 cm).
Exquisitely Handcrafted Bird Area Rug (6x8), "Hummingbirds"$719.99
This breathtaking Ayacucho rug comes from Cerapio Vallejo. This amazing craft has been around for centuries in the state of Ayacucho, having been passed down to the Incas after originating among the ancient Wari culture of Peru. Vallejo's preferred technique, called is characterized by a tight weave. Although extra fabric and 15 days of hard work are required for such rugs, the end result is an extraordinarily clear illustration. Vallejo achieves the rich colors in the rug by using natural dyes.
Titled "Colibrí" in Spanish.
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