Animal Themed Area Rugs(30 items)
Welcome to the Animal Themed Area 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 Animal Themed Area Rugs
I met Mr. Curi a number of years ago when I was in Peru and bought a number of his pieces then. When I saw his work was available on Novica, I was thrilled. This piece was every bit as beautiful as the ones I bought a decade ago. I would highly recommend any of his pieces. They are all stunning.
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!
The red version of this rug doesnt begin to match the picture tonalities. The rug is so exquisite and vibrant I want more offerings in larger sizes. As soon as I laid the rug beside my bed my cat was in complete disbelief, Really, this is for me? She loves it. This is a spectacular piece of art--please consider making a 4x6 and 5x 8 size.
The colors of this rug are indescribably vivid, rich, and beautiful. I would like to have several of these rugs, scattered around my house like rose petals! Simply gorgeous. Yes, it would make a fabulous wall-hanging, but I do have mine in a small guest bathroom and its stunning. Truly great craftsmanship and well worth the price.
Cerapio Vallejo Handwoven wool rugs and tapestries
"I draw inspiration from our ancient Peruvian cultures, Andean village life, and from our snow-capped mountains."
"My art form was handed down to me from my parents and grandparents. But the quality of my work is the result of my long... read more
Popular Animal Themed Area Rugs
Modern Zapotec Wool Rug 2 X 3 Ft Handmade in Mexico, "Fish Fiesta"$159.99
Woven by hand, this handsome rug features fish in fiesta colors. Alberto Ruiz García and his wife create bright mirror images in virgin wool. Red stripes border the forest green area rug named "Danza Acuática" in Spanish.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 4 inches (10 cm).
Bird Wool Area Rug from Guatemala, "Maya Bird at Sunset"$142.99
Woven on a traditional loom, this dazzling rug is created entirely by hand, from carding, spinning and dying to creating the motifs. Members of Momosteco Weavers select sunset shades of red, orange, rose and gold to depict stylized birds.
Handwoven Bird Theme Peruvian Blue Wool Rug (2x5), "Blue Birds on the Wing"$189.99
A celebration of nature, this glorious accent rug depicts birds in a clear blue sky. Master weaver Eliazar Ochoa transforms virgin wool into a splendid example of Andean textile art.
Titled "Volando en la tarde" in Spanish.
Exquisitely Handcrafted Bird Area Rug (6x8), "Hummingbirds"$849.99
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.