Beige Rugs(39 items)
Welcome to the Beige 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.
Jose Mendoza Handwoven Zapotec rugs and decor accents
"Each rug teaches me something new about becoming a great artisan, father and husband. This art is something I'd like to preserve...."
I'm very proud to be a craftsman committed to the preservation of weaving on a handloom. My whole family is expert in this craft, and it was inevitable that I would fall into the trap of this beautiful tradition.
I've been practicing with wool fabrics and... read more
Popular Beige Rugs
Zapotec wool rug (1.5x4), "Women of Power"
Holding feathered staffs of authority, women of power come to life in handloomed wool. This beautiful rug is the creation of Mexico's Ruiz Bazan Family. They combine natural wool with colors achieved from organic dyes for a splendid example of Zapotec weaving art.
Because each rug is individually woven on handlooms, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm) (2 in).
Wool rug (2x3), "Tribute to Joan Miro"$184.99
Delfina Ruiz takes her inspiration from the painting "Characters and Dog in the Sun" by Spanish artist Joan Miro. Replicating his palette in virgin wool, she achieves the colors with vegetable dyes. This delightful accent rug brings a modern look to the ancient Zapotec art of weaving by hand.
Wool rug (4x6), "Tulips"$319.99
Tulips stretch delicate buds toward the sun, their fragile beauty portrayed in soft pastel tones. Cerapio Vallejo weaves a beautiful rug in wool. Achieving rich colors with natural dyes, his browns are derived from the walnut tree. The red and purple hues are obtained from cochineal insects, which live on walnut trees and cacti.
Titled "Tulipanes" in Spanish.
Wool Area Rug in Azure and Khaki from Mexico (2x3), "Under the Sea"
For a contemporary addition to your home decor, Mexican artisan Jose Mendoza hand-weaves this area rug from wool in the traditional style of Zapotec handicrafts. Khaki contrasts with azure while geometric patterns denote the color shift. Lovely fringes deocrate this rug at the corners.