Wool Area Rugs(488 items)
NOVICA’s Wool Area Rugs Collection showcases handmade traditional and contemporary designs by global artisans. This colorful, tactile collection of plain and patterned wool rugs brings a refined, natural touch to any room.
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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!
Exactly What I Wanted
My girlfriend and I moved from New Jersey to Sedona 8 months ago. We are in the process of decorating in a manner that is southwestern without being cliche, without being cartoonish. We looked at Zapotec rugs in local stores. They were what we were looking for in the way of rugs. I was prepared to pay the high price they were asking, but we didnt find exactly what we wanted. Then I happened on Novica, had never heard of this site, and found exactly what I wanted, for much less money, and a lot more of that money going to the artisan. This piece by Alfredo Ruiz is simply superb!
Alfredo Ruiz Hand-woven Zapotec rugs
"I believe the art of weaving Zapotec rugs is unique. My inspiration comes from everything I see around me – the landscapes, nature, people and animals."
Popular Wool Area Rugs
Hand Made Zapotec Gray Brown Wool Runner Rug (2.6x10), "Sierra Plains"$499.99
Soft grays and warm browns bring to mind the plains of the Oaxacan sierra. Alberto Ruiz and his wife craft this beautiful Zapotec rug on the pedal loom with wool yarn tinted with natural dyes.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm).
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.
Zapotec wool rug (5x8), "Color of Life"
Oaxaca's golden sun caresses joyous colors that celebrate a fiesta. Wide borders in dark purple evoke the night sky. Eliciting intricate motifs from virgin wool, Alberto Ruiz and his wife craft this beautiful Zapotec rug on the handloom. They name the design "Mi tierra sagrada" in Spanish.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 4 inches (10 cm).
Handwoven 2.5x5 Striped Wool Zapotec Area Rug from Mexico, "Zapotec Stripes"$179.99
Magnificent earth tones that capture the beauty of the Mexican countryside are achieved with natural dyes to create stripes along this Zapotec area rug. Gregorio Ruiz of the Ruiz Bazan family designs the rug, which is woven by hand of wool on an artisanal loom. He adds geometric designs that accentuate the stripes for a home accent that brings the spirit of Oaxaca to your home. The rectangular rug is finished with fringes at each end.
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