Hand loomed rugs are handmade rugs woven using a special loom and technique adapted from the textile weaving industry. The technique allows for a variety of constructions, such as flatweave, loop pile or varying lengths of standard pile. The pile is made row by row rather than knot by knot, which means that it can be a speedier and therefore more affordable way of making a rug. Hand loomed rugs as a category within the handmade rug field has really come into its own in the past decade, with the development of new surface constructions and interest from interior designers, who appreciate the faster delivery times for custom projects. The technique is especially well suited to geometric patterns or even minimal looks with a focus on texture. The same high-quality materials that are used for other weaving techniques, such as wool and silk, can be used to make a hand loomed rug. More elaborate patterns can be created using a Jacquard hand loom technique. For those who associate Jacquard with mechanized weaving, rest assured that a hand loomed rug is always woven on a loom that is manually operated, making it a truly handmade product. The set of processes involved in hand loom weaving can only very rarely be replicated on automatic looms, and the resulting rugs lack that inimitable handmade look and feel. With all the innovation taking place in the making of hand loomed rugs, this is an area to watch.
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