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What You Need to Know About Hand-Tufted Rugs

mar, 2018
A Hand-tufted rug is not fully hand made. Instead, a person wields a mechanized tool that is used to shoot pieces of wool through a canvas backing. This canvas’ backing has an outline drawn upon it that the wielder fills in. It is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas that is stretched on a frame with the help of a hand-operated tool. This process is not very time-intensive and does not require the same level of skill that hand-knotting does. After piling with wool, the rug is removed from the frame and a scrim fabric is glued to the back. To complete the rug, a fringe is added by either sewing or gluing it on.
The yarn is then cut and shaved to ensure equal height. In the case of rugs with different height volumes, the surfaces are cut by hand with special angled scissors. This technique allows the skilled artisans to create curved patterns and pile of different heights and densities.
Hand-tufted rugs never quite achieve heirloom status because they are not one of a kind. But they can still be beautiful to look at and make an appealing and interesting addition to your interior decor.

The Back of the Rug:
The more detail on the back of the rug, the better the quality. With Hand-tufted and Machine-made rugs, a latex coating is applied to the back of the rugs to hold their tufts in place. The applied coating is then covered over by another layer of fabric, that usually being a canvas material. Since the difference between the back of these rugs is so glaring, flipping the rug over is by far the easiest way to identify it.

Hand-Tufted Technique & Ferreira de Sá: The Connection
Hand-Tufting has been part of our history for nearly 3 decades. Back in the early 90’s, we were looking for new weaving techniques to be added on to our portfolio – which already included the hand-weaving (flat weave) and the hand-knotting since the year company started. The introduction of this new technique managed to modernized the company, increase its productivity and lower the cost. The quality of the rugs made using this technique quickly conquered national and international markets.

Easy and Quick
One of the main advantages of this technique is the speed: the handmade production of one square meter of a carpet takes one day with a person working on a loom. With hand-tufting, it now takes two hours. This capacity enabled the company to meet deadlines in delivering orders, which left customers very impressed.

Why Choose a Hand-Tufted Rug?
The hand-tufting is one of the most flexible techniques – it allows the creation of any pattern, almost as if it was a painting. This versatility makes hand-tufted carpets a premium solution for both residential and commercial projects. Whether it is a family home, a high end store, or a hotel lobby, hand-tufting is the perfect solution for all purposes.



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