Soumak is a tapestry technique of weaving strong and decorative textiles to make rugs and other items. Soumak is a type of flatweave with a smooth front face and most have a ragged back. Soumak flatweave technique is used to create complex and varied designs. It is a time-consuming technique dating back to ancient times and is often used for smaller works such as bags, prayer sheets and mats.
Soumaks are extremely durable and will last for many years. They require low maintenance and are easy to vacuum and sweep. Most Soumak rugs are made from wool. Some modern Soumak are reversible because they've been finished on both sides. The yarns on the back side of the older Soumaks were left hanging so you could only use the rug on one side. They suit situations where a thinner rug is needed. Vibrant and muted colors create a look and feel that pleases the eye while honoring tradition.
A flatweave Soumak can be vacuumed without the use of the beater brush. However, cleaning these rugs requires a professional rug cleaner to make sure the diverse weaving techniques, patterns, and vibrant colors of these rugs are protected from damage.