Machine made rugs are produced on electronically-controlled looms that are preprogrammed with the design, weave and color. The production time is much faster than hand-looming. Once the rug comes off the loom the edges are bound. Machine-made rugs are manufactured with materials including wool and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, polyester, acrylic and silk. Machine made rugs have a life-span of about 20 years if cared for properly.
Today’s machine-made rugs can closely replicate the look and the feel of hand-made rugs for considerable cost savings. Like all rugs, there is a range of quality within the type of construction.
Major factors that play into the price and quality are material, density and country of origin. A wool machine-made rug made in the USA is going to be more expensive, but more durable, than a synthetic rug made in the Middle East. The density of a machine-made rug depends on how tightly it is woven.
One of the top rug makers in the country is Karastan of North Carolina. They were the first to make machine-made rugs in the 1920s that compared to hand-loomed rugs. Since they are well known and have perfected their craft, their rugs can be more expensive than other makers.
Machine made rug’s durability make them perfect for high-traffic areas such as the family room or kitchen. Machine made rugs are versatile, they're sure to coordinate with every interior, and every décor. The benefits of machine-made rugs are they do not shed, are more cost-effective, easy to care for and come in a wide variety of colors and designs.
Machine-made rugs can be vacuumed with or without a beater brush. Most are treated with chemicals that make them more stain resistant than hand-loomed rugs. Machine-made rugs should be professionally cleaned every 12 months to help prolong the life of the rug. Call ServiceMaster for questions or a free quote.