27 Nov Luxury Modern Rugs
Creating a Luxury Modern Rugs
Why focus on luxury modern rugs? Simply put, rugs are to the room what shoes are to an outfit. They tie the look together, add a touch of luxury and glamour, and can make you feel like a million bucks. While this is not a new idea in luxury interior design, the importance of rugs has been known to be overlooked.
When I work on designing spaces for my luxury modern design projects, rugs are a pivotal part of my design plan. Frankly, in keeping with the shoe analogy, luxury modern rugs are not only crucial to unifying a room. Without them, rooms look as incomplete as a woman going barefoot while wearing Chanel.
Since my clientele is international or well-traveled in nature, traveling has always been the biggest inspiration in my designs. This put me on the search for rugs that were a bit different than the ‘usual.’ My goal was always to find rugs with some special, unique, luxury quality that would tie the room together.
Over the years I found rugs with a contemporary, modern look that were gorgeous. Unfortunately, too many missed the mark and were unable to provide the special touch I wanted.
I’m all about going the extra mile to find the extraordinary in contemporary modern design. That’s why I’m developing my own collection of bespoke handmade luxury modern rugs inspired by nature & traveling with the finest natural materials you can imagine!
So let’s talk about what turns rug into a modern luxury rug that will last you forever and looks fabulous!
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Top luxury rug materials
New Zealand Wool.
If you ever wondered about the best of the best fiber for a luxury modern rug, it’s New Zealand Wool. Hands down (or should we say feet down) this wool is the most vibrant, strongest, most-resilient fiber to walk on.
Why is New Zealand wool the best? There are a number of reasons, the most important of which is that the sheep from our New Zealand sources are treated ethically. They are nurtured with minimal contact. They are not treated with chemicals or antibiotics and are shorn just once a year during the summer to keep them warm for the winter.
As an aside, the synthetic options which are made from petroleum byproducts are actually considered to be plastic. They do not survive more than a few years and have no extended value. More importantly, they lack the richness, vibrancy, and luxury feel of a real wool rug.
new zaeland wool
Mulberry silk is one of the most luxurious, finest materials on the planet. It is actually considered to be the highest quality silk available. It is also known as “soft gold” for its royal feel and luxurious, one of a kind look. ⠀
We cultivated this high-quality fiber in our luxury modern rug designs as well because of its beauty and strength. The fibers are as thin as hair, light as a feather, and strong as steel. This makes them ideal for the daily wear and tear that they will experience underfoot.
In case you wonder, there are two types of silks: cultivated (GOOD) and wild (BAD).
The good silk, also known as cultivated silk, is our Mulberry Silk. We use them in rugs from China, Japan, and India, where special local farms grow Mulberry trees and harvest the silkworms to feed on. This allows them to control the diet to create top quality silk.
The bad silk, also known as wild silk, comes from worms with no controlled diet. The reason that they are bad is that the uncontrolled diet leads to instability in the silk. The worms bust through their low-quality cocoons, which breaks the fibers. Instead of one single filament, the fiber is actually a broken piece that has been spun together into a thicker but weaker thread for weaving.
While we’re on this topic, there is one more type of silk: artificial (THE WORST). Artificial silk is also known as rayon, viscose/nylon. In addition to being weak, it yellows, bleeds, and sheds, which makes it a poor choice for rugs (or anything else for that matter).
mulberry silk caccoon
We’ve already talked about the durability and fineness of the wool and silk materials that we choose for our rug designs. However, there is one more material that I wanted to talk about. The material is very similar to mulberry silk in terms of softness and durability and is a natural material.
It is called Tencel, or Lyocell. This natural fiber is derived from the wood pulp of trees grown and replaced on specialized tree farms. It has hypoallergenic qualities and it is also environmentally friendly and recyclable. The same goes for the Mulberry silk and New Zealand wool fibers in our rugs.
Both tencel and Mulberry silk can be used in all techniques, however, usually tencel is suggested for hand-tufted rugs, while the Mulberry silk for hand-knotted rugs due to its scarcity and exclusivity.
The best techniques to create a truly luxury rug
Hand-Knotted vs Hand-Tufted Rugs.
The ‘hand’ in hand-knotted and hand-tufted means that the rugs are in fact made by hand. But that’s really where the similarities end.
The techniques vary in complexity, the time needed to complete a rug, the skill level of the artisan, and the ultimate look and feel. These factors impact the recommended use and price.
luxury modern rugs weaving
What Is a Hand-Knotted Rug?
Hand-knotted rugs are really an art form. This technique allows for the most intricate designs. Made on a special loom, the result is a one-of-a-kind rug that is truly a work of art. Oriental and Persian rugs are typically hand-knotted. The best are made from natural materials, including cotton, wool, and silk.
Of the two methods, this takes the longest amount of time and requires more skill on the part of the rug maker. This is reflected in the quality and the cost, which is driven by the knots per square inch. Hand-knotted rugs don’t have a backing, which means that the design is the same regardless of which side is up. If you are considering this type of rug, it is important to note that a higher density means better quality and is typically required for complex, one-of-a-kind designs.
Such hand-knotted rugs with complex and detailed designs can make as well a collectable piece and like gold, can make a great investment.
What Is a Hand-Tufted Rug?
Hand-tufted rugs are made by hand and tool. Typically made of wool, this rug is made with a process that punches strands of wool into a canvas stretched on a frame.
The hand-held tool helps to expedite this process, however, it does not mean that they look worse! With today’s skilled artisans, modern coloring techniques, and with use of high-quality materials, the hand-tufted rug can look and feel as good as hand-knotted.
The ingredients, high-quality wool & silk are the fundamentals.
Choosing Between Hand-Knotted and Hand-Tufted Rugs to Complete Your Luxury Modern Design
Due to their uniqueness and the time it takes to create them, hand-knotted rugs have higher cost and value.
The higher quality workmanship results in better knots, which is the reason a hand-knotted rug will typically outlast a hand-tufted one, and may as well create a collectible piece.
Hand-tufted rugs may not become heirlooms but they may still provide a luxurious feel to your room for a decade.
We believe, that as long as the materials are of the highest quality and sustainable coloring techniques, the technique is a matter of preference. And if you don’t intend to create a collectable piece to last for generations, the hand-tufted technique may be a best option for you.