Mongolian Wool Rugs

Mongolian rugs are said to have been first made in Mongolia in around 4000 B.C. to 2000 B.C., when nomadic tribes used them to beautify their tents and to protect themselves from the desert’s extremes of heat and cold. Mongolian rugs were originally used on floors, tables and as wall-hangings. Rugs were generally made with wool and were given a cotton backing. Mongolian wool is coarse and has short fibers which make it suitable for making rugs and carpets.

Mongolian rugs are available in several fixed sizes and myriad designs. Mongolian wool rugs are plush and soft. Mongolian rugs manufactured nowadays have sophisticated designs and add a touch of elegance to the home. Mongolian rugs can grace your home and give it a rich look. Thus many people go in for these types of rugs.

Wool was the preferred material for Mongolian rugs as it was resilient and easy to clean and more affordable when compared to silk. Traditionally, Mongolian wool rugs used to be dyed only with specific organic colors derived from indigo, saffron, sumac, turmeric and pomegranate. Nowadays rugs come in both bold and soft colors such as ivory, royal blue and the like.

Mongolian wool rugs are either handwoven or machine-made. Machine-made rugs are cheap, but compromise on quality. They are thinner and less dense than handmade rugs. On the other hand, handmade rugs are much more costly but more durable and eco-friendly. Handmade Mongolian rugs are woven exclusively which makes them exquisite, precious and expensive.

Mongolian wool rugs are made by the traditional methods of weaving and knotting with pile. Though rugs are made nowadays using looms, the basic method has remained the same. The rug pattern is made by knotting with pile. The pile can also be knotted in a certain way so that it acquires a right or left inclination.

Mongolian wool rugs can cost you anything from $150 upwards depending upon the size of the rugs. Mongolian rugs made using wool and silk are quite expensive but add personality, comfort and beauty to the décor of the place where they are used.

Source by Damian Sofsian

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