Area Rug Fabrication – A unique twist to an old world tradition.
by Russell Webb
old world technique and part modern technology blends to transform
the ancient tradition of rug making into an exciting new art form.
So what exactly is custom rug fabrication?
a process that features several main steps and admittedly some of
these steps are closely guarded trade secrets. In essence, it's
a two pronged approach whereas carpet colors are inlaid into a field
piece and then carved and sculptured. This carving technique can
have a stunning three dimensional effect.
the years, techniques for custom rug fabrication have been fine
tuned. Now the current custom rugs being produced today can easily
match the highest quality tufted wool rugs.
flexibility of this product is appealing as well, this is because
custom shapes and sizes are easily accommodated. Typical rectangular
rugs are ok, yet it's now possible to create free flowing organic
shapes that have an impressive custom look and feel.
ideas are readily available all over the internet. Some sites specialize
in custom rug fabrication and feature design ideas to spark your
interests. Designs can be inspired from your own interior themes,
fabrics, and artwork.
in the US there are only a handful of mills that produce the majority
of carpet seen in carpet stores across the nation. Nylon is the
fiber of choice for a few reasons, mainly cost and availability.
Most carpet found in office buildings and residential homes is produced
from nylon fibers
nylon yarn is actually spun from a thermoplastic base which is easily
heated into liquid and molded or in this case spun into a thread.
Nylon was developed as a synthetic substitute for silks. Silk is
harvested from cocoons made by silkworms, and as you may have guessed,
not exactly cost effective.
silk and wool are more expensive to produce, the shift toward nylon
has been more out of necessity than anything else. Over the years
the mills have done an extraordinary job of replicating the texture,
feel, and durability of silk and wool. Most of us would be hard
pressed to tell the difference.
carpet is available in some US mills, however the cost is much higher.
Wool can easily be substituted for nylon if specified.
Tools and Equipment
equipment required to fabricate custom rugs is remarkably light
weight and inexpensive. Most of the tools are specialized hand tools,
including a high powered shearing device that, when properly used,
bevels intricate designs within the plush carpet.
bulk of costs generally reflect the labor involved – higher
complexity equals higher costs. Custom rug fabrication does cost
more than typical machine made rugs found online and at your local
carpet dealer. You have to weigh out the benefits and decide if
it's the right direction that appeals to you.
we have seen here, it is now possible to create unique personalized
area rugs out of nylon fibers or wool fibers. Custom rugs can be
produced in any shape and size. Design ideas can be inspired from
numerous sources online and within your own home.
© 2007 Russell Webb
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