6 Types of Area Rugs to Know Before You Shop

Are you planning to add an area rug to your home soon? It’s pretty easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer range of choices if you’re new to the rug-shopping game!

Area rugs come in all materials and weaving techniques, each having its own unique style and vibe. Therefore, knowing the various types of rugs are essential if you want to take home a rug that matches not only your space but your personality as well. 

To help make your decision-making process a bit easier, we lay out the different types of area rugs based on rug-making techniques!

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece-SideImages_Homemade knitted rug made of thick threads, handmade1. Hand-hooked rugs

A hand-hooked rug is one of the less expensive options among the different types of custom rugs in Singapore. 

Essentially, it has the same makeup as hand-tufted rugs and uses a crochet hook to push the yarn through a pre-made design instead of a tufting gun. 

When it comes to look and feel, hand-hooked rugs come with bumpy loops and their texture is more chunky. They’re great if you want a rug with a rougher, more hand-sewn charm.

This type of rug is often embroidered with floral borders, which lend itself well to spaces with simple and traditional interiors. 

In terms of durability, hand-hooked rugs can last three to ten years in a low-traffic area with proper care and maintenance. To get the most out of your hand-hooked rug, place it in lower-traffic areas like a bedroom, study room, or office.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece-SideImages_A tufting gun with multicolored yarns against a bright colored background2. Hand-tufted rugs

Made of wool, a hand-tufted rug is made partially by hand and by a mechanised tufting tool.

It’s faster to make than other hand-woven rugs, making it one of the most budget-friendly options, but still carries edge and warmth. 

Hand-tufted rugs made from natural wool offer the best kind of plush density, so they won’t fall short of cosiness. Plus, natural wool is absorbent of deep, natural dyes, so they’re not only plush but rich in colour as well!

Hand-tufted rugs’ homey charm and versatility lend themselves to any classic interior or eclectic style. 

Given the sturdiness of natural wool, with proper care, a durable hand-tufted rug can last a decade or two.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece-SideImages_Hand knotted rug3. Hand-knotted rugs

Hand-knotting is a traditional, time-intensive rug weaving technique where fibres are hand-tied to the rug on a loom. With thousands of tiny knots hand woven into place, it yields high-quality and durable area rugs but can be quite expensive. 

There are no gimmicks and shortcuts in the production of hand-knotted rugs. Every detail and embellishment is put into place manually by the rug weaver, which explains why most hand-knotted rugs take months to finish. 

It’s said to be the superior rug construction because of its immaculate detail, texture, and durability. 

A hand-knotted rug will last longer than most rugs because each knot is secured to the threads, so it doesn’t wear out as easily as other rugs.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece-SideImages_weaving and manufacturing of handmade carpets closeup4. Handloom rugs

Handloom rugs are traditionally handwoven rugs on a vertical loom with a mounted warp. Unlike hand-knotted rugs, these rugs require less time to produce, so they use less energy and have low production costs. 

The advantage of handloom rugs is that they have the same feel and look as hand-knotted rugs at a much lower price point. 

Another thing we like about this rug construction is that it’s reversible, so you can use both sides of the rug. When one side of your rug has collected enough dirt, just flip to the other side to get the fresh carpet look again.

Handloom rugs are suitable for high-traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens, and living rooms. 

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece-SideImages_flat weave rug5. Flat-weave rugs

Considered the oldest type of rug, flat-weave rugs are created using straightforward weaving techniques that yield striking colours and gorgeous patterns. 

Flat-weave rugs don’t have piles, so they use substantially fewer materials and are lighter than most types of rugs. Dragging it from one room to another would be easy. 

A rug without a pile comes with many benefits, one of which is that it fits well with many pieces of furniture, especially if you want to use it underneath. Chair legs won’t leave indentations on pileless rugs as they do on hand-tufted or hand-knotted rugs!

Constant shedding is a common problem with most types of rugs, but it isn’t with flat-weave rugs. Without a cut pile or constant friction on the ends of threads, they won’t shed as much as other types of rugs.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece-SideImages_braided rug6. Braided rugs

Commonly made of wool or cotton, braided rugs are a stylish and durable addition to any space in your home. This rug features either simple designs or elaborate patterns, serving as a centrepiece in your room or that finishing touch that you’ve been looking for.

The fibres that braided rugs are made out of are naturally strong, but they’re still soft to touch and provide comfort underfoot. 

Braided rugs add a layer of texture that compliments your existing furnishing and fabrics and brings a pop of colour.


Now that you know more about the different rug-making techniques and custom carpet designs, you’re all set to find the perfect area rug that will complete your space!

If you’re interested in adding a customised rug to your space, feel free to get in touch with us! We can design one just for your space and give you more decor tips along the way!