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Not all Oriental rugs are equal

By Linda Lee
New York Times

Oriental-style rugs are sold everywhere these days. How do you know it’s a good one?

If you can see the same design on the back as on the front, that’s woven. Buy that, not tufted, says Lisa Wagner, who writes for the blog Rug Chick.

Wool is the best, practically indestructible and sustainable.

Hand-woven is the most valuable. It’s a piece of the weaver’s soul.

But Karastan does very good machine-woven rugs, Wagner says.

On the other hand, if you see a canvas or burlap material on the back, that’s a tufted rug. Those are typically made in India and China, where they use a lot of glue and sometimes bad latex. It may last five or 10 years. Woven wool rugs last centuries.

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