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Handspun vs. Machine Spun Wool in Oriental Rugs

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There are many aesthetic considerations to keep when mind when choosing an oriental rug. One such consideration is whether you want a rug made with handspun or machine-spun wool.

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Handspun vs. Machine Spun Wool in Oriental Rugs

  2. 2. About Spinning Wool  Spinning is the process of twisting together strands of wool to make yarn.  The technique of hand-spinning wool was used for thousands of years until the invention of machines made for the purpose of spinning wool.  By World War II, almost all rug-making wool was machine-spun.  In the mid-1980s, handspun wool started to come back into fashion.
  3. 3. Handspun Wool  When wool is spun by hand, there are irregularities in the tension of the twists.  Some areas are spun more tightly, while others are looser.  Because of this, when the yarn is soaked in dye, the colors are not uniform.  Less dye is absorbed in areas that are tightly spun.  More dye is absorbed in areas that are loosely spun.
  4. 4. Handspun Wool  The irregularities in the wool also make the surface of the rug slightly uneven.  The irregular textures and colors give the oriental rug a very handmade look.
  5. 5. Machine-Spun Wool  Because the wool is spun by a machine, the tension is uniform.  This also means the colors are more uniform because the dye is absorbed evenly.  A rug made with machine-spun wool will have a very even looking surface.
  6. 6. Which is Better?  Many experts prefer the look of handspun wool.  However, there is no right answer. It all depends on personal preference.  Some people prefer the character and personality that comes with the irregularities of handspun wool.  Others prefer the uniformity of machine-spun wool.
  7. 7. About SAMAD Rugs  SAMAD is a leading producer and importer of fine handmade decorative rugs, catering exclusively to high-end retailers and designers. Emigrating from London, brothers and business partners, David and Malcolm Samad, established their business as wholesale rug importers in New York City in 1985. Headquartered in East Rutherford, New Jersey, SAMAD has expanded globally with offices in England and India.