Rug making is a craft that has been around since ancient times. The term can be used to refer to
a number of different methods or techniques, but is basically a term used to describe the actual making of rugs
from raw materials.
This can be accomplished via a wide range of techniques, including braiding, hooking,
needle punching, prodding, and/or weaving. Any number of different techniques might be used in the
construction of a single rug.
Some rugs are made in shops by heavy, industrialized machinery, and some are still made by hand.
Historically, rugs have always been made by hand until the advent of modern, industrialized machinery.
Braided rugs are usually rugs that are made by braiding strips of fabric. Hooking refers to a
traditional crafting method where rugs are constructed by pulling loops of fabric or yarn through a base that is
stiff and woven, usually made from linen or burlap.
One type of rug that was very popular up until the mid 20th century, but is now making a
comeback again, is the rag rug. This type of rug was simply made by sewing rags together on the backing of an old
Carpet is made similar to some types of rugs, but it is different in the way that it
usually covers the entire floor of a particular living area. Rugs, on the other hand, usually only cover a
certain part of the floor, and are either round, square, or rectangular in shape.
Rug making, as a craft, has been around for long time. In fact, many people in ancient times
made their own rugs. It was like basket-making...it was just sort of a skill that everyone possessed or learned at
Nowadays rugs, including types of the washable area rug and rug runners, are usually bought in retail
stores....though some people still use traditional methods to produce their own rugs.
Additional details on rug making can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug_making.