Carpet area rugs are manufactured carpets that only cover part of the floor. The standard sizes range from 2’ x 3’ to 12’ x 18’. You can have any carpet cut to size for an area rug, but the edges of the carpet need to be taped in order to prevent fraying. By selecting a tape in a contrasting color, you can add dimension around the edges of the area rug.
Another way to add dimension to an area rug is to add a decorative tapestry border to it. You can do this by hand or most carpet stores have sewing services and will attach a border for a fee. Adding a border to an area rug is a great way to make it look like a handmade rug, as opposed to a cut-down piece of carpet.
Handmade rugs are made by individual craftspeople from all over the world. If you are buying an expensive rug, you should obtain a written guarantee regarding the rug’s construction. While some people are passionate rug collectors and prize the finest rugs on the market, there are plenty of alternatives that are less expensive, including manufactured rugs that simulate the look of handmade rugs.
Pier 1 Imports and Bed, Bath, and Beyond are very good sources for affordable, high-quality manufactured rugs that look like handmade rugs.