We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. From the chic touch of a braided rug to the durable elegance of a flatweave runner, handmade rugs help you elevate a space with craftsmanship and artistry. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully-curated collection has handmade area rugs, accent rugs, and runners that are perfect for your home, beautifully blending form and function.
Handmade elements are an essential part of a balanced home design. They warm your aesthetic with a personal touch and offer the quality of techniques passed down for generations. The rug you choose lets you set the tone from the ground up. To create a lasting style with a design that tells a story, it is hard to beat the durability and elegance of a handcrafted rug.
Not sure what style or design best fits your space when shopping for handmade rugs? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you choose the best piece to buy for your space.
Handmade Rugs for Every Space and Style
Handmade rugs encompass a variety of constructions, and you may see many terms floating around as you shop. From tufted to woven, there is a handmade rug to suit your look. We’ve put together some notes on the more popular styles and constructions to help get you started as you shop.
Handwoven rugs, also called flatweave rugs, are made by weavers on a loom and come in various styles. Whether you're looking for something chic and modern like this Lemieux Et Cie Goubi Rug by Momeni or something more traditional, handwoven rugs offer a durable foundation with practical appeal. Handwoven area rugs are especially great for kitchens and high-traffic living spaces because the no-pile design means they hold up well under heavy furniture and foot traffic.
Handmade tufted rugs offer incredible value with an artisanal touch. Hand-knotted rugs are considered the gold standard for artisan rugs, but they come at a price that reflects their meticulous construction. Tufted rugs are made by weavers with the assistance of a tufting gun and canvas sheet. This process is quicker than hand-knotting resulting in a high-quality rug at an affordable price. Handmade tufted rugs can last for years with proper care and are an ideal alternative to hand-knotted rugs if you are still evolving your space or like to change out or refresh your look over time.
Handmade Turkish and Persian Rugs
When we think of artisanal Persian-style rugs and Turkish designs, we often think of those one-of-a-kind hand-knotted heirloom pieces. Rugmakers today use many techniques to create Turkish handmade rugs, Persian rugs, and other traditional styles. If you're looking to set a timeless foundation for a transitional aesthetic or curate a classic look check out handmade Persian and Turkish rugs. We love the versatile appeal of a hand-tufted design like this Regis Rug with its beautifully ornate, tonal motif.
A hallmark of farmhouse and Americana styles, handmade braided rugs seem to be in a constant cycle of revival without ever really falling out of fashion. With their stylish look and practical appeal, braided rugs have found their way into various modern curations, from rustic to chic. Braided styles can be a great option if you want to buy a handmade area rug for a playroom or family lounge because they are incredibly durable yet soft underfoot. Most smaller braided rugs can even be cleaned in the washing machine, offering an easy-care throw rug for kitchens, utility rooms, or entryways.
Mind your Material When Choosing a Handmade Rug
Often the quality of a rug comes down to materiality—but the perfect material for any rug is the one that suits your home’s needs. A handmade wool rug will always carry a certain cachet, and for a good reason—wool rugs offer a soft natural fiber foundation that is durable and resilient. Cotton rugs and wool blends can provide this same natural touch but at a lower price point. Cotton is less durable than wool, but it does not have the breaking-in period of shedding sometimes associated with handmade wool rugs.
If you live in a home with pets or young children, you may opt for a material that makes sense to the bustle and flow of your home. Handmade rugs can be tufted or woven with synthetic fibers offering a handcrafted touch with a dynamic appeal. Handmade synthetic rugs are durable and easy to clean, making them great for elevated style in social spaces and outdoor lounges.
Jute rugs like this Harriet Jute Rug help create textural impact in a space. Rugs made from natural plant fibers like jute hold up well to wear but are less resilient to moisture, so perhaps best avoided in an entryway or areas prone to spills. If you have a handwoven area rug or antique carpet you love that doesn't fit your room, consider purchasing a larger flatweave or jute rug to layer underneath.
However you style it, a handmade rug allows you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Rugs are essential for creating a beautiful and inviting space, and handmade designs offer a rich array of styles, patterns, and textures to layer into your home. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have utilized this grounding essential to anchor your decor.When you shop rugs online at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that complement the style of your home but also make it feel more elevated. You can choose from our wide selection curated by size, material, and design to find the perfect purchase, no matter what you're looking for. Check our inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less