How Are Patchwork Rugs Made?

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Patchwork rugs are one of the newest trends in home décor. Their funky patterns and completely unique designs are popular with those who want bright and personalized rugs in their homes or offices. They can be made to fit in with your current décor or you can choose a pattern that has its own individual style and craft your décor around it.

If you love the look of patchwork rugs, you might wonder exactly how they are made—and if it’s possible to make them yourself! High quality patchwork rugs go through an extensive process to ensure durability and beauty. Though it is possible to make your own with carpet remnants and a hot glue gun if you’re feeling crafty, it’s usually best to order one from a craftsman who specializes in their design.

Here are the steps your patchwork rug will go through before it is delivered to your door:

The Source Rug is Decolorized and Cleaned

A source rug is the beginning of any patchwork rug. This is the ‘blank canvas’ that the patches will be sewn onto. Most companies find high-quality source rugs based on their durability. They then decolorize them to remove any pattern that previously existed. They also clean and dry them thoroughly, a step that is vital if the rug has been used or in storage for long periods of time.

The Source Rug is Dyed with the Chosen Color

Most patchwork rugs have a background color that complements the patches that are sewn on. The craftsman will choose a background color or, if the rug is a special order, dye the rug in the color the client chooses. The rug is then washed and dried again to prepare it for the patches.

The Source Rug is Backed to Ensure Durability

High-quality rugs should be durable enough to last a lifetime. To ensure durability, each patchwork rug is backed with sturdy material that will stand up to the wear and tear of being constantly walked on.

The Patchwork Pieces Are Chosen or Created

The most important part of your rug is the patchwork pieces that create its beauty! Depending on the type of rug you have ordered, the patches are either created from patterned materials or they are sourced from other rugs. Some artisans will create rugs from pieces of other rugs that were important to the client or from remnants their clients have chosen for the color or pattern.

The Source Rug is Labeled to Guide Patch Placement

To ensure that each patch is placed in the correct location, the source rug is then labeled to indicate where each patch should be stitched. The labeling will be covered up once the patches are put in place.

The Patches are Hand-Stitched in Place

Many artisans will hand-stitch the patches in place. Others will use sewing machines to secure each patch on the source rug. If you’ve ordered a custom-made patchwork rug, you should inquire whether your rug will be hand-stitched or stitched by a machine.

The Borders are Stitched and Reinforced

To ensure the rug’s durability and longevity, the borders of the rug are stitched and reinforced to guard against fraying and deterioration. Again, this can be done by hand or by a sewing machine.

The Rug is Trimmed and Finished

Your rug is finally ready for the finishing touches! The patchwork rug will be examined to determine straightness and quality. Any trimming or straightening that needs to be done will be achieved by hand. Loose or ragged ends will be repaired or reinforced. A final quality check is then performed to ensure each rug is up to the craftsman’s standards.

Your rug is then finished and can be on its way to your door! As you can see, a patchwork rug may not be as easy to make as it might appear. Though you can try your hand at a DIY patchwork project, you should consider ordering one from an artisan if you want a high-quality piece that will last a lifetime.