Beautiful Dhurrie Rugs For Your House
Dhurries are flat-weave rugs, woven on a loom with no knots so the pattern shows through on either side, making them reversible. A dhurrie is a woven rug that originated in India. While usually made of cotton, wool, or silk, it can be composed of a blend of materials as well. The rug is flat and consists only of the weft material, unlike a carpet that also has a backing and pile. Most dhurrie rugs are still made in India, as well as in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Tibet. In traditional form, the rug has existed for thousands of years and is used for an under layer for bed sheets and as a way to cover floors without being decorative. Like the nomads of thousands of years ago, dhurries are multi-functional and easy to maintain. That there is no nap makes them easy to clean or vacuum. They’re perfect for a casual beach home as they can be picked up, and the sand shakes right out. They’re also useful on a cool night when you can actually wrap one around your body for extra warmth. The lightweight construction and variety of designs easily turns them into wall art, and they are made in a variety of sizes that fit any room.
Prior to Great Britain’s colonization of India, dhurrie rugs were simply designed. As the British settled into the vast country, rug weavers took notice of the bold Victorian designs woven into British rugs. These new design influences opened the market, and Indian weavers began to incorporate the more elaborate designs into their dhurries. Today’s dhurries are still hand-woven, but they are also made by machine; the distinction is difficult to decipher.