Handmade rugs are more than simple floor coverings or home
decorations. Handmade rugs are pieces of art — masterpieces
with incredible talent and stories held in every thread. Tufenkian’s handmade
Persian, Armenian and Tibetan
rugs are masterpieces of their own, made with outstanding
skill and attention to detail that give them value worthy of their high cost.
With many masterpieces, much of the value is attributed to the
artist, and all of Tufenkian’s rugs are hand-woven and hand-knitted by the
finest artisans, many of whom have had traditional carpet-weaving skills in
their family for generations. These skilled artisans dedicate an astonishing
amount of time to every Persian, Armenian and Tibetan rug produced, creating
intricate patterns and colors by hand and ensuring each rug is of heirloom
quality. In fact, the creation of each 9-by-12 rug represents 3,000 hours of
work, with larger rugs requiring even more time. The high price tag often found
on handmade rugs reflects the time given to each rug and ensures the artisans
receive the compensation they deserve for their impeccable work.
While machines can produce rugs more quickly and at a lower cost,
machine-made rugs lack the originality and charm of handmade carpets.
Tufenkian’s handmade rugs celebrate the human ability to create magnificent
works of art, and they highlight the small variations of each artisan’s unique
hand. Handmade rugs truly are unique, displaying qualities impossible to
replicate completely, and anything that’s one of a kind comes at a higher cost.
Handmade rugs also tend to be more expensive than their
machine-made alternatives because they are crafted from the highest-quality
materials. Tufenkian’s rugs are primarily made of unbleached wool
and silk, which offer outstanding
durability unmatched by machine-made rugs. Additionally, all of the materials used to create Tufenkian’s handmade rugs are entirely
natural and renewable, meaning they’ll make a smaller
impact on the environment. Although the price is
higher for handmade rugs with these quality materials, the rugs last much longer
and do less harm to the environment than cheaper, machine-made varieties.
With the finest natural materials and unmatched craftsmanship of
skilled carpet artisans, it’s no surprise handmade rugs are so expensive. The
materials and people behind each rug don’t combine to form a simple décor
piece; together, they create a stunning, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Although
they can come with a hefty price tag, the value and heirloom quality of
Tufenkian’s handmade rugs far outweigh the costs.