When browsing Armenian rugs online, you're often mesmerized by the elegant details and interesting textures — but then you look at the price tags and take a step back. There's no question that Armenian rugs are expensive, and many consumers wonder why. The answer has to do with how each rug is made and the value it brings to your home. Let's take a look at the lengthy Armenian carpet-making process to fully understand all of the skilled work that goes into each design, and how this process benefits both you and the environment.

The ancient art of Armenian rug making was recently revived

For centuries, Armenia had been a Mecca for fine carpet making. It only took 75 years of Soviet rule, however, to remove the craft completely from Armenian tradition. Under Joseph Stalin's rule, Armenians' freedom was taken away and their beloved carpet-making industry went with it. Today, the Armenian tradition is being revived, thanks to James Tufenkian, a third-generation Armenian. After locating the few remaining skilled craftsmen in Armenia, Tufenkian hired them to make luxurious carpets and train others in this ancient craft.

Armenian rugs are made entirely by hand

Many carpet-making manufacturers are discarding traditions that have been passed down through generations in order to adopt technologies that speed up the production process. When it comes to the art of rug making, however, convenience often compromises quality. That's why from shearing the sheep to knotting the yarn, every step of the Armenian rug-making process is completed by hand to maintain the integrity of this fine art and to ensure the quality of these luxury rugs.

Armenian rugs are designed with the environment in mind

While new production processes may be easier or more efficient, oftentimes they are also bad for the environment, proving once again that convenience isn't always the best solution. When shopping for rugs, research how the rugs are made to learn how your purchase impacts the land you love. Production facilities that use recycled water and natural, biodegradable fibers to make Armenian rugs reduce energy and water use. Carpet makers that use oil rather than wood to generate heat also do their part to save forests.

Gharni Celery is an Armenian rug created in our Oushak weaveNo two Armenian rugs are alike

Armenian rugs are made by hand and are truly one of a kind. Weavers pull each knot tight with a different force, giving rugs a look entirely different from mass-produced copycats. An Armenian rug is a unique gem that shines like a stunning masterpiece in your home. You can find a variety of weave styles to suit your space, ranging from Esfahan Weave to the Oushak Weave. Gharni Celery, the rug featured in here in a client's home, is a beautiful example of the subtle, vintage inspired design seen in many pieces crafted using our Oushak weave.Learn more about the construction process we use when crafting Armenian rugs>

Armenian rugs last a long, long time

Many rugs wear out in 10 years or fewer, but an Armenian rug becomes a family heirloom you can pass down for generations. Purchase an Armenian rug today and both current and future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy the luxurious fibers, stunning colors and interesting patterns.

Armenian rugs are unmatched in terms of quality, integrity and luxury. Consider bringing an Armenian rug into your home to create a work of art worth admiring for many years into the future. Shop Armenian rugs at Tufenkian Outlet today.