Why Your Handmade Rug Costs More

Why Your Handmade Rug Costs More

So here's the thing about handmade rugs. We know that producing things by hand requires more time and effort. That's why it's quicker (and easier) to type an email than it is to put pen to paper and hand-write a letter. 

In the same way, there are rugs that are produced quicker, with near 100% uniformity, on a machine. The machine can be programmed to produce a fixed number of rugs in a measurable period of time. Conditions of the production can be tweaked to increase the yield, whether it is improving it's speed, operating around the clock (machines don't have to eat or sleep), or upgrading the machine. This capacity of increase is called scalability. In the dictionary, it's defined as "the capacity to be changed in size or scale."

With handmade items, it is harder to scale. For one, human effort cannot be scaled. Passion, creativity, and skill, these human qualities cannot be scaled. They are limited by human capacity. 

I think Alessandra Santos of RugKnots says it well "when a rug is entirely produced by hand, the price of cost and effort required to produce each knot in the rug doesn't decrease as the rug's size increases."

"Rug artisans contribute an equal amount of time and effort into each knot of a high-quality rug, meaning a larger rug simply costs more to produce than a smaller rug," she continues.

That is why a 120cm rug can be more expensive than the same rug that's 300cm long.

But there are many good things that come with your hand-made rug:

1) Individuality

Each rug is knotted or loomed by hand so minor variances between pieces can occur. This means that every rug is unique, making your piece one of a kind. 

2) Character

Each rug artisan infuses his or her artistic ability in the knotting of their rug, imparting a part of their consciousness into the design. This gives the rug a soul that symbolizes pride and joy after it has taken root in a loving home. 

 Pink Sahara Rug Pink Sahara Rug, Image Credit: Oh Happy Home

3) Quality

Handmade rugs undergo careful quality controls to ensure they are fit for sale. Some rugs are even washed and re-washed to remove dirt or odors. Good quality rugs will last for a long time, giving you your money's worth.

4) Impact

Your handmade rug is supporting families that rely on their trade and skills to put food on the table. It's supporting traditional craftsmanship. It's enabling economic independence among women in developing countries. And a Goodweave International-certified rug liberates innocent children from child-labor. Learn more about Goodweave here

For these reasons, I know I feel good about investing in handmade. I think you should too. 

If you're curious to know whether your rugs are handmade or machine made, Amy Eaton of Oh Happy Home (who's rugs we love and sell!) wrote this very helpful article below:

The Best Way to Tell If My Rug Is Handmade or Machine Made

What are your thoughts on the costs of handmade rugs? Do you own any handmade rugs? Why or why not? Where do you think the best handmade rugs are made? Let me know. xx

* Source: Read This Before Buying a New Rug, Alessandra Santos, RugKnots

Jul 25, 2020

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