The top three pros-and-cons of owning dhurries, flat weave carpets with a light style.
Dhurries are rugs are woven from cotton or wool and sometimes a combination of both. Most are made in India. They are flat rugs with a nubby-like texture as opposed to a cut pile. So when House Beautiful featured a room makeover by New York designer Jonathan Rosen, my eye went straight to the rug. It appeared to be a dhurrie.
As with all area rugs, dhurries have their pros and cons. So here’s a look at the top three:
1. They’re reversible. When the top side becomes dirty you can flip it over (as Jonathan demonstrates). Same applies if the rug succumbs to a stain or fading.
2. They have many patterns. Dhurries are offered in a number of styles, colors and patterns and can be found at major retail outlets both off and online.
3. They are woven very tightly. The plus to that is durability. The downside: it can cause the rug to become wrinkled which is evident in both the rug on the left and the makeover room image (the clue I spotted). Using the proper pad can help reduce the amount of wrinkling.
This image shows a dhurrie on a Durahold style pad. This type of pad is a good choice for flat-weave rugs, but it is important to cut it a bit smaller than the overall rug dimensions to avoid having the carpet raised off the floor (as indicated in the inset red box). An equally good choice would be a Teebaud pad as these are tacky and should hold the rug down and taut, reducing the possibility of buckling.
One last note: as with all flat woven carpets, the absence of a pile means spills and dirt have nowhere to hide. Also, proceed with caution when cleaning spots on brightly colored rugs since dhurrie (like all handmade rugs) can have unstable dyes.
(Sources: House Beautiful, Phoebe Howard)
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