What Are Abrashes on Wool Rugs?

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If you have questions about your oriental wool rug, RugKnots is here to help. One of our most frequently asked questions is: what are abrashes on wool rugs?

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Watch this video to see examples of abrashes. After the video, read on to learn more about abrashes and wool rugs. 

 

Wool Rug Abrashes

Quick answer: abrashes are proof you have an authentic, hand knotted wool rug. Companies will try to use machines to create cheaper oriental rug look-a-likes and sell them at hand-knotted prices. Abrashes are one of the things that sets a fake apart from a true hand-knotted rug. 

Cheat Sheet

Here at RugKnots, we only sell authentic hand-knotted rugs made in Pakistan. To help you make an informed buying decision we put together a printable cheat sheet for you. It's free, download it today. 

Download a fake rug cheat sheet

 

Now that you have your cheat sheet, keep reading to learn more about abrashes and why they are so important to your rug. 

In the previous photo you can see colors that don't quite match the other colors. This might at first be seen as an imperfection, but it is actually proof that you have an authentic, hand knotted wool rug. 

Sometimes a wool rug will have an inconsistency in the dye. This is something that happens when the person weaving the wool rug runs out of wool from one dye lot and switches to wool in the next dye lot. Since the wool is hand dyed, there is always the chance there will be very slight color differences between dye lots. 

Here is another example of abrashes - can you find them? You can see an abrash in the background of the wool rug. There are slightly darker brown abrashes in the beige background.

Why are abrashes such a sought-after trait in wool rugs? 

It is a sought after trait because it used to be something that set hand-knotted wool rugs apart from machine made rugs. 

Since this is a "tell-tale" feature of hand knotted rugs, machine-made rugs are beginning to attempt to replicate this as well. After the machine makes the rug, it will go back and add a few fake abrashes to appear as an authentic hand knotted rug. 

Do All Hand Knotted Wool Rugs Have Abrashes?

 Yes, all hand knotted wool rugs have abrashes. When you buy your wool rug from RugKnots, look for the abrashes, you will find them. 

What If My Rug Doesn't Have An Abrash - Is It Still Authentic? 

We recommend having your rug appraised by a wool rug appraiser if you think you have an authentic rug that doesn't have any abrashes. 

How can I tell if it is an abrash or an intentional part of the design? 

 You can tell - if the color doesn't match the design, it is an abrash. Look at the colors around the abrash and see if it is off just a bit. If it is, it is probably an authentic abrash.  Of course, if you have any questions, see an appraiser. 

Contact Us!

When you buy a hand-knotted wool rug from RugKnots, you know it is authentically hand crafted by the abrashes on every rug. We want to answer all your questions about our one-of-a-kind rugs. So please, ask us your questions

Save Money On Authentic Wool Rugs 

We sell authentic, hand knotted rugs at a fraction of the cost of rug stores. This is because we sell rugs at factory-direct prices. When you buy from RugKnots, you get a customer service team dedicated to making your purchase amazing. You will also receive free shipping, price matching, and free returns. 

Shop our beautiful oriental rugs! And let us know if you have any questions along the way. 


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