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If you don't have a lot of knowledge about oriental rugs yet, you might wonder how you can determine if a rug is handmade or not. Here are a few quick tips.

A quick and easy way to tell the difference is to look at the back of the rug. First, look at the fringe. If the fringe looks like it was added on at the end, then you can be sure that the rug is machine-made. Also, if the rug has no fringe, it means the rug was not made by hand. Fringe is a part of the composition of a handmade rug, therefore, if the fringe looks like a natural extension of the rug, this is a good indicator that it was made by hand.

Next, you'll want to look at the stitches on the back of the rug. If the rug was hand-crafted, the stitching will be slightly uneven and have a more rustic look; a machine, however, can make the stitching perfectly even.

Another way to tell the difference between machine-made and handmade rugs is the type of material used to weave the rug. If the material is not a natural fiber, like wool or silk, it was made by machine.


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