A machine made rug is made on a power loom and usually consists of synthetic fibers. Such rugs frequently do not lie flat or wear well. Cleaning is usually necessary after one year’s time.
Hand woven rugs are made by hand with a 9’ x 12’ rug being woven in approximately a year and a half. They are always made of wool or wool and silk. They need to be cleaned only every 10 or 15 years, as the wool naturally repels dirt and spills. They lie perfectly flat because of their weight, albeit we do recommend rug pads be put beneath them.