Rugs are usually one of two things: they’re either the finishing touch or they’re the statement piece that makes the room.
Unfortunately, as statement pieces, those rugs tends to be in the category of higher end items. Aka pieces I can’t afford.
Like most regular folks, for me, rugs are a finishing touch, like adding a fresh bouquet of flowers to the room.
Considering that I work in a high end rug store, it really is a bit of torture to be surrounded by beautiful pieces and not be able to afford pretty much any of it. So, I’m super picky about what I’m prepared to live with.
Tufted rugs tend to be my least favorite quality. They aren’t usually as well made and don’t last as long as the other qualities. The yarns are basically glued to their backing. Once a yarn has been plucked out of place, that’s it. There’s no fixing that. (I’m not saying it’s impossible to fix, though.)
As with anything, there are exceptions to every case. Once in a while, there is a really good tufted quality that I can live with. We just had one delivered to a client’s house not long ago and if you didn’t look at the back, you would almost swear it was hand knotted.