In the earlier times, as early as Stone Age, rugs were used to keep the dirt and dust coming from outside and to provide a warmer surface to walk on for our feet. The first forms of rugs were those coming from animal leather. The evolution brought the age when they were handmade from variety of natural materials like cotton and wool. Many civilizations had different methods of handmade rugs. Some of those methods like for example hand hooked, hand tufted, hand knotted are used till the present day. The process of their production is long and hard and they are often considered as very rare and pricey. This can explain the fact that in some civilizations area rugs were treated with great dignity and were an item which you inherit from grandparents or parents, equally important as inheriting a house or money. These rugs were made in a way to be durable and withstand a long period of time without any show of wear and tear. It is said that their value is increased by the fact of how old are they.
This feature of theirs makes them a smart thing to invest in. Hand woven area rugs were made all across the world and we can say that weaving has brought together the whole world since it was practiced in almost every culture in the world. It sometimes looks like all the civilizations have been connected through a single thread which was woven according to the different dreams of what beautiful is each including some pattern from the local folklore. Hand knotted area rugs are considered as one of the most valuable rugs on the market and they can reach a really big price.
Today we can find machine woven area rugs which can reach the value of the hand woven one because of the development of technology. If we are about to buy a good value rug by an affordable price we still have a lot of options to select from. Cheap area rugs can be found easily and can offer a good value for their price.