What is the light and dark side of a hand-knotted rug?

What is the light and dark side of a hand-knotted rug?

The Light and Dark Side of Your Rug: It's Not What You Think!

Have you ever noticed how your rug seems to change color depending on which way you're looking at it? Or maybe you've heard the term "light side" and "dark side" of a rug and wondered what it meant. Don't worry, you're not seeing things! This fascinating phenomenon is perfectly normal and has a simple explanation.

What Causes the Light and Dark Sides?

Hand-knotted rugs, like the beautiful ones we offer at Hanna's of Blowing Rock, have a pile or nap. This refers to the direction the fibers lean. When light hits the rug, it reflects off the pile differently depending on the angle.

    • The Light Side: This is the side where the pile is leaning towards you. The light reflects off the sides of the fibers, making the rug appear brighter and the colors more vibrant.
    • The Dark Side: This is the side where the pile is leaning away from you. The light gets absorbed into the tips of the fibers, resulting in a darker appearance and more subdued colors.

Is One Side Better Than the Other?

Not at all! Both sides are equally beautiful and part of what makes a hand-knotted rug so unique. Some people prefer the light side for its vibrancy, while others prefer the dark side for its richness. Ultimately, it's a matter of personal preference.

How to Tell Which Side is Which

The easiest way to determine the light and dark sides is to run your hand along the rug's surface. If it feels smooth, you're going with the nap and on the dark side. If it feels slightly rough, you're going against the nap and on the light side.

Embracing the Duality

The light and dark sides of a rug are a testament to its hand-knotted craftsmanship. It's a reminder that your rug is not just a floor covering but a piece of art with unique character and depth. So, next time you notice your rug shifting in color, embrace it! It's just another way your rug is adding beauty and intrigue to your Blowing Rock home.

Visit Hanna's of Blowing Rock to Explore Our Collection of Hand-Knotted Rugs

Whether you prefer the light side, the dark side, or both, you'll find a rug to love at Hanna's. Come experience the beauty and craftsmanship of our hand-knotted rugs firsthand and let us help you find the perfect piece to complement your home.

Come visit us in Blowing Rock and we can show some rugs with a spectacularly different light and dark side.

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