Shag Rugs

Shop our collection of shag rugs that are hand-knotted with the finest wool. Whereas most shag rugs are hand-tufted or hand-loomed, our vintage Moroccan and new production rugs are made with traditional methods for more durability and less shedding.

Shag Rug

More about Shag Rugs

Shag rugs are so named for their characteristically long, shaggy pile which highlights the sheen and quality of the wool used. These pieces are hand-knotted, and originated in different but similar styles from nomadic cultures the world over, and this style represents one of the building blocks of weaving. Shag rugs were woven with the materials on hand (wool) to mimic the hair of the nomads' flocks: long and wild and wooly, pliable, just as easily hung on a wall as draped on a bed as lain on the floor. The names vary—Rya, Gabbeh, Tulu, Flokati, Tazerbit—but the intent is the same. Their original purpose was to protect their mountain-dwelling makers against natural elements. Like the mid-century designers who loved them years after, these rugs celebrate and uplift the most essential elements of the form, and its intention of design. Woven like a sheep's fleece, to keep a body warm. A frequently-asked question is how to clean a shag rug, which can seem intimidating because of their wiley pile. Wool is naturally antibacterial, so it’s pretty self-sufficient. But dust and dirt that accumulate can erode the fibers over time. We recommend shaking your shag rug out outside once a week. You'll probably need a partner to help you, as these rugs can be heavy. If you need, you can vacuum it instead—just not with a rotary vacuum, which can damage the fibers. Once or twice a month, use the suction attachment gently. Once or twice a year, flip it over and vacuum the back. Once a summer, let your shag rug sunbathe. Hang it in the sun for a few hours when it’s hottest, and flip it over to expose both sides to direct sunlight. This sun-bleaching helps further sanitize the wool. It’s a natural method to bleach and deodorize it. Wool loves sun. Finally, ensure equal wear and protect against walk patterns, change the direction of your shag rug periodically. You can also flip your rug over now and then so you can see the back, and save the shaggier side for colder months.
 

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