Deep Pile Shaggy Rugs
We tend to see shaggy rugs as a fairly recent development because of their association with the zany loud colours and outlandish fluffy retro designs produced back in the swinging sixties and seventies. In fact the original shaggy rugs were Rya Rugs developed in Scandinavia long before Ikea were even dreamt of. Viking traders introduced rug weaving from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires to Scandinavia over 1000 years ago. The first long pile Rya Rugs were produced in Norway 15th century and were plain in design, although the method of weaving was based upon the Persian hand knotting technique they were made as warm fluffy bed covers. Over the centuries the Rya rug developed more intricate in design and were used by noblemen as floor covering and by commoners in weddings as prayer mats. In the mid 20th century Scandinavian carpet manufactures produced expensive long pile Rya rug style's in innovative designs, the sixties simply saw the rebirth of a worldwide fashion statement for your floor, the modern long pile shaggy rugs we know and love today.
In 21st century Europe developments in Wilton weaving techniques and new yarn developments allow longer pile quantities to be produced even faster, while more efficient container shipments from China, India and the Far East mean that a hand made shaggy rugs can transported cheaper. The benefit is the consumer can now enjoy the comfort and sophistication of a new deep pile luxury texture plush rugs at a lower prices.
In the Orient and India hand carpet weavers and tufters are producing more interesting designs by using a combination of yarns that create shaggy rugs with more interesting and innovative textures. Combining chunky deep piles with thick soft fluffy materials, thick and thin yarns to make a silky shiny sheen that make the long pile shaggy rugs surface pile glisten giving a vibrant elegant look. The combinations available to maker of a handmade rug are endless which is why long pile shaggy rugs are still the UK's favorite choice.