HANDSPUN VS. MACHINE-
SPUN WOOL IN ORIENTAL
About Spinning Wool
Spinning is the process of twisting together
strands of wool to make yarn.
The technique of hand-spinning wool was
used for thousands of years until the invention
of machines made for the purpose of spinning
By World War II, almost all rug-making wool
In the mid-1980s, handspun wool started to
come back into fashion.
When wool is spun by hand, there are
irregularities in the tension of the twists.
Some areas are spun more tightly, while others
Because of this, when the yarn is soaked in
dye, the colors are not uniform.
Less dye is absorbed in areas that are tightly
More dye is absorbed in areas that are loosely
The irregularities in the wool also make the
surface of the rug slightly uneven.
The irregular textures and colors give the
oriental rug a very handmade look.
Because the wool is spun by a machine, the
tension is uniform.
This also means the colors are more uniform
because the dye is absorbed evenly.
A rug made with machine-spun wool will have
a very even looking surface.
Which is Better?
Many experts prefer the look of handspun
However, there is no right answer. It all
depends on personal preference.
Some people prefer the character and
personality that comes with the irregularities of
Others prefer the uniformity of machine-spun
About SAMAD Rugs
SAMAD is a leading producer and importer of
fine handmade decorative rugs, catering
exclusively to high-end retailers and
designers. Emigrating from London, brothers
and business partners, David and Malcolm
Samad, established their business as
wholesale rug importers in New York City in
1985. Headquartered in East Rutherford, New
Jersey, SAMAD has expanded globally with
offices in England and India.