What Are Reeds?
Reeds and Density: Two Main Rug Characteristics
Every Rug has two types of characteristics that, beside the type of fabric, defines the quality, and intricacy of the rug. They are “Reeds” and “Density”.
If you want it quick and easy, higher is better. Higher reeds and density means more intricate design, longer lasting, and a sturdy feel when stepped on.
What is Reeds and Why It Matters
Simply put, reed count is the number of knots in 1 meter wide (density, on the other hand, is knots per one meter long of rug) of rug. As such, a 700 reeds rug has 700 knots in every one meter of the rug. Higher the reeds count, higher the quality. This is because more knots not only increase the density of the rug, making it more durable and sturdy, but it also gives the weaver the opportunity to make higher fidelity designs by incorporating more colors. It is the rug equivalent of having “high definition” on a TV.
If you are looking for sophisticated and intricate designs, have a sturdy feel when stepped on, or just a rug that will last decades, a high reed count rug is the way to go. We recommend 1,000 reeds and up.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a rug for a high foot traffic or will need to take a beating (like a kitchen with food and oil potentially being dropped on it), go with a cheaper, more dispensable rug. Our Baloche Collection is specifically designed for these challenging use cases. A rug that is 700 reeds or less will also serve this purpose well.
Density and Reeds are Closely Related
Just like reeds, density is another measure of the number of knots in a rug (knots per one meter lengthwise). The implication is that same as having a higher reeds count. Generally speaking, density is near identical for rugs of the same reeds count, so when you’re shopping, it suffices to only look at reed count as a measure of a rug’s quality.