What sets a truly unique rug apart from your everyday flatweave? The intricate process of hand-knotted construction. Here’s how to tell if it’s one of a kind:

One-of-a-Kind Rugs

Labor-Intensive: For a skilled weaver to complete a 9′ x 12′ piece, it may take more than one year to tie every individual knot.

Natural Materials: Wool, silk, and cotton are the main textiles used. If a rug price looks too good to be true, it’s likely woven with synthetics.

Durability: On high-traffic floors, hand-knotted rugs will not begin to show wear for about two decades.

Our Art Underfoot: One-of-a-Kind Rugs Boutique opens Friday, May 16, at 11AM ET.

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May 16, 2014

Earth Day made me ponder. I recycle when I can, walk whenever possible, love farmers’ markets, and limit myself to one(ish) burger per week. So how do I take this help-our-planet-from-going-extinct thing to the next level? Simply look around the house. From carpets to accessories to kids’ toys, go green one room at a time.

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The Eco-Friendly Home: Natural-Fiber Rugs and Keep It Natural: Wood- & Stone-Detailed Watches Boutiques opened Monday, April 22, at  11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 25, 2013