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Rug Glossary of Terms: N

  • Nap
    The direction which the pile of the rug faces.
  • Natural Dyes
    Dyes derived from plants, animals and insects, or from the earth, such as madder root, indigo, pomegranate, etc. Until the late 19th century only natural dyes were used for coloring weaving yarns.
  • Natural Rug
    Rugs made of natural fibers. Texture is the main feature of these rugs.
  • Nepal
    Country in South Asia, capital – Katmandu. Important weaving centers in Nepal include Katmandu, Pokhara, and Patan; stands among the major rug exporters to Europe.
  • Nomadic Rugs
    Nomadic rugs are woven by sheepherders who migrate a great deal; thus the rugs are typically small in size because they have to be finished in time for the next migration.
  • Nylon
    Durable synthetic fiber good dyeing ability.
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