Silk has a higher tensile strength than nylon. These rugs are woven in a range of line grades from 300 to 720 and the tighter the weave, the more durable the carpet or rug. The majority of silk rugs are still produced in the Middle and Far East.
The quality and price of silk rugs is determined by knot count. Less expensive today, silk rugs and carpets are popular because of their uniqueness, stunning lustrous looks and flamboyant patterns. They are ideal for homes that like to make an exotic style statement.
Silk rugs are delicate floor pieces which should not be used in high traffic areas. They are used more as accent carpets, floor decor and throw rugs. They are also popular as wall hangings. Silk rugs and carpets require careful maintenance. Cleaning should only be performed by a professional cleaner.