Four Ways to Measure the Quality of Fringe

The Challenge of Selecting Quality Fringe

Comparing Types of Fringe

Comparing Types of Fringe

How do you determine the quality of fringe? Picking a rug fringe over the Internet can be especially frustrating. You do not have the benefit of touching the product nor seeing the fringe in different lighting. You trust entirely upon the pictures and descriptions of the supplier. We have been selling fringe for many years. It is our job to evaluate and compare fringes. But, the average person has never bought fringe. So, to make the experience more comfortable and increase consumer satisfaction, we provide several high-resolution photographs of each fringe product under different lighting and on different backgrounds. This article adds to the power of photographs by giving four ways to compare or measure fringe quality.

Fringe with Double Knots

Fringe with Double Knots

Complexity

First, notice the complexity of the construction. Fringe without a knot will cost less than fringe with knots when all other factors are equal. In keeping with this principle, fringe with a double knot will cost even more than a fringe with single knot.

Density

Second, notice the density of the fringe. Can you easily see through the fringe? Thick fringe will cost more than thin fringe.

Yarn Type

Third, consider the yarn type. What material was used to make the fringe? A synthetic yarn (e.g., polyester) will cost less, will be shiny, and have a more coarse texture than a cotton or wool. A cheap polyester will be a little fluffy. When a rug is handmade, the base structure (which forms the fringe) is frequently cotton yarn. A fine cotton, wool, or silk will have a smoother feeling.

Fringe Weighed on a Scale

Fringe Weighed on a Scale

Weight

Fourth, how much material is being given per foot or per yard? Product weight is a very important factor and objective measurement. The more material you are provided in a single foot or a single yard, the higher the quality. Remember that fringe is a textile. If one fringe weighs only 1 ounce per yard, your are receiving only 33% of the textile in weight when compared to a fringe that weighs 3 ounces per yard. Therefore, you should expect that you will pay extra for the product with the heavier weight per foot or per yard.

Knot Size, Color, and Length

Measuring the Length of Fringe

Measuring the Length of Fringe

Finally, there are differences in knot sizes, tassel lengths, and colors. Large knots may correspond to price, but not always. Generally, neither length nor color determine quality, but the length of the tassels and the color of the fringe will influence your purchasing satisfaction. The proportions of the rug should guide your selection of the fringe's length and the size of the knots. The color tones of the rug should direct your choice of the fringe's color. We mostly sell light beige, golden sand, and classic beige. You may want to purchase a new fringe that is similar in knot style, color, and length as the fringe originally woven into the rug.

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