Not all oriental rugs have pile. In fact, the flatweaves have grown enormously in popularity in recent years. The Dhurries of India, with their nubby texture and often fascinating designs, are particularly good examples of flatweaves. Utilizing centuries old tapestry techniques, these rugs are made with meticulous care and precise execution and are astonishing bargains considering the amount of work each entails.
Another reason for the popularity of these rugs is that they work so well everywhere, either as a focal point of a room or in a supporting role.