Twill or plain?

Do you know what the difference between plain and twill weave types are? Is there a difference at all?
Twill or plain?

The loomswoven rug scene has its own terminology like everything else in the world. Knowing some of the basic vocabulary helps you make better informed and wiser decisions when selecting the next beauty for your floor.


So: Do you need a TWILL or a PLAIN rug?
Of course the difference is simple. Here I have attached 3 pictures I found online, that show the way the warp and weft are positioned for both styles.


Plain weave is not really a 'plain' weave, it is merely the most basic type in the weaving world. The weft alternates each warp string - above one and below the other. Like a wicker basket. The rug turns out a bit thinner, is lighter and the colour has a bigger impact on the overall look.


Twill weave is a bit more complicated and has more opportunities for patterns. A feature of twill is that it always has diagonal lines running across it. The warp and weft are crossing by a step of two. This means that the weft is above two lines of warp, and then beneath two lines of warp. Actually the most common twill you will meet is denim.
Twill patterns can range from simple to extremely difficult. There is opportunity to create large patterns and both sides are always a bit different. The diagonal lines can have different angles as well. Plain weave requires two foot pedals (????) and twill requires at least four.
A twill rug is thicker and heavier than a plain rug. It is more durable and can look much livelier than a plain one.


As always in the world, the buyer chooses what is more important in a given moment and what matter most. Durability, thickness, ease of cleaning or pattern? There are more variations than one would think!
If this post sparked an interest, there is a more thorough explanation HERE.


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