One word describes Joplin... soft! The perfect combination of tonal textures for the casual lifestyle. Blending together the elements of a modern appearance without straying away from the foundation of a traditional style, transitional rugs are a great way to unite a mixture of styles in one room. The thick pile of this rug is created by injecting small tufts of material into the the frame of the rug and then backed with heavy canvas. This creates a very thick and comfortable rug in the appearance of a hand-knotted style at a much lower cost. Tufted rugs are safe to use in light and heavy traffic areas. Hand tufted rugs hold up well, even in heavy traffic areas, although they do tend to shed more than hand knotted rugs.