A flat, no-pile weave is one of the key distinguishing features of a dhurrie rug. The rug's tight weave makes it durable and easy to clean. Shaking the rug out removes accumulated dirt and debris, and a vacuum cleaner takes care of the rest. The warp or lengthwise portions of a dhurrie are not visible, except at their fringed edges, primarily due to the horizontal loom weaving techniques used to create the rug.
Traditional dhurrie rugs are made from cotton or wool, while some makers offer them in silk or a combination of fibers. With a natural fiber composition, some dhurrie rugs are machine washable. The care tag on a modern rug details the ideal cleaning method for that particular rug.
Part of the appeal of a dhurrie, besides its durability, is that the reverse side is also patterned, meaning the rug can be flipped for a fresh surface. The pattern is essentially the same on the reverse side, with a little variation in color due to the part of the strand that shows when turned over. The rugs do not have a built-in pad or backing, which also makes them easier to carry and shake out for a quick cleaning.