So you want to buy hand-knotted rugs?
Not everyone knows, but hand-knotted area rugs bring culture, luxury and beauty to your home. It has now become a not just a simple home decor, but has become a need. There are lots of things to consider before buying the right rug for your home, and here are the few things you need to know:
- What is a hand-knotted rug?
- How is a hand knotted rug made?
- How do I clean a hand-knotted rug?
- What style should I choose for my space?
25 rules to buy hand-knotted rugs
1. Hand-Knotted Rugs are Oriental Weaver RugsHand-knotted rugs are the cream of the crop when it comes to area rugs and carpets. A skilled weaver individually ties every single knot to create intricate patterns and designs.
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2. Hand knotted vs Hand tufted rugs
Hand-tufted rugs are made using a tufting tool to punch the yarn into a fabric backing to hid the glue that is holding the rug together. Anyone remember Lite-Brites? The tufted rug process is very similar. A stencil canvas is stretched behind so the design can be traced/punched into the rug. The tufting gun speeds up the process significantly and very little skill is needed to complete a tufted rug, resulting in a significant decrease in quality and price.
3. A Hand Knotted Rug is Woven by Hand
Hand-knotted rugs are the cream of the crop when it comes to area rugs and carpets. A skilled weaver individually ties every single knot to create intricate patterns and designs. Vertical (warp) threads are tied onto the loom — these threads are what will eventually become the fringe of the rug. The weft then runs horizontally, intertwining with the vertical threads to create the foundation of the rug. The knots are tied to the warp threads, cut and then tied again to secure the knot. An experienced weaver can tie one knot every two seconds!
4. Know What Type of Knot You Are Looking For
There are three main types of knots in a hand-knotted rug.
Persian Knot (Senneh Knot) / Turkish Knot (Ghiordes Knot)
The Persian knot is asymmetrical and open to one side. This knot doesn't leave gaps and is less bulky than Turkish knots. Persian knots are used to create more intricate curvilinear or floral patterns on hand knotted Persian rugs. Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and China are some of the places that is known for this knot. The Turkish knot is symmetrical and can be identified by two small bumps within one knot found normally on the back of the rug. This looks like a double knot. Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and northern Iran are known to practice this type of knot. Jufti knots are known as false knots. Instead of being tied around two warp threads, the weaver ties the knot around four. In this short cut, the weaver spends less time on the rug, resulting in lower value and quality.
5. Hand Knotted Rugs Can Be Woven Using Wool/Silk
Bamboo silk is more durable and more environmentally friendly like the naturally produced caterpillar silk. Both materials are made the same way, but just opt with bamboo silk, so we can save poor little silk caterpillar lives! Wool Rugs Sheared from a sheep, wool is hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and a renewable resource. The sheep are not hurt in the process — they even enjoy the haircut!
Wool and Silk When an area rug is woven with the used of both wool and silk, usually the bulk of the rug is wool and silk is woven into the intricate design to create a sheen.
6. A Hand Knotted Rug Takes Time to Weave
An average weaver can weave about 10,000 knots in an eight hour day. Depending on the size of the rug and the intricacy of the design, it could take between 30 days and 8 years to weave a carpet. Most company’s rugs will take about 9 months to 1 year to complete. RugKnots can weave and deliver a hand-knotted rug within 4 months!
7. A Hand Knotted Rug is a One-of-A-Kind Piece
RugKnots weavers are specialized artisans who do not use stencils during the weaving process. Cartoons are used as guides and are sketched out before the knotting process begins.All Rug Knots rugs are one-of-a-kind — no two are ever the same. Every rug is exceptionally woven and knotted to create a unique work of art for you to display in your home
8. The Number of Knots Will Determine the Value
The higher the knot count, the higher the value! Many factors go into determining the value of a hand-knotted rug. These include:
However, because of the time it takes for the artisan to individually wrap every knot and the amount of wool used in the process, knot count per square inch (KSPI) is one of the largest determinants of value. Just like thread count on sheets, the best hand-knotted rugs can start out at 50 KSPI and can reach over 1000.
9. Fringe Is Back! And It’s Important
|-The fringe on the hand-knotted rug is a part of the weave of the rug.||-The fringe on the tufted the clearly and add on. -If you look closely, you can see the wrinkled edge of the sewn on the fringe.|
10. Understanding Types of Dye is essential
11. New Zealand Wool is the Best in the market
12. Finding The Right Dealer is EVERYTHING
13. Difference Between a Persian and Oriental Rug
14. Beware of the Old Bait and Switch
15. A Hand Knotted Rug Can be an Investment Piece
16. Hand Knotted Rugs Demand a Higher Price
17. Do You Want to Go Custom or in Stock?
18. Maybe You Want to Go Antique?A hand-knotted antique rug can add endless charm, mystery and intrigue to your space. However, the inspiration of long lost times comes with a not so inspiring price tag, but because of their rarity, antique rug prices tend to run higher than new hand-knotted rugs.
- The range of colors in vegetable dyes is limited.
- Look up the time period you rug is supposedly from.
- There is a limited range of dyes used in any specific time period.
- The pile of an antique rug has a smooth gradation of color from the base of the knot.
- If the color changes halfway up the pile it is clearly delineated
- The rug is probably new and has been chemically surfaced washed to fade the colors
- It is similar to lines of demarcation in peroxide blonde hair
- The knots on the back of an old, well-used rug will be slightly flat.
- These knots could be compared with the rounded knots of a new hand-knotted rug.
- Research to see if the design, pattern, or color was discontinued at a certain point. If so, the rug will be inherently more valuable.
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Another option for the antique rug lovers out there is a vintage/antique overdyed rug. The overdye process is done to help a faded vintage/antique rug realize its new found glory. The process is simple and environmentally friendly. Check out this video to learn more about the process...
19. Choose the Right Size and Style for Your Home.This is another place where that money back guarantee will come in handy. You can see the rug in your living room or in any space at your home and decide whether or not it fits your style. Consider the style and feel it over to your space. If you have a modern and contemporary style, a rug with clean straight lines best suits your needs.Or you could mix things up! We are obsessed with the juxtaposition of modern and antique coming together to create a unique style!For an old world feel that displays your hand knotted a piece of art, you can hang your wool rug on the wall like a tapestry! This is an exotic style popular in Iran and all over the Middle East
20. Do Hand Knotted Rugs Shed?
21. They Crease and That’s a Good Sign!
22. Hand Knotted Rugs Need to be Rotated
23. So There Maybe an Odor
24. Cleaning is Seriously Not That Bad!Wool has a natural hydrophobic (water resistant) exterior but a hydrophilic (water absorbing) interior. This means that if water-based stains are cleaned within 15 minutes, it will come right off without a problem. But, if water sets in, the rug may develop on odor. This is why it is essential to have your wool hand-knotted rug professionally cleaned once a year. A professional rug cleaner will be able to tell right away the quality and type of the material and dye and will be able to assess the situation appropriately. For subtle stains, first, soak up the stain with a dry paper towel. Then simply apply a cloth dampened with:
- 8 parts of water
- 1 part white vinegar
- A small quirt of a clear mild dish soap solution
Dab in the solution, never rub. Hand knotted wool rugs contain tiny pockets that hide dust and dirt exceptionally well. You will want to vacuum your wool rug one every 1-3 weeks.To vacuum, use the bristle end of vacuum and never use a beater bar. The beater bar is too powerful and may cause your rug to shed.
25. Where do I buy? How to get a deal?
The answer is simple, really. From the factory where it is made, to the supplier, to the seller, the rug can pass through 5-10 different hands. Your best bet at getting a great deal without sacrificing quality is a factory direct shop. The rug world (much like the professional world) is a lot about who you know. RugKnots works factory direct and sells the best hand knotted rugs— meaning we do not pay a middle man, which means that you don't pay a middle man! Depending on the connection, the seller could have paid the middle man a lot, a little, or like RugKnots, nothing at all. Fake Sales Well yeah, unfortunately, you've seen this everywhere. The piece is marked up, then marked down. This is something that rug dealers do but let us explain something to you. RugKnots shows you the price of the rug before, then the price of the rug after. This is NOT the fake sale price. For more information contact our team.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by you!
Are hand knotted rugs worth it?
Obviously,for sure! Hand Knotted rugs hold great worth and can be a huge investment. They hold great importance and worth and if its quality is maintained, it can pay off real good!
How long do hand knotted rugs last?
It depends on the manufacturer and the material used. The better the quality and manufacturer, longer the lifespan of the hand knotted rug. However, the average time that it can last is about around 20 years!
What is the difference between hand woven and hand knotted rugs?
The main difference is that in simple words, a hand knotted rug is knotted knot per knot while a hand woven rug is a flat weave in type meaning, it's flat!