Having a hand made piece in your home to brag about is the epitome of elegance. But when you buy online it can be so difficult to tell what's real and what's not.
You're in luck!
I am going to help you distinguish the difference between and hand knotted rug and a tufted rug.
Hand-Tufted or Hand-Knotted - Which is Best?
First, let's get this question answered. Here at Rugknots we sell both hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs. Choosing between the two can be tough and I hope this article explains the differences.
It all comes down to your purpose and lifestyle. All the rugs we sell are made to the best of their respective abilities, all of them are high quality and beautiful rugs.
Do you enjoy buying a new rug every year or 2? If you really like buying new rugs, then a hand-tufted rug will be for you. They are priced super affordably to allow for changing rugs for whenever the mood strikes. Also, hand-tufted rugs show their wear and tear sooner, so you'll want to replace them sooner than hand-knotted.
Love quality that lasts? Hand-knotted rugs are for you. You can buy a rug once and it won't show it's wear and tear nearly as early or easily. Read on to learn more about hand-knotted rugs in detail. They last so long you can pass them down as family heirlooms!
So, let's learn about the differences!
Hand Tufted vs Hand Knotted Rug
What is a hand knotted rug?
A hand knotted rug is an ancient art form of hand knotting individual pieces of wool or silk yarn onto a loom to create a wool rug.
What is a hand tufted rug?
A hand tufted rug is the practice using a small tufting gun to punch a design into a canvas.
The tufting gun is held by the hand of a technician who loads yarn into a magazine and traces a pattern onto a canvas backing.
This is done by an unskilled laborer very quickly in a factory.
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So, that's how they are made. Now, let's learn how you can tell them apart!
How to tell the difference?
How the fringe looks on a rug is a tell tale sign of how the rug was constructed.
Hand knotted rug:
The fringe of a hand knotted rug is key to the construction of the rug.
The wool yarn is hand knotted onto the fringe and the pieces at the end are left for decoration.
But, the fringe is key to holding the rug together.
If the fringe is not there, the rug will unravel and you will have nothing but a pile of yarn.
On a tufted rug, the fringe will be sewn or glued on the the back.
Because the fringe is and essential part to a hand knotted rug, makers of hand tufted rugs are glued or sewn on a fringe to make the rug appear authentic.
This makes it very easy to tell the difference.
Simply flip the rug over and look to see if you can see stitch marks
That there is a strip of canvas that the fringe is attached to.
2.The Back of the Rug
The back of a hand knotted rug will be an exact mirror image of the top pile of the rug.
You will be able to see each individual knot and be able to count the knots per square inch.
The back of a hand tufted rug will have have a canvas back the is glued to hold the rug together.
Because the rug is not knotted,
You will not see or be able to count a knot count.
[VIDEO} Mary demonstrates how to tell when a rug is hand knotted or hand tufted!
What determines the price?
In a hand knotted rug, the main determinant of price is knots per square inch (kpsi).
The higher the knot count, the tighter the knots, the softer the rug, the longer the rug takes to make, the higher the price.
The reason that hand tufted rugs cost less is because they take much less time to make, and tufted rugs do not require a specialized skill set.
Sometimes you will find hand tufted rugs be be about the same price or even more expensive than a hand knotted rug.
Why designer names, of course! Just like that Italian leather hand bag, you pay top dollar for designer names.
Hand knotted rugs are pricey, there is no denying that fact. However, they tend to hold their value.
This 1stdibs piece is $19.900
This RugKnots piece is less than 1/4th the price!
If well taken care of, classic styles of hand knotted rugs will hold their value through the ages.
Tufted rugs however will not hold any value. Tufted rugs are fantastic if you are on a tight budget and can't invest in a hand-knotted rug, or if you want to buy multiple rugs to keep up with trends.
Hand knotted rugs can last forever.
Wool is one of earth's most durable fibers, and hand knotting is one the most durable way to make a carpet.
With proper cleaning and care a hand knotted rug has an endless lifetime.
This is the oldest hand knotted rug in the world. It belonged to a Persian emperor who was buried with the carpet. Grave robbers ransacked his grave of jewels and gold but did not bother to drag the carpet with them. This being the winter, the rug froze within a thick layer of ice preserving it for centuries!
Hand tufted rug on the other hand do not have such a lifetime. They are made to suit trends and can be changed in and out every few years.
And they will definitely need to be.
They will start to fall apart and unravel and within 3 years you will have to get a new one. The thing about hand tufted rugs is that they are created to suit trends.
It's not that wear and tear will degrade the rug, it just was not made to last more than 3 years.
We all know that anything machine made cause detriment to the environment.
However, this is not where hand tufted rugs cause alarm.
Like Chris points out in his video, hand tufted rugs clog land fills.
[VIDEO] Chris demonstrates all of the problems with hand tufted rugs!
You will never see someone throw a hand-knotted rug away. They last lifetimes and even when they faded or become damaged, they still have purpose.
When a hand knotted rug fades, the rug can be sent to be overdyed.
This this the process in which a rug is desaturated of all of its color and is then re-dyed with a new hue.
If the rug is damaged in any way, the rug is then sent to be used for a patchwork rug.
RugKnots Pink Patchwork Rug
In this process, the rug is cut into smaller sections, overdyed, then stitched back together to form a new rug.
Or even a patchwork pillow!
When a tufted rug begins to decompose, which takes only about 3 years, the rug ends up being thrown in the trash and dumped into a landfills.
As Chris demonstrated, tufted rugs shed very easily and fibers can be pulled out by hand or with a vacuum cleaner.
Because of this, they will end up in the trash 3 years from the day you bring them home.
Another way to reuse a hand knotted rug is to turn it into furniture!
[VIDEO] Mary Give Creative Ideas for Hand Knotted Rug Recycling!Hand knotted rugs on the other hand will not shed so easily. Shedding is normal for the first few months of a rugs life but will eventually cease.
Cleaning is also incredibly easy. Just take it for a professional clean every year or so and that's it!
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So that's it!
Did we forget anything?
Let us know in the comments if you have any secret ways of telling the difference!