Hand-knotted carpets, a kind of handmade rugs that are popularly known as oriental rugs, has originally been derived from Persia, Iran and thus it is popularly known as hand-knotted persian rugs.
These are one of the finest masterpieces one would find in India. Very often these last for years and are treasured as valuable. A tedious and time-consuming process is carried out before a good hand-knotted rug could be produced. Their value can be imagined by the fact that, these are passed on to generation after generation as an asset; a legacy that is rarely found in any form of product. This might sound a bit exaggerating to few of you; however these facts cannot be counterfeited. These carpets take lot of time and effort before it could be manufactured and finally presented in the market. Weavers very often spends more than a year or so weaving hand-knotted rugs with thorough care.
These carpets are a showcase of the weaver's creativity, skills and imagination. Due to strenuous and laborious manufacturing processes these are not mass-produced. Hence, you would find each carpet unique and indigenous in its own. Patterns and design are scarcely repeated so one can be assured of the distinctive touch in your purchase. Hand-knotted rugs are known to preserve both the quality and aesthetics of the rugs. The main pile material is woolen yarn so it is also named as hand-knotted wool rugs.
How do you determine the value of any product, by its cost? There goes a popular mindset 'higher the price better the product'. Unfortunately, this isn't true at all; you can only determine a product's value after you are sure of its quality. There exist a vast variety of hand-knotted persian rugs in India to choose from, may be in wool or in wool-silk. If you want to buy a rug that has value beyond its use, look for well woven hand-knotted rugs by expert artisans. If you want a priceless possession, definitely choose a good-quality exquisite rug that might become a collector's item someday. A hand-knotted wool rugs may take a long time to produce, depending on the pattern and design. The more complicated the design and quality is, the higher will be the knot counts and higher the knot counts . Higher is the price. A complicated pattern requiring many knots can take a long time to weave, from a year to two.
Characteristics of hand-knotted carpets
Well, facts apart, how can one find genuine products in the market while being at high risk of getting duped by some sellers? Isn't that an obvious threat? Hence, one must be able to identify the originality as well as the differences. For this very purpose I will be discussing some significant characteristic of hand-knotted rugs for you to be able to spot.1. Knots
For a machine-made rug, the ends of the knots will be completely even; since they are made to be perfect. However, the knots on a Machine-made rug are not exactly knots, reason being the way those are made. Although a typical knotted carpet may be non-uniform, it isn't easy for fibers to slacken out, with machine-made it's the opposite. In a Hand-knotted rug, the knots holding the rug together are extremely tight and are known to last for centuries without ever coming undone or fraying.2. The Back of the Rug:
There is no reinforcement on the backside in hand-knotted rugs so you can actually turn over the hand-knotted rugs and use it. These alluring rugs are the only kind that can be used in this fashion. In case of hand-tufted, you will find interlining or reinforcement. A latex coating is applied which is then covered with another layer of fabric to the back of the rugs to hold their tufts in place. Since the difference between the back of these rugs is so obvious, flipping the rug over is by far the easiest way to identify it. Hand-tufted and hand-knotted rugs both are good depending how much you are ready to spend and for how long you need it.3. Fringe of the Rug:
Fringes or edges are another determining factor. In machine-made, fringes don't really play any significant role and are separately sewn at the end of the procedure. When making a Hand-knotted rug, each knot in the rug is secured to a warp thread that naturally forms the fringe of the rug. Unlike machine-made, the fringe on a hand-knotted rug is essential to the rug’s construction. If the fringe of a rug appears to be sewn instead of a naturally occurring component of the rug’s design, then you are looking at a Machine-made rug.4. Strength of the Rug:
The quality of the knots alone makes Hand-knotted wool rugs far more durable than Machine-made rugs or Hand-tufted rugs. With a Hand-knotted persian rug, the fibers are held in place with tightly woven knots that do not slacken with time. Moreover, hand-knotted rugs are also made of higher quality materials. Most hand-knotted persian rugs are made of wool or a silk and wool blend, two thoroughly durable materials. Wool specifically is known to be able to experience 10,000 bends before breaking.An everlasting artistic cache
A hand-knotted wool rug lasts longer and typically has a more unique pattern than any other rug weave. These have unique artistic hoard and tangible quality to last decades. They might not be mass-produced however, holds minute details to bring out the charming appeal of the carpet.
Hand-knotted rugs in India are weaved in 2 styles, one in Persian inherited from Iran and other Tibetan inherited from Tibet. The production of Tibetan or Nepalese carpets is faster than Persian weave. Additionally, the prices are also competitive. We are always there to guide you as to make the ultimate selection depending upon the designs and patterns as some rugs will look more better in Persian knots as against Tibetan knots and vice-versa. Contact us for better selection and clarity.