Before you begin your quest for hand-knotted rug, take a little time to think about size and color; it will save you a lot of time. A true handmade rug will have a fine weave to clearly express the motifs of the design. A bold geometric design may have less than 100 knots per square inch while a detailed floral pattern may require 300 or more. While tightness and regularity of weave are important, the quality of the wool determines the resilience and lasting patina of a rug. The quality and fastness of the dyes are also important. Modern rugs (those woven in the past few decades), one should look at the “personality” rather than “nationality” of the rug. Traditionally, Iran (Persia) was the source for the finest rugs—the benchmark against which all others were compared. However, the quality of rugs from India, Pakistan, China, Turkey, Tibet, and Nepal has improved in the past 20 years to the extent that many Persian-design carpets from these countries are finer than the Iranian originals.
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Specialty rugs of any kind are an investment in home decor, especially our unique, hand-knotted floor coverings. Each one is individually hand-crafted and we want to make sure it’s looking its best to ensure you’ll have this important asset for many years to come. Here are some frequently asked questions about the purchase, care, cleaning, maintenance, and other methods used to protect your rug to retain its beauty and value over time.
Simply put, hand-knotted rugs are carefully tied individually, knot-by-knot while hand-woven floor coverings are made in a flat weave. This means the more creative knottier rugs have a real 3-D appeal compared to their flatter woven counterparts.
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