Types of Rugs: Hand-Knotted Rugs Vs Hand-Tufted Rugs

  • 25 July 2020

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Both these are made by hand, their process of construction makes them widely different from each other. Given their different production methods, their longevity and feel are also entirely different.

Hand made rugs are pieces of art made by artisans who for generations have practiced this ancestral art form and passed it down through centuries. While looking for perfect handmade rugs for your home you will come across different types of rugs or a number of weaving techniques, of all those techniques hand-knotted and hand-tufted confuse people the most.

Let’s get to know each type of rug in detail:

What is a Hand-Knotted Rug?

These are made by the most skilled carpet weavers one knot at a time using ancient techniques. Hand knotted rugs are of great quality and they are masterpieces that you can walk on. A hand-knotted area rug is unique and is made knot by knot on a loom often using materials like pure silk, wool, bamboo silk, and cotton. These rugs have a flatter pile and the density of knots per square inch at the back of the carpet defines its quality. A carpet with more densely packed knots per square inch is considered a better-quality carpet.

A typical Jaipur Rugs hand-knotted carpet can have anything upward of two million knots and it takes anywhere close to six to ten months to make a hand-knotted carpet depending on the intricacy of the design. A hand-knotted rug goes through 18 or more finishing steps before taking its final shape.

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What is a Hand-Tufted Rug?

A hand-tufted carpet starts its journey as a canvas stretched on a frame, a tufting tool is used to punch strands of yarn into the canvas with the design traced on it. The process is not as intensive or time-consuming as that of a hand-knotted carpet and takes relatively less skill. The easiest way of identifying hand tufted rugs is by looking for the scrim backing on the reverse. A fringe is often added by gluing or sewing to finish the carpet.

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How to choose between a hand-knotted vs a hand-tufted?

One of the clear reasons for choosing a hand-knotted is its durability. The construction quality of a hand-knotted carpet makes it last for generations and it often ends up in people’s heirlooms. While it is more expensive than a hand-tufted rug, it is a better value proposition and a collector’s item.

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Also, in areas where you have a lot of movement and traffic, a hand-knotted will work better than a hand-tufted. However, if you want a quick turnaround time and you are decorating on a budget a hand-tufted rug will suit you more. You can replace tufted rugs faster and you can often get more uncanny designs in them.

For the finest designer hand knotted-rugs by Jaipur Rugs you can check out collections by Kavi like Chaos Theory, Project Error, Aakar, Hidden, and Unstring. Tattvam by Gauri Khan and Kolam by Tania and Sandeep Khosla are also great choices for hand-knotted rugs. Concoction by Shantanu Garg and Jaipur Wunderkammer by Matteo Cibic are some of the bestselling collections in the hand-tufted category.

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