What You Need to Know about Hand-Knotted Rugs

By Designer Rugs on August 15, 2017 

Hand-knotted rugs take time, expertise and a skilled hand – if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind design, this ancient method of producing rugs is by far the best option. They are found in some of the world’s most beautiful homes, and it’s not hard to see why: they are true masterpieces. And unlike other works of art, you can walk on these ones. In fact, their beautiful appearance belies the strength of their construction.

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Onyx Handknotted rug by Greg Natale

What You Should Know About Hand-Knotted Rugs

Complex and time-consuming, hand-knotted rugs are often hailed as works of art, and for very good reason. It takes a skilled weaver about one day to make 10,000 knots, and considering a fairly good quality rug will have 80+ knots per square inch (often more), you can imagine how long it would take to weave a sprawling rug. The greater the knots per square inch (KPSI), the better the quality. Of course, the material used will affect the KPSI, but the rule holds true: more knots means more quality, and as a buyer, you pay for this time and precision.

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The Matter of Appearance

Up close and personal, the artistry and intricacy of a hand-knotted rug is breathtaking. Using fine materials like luminescent silk and Tibetan wool, these rugs are woven together using a method that’s been relatively unchanged for centuries. It’s not only the creation of a rug: it’s the nurturing of a tradition. The results are mesmerizing. Just look at how a 100 KPSI weave binds together in relentless precision to create a cohesive showpiece. It’s hard to not be humbled by this sort of dedication to detail.

Because these rugs are made by human hands and natural fibres, there are enchanting imperfections in the fibres of material and differences in the human construction that make each rug unique, and treasured.

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Kirriwirri rug from the indigenous Yulparitja collection

The Matter of Cost

The cost of a hand-knotted rug is more than a hand-tufted rug, or a flatweave, but their high quality, durability and beauty makes their value obvious. The price of a hand-knotted rug reflects the increased skill, time and artistry of the weaver, as well as the uniqueness of the rug, which will never look exactly alike another. The value of these incredible one-of-a-kind rugs is as both home decor and a piece of art. It’s fashion and function at it’s most stunning.

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Malachite handknot rug by Greg Natale

A Matter of Time

Since hand-knotted rugs painstakingly handmade with great pride, creating one rug can take many months to complete – but it is worth the wait. One of these masterpieces can transform your space into a thing of beauty, and be enjoyed for many decades to come.