Rug weaving, primarily done by hands, has now amalgamated with technology to produce the product in volume. However, due to the diminishing trend in the number of skilled labor, the industry is undergoing a huge downfall as well. There are certain districts and places that still take pride in keeping up with the craftsmanship and producing hand-knotted rugs.
Hand-knotted rugs drive their inspiration from Asian and Middle Eastern oriental rugs. Hand-knotted custom rugs are ideally a category of handmade textiles that implement a unique weaving style leaving the rug with a charismatic texture, super quality, and consistency. Since hand-knotting is a labor-intensive job; hence, the prices are generally steeper than its peer categories. These are different from hand-tufted rugs. Hence, it is imperative to understand the merchandise and its unique features.
Hand-knotted rugs are complex and require attention to detail. Since these rugs employ skilled artisans and allow them to go with their creative flow, no two rugs are the same. Each of them is unique and special in its own way.
How are Hand-knotted Rugs made?
Hand-knotted custom rugs comprise multiple individual knots going up to millions. These are tied to each of the warp in case of Persian knots. Hence, the design would be seen on both sides of the rug. Ideally, the front would be plusher and softer. At the same time, the back would be slightly stiff due to the backing, making the rugs non-reversible, the design unclear, and the material a little stiff.
In the bygone eras, the hand-knotted silk rugs were a trend. As the textile industry revolutionized, it is now possible to make modern hand-knotted rugs using any material of your choice. The most preferred materials are cotton, silk, or wool, as they have a flatter pile and lesser texture.
Hand-knotted rugs are made by stringing the individual columns of threads, also known as warps, into a weaving loom, creating a mirage of a fabric. The pattern threads, known as the weft, are then interweaved with the warps horizontally and knotted at every intersection. These wefts alternately go through the top and bottom of the warps till the end is reached. There is another way to wrap them to create the symbol ‘W’ while interweaving the weft. This makes the structure stronger as the yarn goes through all the surrounding threads.
After the product is weaved successfully, it is sent for washing. The use of both chemical and herbal washing agents ensures that the rug is not only clean but also lends a smooth finish to the rug.
Customizing the Hand-Knotted Rugs
The process of crafting hand-knotted rugs is demanding yet customizable. Here are the steps:
The first step involves the selection of materials from the manufacturer’s inventory. The fabrics can range from wool, linen, cotton silk, and many more.
You can then decide how traditional, modern or contemporary you’d like your rug to be.
Once the yarn and the design is done, or have been finalized; the manufacturer can begin the process. However, bear in mind that hand-knotted rugs are labor-intensive and take a longer duration to be produced.
Checking the Hand-Knotted Rug before you buy
Here is an easy way to verify whether the rug is hand-knotted; just take a quick peek at the back. The design of the rug would be similar on both the front and the back. However, this doesn’t imply that the rug is reversible because only the impression of the design is visible, and the rug is not comfortable to use when flipped to its back. Regarding the fringes, these are the part of the hand-knotted rugs. However if you don’t wish to have the same, we can bind the ends too.
Custom hand-knotted rugs are not only pleasing to the eye but also highly durable. These are highly time-consuming and labor-intensive, thus making them fairly expensive! But so worth it! The durability of hand-knotted rugs makes them ideal for use in high traffic areas, such as the living room or dining hall in your house.
Irrespective of how labor-intensive and costly hand-knotted rugs are, they are often the preferred choice in terms of quality and durability, depending on the usage! Make a quality choice and a good one at that!
Global Floor Furnishers, an ISO 9001:14001 certified company, a unit of surekas group, are Indian manufacturers, suppliers, and exporters of the following kind of rugs and carpets :
1. Hand-Tufted Carpets, rugs & mats
2. Hand-knotted Carpets, rugs & mats including Hand-knotted Indo-Tibetian or Nepalese Carpets-rugs & mats
3. Hand-woven rugs-Shaggy Rugs & Shaggy Carpets, Cotton dhurries, Patch work rugs, Jute dhurry, Hemp dhurries and Woollen Durries and rugs
4. Hand-knotted Silk Rugs – Original and Artificial
5. Pom Pom boxes
Materials being used are wool, viscose, silk, bamboo silk, botanical silk, jute, hemp, sisal, sea grass and such other yarns.
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