Hand Knotted Carpets
Hand-knotting is an ancient art used to make rugs that are masterpieces of intricate designs. A hand-knotted rug is a one-of-a-kind rug, woven completely by hand on a special loom. Weaving a hand-knotted rug requires tremendous skill and a great deal of time to produce. The quality and the cost of a hand-knotted rug is determined by the number of knots per square inch. In this case, a higher density means better quality.
On an average, a weaver can tie about 10,000 knots per day. Creating a large rug is thus months and months of work put together. The time involved in making it also accounts for hand-knotted rugs costing more on average than hand-tufted rugs.
Identifying a Hand Knotted Carpet
One of the easiest ways to spot a hand-knotted rug is to flip it over. A hand-knotted rug will not have a backing on it. The design is the same on both sides. It will look like you could turn it over and use it on either side thanks to the exquisite amount of detail from the knotting. A hand-knotted rug will likely have fringe because there is no binding on the ends of the carpet.