Rugs add character to our home. Put one in a living room, all of a sudden it will have a new royal aura. Hang a beautiful Persian rug on the wall of your guest room; the room will not need any other decor to attract visitors.

We are so absorbed by the beauty of the large rugs that we tend to forget the perseverance of the people who worked day and night to make it a product of perfection. Carpets are a wonderful result of the purity of craftsmanship and the hard work of weavers. Since carpet manufacturing has developed over time around the world, manufacturing techniques have also developed.

Although carpet making is now also mechanized, nothing compares to the charm of hand woven and hand knotted rugs, but when you talk to people about carpet making techniques, most of the time you will hear the answer “hand knotted and hand woven are the same”. It is nothing but a misconception.  


weaving : Hand weaving is a generic term used to describe all forms of carpet weaving: hand weaving, hand knitting, flat weaving.

Hand knotted rugs:

When a carpet was first made, the material, whether wool, cotton or silk, was hand knotted, that is, individual pieces of wool or silk thread were knotted by hand one by one on a specialized weaving loom. The craftsman must manually insert knots in the carpets and tie them one by one by hand. Depending on the purpose it would serve, the piles of these rugs were made deep or shallow. This ancient method of making carpets is still practiced. It is one of the most used techniques for making carpets.

Hand knotting is a time-consuming process, and the manufacturer must be knowledgeable in working with the carpet. The tighter the knot, the better the quality of the carpet. Knotting a carpet by hand requires great care so as not to alter the quality and aesthetics of the carpet. Because so much attention is paid to its foundations and patterns, each hand-knotted rug lasts for years to come. The result of this laborious process is a majestic work of art which, when placed in a house, gives it unparalleled grandeur. Each hand knotted rug is unique and no two pieces share the same design or the same symbols. Each hand-knotted rug has a story to tell from its place: be it war, prayer, lifestyle.
For example, Beni Ourain rugs are hand knotted rugs. Mainly Moroccan carpets were woven by women from the Berber tribes of Morocco. The Moroccan Berber carpet and rugs are characterized by the fact that only 17 exclusive Moroccan Berber tribes have been in the tradition of creating them by the technique of hand knotting. Beni ourain rugs have an abstract design and a diamond shape with border or fringes in black / blue. The other Moroccan rugs are hand knotted the Moroccan apis Azilal Kilim Boucherouite. Other famous examples of hand-knotted rugs are the Persian Kingsley rug or the wonderful Turkish rug.

Keep in mind the above point when buying a supreme and expensive traditional rug, so as not to pretend that you bought a beautiful hand knotted rug when in reality it is a woven rug by hand. This is essential to know because most traditional and tribal rugs are hand knotted with the intense packing of knots signifying the strength and durability of the carpet.

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