Hand knotted vs Hand Tufted Rugs


  • 2017-08-06
  • Saraswati Global
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Hand knotted rugs are the classic example of premium hand woven rugs where thousands of knots are tied one over the other by seasoned artisans to create intricate patterns. These rugs take a long time to complete. These rugs are luxuriously upmarket & are worth a fortune. The cost is determined by the kind of fibre used (mainly silk & wool), number of knots per square inch, complexity of the design, shape & size of the rug.

These rugs though come at an exorbitant price but are known to be an investment for generations. If properly taken care of, hand knotted rugs turn into precious & treasured heirlooms that are lovingly passed on from one generation to another. 

Hand tufted rugs are made by punching strands of wool into a canvas that is stretched on a frame by using a hand operated tufting gun. Once the pile is created, the rug is removed from the frame & the carpet is secured with a heavy duty lining at the back. These rugs are beautiful to look at and add an appealing and fascinating touch to your interior decor.

Hand tufted rugs that are made with the finest quality of wool look worth a million bucks & are available at a very affordable price. These rugs are best suitable for heavy traffic areas like living rooms & hallways. 

It isn’t easy to create hand knotted rugs; its creation requires a lot of precision, focus & dedication. An average hand knotted rug takes a minimum time of 4 months to complete while a rug with a complex design may take years to complete. This is what makes these rugs so pricey. When you purchase a hand knotted rug you don’t just pay for the rug i.e. the end product but you also pay for the artisan’s dedication, proficiency & the extensive labour put in its creation & finishing.

Hand tufted rugs take very less time to complete in comparison to hand knotted rugs; hence the difference in their costing is remarkable.

 The process of creation of Hand Tufted rug too is quite different from that of hand knotted rugs. The design for the rug is printed on to a canvas & then with the help of tufting gun, artisans punch the required colour fibre into the canvas strands creating brilliant designs. Hand Tufted carpets generally have a thick pile. The back of the carpet is usually secured with latex & finally covered with another layer of cloth for protection. That’s why soaking of Hand Tufted rugs should be prevented as it might damage & destroy the rug permanently.

Hand Tufted rugs are usually made up of wool but nowadays the use of synthetic fibres like viscose, polyester etc is pretty much in trend. Hand tufted rugs are good for heavy traffic areas of your home/office/hotel.

Hand Knotted rugs can be easily identified by flipping over the rug. The brilliantly woven knots are clearly visible at the backside of any hand knotted rug, hand knotted rugs generally (though not necessarily always) have a fringe which basically is the warp thread.

Hand knotted rugs are usually made up of natural fibres like silk, wool or at times a combination of both. These fibres provide the strength & durability to the rug. The beauty of these rugs is that they do not lose the sheen & lustre with time. They remain equally classy & breathtakingly beautiful even after generations of purchase. They don’t shed & are known to outlive their owner.

Both hand knotted rugs & hand Tufted Rugs are beautiful in their own ways, if you are looking for a posh & lavish looking rug that stays in the family for generations then a Hand Knotted rug is the perfect choice for you, whereas if you like to change the aesthetics of your home frequently (every 4-5 years) & you are looking for a rug that’s trendy & chic, something that’s uber class & affordable too, then a Hand Tufted rug is what you need.

Check out our latest collection of rugs to explore the best of both these types. The talented designers at Saraswatii love experimenting & keep coming up with vivid designs that our artisans impressively transform into unique masterpieces.