Insight on Hand Knotted Rugs - Woollen and Silk

  • 2017-07-08
  • Saraswati Global
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Hand knotted rugs are playing most important role in the world of carpeting. The knots are tied by experienced weavers to create a mesmerizing effect by the intricate patterns. The hand knotted rugs are created by tying horizontal knots on the vertical threads of the loom.

Generally there are two main types of knots in practice; The Persian/Senneh knot & the Turkish/ Ghiodes knot.The Persian knot is crafted in a way that it has less of a gap, and this makes the pile thinner. The Turkish knot is crafted using double knots on the back side, and this makes the gap in the front bigger causing the pile of a Turkish rug to be much thicker and bulky. The Persian knot is more commonly used in our country & the rest of the Oriental region.

Hand knotted rugs are generally woven with wool, silk or a combination of both. The rugs that are made of silk are exceptionally beauteous & are available at an equally stunning price. The silk rugs have a gleaming look because of the innate shine in silk. The design & pattern in silk rugs is more defined & intricate because silk is a fine fiber & it allows more knots per square inch as compared to wool, weaving a silk rug takes around three to four times more than a woollen rug thereby making the rug more luxurious & pricey.

Rugs created with wool are alluring yet sturdy & prove to be better than silk rugs over time because the material is not as delicate as silk. Plus, woollen rugs handle spills and stains better & are more resistant to dirt. Woollen rugs can be placed anywhere in the house because they can bear any amount of foot traffic.

Many times rugs are created with the combination of both wool & silk thereby resulting in the perfect amalgamation of both. These rugs have the base of wool & the detailing of the design is done with silk to create the polished look.

Tying knots by hand is an extensively time consuming task. On an average approx 10000 knots can be tied by a weaver in a day. To weave difficult patterns highly skilled weavers are required which thereby increases the cost of production. An expert & experienced weaver can tie a maximum of 1200 knots/hour.

Depending upon the size & the intricacy of the design of the rug, it may take a few months to a few years of time to craft it

It’s a well established fact that when you buy a hand-knotted rug, you are not just making a purchase but you’re making an investment. The seemingly exorbitant price of hand knotted carpets reflects the time and fine detailing that goes into creating these exclusive pieces of Art. If properly taken care of hand knotted rugs turn into heirlooms & last for generations & the more antique a rug is, the more expensive it becomes.

At Saraswatii Global, we not just create these prodigious marvels called hand- knotted rugs, we create opportunities for rural men & women to earn a dignified living, to be independent, to create their own niche, to fulfil their every single dream. With every single knot of the thread our Artisans tie their smiles, their dreams, their passion, so it’s not just a rug that you get when you purchase one, you get all the smiles & love & happiness that a weaver’s heart can hold.

Deependra Dixit

2018-02-17 10:40:50

Before reading this I was confused regarding the material, thank you for clearing my doubt