Insight on Hand Knotted Rugs – Woollen and Silk

Hand knotted rugs play an important role in the carpet world as they are the most preferred ones amongst the other existing categories of carpet. Also these rugs are being admired by art connoisseurs who love to spread them on their floors to add design aesthetics to the living interiors.

The beauty of these hand knotted rugs lie in its knotting process as the artisans weave knot by knot, inch by inch to give it a rhythmic pattern which symbolises divinity, bringing up a timeless piece of artistry.

The adept hands of artisans hence create a mesmerizing effect by bringing in the intricate patterns which communicate with their design stories when spread on floors and walls. The process of making hand-knotted rug is quite beautiful and unique as these rugs are created by tying horizontal knots on the vertical threads of the loom.

Generally, there exists two types of knots which include The Persian/Senneh knot & the Turkish/ Ghiodes knot.

The Persian knot is crafted in a distinguished manner to ensure that it comes with less of a gap, making the pile thinner.

However, the Turkish knot is crafted using double knots on the back side. Eventually, the gap in the front becomes bigger, causing the pile of a Turkish rug to be much thicker and bulky. The Persian knot, basically, is more common in our country as well as in the rest of the Oriental region.

Hand-knotted rugs are generally made by wearing the wool, or silk threads or by weaving the combination of the two making them exceptionally beautiful, aesthetic and exquisite.

Being made with the distinguished quality of wool and silk, they are available at a stunning price.

The silk rugs come with a pristine look wearing an innate shine of silk fibre, giving it a rich look.

Also, these silk rugs carry an exquisite design & pattern which are more defined & intricate as compared to rugs made of other materials.

Silk is a fine fiber & hence allows more knots per square inch as compared to wool. More knots means more time and therefore weaving a silk rug takes around three to four times more time than a woollen rug thereby making the rug more luxurious & pricey. This segment represents class and hence differs in its richness and looks.

The next category which makes a difference for rugs is hand knotted woollen rugs.
This category of rugs is alluring and appealing yet sturdy & pristine proving to be better than silk rugs for many reasons.
Firstly, woollen threads are not as delicate as silk. Plus, woollen rugs have the ability to handle spills and stains better & are more resistant to dirt.

Going with these two features, woollen rugs are better placed anywhere in the house as they can bear any amount of foot traffic.
In third case, rugs are also created with the combination of both wool & silk bringing in the perfect amalgamation of two materials adding more to its beauty and looks.

What makes this quality of rugs mesmerising is the fact that they come along with the base of wool while the detailing of the design is done with silk. The two factors create the polished look, giving a rich look to the carpet.

Both silk and wool rugs are a little high priced. The reason is simple—they require hard efforts and a lot of time.

Tying knots by hand comes as an extensively time-consuming task. On an average, approx 10,000 knots can be tied by a weaver in a day. Meanwhile the distinguished design patterns can be woven by highly skilled weaver thereby increasing the cost of production. An expert & experienced weaver can tie a maximum of 1200 knots/hour which gives a personal touch to the carpet and hence it is called as handknotted.

The size, quality and design aesthetics define the time to weave the rug. This time can vary from a few months to a few years to design and craft it.

Hence, when you go to buy a hand knotted rug, its just not the rug you are buying, but you are buying stories of these artisans who have been the real heroes to have made the rug.

Also when you buy a hand-knotted rug, you are not just making a purchase but the rug buying is a big investment. The seemingly exorbitant price of hand knotted rugs reflect the time duration it took for the rug to complete and also defines its fine detailing that goes into creating these exclusive pieces of Art.

Rugs turn into heirlooms while lasting for many generations & the more antique a rug is, the more expensive it becomes. That’s how it makes the decent investment.

At Saraswatii Global, we not only create the varied variety of prodigious marvels called hand-knotted rugs, we also create opportunities for rural men & women to earn a dignified living, to ensure they become self-dependent.

We want the artisans to create their own niche so that they can fulfill each of their dream. With every single knot of the thread, our artisans bring smiles on their face, their vision gets accomplished and their passion to do something better gets honed up.

Hence, it’s not just a rug that you get when you buy a hand knotted rug, in fact, you get all stories, experiences, smiles, love and happiness that a weaver’s heart can hold wen you bring a carpet home after buying it.
It’s a fact that bring in a family’s blessings and happiness as you bring in a carpet at your house which spreads brighness, joy and design stories around your living space!

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