So You Want that Hand-Knotted Rug…

As a new designer in the field, I am exposed to a lot of things people don’t see in magazines. Most people see a picture perfect shot in Elle Decor or Architectural Digest, but they have no idea what goes on behind the curtains. The same can be said for hand-knotted rugs. People are instantly in awe by a beautiful rug but are extremely shocked by the price of hand-knotted rugs. Most fail to realize the intense labor that goes into a beautiful woven rug. So the question is— is it worth investing in a hand-knotted rug? Absolutely! I would prefer to spend money on a handmade woven rug than a manufactured rug, which is almost the same price point as a hand-knotted rug. 

A True Beauty

Hand-knotted rugs are beyond amazing. Words can’t describe how beautiful they truly are. I am blown away by the fact that someone or a group of people are able to hand weave large scale patterns to create these beautiful intricate rugs. The quality is unbelievable and the talent—well it’s incredible. The labor put into these rugs are far from easy.

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Most hand knotted rugs use the highest quality of wool, silk and cotton. Wool is the most common material of the three. These materials are usually blended together or with other materials such as rayon. The combination of these materials creates a strong durable rug. Investing in a hand-knotted rug is a great investment, they can withstand high traffic and tend to wear out around the 20 year mark.

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The hand knotted rug process is a tedious, detailed process. Sometimes a rug can take up to a year to be made depending on how many knots are tied in one square inch of the rug. Knots per square inch tend to range from 40-2,000, although anything 1,000+ is rare but yet extraordinary.

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Owning a hand-knotted rug has it’s advantages. Not only are you buying a one of a kind rug, but you are buying a rug that can last you almost a life time. You’re also buying a rug that can become part of your family and be passed down from generation to generation. The longer the rug is around the more valuable it becomes. The money you originally invested in the rug is now tripled given that the rug is well taken care of. I believe investing in a hand-knotted rug is like investing in art. The same way one appreciates good art is the same way one can appreciate a good hand-knotted rug.

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