A Hand-Knotted Carpet is considered to be the best of all variations of carpets due to its picturesque designs, high pile, durability and longevity. It’s considered to be the best one among all the other styles.
A Hand-Knotted is entirely a manual process. It’s made on a fixed loom, where two series of cotton threads are tightly warped vertically on the loom (front and back). The horizontal threads (in each series) are positioned equidistant from each other. A weaver follows the design and inserts the yarn as weft from the front thread and makes a loop around the back thread, and then pulls it again to the front, finally cutting the yarn. After a single line of weft is complete, the laid yarn is suppressed with a comb like heavy metallic tool to settle it. This process of knot-by-knot continues until the final rug is complete; each knot is important as together they bond to form a perfect rug. After this, the carpet is taken down, fixed, washed, stretched, the pile is clipped with a shearing machine, and then the carpet is ready.
The quality of a Hand-Knotted rug depends on the Knots per square area. It's just like the pixels on a photograph. Higher the pixels the better the quality of a picture, similarly, more (higher) the knots per area, better the design and motifs are formed over the carpet.
Average Pile –
0.40 inch (10.16 mm)
Average Weight –
Average Quality –
100 KPSI (Knots per sq. inch)
Average weave time –
1 square feet per day (by one weaver)
10 to 30 years to a generation.
How to identify –
Look at the back side of the carpet, and you will notice the same design and color as the front, but all in knots. Moreover, the knots will be slightly uneven and not exact or uniform. Some knots may be larger and some small and will look handmade.
The carpet is heavy and has a pile approx half inch. You will be able to easily penetrate your fingers through the wool, so it’s comfortable to walk or rest on. Also, it has fringes on the vertical ends.
Good about it –
Has the longest life among all other variants of carpets (can live for centuries). Detailed and decorative motifs which are clearly visible and give a sense of luxury.
Not good about it –
Although the price is high, but it’s worth it. Moreover, its’ long-life makes the price much less over the years.
Hand-Knotting is an art that came to India from Persia. Since the knotting can be high and a portrait like painting can also be made on it. It’s been the most demanded carpet throughout the world since ancient times. It’s the best carpet you may get for yourself; as it has a high pile, looks magnificent, is durable and has a long life. Just like a bed or furniture, it becomes a member of your family beholding many memories. The best thing about Hand-Knotted is, even after many years of use, withering or damage, it can be repaired and cleaned and made as new. Moreover, it can also be resold as an antique after many years of use.