Does the Knot Count Really Count?

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When shopping for an Oriental rug, many consumers are bombarded with terms that they may not understand. Warp, weft, abrash … what does it all mean? One of the most common terms used is “knots per square inch” or KPSI. By definition, KPSI is the measurement of knots in one square inch of weaving on the backside of a hand-knotted rug. This measurement has long been touted as the number-one indicator of quality, and consumers have been taught that the higher the knot count, the more valuable the rug. In reality, there are several other important aspects in determining a rug’s true value.

When shopping for an Oriental Rug, take a moment to consider the entire carpet. Do the colors work for your design scheme? The coloration must be right before you consider anything else. Are you comfortable with the type of material used (wool, silk, a combination of both)? How has the material been processed (by hand or by machine)? Does the rug fit into your budget, and is it aesthetically pleasing to you? All of these factors combine to create an overall value that is unique to your individual needs. Knot count is only one piece of the larger puzzle, and is meaningless if the other pieces don’t fit.

Area rugs are a vital component of a well-designed space. In fact, many designers will select a rug first and design the room around it! It is important to purchase from a reputable dealer ~ one that has a great selection and is qualified to help you choose the appropriate rug for your needs. Here at Furnitureland South, we proudly boast a top-notch gallery with options for everyone. We are confident that we can help you find exactly what you need!

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