When you think about finding the perfect rug for your home, you probably do the same thing we all do these days — do some online shopping and research. Even if you don’t purchase your rug online, you look.
It’s cool. Check out your options but know that you’re probably not seeing all of the choices. The rugs you’ll find online are typically lower-end, mass-produced rugs, which are made to serve a short-term and seemingly disposable purpose. Wait, let us explain. We’re NOT saying that these rugs don’t serve a purpose or are bad. We ARE saying that these “good” rugs of a “good, better, best” selection may not be what you’re looking for practically — even if they fit the style you’re seeking.
Ask yourself — do you want a rug that will last? Do you want a rug that doesn’t shed or pill? You may be looking for a hand-knotted rug even if you’re not aware of it.
Hand-knotted rugs are made to last, and it’s a common misconception that they’re terribly expensive. While they may cost more money upfront, they’ll save you money over time because you will not have to replace them time after time. By the way, this addresses another hand-knotted fallacy. Hand-knotted rugs are durable, not delicate. For some reason, we’ve mentally correlated the terms hand-made and delicate when, in fact, the opposite is true for rugs.
Hand-knotted rugs require incredible skill and patience to create. This adds immense value to hand-knotted rugs, along with the quality of the material used. The quality and cost are not directly determined by the number of knots per square inch, but by the time allotted for labor and the quality of the material used. Rugs and linens are much the same in this matter. The largest measure of value for a hand-knotted rug is the grade of wool used and how that wool was handled. Think about it. You can tie thousands of knots, but if the wool has a short staple and is brittle, the overall quality of the rug will be compromised — regardless of how many knots are tied.
“A complex pattern can require very dense knotting, and thus it can take a long time to produce. An average weaver can tie about 10,000 knots per day,” The Spruce writer Abe Abbas said in a blog. “So, you can imagine how long it can take to complete one rug, especially if it happens to be a large one. The time involved in making it also accounts for hand-knotted rugs costing more on average than hand-tufted rugs.”
Often people choose cheaper rug versions and are disappointed with how their rooms look and how the rug performs because they were not well-informed. There is a way to avoid this discontent just ask our Rug Gallery Specialists.
“Comparing mass-produced rugs to hand-knotted rugs, which are really works of art, is like comparing diamond rings,” our Rug Gallery Specialist Mary John says. “They are both rugs — or pieces of jewelry, for example — but the performance and value of the two are not equal. It’s important to know this before making a purchase.”
If you’ve heard of Oriental or Persian rugs, you’ve heard of hand-knotted rugs. These terms originated years ago as a reference to rugs made by hand from weaving centers in and near the Far East including Iran, Turkey and China. However, they’re now more commonly used as a description of style, one that’s often equated with intricate patterns and saturated colors. Don’t be fooled! The hand-knotted market has evolved and is certainly not limited to these styles. You can get updated looks without sacrificing quality.