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Hand Knotted vs. Hand Tufted

11/28/18

What's the difference?

What's the difference?

Shopping for an area rug can be challenging. Color, design, style and size; the possibilities are endless. On top of all that, the big question...what are the different qualities? Although both hand knotted and hand tufted rugs are made by "hand" the process and time it takes to make these rugs varies greatly. Weaving a hand knotted rug takes a tremendous amount of skill and a great deal of time to produce. A hand knotted rug is an ancient art form of hand knotting individual pieces of wool or silk yarn onto a loom to create a rug that can be compared to a piece of art work. The more knots per square inch determine the knot count. The higher the knot count, the finer the detail, the higher the quality and of course the higher the price. A hand tufted rug is the practice using a small tufting gun to punch a design into a canvas. The tufting gun is held by the hand of a technician who loads yarn into a magazine and traces a pattern onto a canvas backing. This can be done very quickly in a factory. The question always comes down to 2 things. How much of an investment do you want to make and how long do you plan on keeping the rug? If you want a jaw dropping heirloom that will hold it's value and last for years to come, invest in a hand knotted area rug. If you enjoy bringing a new rug home every couple years and want to keep the cost down, a hand tufted rug would be the way to go. A beautiful rug is the foundation for a room so keep this in mind during the selection process!

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