Basic Differences Between Hand Knotted and Hand Tufted Rugs

Home decoration is an important element for all of us and the rugs we buy to decorate various rooms of our houses bring a fresh note to the overall design. There are many details to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the proper rugs because so many styles and models are available. When making the decision on what types of rugs to buy, it is also important to know the differences between hand knotted rugs and hand tufted rugs. While both these types of rugs are manufactured by hand, the methods used for their creation are different.

Manufacturing processes for hand knotted and hand tufted rugs

When it comes to hand knotted rugs, a lot of time is required to properly manufacture them. This is mainly because the more knots a hand knotted rug has the better it is considered to be, which is strongly linked to a high density of the knots. Ten thousands of knots per day represent the medium performance that weavers usually achieve.

The hand tufted rugs, on the other hand, are realized by pushing wool into the fabric (the result being a ‘tuft’) that is tightened. Thus, this process does not require a high skill as in the case of hand knotted rugs and it takes less time to be created, but is not simple to do either, as the wanted designs requires both attention and knowledge. Once the pushing of the wool is completed, the back of the rug is glued in order for it to be reliable on the long term. The tool used for creating these rugs is known as the ‘tufting gun’

Cost differences between the two types of hand made rugs

Although both hand tufted rugs and hand knotted rugs necessitate attention and skills and they don’t differ when it comes to the complexity of the designs, there are major differences when it comes to the costs. Mainly because it takes a lot more time and maybe more patience to create knotted rugs their price is usually higher than in the case of hand tufted rugs. More than that, usually knotted rugs are more durable than tufted rugs, adding thus another reason to the differences in prices.

Overall, unique designs are the result of both these two processes of manufacturing rugs, but as you can see there are significant differences between them. Keep them in mind when deciding on whether to purchase hand tufted rugs or hand knotted rugs.

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