Difference Between Hand-Knotted and Hand-Woven Rugs

Handmade rugs are unique showcases of artistry. A person's culture, and history, can be communicated through the creation of rugs. However, there are differences between hand-knotted rugs and hand-woven rugs.

Loops & Knots

Hand-knotted rugs have knots that function as loops wrapped around pairs of adjacent warps. These are the three main elements: warps, wefts, and knots. Warps are the foundation of the chosen yarn and run from top to bottom of the rug and from fringe end to fringe end. Wefts are also foundation yarns that run from left to right. Warps are the length, and wefts are the width of the rug.

Hand-woven rugs are also composed of warps and wefts. These types of rugs can be flatweaves. The process of flat weaving has rugs woven on a loom and made by hand. Horizontal yarns are weaved through vertical yarns to create designs and patterns.

Composition of Handmade Wool Rugs

Hand-knotted wool rugs are created through wool strands individually tied by hand to each of the warp threads. This process makes creating a design possible. Hand-woven wool rugs are flatter and woven in a pattern akin to a basket. Both sides of hand-woven rugs are identical and are usually reversible. There are no knots in the composition of hand-woven rugs; because of this, they are flatter than hand-knotted rugs.

Handmade wool rugs from China have designs that contain cultural meaning. Because these rugs are hand-knotted or woven, no two rugs completely match each other. The individuality of each handmade rug makes it easy to differentiate them from manufactured rugs. Weavers tie individual knots to the warps to curate the length of the rugs. Hand-knotted or woven rugs are unique because they are crafted individually. Hand-knotted rugs are more durable and resilient to wear and tear than factory-made rugs as their creation takes place over several months. The person who created the custom rugs will bring their creative thoughts and ideas into knotting. Both hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs are composed of natural materials. Rug companies like Loops & Knots can showcase collections of unique handmade creations from all over the world.

Vintage and Modern Handmade Rugs

Antique carpets are still sold by rug companies today. Vintage rugs were hand-knotted, still with the foundational factors of wefts and warps. The material, often wool, was tied around the warps of the foundation using varied knot designs. Contemporary rugs can be hand woven through the techniques of pile weaving, flat weaving, or hand-tufting. Modern hand-woven rugs mostly use the pile weave technique.

Hand knotting is a more complicated process than hand weaving. One of the reasons why the hand-knotting process requires increased labor is because the weaver has to tie each knot to the warp yarns along the rug’s length. Tufting is a process that creates hand-woven rugs by yarn loops pulled through the backing material of a rug, which is faster. The other techniques for hand-woven rugs are similar in that they are easier to manufacture than hand-knotting; flat-woven and braided rugs both do not have piles.

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Purchasing a hand knotted or hand woven rug can feel intimidating, but our luxury carpet designers can assist. Loops & Knots is a purveyor of quality rugs and carpets from around the world. Our curated rug collections feature quality weaving techniques and artistry. For more information about our current rug inventory, contact our rug manufacturers.