A handmade rug can take up to 3000 hours for a single person to make, an art form that is slowly being replaced by automated systems. Although less expensive, a program made rug can never replace the immeasurable quality that comes only from work made intimately by a person. The meticulous process of hand-making rugs is ingrained in a centuries-old history and tradition and we are proud to partner with artisans whose craft reflects similar values for passion and design. Through their knowledge and experience, we're excited to share a few stories about their work.
Every handmade rug is made up of 3 components. The warp and the weft work together to form the foundation. Like a crisscrossed pattern, the sturdier and thicker warp is often hung verticle on steel rods and married horizontally with the thinner weft. Together, they form the most important piece of the rug - the base.
Knots are the familiar loops seen on the front face of a handmade rug. Each knot sequence is made up of a unique style and is either hand-knotted or hand-tufted. Hand-knotted rugs take an incredible amount of skill and time to produce, which the average weaver can produce at a rate of 10,000 knots per day. Essentially, when it comes to hand-knotted rugs, the higher the density, the better quality the rug. Hand-tufted rugs, on the other hand, differ in the process quite greatly. Each knot using the hand-tufted process is made by punching strands of wool into the warp and weft base using a particular tool, called a "tufting gun". Hand-tufting is less labor intensive than hand-knotting, and will therefore significantly reduce the price of a hand-tufted rug.
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