If you own hand knotted rugs, then you are in possession of one-of-a-kind pieces of handiwork This is the result of a skilled craftsman's individually tying each knot of the rug to form a pattern that is unique to that particular rug. The production of the rug is very labor and talent intensive and the materials used will last more that a few generations. This is why hand knotted rugs are the most sought after as well as the most expensive type of area rugs.

History Of The Hand knotted rug

Area rugs are a very old part of human civilization. Animal fur and hides were used as clothing and as rudimentary mats a rugs to give warmth and the importance of these items made them valuable. Later on different types of weaving was develop in places like Egypt and Mesopotamia and spread throughout Asia and the Middle East. No
longer limited to making crude pieces of animal cloth, these new form of weaving enabled craftsman to create beautiful looking rugs and the oldest remnants of a hand knotted rug that dates back 2000 years B.C. features a geometric design, rich colors and hand knotting techniques (Turkish knot) that rug makers use today

Hand Knot Density Of The Rug

The strength and durability of the rug is determined by the amount of knots per square inch. If fact the rugs value can be established by how many knot it has within an inch. While the range in knots that a a 9x12 area rug can have varies from a certain rug from 40 to 2,000, 180 knots and up is considered very good and over a 1,000 is rare. Basically there are two type of rug knots with the hand knotted Persian rug being the most common (The Turkish knot known as the Ghiordes is the oldest) in countries today. The type of knot used is on way to determine the region of where the rug is made.

Most Common Rug Materials

While the most common rug material used is wool, silk and cotton are often used in making a hand knotted rug another material used is combination would be lanolin to give a wool rug more strength. Silk made rugs are more elastic and can stretch out but are not as strong as wool and make better accent rugs. Sometimes a maker can blend in cotton and silk to make a strong area rug blend

Hand-knotted wool rugs can withstand high traffic, and will begin to wear out after 20 or more years of use. High traffic areas include hallways, family room and entryway. Medium traffic areas include the dining room and home office. Low traffic areas include bedrooms and formal living room.

Hand knotted rugs can go in any room of the house and can withstand any traffic that come their way. This includes areas like an entryway or hallways where there is a high amount of foot traffic, the dinning room underneath the dinning table where the traffic is not as high and low traffic area of the house like a formal living room and bedroom