The Process - Handknotted
Handknotting rugs is an ancient art. Depending on the technique and size of the rug, a handknotted rug may take weeks, months, or even years to complete.
To begin making a rug, our master weavers make a foundation – called “the warp” – which consists of thick threads of cotton, wool, or silk which run through the length of the rug. Similar threads, which pass under and over the warp threads in the opposite direction, are called wefts.
Weaving usually begins from the bottom of the loom. Dyed wool or cotton is knotted in rows around the warp strands. As more knots are added to this foundation, they become the pile of the rug. Depending upon the fineness of the weave, the quality of the materials, and the expertise of the weavers, the knot count of a rug can range from sixteen to eight-hundred per square inch.
When a rug is completely knotted, the warp ends remain as the fringe. This fringe may be braided, tasseled, or secured in other ways - it may be visible or not.