Learn About Handmade Rugs

When you start your adventure into handmade rugs, it can be overwhelming and even unapproachable. We'd like to help you with some general information pertaining to hand made rugs of all kinds.

To start with, it's important to understand that imperfections is what makes a handmade rug genuinely handmade. Even the finest and most expensive of handmade rugs have slight and often times unobservable imperfections. Flipping the rug over and looking at the knots can indicate slight imperfections, while the pile, or the top of the rug, looks pristine. These imperfections are cherished by rug makers and owners alike, bringing character and a bit of the rug weaver themselves into the rug. So, imperfections are actually desirable. Machine made rugs will not have such imperfections and lend to a less dynamic feel for the rug.

There are many ways to determine rug quality, among those is understanding the knot count. Specifically, knots per square inch (KPSI). This is a metric used to determine how fine a rug is, typically the KPSI for a high quality hand made rug ranges between 200 and 400 knots per square inch, but it can easily go up into thousands of knots per square inch. The higher the knot density, the finer the rug, as well as the more durable. Higher density rugs will last longer and endure foot traffic better than lower density rugs.

Another way of understanding the quality of a rug is knowing what fabric is being used as well as where its sourced from. Wool tends to be the most commonly used fabric, many countries source their wool directly from Iran, which is known for the high quality of their Persian wool. Fabric blends also can help determine quality, it's not uncommon at all to blend wool and silk into handmade rugs.