A hand-knotted rug is a work of art, but there’s no need to adopt a look-don’t-touch policy in your home. Remarkably strong and designed to be used, hand-knotted rugs are the most durable around. Most antique rugs are hand-knotted, proof that they last for generations. Find out why, below.
1. There’s Strength in Knots
A hand-knotted rug typically has between 50-160 knots per square inch. Each knot is individually tied by a skilled weaver, creating an ultra-strong structure that won’t loosen or wear.
2. A Little Water Won’t Hurt
In fact, it’s part of the centuries-old rug-making process. Once woven, the raw carpet is washed and swept multiple times to achieve the right look. It can take up to 3 weeks to complete the washing of a single rug. In other words, no use worrying about the occasional spill.
3. The More Traffic, the Better
Hand-knotted rugs actually get better with age. It’s as if every footstep polishes the rug – that’s what gives it a gorgeous patina.
4. Durable by Nature
Most traditional hand-knotted rugs are woven of wool, favored for its durability and softness underfoot. Wool is naturally strong and is stain- and water-repellent. When colored with natural vegetable dyes, the wool yields an organic look that improves with age.