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Hand-knotted VS hand-tufted?
We carry both kinds of rugs – hand-knotted and hand-tufted. However most of our ready-in-stock carpets and rugs are only hand-knotted or hand-tufted and are made in pure wool, pure silk and pure wool/silk blend.
Hand-knotted rugs are an intense labor of love whereby each tuft in a rug is created by literally tying a knot around a warp thread. This ancient and time-honored technique of weaving is extremely intricate, time-consuming, and demands ability that most weavers can only achieve after years of extensive training.
One of the most important and determining factors in the quality of hand-knotted rugs that affects the durability and price is the knots (or stitches) per square inch of any given rug. The durability of the rug increases manifold corresponding with the increase in the density of the knots per square inch in the rug, as it is an established fact that more the number of knots per square inch adds more life to the rug that in turn gives luster, shine and intricate design to the overall pattern or the motif of the rug.
A hand tufted rug is manufactured utilizing a tufting gun with needles mounted in the front. The production process is conducted by operating the machine by hands. The tufted gun employed to create artistic floor pieces shoots soft and lustrous yarns into base.
The rug is produced on a frame which is laced up with a cotton foundation with the imprint of the design on it. Due to the set mechanism the yarn is shot and pulled back on the surface. This specially designed machine is loaded with all the required equipment; it creates the loop and also makes a cut, as per the demand of the design. Once the tufts are done, the floor covering is then backed with latex covering to ensure endurance. In hand-knotted rugs the criterion is the knots per square inch whereas in hand-tufted rugs it is the weight of the rug. More the weight means more labor involved leading to enhanced durability and superior finish.
Vacuum regularly. For the first two to three months, additional vacuuming may be necessary to reduce the normal shedding that occurs. Blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Rugs should not be saturated with cleaning solvents or scrubbed excessively. We suggest using products designed specifically for wool or dry extraction powders such as Host. For best results, periodic professional cleaning is recommended. Shag rugs will continue to shed their entire life. Loose tufts should be cut, not pulled. Rotate the rug periodically to help reduce uneven wear. Avoid placing rugs in direct sunlight to prevent fading over time. A rug pad is recommended for all rugs. Please note different care is required for different types of rugs. Above are just general instructions, additional care should be taken for different types of rugs.
Assembly required items arrive at your door, carefully packaged with all the instructions and hardware you need to complete assembly. Please do note that a lot of our furniture comes already assembled but some do require assembly.
We respect the origins, character and grace of the natural woods we choose in designing quality furnishings to enhance your home. Our craftsmen bring a skill and dedication to the fine art of woodworking that you will continue to appreciate over time. Some of our furniture, labeled as “go green furniture” is made using recycled wood. This is wood that comes from other furniture and naturally fallen trees.
We responsibly showcase some of the rarer and beautiful woods in our collection by incorporating wood veneers. These veneers not only allow us to feature unusual woods and grain patterns, they also afford our customers the opportunity to own designs whose costs would be prohibitive if created from solid woods.