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What is the Difference Between Hand-knotted and Hand-tufted Rugs?

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Although both methods are made by hand, hand-knotted and hand-tufted are very different in many respects. Rughouse offers modern rugs that are both hand-knotted and hand-tufted and felt it important for customers to understand the different process’. The techniques differ in; complexity, time, longevity, cost and skill level which often gives the resulting Rughouse rug a different look and feel.

Weaving a hand-knotted rug requires a lot of time and even more skill and experience. The quality of a hand-knotted rug depends greatly on the number of knots per square inch. A higher density of knots gives a higher quality rug. A simple design would not require as much time as a more complex pattern that can require very dense knotting. On average, a weaver can tie about 10,000 knots per day, so it is easy to imagine how long a large, complex rug would take to produce.

In contrast, a hand-tufted rug is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame. This is accomplished with the help of a hand operated tool. Hand-tufted rugs are less time consuming to make and due to the hand operated tool, requires less skill. Hand-knotted rugs, due to their more time intensive process are often more expensive than hand-tufted rugs, but they both share a similar quality. It is becoming more and more common that the hand-tufted rugs are becoming of a higher quality than the hand-knotted rugs, with more companies opting to produce rugs in the least cost effective way, as there is little to no impact on quality. The only advantage o a hand-knotted rug, with modern practices, is the life-span. Hand-knotted rugs will generally outlast hand-tufted rugs, but as more and more companies use hand-tufting, the life-span of these rugs is catching up quickly.

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