Woollen rugs are a beautiful and warming addition to a room, they offer many practicalities such as reducing noise levels, maintaining heat levels, protecting flooring, to name a few . There are two main types of wool rugs that are available on the market today, hand tufted wool rugs and hand knotted rugs. Hand tufted wool rugs match hand knotted rugs in both beauty and elegance, furthermore they are much more cost effective to produce, meaning customers can purchase hand tufted rugs at a cheaper price than hand knotted rugs.
The difference between hand tufted and hand knotted rugs:
There are two main methods used when producing a rug and this forms the sole basis of the difference between the two aforementioned rugs.
- Hand knotted rugs use a method called hand knotting (funnily enough) whereby each thread needs to be woven and knotted onto the base of the rug by hand to secure it there tightly. This is a very timely and expensive production method where yarn is usually hand spun and dyed using natural vegetable dyes resulting in the customer having to pay a premium to acquire the carpet. Whilst this may be a more expensive production method, it is considered the best method, as the thread is secured more tightly and is therefore less likely to shed after continued use. However, because production costs are high, a hand knotted rug can be too highly priced for the average customer.
- ed rugs are made differently, rather than each thread be knotted to the base, they are instead tufted into a cloth then backed with a, secondary glued on backing, that secures the individual tufts. This has the benefit of being much quicker and therefore much more time and cost effective, as production costs are much lower more money may be invested in a better quality of yarn. Of course, it does mean that the yarn is securely anchored to the base of the rug, but as with all wool rugs some shedding will still occur.
Hand tufted rugs, otherwise, use the same basic material as hand knotted rugs and they can offer the same satisfying visual effect to a room and the same practical benefits. They, in some cases, can also add a more striking effect than a hand knotted rug because different pile heights and textures such as looped piles and carved features are easier to achieve. Owing to the fact that the production method is more cost effective, better quality threads can be sourced and more time can be spent making each rug unique.