Rugs 101

Rugs have a history rooted in ancient times. But thanks to all new constructions and fibres, the rug world has changed entirely into a more fashionable and affordable industry. The change is constant and can be difficult to keep up with – which is why we created Rugs 101. Rugs 101 will help you understand today’s rugs in an easy-to-browse, visual way. Whether you’re in the market to buy a rug, or you’re a just trying to learn the fundamentals, our Rugs 101 has you covered.

We use New Zealand wool, Silk, Jute, Nylon, Natural Leather for its superior quality and the extensive flexibility to accept design, colour and pattern. These fibres have a reputation for durability and hence our carpets sustain for generations to come. The most intricate things in this world have proved that what handmade products can do nothing else can. Our carpets have been hand crafted by the most skilled artisans. With their firm hands and steady temperaments, weeks and months are spent, tufting and weaving patterns knot by knot, inch by inch, with no room for the slightest imperfection to achieve the final product which is a sheer piece of art for our customers.
All rugs are handmade by skilled artisans in a specialty manufacturing facility and are checked to meet quality standards before reaching our final customers.

A. How can I differentiate between different construction?

Each construction that we use for making our carpets has different significant visible characteristics. Looking at the back of the rug is the easiest way to differentiate between different constructions.
1) Hand knotted Persian Rug– A hand knotted rug shows the same pattern on the back (in knots) as on the front and you can even make out the colours that are used in front are the same that are used in the back

A. How can I differentiate between different construction?

Each construction that we use for making our carpets has different significant visible characteristics. Looking at the back of the rug is the easiest way to differentiate between different constructions.
1) Hand knotted Persian Rug– A hand knotted rug shows the same pattern on the back (in knots) as on the front and you can even make out the colours that are used in front are the same that are used in the back
2) Hand knotted Tibetan Rug– In a hand knotted Tibetan rug on the back you can see that the construction shows lines instead of knots.
3) Hand Tufted–In a hand tufted carpet on the back you can see that a cloth is being used and you cannot see the material used to weave the rug on the back. Since a hand tufted rug is weaved by machine a glue is applied on the back to hold the knots together and then a cloth is used to make in tight and stable. We don’t recommend a hand tufted rugs to customers who are planning to keep the rug for a long period of time and we strongly recommend them not to keep hand tufted in areas of high foot fall.
3) Hand Tufted–In a hand tufted carpet on the back you can see that a cloth is being used and you cannot see the material used to weave the rug on the back. Since a hand tufted rug is weaved by machine a glue is applied on the back to hold the knots together and then a cloth is used to make in tight and stable. We don’t recommend a hand tufted rugs to customers who are planning to keep the rug for a long period of time and we strongly recommend them not to keep hand tufted in areas of high foot fall.
4) Hand Loom– One of the best product in the affordable price range and usually ordered in custom sizes. Loom knotted rugs are made using different type of looms than hand knotted rugs. Usually there is a limitation to the number of colours that can be used in this construction.
5) Flat weave & Pile Kilims–This segment is made of mostly durable lower end products which are usually ordered for Kids room. The lower price segment attracts a lot of people who need a carpet but keep moving
a lot since these carpets a completely foldable.
5) Flat weave & Pile Kilims–This segment is made of mostly durable lower end products which are usually ordered for Kids room. The lower price segment attracts a lot of people who need a carpet but keep moving
a lot since these carpets a completely foldable.

B. How can I tell hand knotted rugs from different types?

Look on the back. A hand knotted rug shows the same pattern on the back as on the front. Hand tufted rugs almost always have a plain backing or show a glue residue on the back. Some machine made rugs tend to show a hazy pattern on the back. If you are unsure, machine made rugs are the only one that can be folded in either direction (like a handkerchief) all others must be rolled.

C. How can I tell the quality of a hand knotted rug?

The most important (but not the only) determinant of quality is the knot count. Generally, the finer the knot, hence the more knots per square inch, the higher the rug quality. However wool quality, design, lustre and dye method all play a role. The best way is to ask one of our professionals at Karpets we will be happy to assist you.

D. What type of design should I get?

Study your decor and the feeling you wish to achieve. Contemporary designs go well with straight line clean furnishings, old world designs with more traditional rooms. However,don’t be afraid to mix, some of the most beautiful rooms combine today’s looks with things of the past.

E. HOW CAN I DECIDE?

Ask our salesman to bring the rug to your home on a trial basis. In most cases he will be more than happy to assist you in this process.

F. How can I differentiate different types of material?

Our most commonly used material are wool, bamboo silk, viscose and real silk. Each material has a different characteristic which can be identified by burning, lab testing the material, contact one of our salesman for more information.

G. HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Buy a book on the subject, Persian rugs have been around for roughly 3000 years. There are many fascinating stories about them. We suggest “The Splendour of Persian Rugs” by E. Grans-Gruedin.

About The Factory

Karpets is a recognised manufacturing & export house immersed in the fine art of rug making for almost three decades. Each rug manufactured by us conveys a story of its own as special emphasis is given by us in each step of the manufacturing process, the major area of our focus has become reinterpreting classic craftsmanship and combining it with designs which might be different but are simultaneously elegant. Our experience and consistent growth has enabled us to become pioneers in Hand knotted rug business and our dedication and passion towards ourquality and designs is the reason for the unparalleled services that we have delivered to our customers over the years.

Five major reasons to own a carpet :-

  1. To cover imperfections in our room setting.
  2. To add comfort and warmth underfoot.
  3. To protect flooring and furniture.
  4. To muffle sounds.
  5. To tie the room together.
No other floor covering has the same benefits like carpets like comfort, insulation, colours & textures, absorbs sound, safe for children and pets, less dust, easy to clean, looks better with time, maintenance free, resilient.

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