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Hand Knotted vs Hand Tufted - Which One to Choose?

The tradition of making carpets dates back hundreds of years. This art was to have made

its first appearance during the Mughal period. Soon after, these Persian-inspired carpets

were infused with Indian art, incorporating the best of both worlds.

Hand-knotted and hand-tufted are two techniques used to make carpets, each one

unique in its way. The only similarity is that they are both handmade ( well, Hand

tufted is partially handmade). The golden question is, which one to choose? And how

do you tell one from the other? Keep reading to learn more.

Now, let's talk about hand-knotted carpets. The technique is pretty self-explanatory.

Each knot on the carpet is meticulously handwoven to form beautiful intricate designs.

As a result, the carpets take longer to make than hand-tufted carpets. The number of

knots per square inch determines the carpet's quality; the more complex the design and

the higher the number of knots, the higher the carpet's quality. Unlike hand-tufted

carpets, these have no backing. Since the carpet is hand-crafted, it is long-lasting and

durable. Hand-knotted carpets are also passed down through generations as a family

heirloom due to their intrinsic worth and longevity.

Hand-tufted carpets are more common than hand-knotted carpets. A Tufting gun is

used to punch wool strands into a canvas stretched on a frame to weave the carpet. After

piling, the rug is moved into a latex glueing process for its cotton backing, which helps

in keeping the wool fabrics intact and the rug's surface flat.

These carpets, unlike hand-knotted ones, have a backing. They also take less time to

produce than hand-knotted carpets.

So, what should you look for while differentiating between the two?

Here are five factors to consider

1. Quality

Hand-Knotted carpets are the way to go if you want a high-quality carpet. It is entirely

handmade, has intricate detailing, and the quality increases as the number of knots


Hand-tufted is not far behind; these are partially handmade and make excellent rugs.

Hand-knotted takes the cake in terms of quality.

2. Backing

Hand-tufted carpets have a backing, whereas hand-knotted carpets do not. The best way

to tell is to examine the designs on both sides. Hand-knotted carpet designs are so

intricate that they appear the same on both sides. The design is only visible on one side

of a hand-tufted carpet.

3. Fringes

Hand-knotted carpets are likely to have fringes at the ends. Hand-tufted carpet fringes

will be sewn or glued in for a clean finish.

4. Cost

If cost is a concern, hand-knotted carpets are more expensive due to time-consuming

handwork. Furthermore, more complex designs and knots will cost more.

Hand-tufted carpet is relatively inexpensive.

5. Time

Hand-knotted carpets take longer as hand-knotting with great detail takes time.

Hand-tufted carpets require less time to produce.

Choosing a carpet for your room can be difficult with so many options on the market.

There are several different styles and techniques to make a carpet. Make a list of what

you're looking for and what qualities you'd like to see in your carpet. After all, a room's

flooring can completely transform its appearance.

Visit Arattica to check our extensive collection if you want to learn more. We maintain

the roots of traditional weaving while incorporating modern designs to provide you

with luxurious premium carpets.

Get in touch with us, we'll love to help you out!

Contact details

Malika S: +91 880 080 6534

Maneeth S: +91 808 059 2109

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