Hand-knotting is a completely manual technique and the most intensive process to create a rug. Originally flourished as an oriental art, it was introduced by the Mughals in India across the 16th century, when Emperor Akbar invited skilled artisans from Persia to permanently settle down to facilitate production of Persian styled carpets. The art rapidily grew and was later modified as per the royal tastes and mixed with the Indian arts.
Hand-knotted rug weaving is carried out on a loom and every individual knot is weaved by hand, row after row. This method means the yarn is knotted around the vertical warp threads and a horizontal metal rod, and every new knot is a continuation from the previous one. A time-consuming process that’s renowned for producing the finest quality rugs.
Rugs differentiate depending on the used knotting technique, the type of node and of its thickness. The quality of the carpet increases proportionally to the number of knots of which it is composed. When the rug is finished, it is being washed and trimmed by a scissor once it’s dried. This way, the length of the pile can be defined, and mistakes can be cut out. Fringes are being affixed and the long sides are being furnished with fringe embroideries.