We source the finest hand-knotted rugs from India, where time-honored craftsmanship and unprecedented detail goes into every fiber. Regardless of size and style, all of our hand-knotted rugs are durably crafted by hand to last a lifetime in any space.
Because each pixel in the design of a hand-knotted rug is created by a single knot, one rug can take up to three months to create from start to finish. As many as a dozen local artisans take part in the process—no machines are involved. We work with a local vendor to help train the artisans and support their local communities. Many of our rugs come from a co-op that supports local women, allowing them to work from home (on looms as big as 12 feet wide!) to support their families.
In keeping with tradition that dates back hundreds of years, all of our hand-knotted rugs are made with 100% wool on a cotton warp base. Wool provides a natural rug material with unparalleled durability, which is why we don’t use blends for our hand-knotted rugs. Many of our rugs feature Sardinian or New Zealand wool, ensuring a beautifully crafted rug that will last for decades to come.
First, the fibers are dyed and spun into yarn, which will be used to create the design of the rug. Working off of the cotton warp base attached to a loom, artisans then create an intricate series of knots (the weft) using the dyed yarn.
Each piece of wool is wrapped and knotted by hand to create every pixel of the design; our average 8'x 10' rug has around 450,000 knots. The more intricate a design, the more skilled or experienced the weaver.
The knots per inch (KPI) of a rug indicates this level of craftsmanship; a higher KPI has a dense, more complex design and takes longer to make. Most of our rugs range between 45-48 KPI. Before comparing knot count, it’s important to consider the detail in the design. For rugs that have large and simple geometric shapes, it's not necessary to weave them with a high knot count since there isn't as much detail in the design.
After the artisan has finished weaving the full design, the rug is washed and then sheared to reveal the pattern and create the correct thickness. Hand-knotted rugs can vary in thickness depending on the weight of the fiber, however our designs range from 3/8-inch to 7/8-inch. This creates a plush feel underfoot that's both luxurious and durable.