This is the most labor-intensive technique and therefore, also most expensive. A skilled weaver would individually make this, thus creating a one-of-a-kind rug. Depending on the number of knots and complexity of design, a single rug can take months to complete. These rugs are sturdy and can withstand heavy usage.

In this technique, a weaver uses a large vertical weaving loom to tie zillions of knots passing a horizontal weft through vertically tied warp threads. Price of these rugs depends on number of knots per unit area.

  • The most labour-intensive weaving process, conducted by specially-trained artisans
  • Working off a rug map, artisans tie individual knots to build up the rug’s design one row at a time
  • The quality of a hand-knotted rug is determined by the number of knots per square inch (KPSI)
  • A higher KPSI requires greater skill on the part of the weaver and results in a higher-quality rug


How To Identify:

Individual, often uneven knots are visible on the back of these rugs, mirroring the pattern visible on the front.