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Quality Ratings

Today in the marketplace there are several different types of area rugs with different construction methods. In general there are three types of construction when it comes to area rugs. To assist customers in making the right buying decision, we thought that the following information will be useful.

Hand-Knotted


Hand knotted rug front and back view

A hand-knotted rug requires skill and time to knot each individual pile together by hand. The piles are usually made with all natural fibers such as wool, hemp, aloe and silk. Each individual pile is knotted to the warp threads made of cotton and are stretched across the loom. Compared to hand-tufted and machine made rugs, all hand knotted rugs are of superior quality and highly durable. They are made to last you a life time and also can be passed on to your loved ones. Making a rug by hand is a very labor intensive process and production time can take anywhere from 12 to 52 weeks. The length of time depends on the intricacy of the design and the number of knots per square inch. All Kumari Rugs have 60, 80, 100 or 150 knots per square inch. All hand-knotted rugs are unique and one of a kind. Hand knotted rugs are also easier to clean than hand tufted or machine made rugs as it can be washed with regular water and soap. All antique and most of the semi-antique rugs are hand-knotted.
 
Ends: The fringe will be an extension of the rug. Nothing will be sewn on to a hand-knotted rug.
 
Back: The back of the rug will have the same colorful design as shown on the front. If the design is lighter on the back than on the front then you a machine made rug. The backing of a hand knotted rug will appear very natural.

Tufted


Tufted rug front and back view

A tufted rug is made partially by hand punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame. This is completed with the use of a hand operated tufting gun. To make a tufted rug the same level of skill is not required as making a hand knotted rug. The production process takes less time as well (usually less than 7 days). Most tufted rugs that are produced today uses synthetic fibers and are considerably less durable than hand knotted rugs. Due to their construction method, tufted rugs cannot be hand washed and spot cleaning method needs to be utilized to clean it. Some home furnishing distributors market hand tufted rugs as hand made. This can be a little misleading. Here at Kumari Rugs, we only categorize hand knotted rugs as being hand made.
 
Ends: In most cases tufted rugs do not have fringes
 
Back: A cotton or canvas backing is glued to the back of the tufted rug.
 

Machine made


Machine rug front and back view

Machine-made rugs are produced on powered looms, controlled either by hand, machine or by computer. You can complete a rug using machines in a couple of hours. Most machine made rugs that are produced today uses synthetic fibers and are considerably less durable than hand knotted rugs. Due to their construction method, machine made rugs cannot be hand washed and spot cleaning metho needs to be utilized to clean it.
 
Ends: The fringe if added is glued or sewn on.
 
Back: The rug design will be lighter on the back than on the front. All the knots will be very tight and even.

Comparison of rugs

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