We spoke to David Sharpley CEO and founder of Tsar Carpets to find out what’s what in rug manufacturing techniques. With 30 years experience he is well qualified to break it down for us!
Generally, there are two main techniques used in rug and carpet manufacturing: hand knotting, and hand tufting.
Hand-tufting is a relatively modern technique by which the fibers are punctured through a large canvas to create the rug.
The threads on the back are then secured by a latex backing, and the front is hand-shorn and sculpted as required.
It is an impressively fast process in comparison to hand knotting, and the level of complexity that can be achieved in design is unbeatable.
It is a great option for custom carpets and rugs where excellence of fiber and a speedy delivery are priorities.
Hand-knotted rugs are the original way of weaving rugs. Cotton threads are strung up on a loom and the fibers are woven and knotted through by hand.
Traditionally, the knotting technique used differs from region to region, and is carried out by specialized artisans, as it is an extremely intricate technique that requires a great level of expertise.
It is a slow process, but the end result is a worthy investment. As no glues are used, the rug can be washed, and will last for centuries.
Both techniques have their place in finding the perfect rug for your home. Chat to one of the in-house designers at TSAR about which technique works best for you!
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