Nepalese people have been making hand knotted rugs for centuries for household use. After the Tibetan refugee’s entrance into Nepal, the hand knotted rugs became an exportable products. The Nepalese-Tibetan rugs are unique in their knotting system.

When you buy a hand-knotted rug, this means that a skilled weaver individually tied every knot, this creating a one-of-a-kind handmade rug. That is what makes hand-knotted rugs so special, and that is what makes them so much more expensive than all other types of area rugs. Depending on how many knots are in each square inch (50 to 160 knots per inch is typical, 400 per square inch is remarkable), it can take more than a year for one weaver to complete a 9×12 rug.

 

HIMALAYAN (TIBETAN) WOOL RUGS

The basic material for Nepalese-Tibetan rugs is the wool. The wool is the soul of the rug. We use finest quality Tibetan wool, known for its warmth, softness, durability and resistant to dirt. This quality wool comes from the flock of sheep raised in the high Himalayan plateau where the climatic conditions are severely cold.
tibetan wool rug
tibetan wool rug
 

GREEN PLANT FIBER – NETTLE (ALLO) RUGS

Nettle (Allo) is a wild plant, grown in the high mountain areas of Nepal. For centuries people have been using it’s leaves as tea and vegetable curry. They have been using it’s stem to feed cattle and its fiber been used in making household materials such as clothes, shawls and rugs. Nettle is very durable. It does not need any pesticides and any chemical dyeing. It is widely used for it’s natural color.
nettle plant
nettle rug

GREEN PLANT FIBER – HEMP RUGS

Hemp is a wild plant and grows in the hill areas of Nepal. Hemp is the largest and strongest plant fiber, which is twice as strong as cotton because it is extremely resistant to abrasion. People have been cultivating hemp longer than other textile fibers. Hemp does not require pesticides and controls erosion of topsoil and produces oxygen. For centuries,people have been using its fiber in making clothes, mats, bags, sacks and rugs.
hemp plant
hemp rug natural color

GREEN PLANT FIBER – BANANA SILK RUGS

This luscious yarn is actually spun from the leaves of the banana tree. It has an amazing luster and works up great as handbags and outer-wear, but is soft enough to be worn next to skin. It has been tested and used in hand knotted rugs also.
banana plant
banana silk rug

NATURAL CHINESE SILK RUGS

Best quality silk has color consistency. It emits animal smell while burning and leaves a cocoon like ash.
silk cocoon
chinese silk rug

WEAVING TYPES – HOW THE RUGS ARE WOVEN

Traditionally, all our hand knotted rugs were cut pile. As time progressed, and with new design concepts, the Nepalese hand knotted rugs are made in various weaving patterns. The way these rugs are woven and cut during the finishing process, designs what would’ve looked plain and boring are given a new life with contrast and feel. Some of the common weaving types are :

  1. Regular Cut Pile – The rug is woven using the standard process and are cut evenly on top with same height. This makes the rug smooth and even.cut pile tibetan rug
  2. Cut And Loop Pile – Some part of rug as per the design, is left uncut ( in a loop) during the weaving process. This creates some contrast in both the look and feel of the rug.cut loop pile tibetan rug
  3. Uneven Cut Pile – This weaving process has some part of rug with higher pile height leaving the rest thinner. This makes the design on the rug stand out both visually and when you feel it. higher lower pile rug

DIFFERENT TYPES OF KNOTS

All our hand knotted rugs are made in various knots. Knots generally means the number of individual knots within a square inch. So for example, if a rug is 100 knots, this means that there are 100 x 100 individual knots within a square inch. The more the knots per square inch, the finer the designs look on your rug and take longer period to make it.

Some of the common knots that are used to make our hand made tibetan rugs are:

  • 40 Knots
  • 60 Knots
  • 80 Knots
  • 100 Knots
  • 120 Knots