Jaipur Rugs’ hand-knotted rugs are a labour of love. Their journey begins with sheep’s wool and ends with an eclectic hand-crafted carpet -an incredible heirloom for your home.
At Jaipur Rugs, the best quality wool is spun into yarn by the Katwari, or the spinner.
Journey into Bikaner & world of our spinners
Using the hand charkha, a simple yet magical process inspired by the Gandhian ideal of self-sufficiency raw wool is cleaned & carded and then spun into yarn. We continue to work with over 2500 women yarn spinners from Bikaner to spin yarn on a rudimentary ‘charkha’, consciously choosing not to replace hundreds of hand-spinning jobs with machines. The twine is washed and dyed into over 3000 colors. This yarn, then coiled into a hank, is weaved in to a rug, one knot at a time. You can find a vast collection of our hand-knotted rugs made with real hand-carded wool here.
The meticulous process
Jaipur Rugs’ designs are grounded with the understanding of living spaces and intelligent functionality. The designs tell a story of the artisans who weave their hopes and dreams into them. Creating a hand-knotted rug can take three months to a year depending on the size, quality and the material being used. The rug, in the course of the process, passes through 180 hands, perfecting the timeless art of handmade rugs. After weaving, the rug is examined and then is sent to the finishing centre, where it goes through as many as 18 different processes before it can adorn the floor of your living room. You can explore rugs with eclectic modern rugs made one-knot-at-a-time here.
How to identify a hand-knotted rug
You need to measure the density of the knots, using the methodology of KPSI (Knots Per Square Inch), one of the key factors in assessing the rug. If you turn a hand-knotted rug over and count the knots running across the length and breadth per square inch, and multiply them, you will get the total KPSI. For instance, a rug with 14 knots each vertically and horizontally per inch has a KPSI of 196. To gain deeper understanding of the quality of a hand-knotted rug, visit the Jaipur Rugs’ showroom in Jaipur and Delhi and explore our handmade carpets.
Every carpet is special
Each hand-knotted rug has a unique story, as seen in our award winning rug collections by Designer Kavi. On unwrapping your hand-knotted rug for the first time, you might see some creases, owing to being tightly packed for shipping. Lay it flat or just roll it up with the pile facing outwards, leaving it overnight to remove the creases. Any lingering odours due to the dyes or the natural fibres will escape once the rug has been unsealed from its packaging and allowed to air out.
How to care for your hand-knotted rug
Your brand new rug will shed loose fibers as a natural part of the wearing process and this will eventually stop, especially if you vacuum it a couple of times. To tackle any sprouts—the long, untamed fibres that appear above the surface of the rug—just trim them with a pair of scissors to even the pile. Over time, rugs can fade if exposed to direct sunlight, thus they should be rotated every six months to minimise this occurrence.
Machine made Vs Hand-knotted
A hand-knotted rug is an heirloom that has been hand-crafted using age-old knowledge by a community of artisans. Like a piece of art, it will be cherished for years to come, an enduring part of your home and life, unlike the machine-made counterpart that has a life of just mere four-odd years and carries with it a high carbon footprint. Though a single machine can replace 300 artisans, our pledge towards hand-knotted rug sustains underprivileged communities across India. It is Jaipur Rugs’ commitment towards responsible luxury.
Need more examples!!! Take a look at our hand-knotted collection.