Hand Made Rugs
Original oriental rugs are always handmade. A great example of handmade rugs is old original Persian rugs. Persian rugs are among the finest handmade rugs available to you as a collector or as a user. The biggest question in the mind of consumers is, “How to differentiate between a handmade rug and a machine made rug?” The simplest way to check this is to check the material used to make the rug. If synthetic fibers like polypropylene are used in making the rug then it is mostly likely a machine made rug. Another way to differentiate between handmade and machine made rug is to look at the back of the rug. In handmade rugs the back part is more visually appealing and the edges are not overstitched. In machine made rug the back is more blurry to recognize the design of the rug and fringes are applied at the edges. The blurry back is due to the overstitched pattern in machine made rug.
A true hand knotted rug would classify as Oriental rug. Apart from Persia, handmade rugs are also made in India and china. A good handmade rug has a much longer life when compared to a machine made rug. Natural materials like wool and silk are used to make handmade rugs. Sometimes Acrylic and polyester pile rugs made in India and China are also hand made. Due to the material used and considering the labor charges handmade rugs are always the most expensive of all the rugs available in the market.
When you are buying a handmade rug, look for the tight knots and a fine pattern which shows a clear design on the front as well as on the back. As said earlier, the back of handmade rug is visually clear and not overstitched. In hand made rugs the knot count is a clear indication of quality. Having said that, a low knot count does not mean that a rug is bad. A low knot count in many rugs could just be the style in which a rug is made.