What if you bump into a handmade carpet shop somewhere in South Asia, or buying online? What you might think of the whopping price differences between them may confuse you as there’s no way you could identify between a hand-knotted, hand-tufted, or a machine-made rug. Well, if you stick with the article, you will come to know what differentiates a hand-knotted and machine-knotted carpet in design, price, and other features.
When buying a rug from a store, the first test is to look for its pattern and design. If the fringes are properly arranged with exact symmetry, that means the rug is machine-made. It is because the fringes are added after rugs are finished being sewn and woven from the machine to give it a usual look. Also, the hand-knotted rugs have uneven strings and knots. It is because the handmade weaving takes several months and there may be human error. Also, upon cutting the knots, it would come out only piece by piece in a handmade rug as they insert each knot one-by-one while creating a pile onto the rug foundation.
For hand-tufted carpets, look for the corners and fringes; they must’ve been glued or sewn to give it a natural look. Try pulling it, if it splits, it is hand-tufted or machine-made. The best way to check an original carpet is to turn it upside down and look at the patterns and design from front and back. If it looks similar from front and back and through the warps, it is oriental. The color combination is not exactly the same in oriental and Persian handmade rugs as they are prepared in a larger span of time creating a difference in the dyed fabric used. In contrast, the color remains same in hand-tufted and machine-made rugs as they take a lot lesser time than handmade.