There are clear divergences between hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs. If you are still not familiar how a hand-tufted rug costs lesser than the hand-knotted, here’s a comparison and working of both types of carpet weaving techniques used in finishing the product.
A hand-knotted carpet takes months, sometimes years to complete. The weaving techniques is known to and mastered by a very few craftsmen, it requires patience and greater skills to weave a hand-knotted rug. The quality must be top-notch for the market, so the knot density per square inch is higher, outnumbering the hand-tufted 10 times to 1. On average, a skilled weaver knots around 8000-10,000 fibers a day, that means it will take more than a year to complete a single rug when made by hand. The price tag varies between $500 to $20,000 based on kcpsi and quality of material. The life span of a high density hand-knotted rug is 800 years or more. Hand-knotted rugs are so expensive because of their rarity, skill level, and originality compared to the machine-made mass production of the similarly shaped rugs.
Hand-tufted rugs are technically considered handmade, still they differ completely in quality and price from the hand-knotted counterparts. Anyone can tell the different by having a grim look over both the rugs. The hand-tufted rugs include a process of weaving without tying knots. Instead, a tufting gun is used to punch wool threads into the rug frame where fibers are tied horizontally. Hand-tufted carpet making requires no extra skills and experience as it is required for hand-knotted carpet weaving. When all of the fibers are concentrated through tufting gun, the rug is taken out of the frame and glued with a cotton base, or sewn. Hand-tufted carpets are cheaper and affordable, they have a small life span and wear off quickly.