is it handmade?

Handmade rugs really are amazing when you know what goes into making one. There are several things to look at to determine if a rug is indeed handmade.

First - Flip the rug to its back side like the rug in the photograph. You should be able to see the design from the front on the back.

Second - While examining the back side of the rug look for knots that don't line up completely straight.  Machine made rugs will typically be knotted completely uniform.  It is hard to see this in the photo but basically you are looking from one side of the rug to the other to see if you can find anything that doesn't line up completely straight or lacks perfect symetry; which is what you would find in a machine made rug.

Third - Examine the fringe to verify that it is the warps that are extending through the entire rug. Fringe shouldn't be stitched on unless it is to replace a worn away fringe.

Fourth - Examine the selvage (self edge) along the sides of the rug to see how they are done.  There are different types of selvage, none of which should be sewn or stitched.  Selvage consists of warp threads that have been wrapped with what we call overcasting.  This overcasting is most commonly wool or a wool mixture.  

If you have examined your rug to the extent that we have described above; you should be pretty confident at this point that you are / aren't holding a hand-knotted rug. 

If you still aren't completely sure; please feel free to send us some pictures and we can try to help you out. Click here.

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