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What Is a Hand-Loomed Rug and How's it Different from Hand-Knotted Rugs?

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

A wool pile rug being hand-knotted.
Weaver is hand-knotting a rug in India.

A hand-loomed rug is manufactured on a giant loom, pressing woven threads together at a greater speed than a hand-knotted rug, which is knotted around two warps, one knot at a time. While both sound handmade, the hand-knotted rug may last for generations while the hand-loomed rug will likely last less than a single decade.

Another example of handmade manufacturing of rugs is the hand-tufted rug, which isn't knotted at all. With the use of a tufting gun, the rug maker is able to quickly punch threads through a canvas. To complete the rug, a backing is glued on, which makes these rugs very distinguishable from other types of rug production.

A worker is hand-looming a rug.
Hand-Looming a rug in Bhadohi, India

At SHOPPERSIANRUGS we've decided we'd only offer hand-knotted rugs and flatweave rugs like Soumaks & Kilims, since hand-loomed rugs break down much quicker than what we expect for our customers.


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