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Rug-Making Techniques

 

The best quality rugs are made entirely by hand, and our Berber rugs are created using one of the following traditional techniques: hand knotting, hand weaving, or a combination of the two.

 

Hand Knotted single/double knot

The hand-knot, one of the most elaborate weaving techniques, is a slow process that allows for the creation of highly detailed patterns.

Requiring a base, which is made by attaching the warp yarn to the loom, and weaving the weft yarn to ensure stability, hand knotted rugs are created by specialized artisans. The surface of the rug is made by incorporating each individual knot, row by row and different results are achieved by varying the type and thickness of the knot. The number of knots per square meter increases the quality, definition and durability of the rug.

 

Rugs made by the Berber tribes use a more traditional method, whereby each knot is individually cut by hand to create the pile, while the Indo Nepalese technique involves a rod that cuts an entire row of knots at once.

                                                  

Hand Woven

Hand weaving is renowned for its lack of pile and the requirement of specialized skills and expert knowledge. Used by skilled artisans this traditional method of weaving produces flat rugs with highly detailed patterns. Examples for hand woven rugs techniques include the Soumak and Kilim Techniques.

 

Soumak a flat hand-woven rug recognisable by its braided texture.

Kilim a hand-woven rug with different coloured wefts.

 

The Berber rugs are made using one of the above techniques, or a combination of the two, in creating these special rugs.