When I search online for Handmade rugs or Oriental rugs, I often end up on websites with a “really nice looking” rug at a “really cheap” price! That’s where I get suspicious and discover that what some websites call handmade rugs are NOT at all handmade but “hand-tufted rugs” made using a “tufting gun”.
Have you ever heard of KPSI, Knots per Square cm or Knots per square meter? Do you know how many knots your rug has?
I thought it’s worth explaining some of these words and what they really mean. This particular post is about the rugs knots density and how it is measured.
What is “knots density”?
Knots density is the number of knots a carpet has for a given metric. You can compare this to the number of pixels you have in your camera. The more pixels you have, the more detailed your picture will be.
Knots density makes sense when your rug has knots (Gordes or Turkish double knots, Persian single knots or other type of knots). You cannot really speak of knots density for rugs that are weaved like Kilim rugs or embroidered like Soumak or Suzani rugs.
Our shop is in Cappadocia (Urgup) located in center of Turkey (350 km East of Ankara). Like other people, I think I’ve understood the beauty of my region once I’ve traveled and lived abroad. I’ve travelled a lot during these years, and lived in France and Ireland, but I recently realized how magical and unique Cappadocia really is.
Cappadocia has an incredible volcanic-created landscape of fairy chimneys, natural stone castles and underground dwellings of ancient civilizations and early Christian hideouts. It is one of those unique places on Earth where nature and humans lived in harmony over the years and left over amazing traces of Civilizations and Culture.
What are the absolute 10 things to do in Cappadocia?
As you may have noticed, we got approved by Rug Rag as a Verified Seller. You can see the new seal logo from Rug Rag – on the left menu of our website CarpetView.com – and on the right side of this blog.
I am really not a “Seal addict” person. Most websites pay to get some sort of Seal from “trusted large organization” simply to increase their sales. There are plenty of providers that check your website (in terms of security or basic technology) and provide you with an “expensive seal”. I think these seals don’t mean much – But the one from Rug Rag is different!
This first episode of “Confession from a Rug Dealer” is about how to haggle, bargain or buy a handmade rug?
Lots of buyers and tourists visiting rug producing countries ask themselves the same question. Some travel guides will advice you to bargain but they won’t tell you how.
The key question I guess is not how to haggle but how to buy a handmade rug? While in some shops you will need to bargain to get a fair price, in others the dealer will already provide you a good price.
I think if you follow some basic rules, you can’t go much wrong:
I want to share with you what I call a “trendy piece of Art” – a.k.a the Silk Suzani rugs!
Suzanis are flat embroidery rugs that comes from Central Asia – Uzbekistan. In this post I will not go through the history of Suzani rugs but if you are interested you can read it here. You [...]
While I was scraching my head to find what to buy for my wife, I thought that the 8th March Women’s day should have a significant meaning for us.
Let’s think a bit. All these amazing handmade rugs are made by talented Women. They are the artists behind the scene that produce these magical rugs! When [...]