Tibetan rugs, especially most of what is being produced today, is in scatter or throw sizes, although larger area carpets are also available. The very best are still made the old fashioned way with totally handspun wool yarn and all-natural vegetable dyes. These are typically thick and dense, with a heavy, lustrous pile and deep, rich colors. Quality is determined by design detail, thickness of pile, and more importantly, knot count. The most commonly found grades are "60", "80", and "100" knot qualities. However, the scale of the graphs from which these are woven does not exactly match the physical arrangement of warps on the loom. There are actually fewer knots per sq. in. in the actual piece than what the graph indicates. Therefore, a "60 knot" carpet actually has about 32 knots per sq. in., an "80 knot" about 50 knots per sq. in., and a "100 knot" about 72 knots per sq. in. No matter what though, these are truly collectables and are made to last forever.
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