Tibetan Rugs

 

Tibetan Rugs


 
Tibetan Rugs have classic designs that exemplify the religious and cultural influences of this region. Tibetan rugs and other fine art has adorned the aristocratic estates in Tibet for centuries. A uniqueness in every element of design and construction, these are distinctly different from styles made in other weaving regions. Rugs here are woven by wrapping a continuous length of yarn over a rod which is laid across the warps stretched on the loom. When the rod has been wrapped for its entire length, a sharp blade is slid along the rod, cutting the wrapped yarn into two rows of pile tufts. Woven in handspun highland wool, they are available in four main categories of designs that include geometrics, florals, symbols and wildlife scenes and come in a variety of sizes.
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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