Points to Ponder
a) The firmness, thickness and knots on the back of a carpet are some of the important factors used to determine the quality and value of a carpet. It is the number of knots per unit area and its pattern (!), colors and the quality of yarn that helps in judging the fineness of a carpet. On an average, a good hand knotted carpet may range between 100 to 200 knots per square inch. The higher the number of knots, greater is the value of a rug. Some of the most popular rugs would include Tibetan carpets, Kashmiri Bokhara (may go up to 2000 and more knots/inch) carpets with very high per/inch knots.
b) Other factors you may like to weigh before buying is choosing the right store. Do not rely on dealers, especially ones who press you to make hasty decisions. Equip yourself with as much of information as possible, its best to ask specific questions. In fact online resources are also a great way of finding info. Your typical questions should round up around the fiber content, country of origin, yarn quality as also per inch knot (in case of hand-knotted rugs). Go online and do some research about what you plan to buy. There are some authentic online stores for some great modern designs as well.
Some of the finest Tibetan carpets are hand-knotted with lanolin rich Himalayan wool. The best part is that the patterns are modern enough to fit into modern lifestyles to surround you with high quality craftsmanship and beautiful designs. It is not only highly-skilled efforts and commitment that go into every piece of carpet, it is a tradition that needs to be valued and preserved like any form of art. Marking the cause is the Rug Mark certification that ensures that the international nonprofit organization is devoted to building schools, programs and opportunities that give children back their childhoods by ending child labor in the handmade carpet industry in South Asia.
Amidst a wide ranging Tibetan carpets, you can find some exclusive ones at Spacify. A few carpet samples — the Isphere Geo Designer Rugs, Eskiu Geo Rugs & Kalos Geo Modern Rugs.
Amanda Somers is a free lance writer who writes for on-line design magazines and furniture retailers.
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