Knot Count

An important parameter in evaluating an oriental rug is the knot count. Knots establish clarity of design and the amount of detail the artist can weave into the carpet. Turn the rug over and look at the back. The more knots per square inch, the finer the detail in design, and the more labor that has gone into the rug making.

To determine the number of knots, count the individual knots that occupy a linear inch on both the horizontal and vertical; then multiply the two numbers. Chinese rugs are measured in a different way: count the number of knots running width ways along a linear foot across the rug. This is referred to as a "line".

There are no set rules for determining how many knots justify a "fine" oriental rug. However, anything over 150 knots can be considered medium grade and anything over 250 would generally be acknowledged as top grade.

Be sure to call or e-mail Caravan Connection of Newport if you have any questions about your Oriental rug or if you are thinking about buying one.

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