I love it when older, hand-knotted area rugs come into our shop. They’re such a joy to look at because every old rug has many tales to tell. One trait that shows up in about every hand-knotted rug is white knots.
Hi there! It’s Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care from Prescott, AZ.
What are white knots, and where do they come from?
White knots are part of the structure of hand-knotted rugs. When the foundation of a rug is built out, the cotton warp that which runs vertically, and weft, which run horizontally as the threads are stretched over the loom. Next, weavers tie face fibers to these threads.
It’s not uncommon for some of these strands to break through the weaving process, which needs the weaver to knot them back together. These repairs to the foundation strands cause white knots.
Through time and use, the rug’s pile gets worn down, and the knots sandwiched between the rug’s face strands become clearer. This is only a natural part of your hand-knotted rug’s aging process, and it adds a significant amount of character, beauty, and history to your rug! Some folks even refer to these white knots as “rug freckles.”
Rug Cleaner Explains What Not To Do With White Knots
These white knots can sometimes be covered by soil, so they don’t stand out much until you get your rug professionally cleaned. This cleaning removes the filth built up over the years, and suddenly the knots are much more apparent.
You should NEVER cut out white knots! Doing so produces a hole in the basis of your rug and consequently leads to a cascade reaction of unraveling and loss of face fibers.
Luckily, here at Arizona Oriental, we provide repair alternatives if your rug requires some much-needed attention.
Call us if your rug needs a friendly, deep cleaning or some repairs.
Finding Rug Repair & Cleaning in Prescott, AZ
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Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott, and other Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs, with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOL SAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOL SAFE ORGANIZATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.
Call us for more information on having rugs spot cleaned at 928-445-1718, visit our website at www.ArizonaOriental.com, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am 4:00 pm washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pickup and delivery also available). 07-14-2020