Older, hand-knotted area rugs are some of my favorite pieces to admire. They bring so much pleasure to the eye since every antique carpet has a fascinating history. White knots distinguish nearly all rugs made by hand.
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Where Do White Knots Come From, And What Causes Them?
Hand-knotted rugs have a foundation made up of white knots. Cotton warp (which runs vertically) and weft (which runs horizontally) threads are stretched across a loom to create a rug’s base. Weavers then attach the threads to the face fibers.
Some of these strands often become untied throughout the weaving process and require the weaver’s attention to re-knot. White knots appear because of these fixes to the primary strands.
As the rug ages and the pile wears down, the knots hidden between the face strands of the rug become more visible. Age gives character, beauty, and history to your hand-knotted rug, and it’s completely normal! It has been dubbed “rug freckles” by others.
Prescott Rug Cleaner Explains What You Don’t Do With White Knots
Sometimes dirt will cover these white knots, making them virtually invisible until the rug is cleansed. After a good cleaning, the knots stand out. White knots are NEVER to be snipped off! This causes a hole in the rug’s foundation, which causes the face fibers to unravel and fall out.
If your rug needs some maintenance, you can count on Arizona Oriental to offer you various repair options.
If you need a pleasant, thorough cleaning or repairs done on your rug, call us.
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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