Knots In Weaving

Whether buying rugs or making them, knots in weaving are one the most important thing you need to know about. Weaving is always done with yarns of threads and irrespective of the number of threads being used, somewhere, the entire structure has to be secured. That securing process utilizes knots, in weaving, to make sure that the threads stay in place. The process is, always, to put the threads where you need them to be and, then, tie them in that place to make it secure.

While that explanation might be over-simplifying an otherwise complex and crucial part of the craft of weaving, knots in weaving are also the main elements that help you understand how much work has actually gone into a rug and how much they are actually worth in the market today. Finding out the knot count of a rug that you've made or one that you're going to buy requires you to understand the idea of knots in weaving, which is essential whether you are a hobbyist who makes rugs or collects them.

Understanding Knots in Weaving

The first thing that you need to know is that in most cases, a knot is only considered a "knot" when it is wrapped or "tied" around two warp threads or two warp yarns. This is the general rule that is followed in weaving around the world although you might find that North African and Tibetan rugs might follow a slightly different rule. However, the most commonly used patterns involve forming two nodules, on the back of the rug, created by each knot.

Depressing the alternate warp threads produces a format where only one nodule is visible at the back, while the other stays hidden underneath. The most common thing you would find on these knots are pattern outlines or vertical borders. When both parts of a knot are visible, then the nodules are counted in pairs to determine the number of horizontal knots per inch of the fabric or carpet. For single-nodules visible along the back of the rug, you count them individually.

If you notice that the rugs are ribbed at the back, then it means that alternate warps are depressed, but not quite all the way. These partly depressed warps also show off a bit or part of the other nodule, the one that is supposed to be hidden, so when counting these knots in weaving, make sure you are careful enough to not count one knot twice.

Counting Knots in Weaving Matter

To learn how to count knots in weaving, you need to start by identifying the side of the rug that was towards the top. To start counting knots, you need to know which way the rug was hanging when it was woven, which can be figured out by looking at the fringe yarns. These are warp threads that run lengthwise along the rug and this indicates that on the loom, they were stretched out.

As you stroke around the pile, you will find that the knots were mainly tied with a downward incline heading towards the bottom of the loom. This is because when a weaver ties out those knots, they are mainly created by pulling them down or towards the weaver. In each case, this has to be against the direction of the fabric that's already been woven.

The first thing you need to do, if you are counting knots in weaving for the first time, is pick a coarse rug. That means, you can start with something that was made in Anatolia or Afghanistan (Kurdish). All you need to do is fold a section along the weft so that you are folding it parallel to the knot-rows on the rug.

If there is symmetrical knotting along the rug, you can expect some low knot counts. You are likely to find symmetrical knots in this situation, which always span across two warp threads. This will also give you a wide-collar, of sorts, running along the width, near the top of the rug. This collar will always have two tuft-piles under it merged into one. These details can also be seen around the intricate designs on these rugs, especially those that have lightly coloured patterns. That is when you will start looking at the rug for what it is - a structure that contains a lot of small squares.

Getting the hang of these elements will help you understand the basics of knots in weaving and why more knots are harder to make and, therefore, are more expensive. Whether you are looking to make them as part of your hobby or just looking to collect some, read up and learn about knots in weaving because that's what will become the basis of your weaving-related hobby.

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