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The Rug Knot Breakdown: Part II

Persian rugs and oriental rug history and one of the most basic knots that are used in Persian or oriental rugs, the Turkish knot, or the Ghiordes knot that originates from Turkey, East Turkmenistan, the Caucasus and other Turkish and Kurdish areas of Iran. This week, we’ll be discussing the only most basic rug knot that’s seen in Persian and oriental rugs: The Persian Knot.

The Persian knot, also known as the Senneh knot, the double knot and the asymmetrical knot is used for finer rugs is used principally in Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Egypt. The Persian knot is wrapped around only one warp, as opposed to the Turkish knot that is wrapped around two adjacent warps, then passed behind the adjacent warp so that a single warp divides the two ends. It can be open on either the left or right side, thus leading to its brother name “the asymmetrical knot”.

Other less commonly used and seen hand knotted rugs have knots include that the Jufti knot and the Spanish knot. The Jufti knot is tied around four warps strands instead of two and reduces the time it takes to weave a rug. The Spanish knot is looped around single alternate warps so that the ends are brought out on either the left or right side.

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