Knotted Rugs

Knotted rugs are thick and luxurious. To produce one six square meter knotted rug takes about one month from a team of five people. One square meter of knotted rug weights about 5 kilograms.

Making of a knotted rug begins by stretching cotton warps on the loom running up and down. The woolen thread is taken through the warps one by one by hand. The looms don’t have pedals. The technique is a traditional Ethiopian way of making rugs.

On the knotted rugs the warps are vertically on the loom. The woolen thread is tied around two cotton warps and cut by hand. One square meter weights around five kilograms and the knotted  rugs are thick.

The thread is bitten tightly using a separate tool called bitter. Every single thread is tied around the warp and cut by hand. The knot is first cut by blade. After the whole row of knots is ready, it’s cut by scissors.

After cutting and tying the warps the rug is brushed and the threads are evened using scissors.

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