Rug Knots

The Different Types of Rug Knots

How Rugs and Carpets are Made

The Different Types of Knots in Used in Weaving Rugs or Carpets

Rug Knots – The so-called knots that make up a pile rug are not actually knots, but loops, wrapped around pairs of adjacent warps. They may be wrapped in several configurations.

Nazmiyal Resource Guide to Persian Senneh Rug Knot
Persian Senneh Rug Knot

In all cases they consist of the knot collar – the portion that literally wrap around the warps – and the ends that actually constitute the pile.

Symmetrical knots, also known as Ghiordes or Turkish knots, have both ends of the yarn coming up together between two warps, with the knot collar wrapping around two warps.

Nazmiyal Resource Guide to Turkish Ghiordes Rug Knot
Turkish Ghiordes Rug Knot

Asymmetrical knots, also known as Senneh or Persian knots, have the ends coming up singly between each pair of warps with a knot collar around every other warp.

Jufti knots may be symmetrical or asymmetrical, but they utilize these configurations around pairs of warps rather than single warps, making the pile less dense and quicker to produce. Spanish knots are wrapped symmetrically around every other single warp in an actual knot, the only rug knot that truly merits the term.

Nazmiyal Resource Guide To Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Rug Knots
Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Rug Knots