Textiles 101: What's a Tibetan Knot?

Tibetan knot rug.
Welcome to Textiles 101. We're glad you joined us to learn more about the intricacies of textiles and what we mean when we throw out terms like "chenille," "Wyzenbeek," and "slub yarns." This week we are tackling: Tibetan Knots.

Do your feet a favor.

Diagram of hand-knotting method.

Imagine a soft smooth rug that you can sink your toes into. Chances are it is a Tibetan Knot rug. A Tibetan Knot rug is crafted with a special kind of hand-knotting that is adored by interior designers everywhere for its incredibly soft feel and silky appearance. Yarns are knotted during the weaving process in a way that, when cut, create luscious pile tufts that please toes everywhere. 

Close-up of an artisan's hands checking a Tibetan rug.

Close Shave

The number of knots varies greatly from rug to rug. Perennials’ Tibetan Knot rugs average a weave density of 80 knots per square inch! After the rug is cut from the loom, it is shaved to meet the desired pile height and then finished according to the order.

Tibetan Knot rugs are an ancient art form and were originally made using sheep’s wool. At our Perennials India facility we employ local weavers that combine their centuries-old techniques with our 100% solution-dyed fiber technology. 

Check out a few of our favorite Tibetan Knot rugs below!
All That Jazz Tibetan Knot
Echo Tibetan Knot
Ink Blot Tibetan Knot
Regal Row Tibetan Knot